Palou tops second Euro F3 Hungaroring test day for Hitech GP

Versatile single-seater ace Alex Palou topped the times on the second day of Formula 3 European Championship pre-season testing at the Hungaroring for Hitech GP

Palou tops second Euro F3 Hungaroring test day for Hitech GP

The 20-year-old, who was third in last season's Japanese F3 championship and also competed in Formula 2 and Formula V8 3.5 in 2017, finished the day way ahead of the opposition.

Palou set the day's best time in the morning session, which he topped by a significant 0.274-seconds from Hitech team-mate Enaam Ahmed.

Palou's superiority seemed to come in the twists of the final sector, where he was a long way clear of his rivals.

Some late runs in the afternoon session propelled Ahmed and Palou to the top two positions again, with the reigning BRDC British F3 champion this time topping the order by 0.032s.

Ahmed's afternoon time narrowed the overall deficit for the day to Palou to 0.226s, although Palou's morning lap fell 0.004s short of the effort recorded by Mick Schumacher in topping the first day of testing on Thursday.

Prema Powerteam was hard on the heels of the leading Hitech pair, with Ralf Aron setting the team's overall best in the morning to go third quickest ahead of Schumacher.

Toyota Racing Series champion and Ferrari protege Robert Shwartzman made a strong improvement in the afternoon session, in which he was third fastest to end up fifth overall on the day, narrowly ahead of Prema team-mate Guan Yu Zhou.

Sacha Fenestraz was the best of the Carlin sextet, as the reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion ended the day seventh overall. Hitech's form extended to Ben Hingeley, who was fifth in the afternoon and eighth on the day.

Rounding out the top 10 overall were another Prema/Ferrari driver, Marcus Armstrong, and leading Motopark contender Sebastian Fernandez.

Motopark's Macau Grand Prix winner and Red Bull Junior Dan Ticktum was in the midfield in both sessions, although he topped the times in the relatively fast opening sector in both periods.

Morning times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Palou Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.308s - 50
2 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.582s 0.274s 54
3 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.624s 0.316s 40
4 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.651s 0.343s 35
5 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.740s 0.432s 38
6 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.806s 0.498s 36
7 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.881s 0.573s 46
8 Ben Hingeley Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.890s 0.582s 52
9 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.946s 0.638s 24
10 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.951s 0.643s 34
11 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.961s 0.653s 37
12 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m34.964s 0.656s 29
13 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.004s 0.696s 23
14 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.010s 0.702s 34
15 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.046s 0.738s 25
16 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.232s 0.924s 37
17 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.253s 0.945s 37
18 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.452s 1.144s 38
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.458s 1.150s 36
20 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.467s 1.159s 35
21 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.609s 1.301s 41
22 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.840s 1.532s 37
23 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m36.528s 2.220s 37

Afternoon times

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.534s - 36
2 Alex Palou Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.566s 0.032s 30
3 Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.700s 0.166s 37
4 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.707s 0.173s 39
5 Ben Hingeley Hitech Grand Prix Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.778s 0.244s 50
6 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.851s 0.317s 48
7 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m34.897s 0.363s 47
8 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.047s 0.513s 41
9 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.054s 0.520s 47
10 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.068s 0.534s 32
11 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.274s 0.740s 30
12 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.333s 0.799s 40
13 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.380s 0.846s 48
14 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.425s 0.891s 33
15 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.426s 0.892s 31
16 Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.451s 0.917s 20
17 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m35.476s 0.942s 34
18 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.512s 0.978s 31
19 Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.589s 1.055s 32
20 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.599s 1.065s 17
21 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.677s 1.143s 31
22 Devlin Defrancesco Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.812s 1.278s 31
23 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m35.820s 1.286s 29


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