Mercedes F1 protege George Russell leads GP3 testing at Hungaroring

Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver George Russell topped the first day of the in-season GP3 test at the Hungaroring for ART Grand Prix

Mercedes F1 protege George Russell leads GP3 testing at Hungaroring

Russell, who is currently sixth in the GP3 drivers' championship standings after the opening round of the season at Barcelona last month, topped the times with a 1m32.159s, which was set late on during the morning running as he traded fastest times with Dorian Boccolacci.

The day ended up finishing an hour later than scheduled as the teams were forced to wait for the Budapest track's medical set-up to be operational before the morning session could get underway.

Trident driver and 2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner-up Boccolacci ended the day second fastest after improving his best time to 1m32.436s during the afternoon.

That was 0.277s slower than Russell - who also topped the second session - had gone during the morning.

Double Barcelona podium finisher Alessio Lorandi finished third fastest overall, ahead of Renault F1 academy member Jack Aitken and Santino Ferrucci.

Spain sprint race winner Arjun Maini, who like Ferrucci is a Haas F1 development driver, finished sixth, ahead of championship leader and Barcelona race one winner, Nirei Fukuzumi.

Raoul Hyman was eighth fastest, while Marcos Siebert and Kevin Jorg rounded out the top 10 for Campos Racing and Trident respectively.

Although the delayed morning session passed without incident, the afternoon running was disrupted twice as DAMS driver Bruno Baptista and Campos's Julien Falchero stopped out on the circuit and brought out the red flags.

The two-day test at the Hungarian Grand Prix venue concludes on Wednesday.

MORNING TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m32.159s - 31
2 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m32.654s 0.495s 28
3 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1m32.680s 0.521s 22
4 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.765s 0.606s 30
5 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m32.811s 0.652s 34
6 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.864s 0.705s 32
7 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1m32.913s 0.754s 31
8 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1m33.014s 0.855s 33
9 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m33.056s 0.897s 20
10 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m33.273s 1.114s 30
11 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m33.303s 1.144s 26
12 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m33.352s 1.193s 24
13 Kevin Jorg Trident 1m33.384s 1.225s 32
14 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1m33.694s 1.535s 24
15 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m33.721s 1.562s 32
16 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1m33.876s 1.717s 26
17 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1m34.099s 1.940s 32
18 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1m34.388s 2.229s 22
19 Niko Kari Arden International 1m34.609s 2.450s 20

AFTERNOON TIMES:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 George Russell ART Grand Prix 1m32.332s - 46
2 Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1m32.436s 0.104s 50
3 Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.459s 0.127s 40
4 Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1m32.547s 0.215s 46
5 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1m32.696s 0.364s 38
6 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.724s 0.392s 37
7 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1m32.728s 0.396s 45
8 Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1m32.997s 0.665s 37
9 Kevin Jorg Trident 1m33.019s 0.687s 38
10 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1m33.s 0.s 49
11 Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1m33.075s 0.743s 34
12 Bruno Baptista DAMS 1m33.075s 0.743s 31
13 Ryan Tveter Trident 1m33.275s 0.943s 41
14 Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1m33.301s 0.969s 37
15 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1m33.320s 0.988s 37
16 Niko Kari Arden International 1m33.321s 0.989s 37
17 Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1m33.462s 1.130s 34
18 Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1m33.837s 1.505s 33
19 Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1m35.680s 3.348s 23

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