Vallelunga European F3 test: Joel Eriksson fastest in mixed weather

Swedish rookie Joel Eriksson was fastest on a rain-marred first day of the official Formula 3 European Championship test at the Vallelunga circuit near Rome

Vallelunga European F3 test: Joel Eriksson fastest in mixed weather

The Swede, younger brother of GP3 race winner Jimmy Eriksson, was at the head of a 1-2-3-4 for the Motopark team during the first session when rain began to fall.

The second and third of the four one-hour sessions took place in entirely wet conditions, and it only began to dry out towards the end of the final period.

SMP Formula 4 champion Niko Kari, who was second to Eriksson in the brief window of dry running in the morning, topped the wet second and third sessions.

The Finn was a gargantuan 2.411 seconds clear of his closest rival in the second period.

Prema Powerteam's Nick Cassidy missed the dry running in the morning because he had only just arrived back from a Super GT test in Japan, then went fastest in the final session on a drying circuit, although he was one second off Eriksson's earlier pace.

Twenty-one of the 24 entries registered for the championship took to the circuit.

Carlin's fourth car - which was entered as 'TBA' - was as expected driven by Raoul Hyman, while two further entries (run by Hitech GP and T-Sport) that also have drivers yet to be nominated are believed unlikely to be filled by the start of the season.

Also missing was Mucke Motorsport's David Beckmann, who cannot drive at an official test or in competition in Euro F3 until after his 16th birthday, which falls before the third round on the streets of Pau.

SESSION ONE:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.488s - 12
2 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.642s 0.154s 16
3 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.723s 0.235s 15
4 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.773s 0.285s 15
5 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.956s 0.468s 13
6 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m28.981s 0.493s 9
7 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.120s 0.632s 11
8 Raoul Hyman Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.223s 0.735s 13
9 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.256s 0.768s 12
10 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.718s 1.230s 15
11 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.803s 1.315s 12
12 Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.011s 1.523s 13
13 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 1m30.016s 1.528s 13
14 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.411s 1.923s 13
15 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.497s 2.009s 12
16 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.740s 2.252s 11
17 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.860s 2.372s 15
18 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m31.034s 2.546s 12
19 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m32.263s 3.775s 11
20 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m33.879s 5.391s 11
21 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 2m00.888s 32.400s 5

SESSION TWO:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m37.046s - 18
2 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.457s 2.411s 14
3 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m39.622s 2.576s 12
4 Raoul Hyman Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.636s 3.590s 16
5 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.871s 3.825s 8
6 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m41.386s 4.340s 8
7 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m41.577s 4.531s 12
8 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m41.640s 4.594s 7
9 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m41.846s 4.800s 6
10 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m41.868s 4.822s 10
11 George Russell Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m41.989s 4.943s 8
12 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.003s 4.957s 11
13 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.071s 5.025s 12
14 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.213s 5.167s 10
15 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.391s 5.345s 10
16 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.725s 5.679s 7
17 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.747s 5.701s 6
18 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m42.898s 5.852s 5
19 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.083s 6.037s 5
20 Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.736s 6.690s 8

SESSION THREE:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.489s - 10
2 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.927s 0.438s 12
3 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m38.940s 0.451s 13
4 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.790s 1.301s 10
5 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m40.031s 1.542s 6
6 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.088s 1.599s 16
7 Raoul Hyman Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.183s 1.694s 12
8 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m40.193s 1.704s 7
9 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.378s 1.889s 11
10 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m40.797s 2.308s 5
11 Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m41.069s 2.580s 10
12 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 1m41.511s 3.022s 12
13 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.015s 4.526s 6
14 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m43.159s 4.670s 8
15 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m46.703s 8.214s 4
16 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m47.850s 9.361s 2

SESSION FOUR:

Pos Driver Team Car Time Gap Laps
1 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.440s - 7
2 Ryan Tveter Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.656s 0.216s 16
3 Raoul Hyman Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m29.886s 0.446s 6
4 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m29.959s 0.519s 8
5 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.056s 0.616s 12
6 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.072s 0.632s 10
7 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 1m30.221s 0.781s 9
8 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/Threebond 1m30.355s 0.915s 23
9 Alessio Lorandi Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m30.440s 1.000s 8
10 Joel Eriksson Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.112s 9.672s 13
11 Zhi Cong Li Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1m39.664s 10.224s 6
12 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m40.836s 11.396s 7
13 Niko Kari Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m42.627s 13.187s 12
14 Guanyu Zhou Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 1m43.040s 13.600s 9


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