Algarve European Formula 3 test: Ferrari protege Lance Stroll leads

Ferrari protege Lance Stroll topped both sessions on the first of two days of testing at the Algarve circuit ahead of this weekend's Formula 3 European Championship

Algarve European Formula 3 test: Ferrari protege Lance Stroll leads

The 16-year-old Canadian - who took his maiden overall podium last time out at the Red Bull Ring - pipped Markus Pommer by just 0.014 seconds in the morning, before the track was changed for the afternoon session due to excessive track-limits abuse.

Instead of using the fast right-hander at Turn 1, competitors went through a tight chicane, raising laptimes by around five seconds.

Title contender Felix Rosenqvist was quickest going into the closing minutes, before the sister Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes of Stroll went to the top of the times, finishing 0.032s clear of the Swede.

Pommer was again quick in his Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen, the German taking third-fastest time and leading no fewer than six competitors within the same tenth.

Breathing down Pommer's neck were Prema runner Jake Dennis, championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi (Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen), Charles Leclerc (Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW), Carlin's George Russell and the Mercedes-powered West-Tec machine of Raoul Hyman.

VAR drivers Arjun Maini and Alessio Lorandi were third and fourth respectively in the morning, while Red Bull junior Callum Ilott was fifth in his Carlin car and was also in the top 10 on the longer configuration.

Julio Moreno made a big step forward to take ninth in the afternoon in his T-Sport Dallara-NBE, while much interest focused on the return of two ex-T-Sport drivers: Nick Cassidy and Alexander Sims.

Cassidy, called up by Prema for the next two rounds, was 10th in the morning and 13th in the afternoon, while Sims, representing the new Hitech Grand Prix team, was 13th in the morning and 17th in the afternoon.

Three of the regulars were missing. Fabian Schiller has parted company with Team West-Tec due to disappointing results; Double R Racing's Nicolas Pohler is still out in the wake of his cycling injury; while Kang Ling was not present in his Mucke Motorsport car.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m38.484s - 43
2 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.498s 0.014s 39
3 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.631s 0.147s 50
4 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.767s 0.283s 57
5 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.791s 0.307s 45
6 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.933s 0.449s 46
7 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m38.934s 0.450s 46
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.958s 0.474s 32
9 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m38.981s 0.497s 37
10 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.004s 0.520s 42
11 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.048s 0.564s 45
12 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.066s 0.582s 57
13 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.119s 0.635s 37
14 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.152s 0.668s 31
15 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.262s 0.778s 52
16 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.305s 0.821s 41
17 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.306s 0.822s 39
18 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.359s 0.875s 48
19 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.404s 0.920s 43
20 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.412s 0.928s 52
21 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.454s 0.970s 34
22 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.554s 1.070s 46
23 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.672s 1.188s 36
24 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.698s 1.214s 28
25 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.714s 1.230s 35
26 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m39.848s 1.364s 48
27 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.939s 1.455s 36
28 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m40.048s 1.564s 34
29 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.170s 1.686s 45
30 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m40.231s 1.747s 43
31 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m40.273s 1.789s 51
32 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m41.796s 3.312s 14

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.305s - 44
2 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.337s 0.032s 45
3 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.516s 0.211s 33
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.544s 0.239s 43
5 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.559s 0.254s 26
6 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.560s 0.255s 43
7 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.580s 0.275s 30
8 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.586s 0.281s 42
9 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 1m43.633s 0.328s 36
10 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.644s 0.339s 28
11 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.710s 0.405s 33
12 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.711s 0.406s 40
13 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.783s 0.478s 30
14 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.831s 0.526s 33
15 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.866s 0.561s 37
16 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.982s 0.677s 35
17 Alexander Sims Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.013s 0.708s 28
18 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.059s 0.754s 31
19 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.106s 0.801s 26
20 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.134s 0.829s 32
21 Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.156s 0.851s 23
22 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.186s 0.881s 38
23 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.319s 1.014s 29
24 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.417s 1.112s 33
25 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.481s 1.176s 31
26 Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.519s 1.214s 17
27 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1m44.541s 1.236s 40
28 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.653s 1.348s 29
29 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.809s 1.504s 24
30 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 1m44.936s 1.631s 29
31 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m46.480s 3.175s 28
32 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen - - 2

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