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Christian Lundgaard leads ART GP one-two on first day of FIA F3 post-season test

by Josh Suttill

Photo: Joe Portlock/FIA F3

Renault junior Christian Lundgaard was fastest on the opening day of FIA Formula 3’s post-season test at Valencia, leading an ART Grand Prix one-two.

Lundgaard finished in sixth place with the French outfit in this year’s championship, with the highlight being a race one win in Hungary.

The 18-year-old Danish driver, who will drive for ART at next months’ Macau Grand Prix, posted a 1m21.370s with just minutes to go in the afternoon session.

His time was over 12 seconds quicker than the fastest time set during a wet morning session by Lirim Zendeli.

Zendeli, whose campaign with the Sauber Junior Team ended with the 2018 ADAC Formula 4 champion withdrawing from the final round of the season over a contract dispute, lined up with Jenzer for the test.

Sebastian Fernandez, who twinned an FIA F3 campaign with Campos with a Formula Renault Eurocup part-season, was second fastest overall for ART as the team tested with its full Macau line-up.

Testing for the Sauber Junior Team, Alexander Smolyar was the best debutant in both sessions. He shone in the wet morning session with the second-best time, and later posted the third-fastest time of the day at the end of the afternoon. He ended up just over two-tenths adrift of his former Spanish F4 title rival Lundgaard.

After also leading during the afternoon, Zendeli was eventually shuffled down to fourth. Alessio Lorandi, who caused the only red flag of the day when he stopped on track, was fifth for Trident ahead of his return to racing in November’s Macau Grand Prix.

His team-mate Delvin Defrancesco was sixth ahead of Honda junior Yuki Tsunoda (Hitech) and Ferdinand Habsburg (ART).

Dan Ticktum was ninth with Carlin as he begins preparations for his attempt at becoming the first man to win Macau on three-consecutive occasions.

Logan Sargeant rounded out the top 10 as the highest-placed Prema driver.


Combined day one times
Pos? Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:34.302 1:21.370
2 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 1:34.777 1:21.599
3 Alexander Smolyar Sauber Junior Team 1:33.850 1:21.613
4 Lirim Zendeli Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.719 1:21.685
5 Alessio Lorandi Trident 1:34.770 1:21.776
6 Delvin Defrancesco Trident 1:34.937 1:21.819
7 Yuki Tsunoda Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.894 1:21.858
8 Ferdinand Habsburg ART Grand Prix 1:34.771 1:21.867
9 Dan Ticktum Carlin 1:34.000 1:21.914
10 Logan Sargeant Prema 1:34.674 1:21.992
11 Linus Lundqvist HWA Racelab 1:34.756 1:22.011
12 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:34.394 1:22.105
13 Oscar Piastri Prema 1:34.638 1:22.122
14 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1:34.283 1:22.177
15 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport 1:34.523 1:22.315
16 Johnathan Hoggard Sauber Junior Team 1:34.706 1:22.420
17 David Beckmann Trident 1:34.662 1:22.428
18 Jack Doohan Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.507 1:22.435
19 Max Fewtrell Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.436 1:22.443
20 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1:35.573 1:22.492
21 Yu Kanamaru Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.690 1:22.565
22 Theo Pourchaire Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:34.707 1:22.576
23 Frederico Malvestiti Carlin 1:34.811 1:22.591
24 Fabio Scherer HWA Racelab 1:35.487 1:22.670
25 Enaam Ahmed Prema 1:34.890 1:22.927
26 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.564 1:22.993
27 David Vidales Campos Racing 1:36.083 1:23.164
28 Billy Monger Carlin 1:34.965 1:23.507
29 Joao Vieira Sauber Junior Team 1:35.022 1:23.542
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1:37.421 1:24.218