Ferdinand Habsburg tops final day of GP3 testing in Abu Dhabi

Ferdinand Habsburg topped the final day of the post-season GP3 test in Abu Dhabi to give MP Motorsport a clean-sweep of fastest times at the three-day event

Ferdinand Habsburg tops final day of GP3 testing in Abu Dhabi

European Formula 3 front-runner and 2017 Macau Grand Prix star Habsburg set the best time of the morning, which stood throughout the later session as the GP3 field completed the test either side of the Formula 2 drivers taking to the Yas Marina track for the first session of their last test day of the year.

Jehan Daruvala, also driving for MP, and Nikita Mazepin (ART Grand Prix) completed the top three.

The final day of the test started an hour earlier than the previous two days, and was swiftly interrupted when David Beckmann crashed into the barriers at the first corner.

After Niko Kari - fastest for MP on the opening two days of the test but driving for Campos Racing on the final day - Mazepin and Daruvala each took turns at the top, Habsburg put in a time of 1m54.869s shortly before the chequered flag brought an end to the morning session.

With only four drivers setting their best times of the day in the later running, Habsburg - the only driver to break into the 1m54-second bracket - finished with the fastest time, 0.155s clear of Daruvala and 0.164s quicker than Mazepin.

Kari ended up fourth ahead of Ferrari Formula 1 junior Callum Ilott and Max Defourny.

Jake Hughes was seventh fastest for ART, with Pedro Piquet and Gabriel Aubry eighth and ninth for Trident and ART respectively.

Three-time GP3 race winner and Ferrari junior Giuliano Alesi rounded out the top 10 for the Trident squad where he competed in the third-tier category in 2017.

Alessio Lorandi was 11th for Trident, with Sauber F1 development driver Tatiana Calderon 14th for Jenzer Motorsport.

After his morning crash restricted him to just two laps in the opening session, Beckmann was able to improve to 15th fastest overall later on.

Dorian Boccolacci - the winner of the final race of the 2017 GP3 season in Abu Dhabi last weekend - brought up the rear of the field.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ferdinand Habsburg MP Motorsport 1m54.869s - 30
2 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m55.024s 0.155s 31
3 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1m55.033s 0.164s 19
4 Niko Kari Campos Racing 1m55.037s 0.168s 26
5 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 1m55.289s 0.420s 28
6 Max Defourny MP Motorsport 1m55.330s 0.461s 27
7 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1m55.331s 0.462s 31
8 Pedro Piquet Trident 1m55.405s 0.536s 29
9 Gabriel Aubry ART Grand Prix 1m55.477s 0.608s 31
10 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m55.500s 0.631s 21
11 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1m55.668s 0.799s 23
12 Ben Hingeley Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.716s 0.847s 23
13 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m55.756s 0.887s 32
14 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.886s 1.017s 28
15 Louis Gachot Campos Racing 1m55.952s 1.083s 19
16 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1m55.956s 1.087s 28
17 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.174s 1.305s 26
18 Julien Falchero Arden International 1m56.323s 1.454s 33
19 Dorian Boccolacci Arden International 1m56.587s 1.718s 24
20 David Beckmann Arden International 2m00.593s 5.724s 2

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 1m55.578s - 23
2 Niko Kari Campos Racing 1m55.620s 0.042s 34
3 Jehan Daruvala MP Motorsport 1m55.664s 0.086s 30
4 Ferdinand Habsburg MP Motorsport 1m55.824s 0.246s 32
5 David Beckmann Arden International 1m55.889s 0.311s 36
6 Ben Hingeley Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.898s 0.320s 35
7 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1m55.989s 0.411s 39
8 Pedro Piquet Trident 1m56.105s 0.527s 34
9 Julien Falchero Arden International 1m56.132s 0.554s 17
10 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 1m56.204s 0.626s 38
11 Max Defourny MP Motorsport 1m56.442s 0.864s 22
12 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1m56.457s 0.879s 30
13 Dorian Boccolacci Arden International 1m56.534s 0.956s 33
14 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.568s 0.990s 33
15 Louis Gachot Campos Racing 1m56.698s 1.120s 22
16 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m57.628s 2.050s 36
17 Gabriel Aubry ART Grand Prix 1m57.818s 2.240s 25
18 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m58.106s 2.528s 32
19 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 2m06.893s 11.315s 29
20 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 2m14.954s 19.376s 32


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