GP3 testing: ART sweeps top three with Aitken, Fukuzumi and Russell

Jack Aitken led an ART 1-2-3 on day two of GP3 pre-season testing at Estoril, ahead of team-mates Nirei Fukuzumi and George Russell

GP3 testing: ART sweeps top three with Aitken, Fukuzumi and Russell

Aitken, who was fifth in the standings last year, recorded his top time in the late stages of the afternoon session after most of the day had featured wet conditions.

When it eventually dried up, Mercedes protege and Wednesday pacesetter Russell's morning benchmark of 1m37.543s was lowered in no time, with Marcos Siebert first below the 1m30s barrier.

Aitken hit the front in the final half-hour, with Honda junior Fukuzumi and Russell three and six tenths behind respectively.

Ferrari Academy member Giuliano Alesi ended up in fourth, followed by Steijn Schothorst and Red Bull junior Niko Kari.

Arjun Maini was the last driver within a second of Aitken in seventh, as the top 10 was completed by Siebert and Italian duo Leonardo Pulcini and Alessio Lorandi.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m37.543s - 45
2 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m38.401s 0.858s 38
3 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m38.476s 0.933s 35
4 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m38.584s 1.041s 44
5 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m38.875s 1.332s 40
6 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m39.305s 1.762s 41
7 Niko Kari Arden International 1m40.107s 2.564s 23
8 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1m40.269s 2.726s 22
9 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1m40.574s 3.031s 31
10 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m41.374s 3.831s 18
11 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1m41.452s 3.909s 35
12 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1m41.547s 4.004s 24
13 Kevin Jorg Trident 1m41.734s 4.191s 26
14 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1m42.366s 4.823s 41
15 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1m42.480s 4.937s 45
16 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m42.791s 5.248s 40
17 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1m43.059s 5.516s 42
18 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1m43.208s 5.665s 29
19 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m43.812s 6.269s 22

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m28.125s - 18
2 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m28.466s 0.341s 19
3 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m28.740s 0.615s 18
4 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m28.871s 0.746s 32
5 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1m28.913s 0.788s 37
6 Niko Kari Arden International 1m28.938s 0.813s 37
7 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.087s 0.962s 51
8 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1m29.266s 1.141s 41
9 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1m29.444s 1.319s 24
10 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.510s 1.385s 35
11 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m29.520s 1.395s 21
12 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1m29.526s 1.401s 32
13 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m29.620s 1.495s 34
14 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1m29.638s 1.513s 33
15 Kevin Jorg Trident 1m29.693s 1.568s 23
16 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1m29.777s 1.652s 38
17 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m29.937s 1.812s 33
18 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1m30.355s 2.230s 30
19 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m31.098s 2.973s 47

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