GP3 testing: Honda junior Fukuzumi leads all-ART top three

Honda protege Nirei Fukuzumi topped both sessions on day one of post-season GP3 testing at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, as ART took a 1-2-3 in the afternoon

GP3 testing: Honda junior Fukuzumi leads all-ART top three

Fukuzumi's best time of the day came late on, setting a benchmark of 1m55.479s, to again finish ahead of team-mate-for-the-week Jack Aitken.

Aitken - who raced for Arden this year - closed in the second session to within three tenths of his fellow ART driver, with Formula 3 convert George Russell ensuring the team a top-three sweep in the afternoon.

Russell, who is expected to join the Mercedes Formula 1 junior programme, pipped Trident's Arjun Maini to the position after Maini had finished ahead for third in the morning's running.

Fifth went the way of the improving American Santino Ferrucci, who proved to be the fastest DAMS driver in both sessions after taking seventh earlier in the day.

Trident's Alessio Lorandi was another driver who found more time in the afternoon, going sixth fastest, after finishing ninth and two places behind Ferrucci in the morning.

Raoul Hyman was the second fastest DAMS man, making a marked improvement from the morning's 12th place to the seventh fastest time in the afternoon.

Giuliano Alesi was eighth, pipping Steijn Schothorst and Ryan Tveter to the position, but had started the day with fifth behind Fukuzumi, Aitken, Maini and Russell.

The morning's running was more disrupted with two red flags, caused when Maini stopped on track early on and then later for debris.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m55.853s - 24
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m56.408s 0.555s 23
3 Arjun Maini Trident 1m56.460s 0.607s 22
4 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m56.522s 0.669s 24
5 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m56.550s 0.697s 21
6 Niko Kari Arden International 1m56.588s 0.735s 33
7 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m56.726s 0.873s 15
8 Steijn Schothorst DAMS 1m56.793s 0.940s 22
9 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.841s 0.988s 21
10 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m57.048s 1.195s 24
11 Matheus Leist Arden International 1m57.279s 1.426s 27
12 Raoul Hyman DAMS 1m57.281s 1.428s 28
13 Pedro Cardoso Trident 1m57.392s 1.539s 24
14 Bruno Baptista Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.550s 1.697s 26
15 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m57.610s 1.757s 26
16 Max Defourny ART Grand Prix 1m57.629s 1.776s 23
17 Dorian Boccolacci Arden International 1m57.749s 1.896s 28
18 Patricio O'Ward Koiranen GP 1m58.063s 2.210s 14
19 Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport 1m58.473s 2.620s 29
20 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m58.481s 2.628s 25
21 Robert Shwartzman Koiranen GP 1m59.283s 3.430s 22
22 Tarun Reddy Koiranen GP 1m59.520s 3.667s 15
23 Petru Florescu Campos Racing 2m01.085s 5.232s 27

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m55.479s - 35
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m55.712s 0.233s 33
3 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m55.732s 0.253s 33
4 Arjun Maini Trident 1m56.062s 0.583s 25
5 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m56.108s 0.629s 21
6 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m56.123s 0.644s 25
7 Raoul Hyman DAMS 1m56.253s 0.774s 26
8 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m56.491s 1.012s 19
9 Steijn Schothorst DAMS 1m56.558s 1.079s 27
10 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m56.582s 1.103s 26
11 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1m56.659s 1.180s 19
12 Dorian Boccolacci Arden International 1m56.756s 1.277s 26
13 Patricio O'Ward Koiranen GP 1m56.757s 1.278s 22
14 Matheus Leist Arden International 1m56.839s 1.360s 25
15 Max Defourny ART Grand Prix 1m56.892s 1.413s 33
16 Bruno Baptista Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.016s 1.537s 23
17 Pedro Cardoso Trident 1m57.112s 1.633s 29
18 Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport 1m57.164s 1.685s 27
19 Robert Shwartzman Koiranen GP 1m57.346s 1.867s 22
20 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m57.355s 1.876s 22
21 Tarun Reddy Koiranen GP 1m57.766s 2.287s 28
22 Petru Florescu Campos Racing 1m59.387s 3.908s 30
23 Niko Kari Arden International 2m00.824s 5.345s 19

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