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Antonio Fuoco fastest again as Estoril GP3 test concludes

by Peter Allen
Antonio Fuoco

Photo: Malclom Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service

Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco?posted the quickest time for a second straight day as the first full GP3 pre-season test concluded at Estoril.

As on Wednesday, Trident driver Fuoco topped both of the day’s sessions. His 1m27.293s from the morning was the best lap of the three-day test.

He was almost half a second quicker than Arden’s?Jake Dennis, who?together with ART’s?Alex Albon occupied their rather customary second and third places respectively.

Sandy Stuvik was fourth in another Trident car ?in front of?Nyck de Vries (ART) and top DAMS driver?Kevin Jorg. Arden pair?Jack Aitken and?Tatiana Calderon were next with?Matevos Isaakyan ninth for Koiranen and DAMS’?Santino Ferrucci 10th.

Fuoco topped the slower afternoon session with a time 0.999s slower than his morning mark, displacing team-mate Artur Janosz at the end of the day by just over two-and-a-half tenths.

Alex Palou?was third for Campos in front of Jenzer tester Oscar Tunjo, Koiranen racer?Matt Parry and Jenzer signing?Akash Nandy. Dennis,?Jake Hughes and Jorg followed.

There was one change to the line-up for the final day with Jenzer’s third car occupied for the first time this week by Chinese driver Hong Li Ye, last seen in Formula Renault Alps in 2014.

After propping up the times in the morning, he was 10th quickest in the afternoon despite causing a red flag with contact with the barrier at Turn 2. Stuvik, Jorg and Parry all triggered halts during the afternoon by stopping on track. A spin for?Konstantin Tereshchenko?brought an early stoppage in the morning, before further issues for Charles Leclerc, Fuoco and Janosz.

Combined day three times
Pos. Driver Team Session 1 Session 2
1 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1:27.293 1:28.292
2 Jake Dennis Arden International 1:27.775 1:29.826
3 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 1:28.051 1:32.502
4 Sandy Stuvik Trident 1:28.065 1:30.798
5 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:28.173 1:32.103
6 Kevin Jorg DAMS 1:28.231 1:29.958
7 Jack Aitken Arden International 1:28.247 1:31.079
8 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1:28.323 No time
9 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1:28.366 1:31.717
10 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:28.399 1:31.555
11 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 1:28.408 1:32.123
12 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1:28.428 1:32.206
13 Jake Hughes DAMS 1:28.442 1:29.867
14 Artur Janosz Trident 1:28.649 1:28.551
15 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:28.599 1:32.007
16 Alex Palou Campos Racing 1:28.663 1:28.906
17 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 1:28.765 1:29.203
18 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing 1:28.947 1:31.424
19 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.129 1:28.975
20 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1:28.992 1:30.603
21 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1:29.052 1:29.323
22 Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:29.143 1:30.315
23 Hong Li Ye Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.785 1:30.105
24 Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP 1:30.183 1:31.807