Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco set the pace on day two of the GP3 pre-season testing at Estoril, lowering?yesterday’s benchmark by six tenths.
Fuoco, who returns to the series after ending his rookie camapign in sixth last year, topped both sessions of the day.
He grabbed the lead from ART rookie Alex Albon in the dying stages of the morning session, being the only driver to dip below the 1m28s barrier.
Jack Aitken, leader for most of the practice, had to settle for third, having been edged out by Albon by 0.022s.
The Briton’s former Eurocup teammate Jake Hughes completed the top four.
They were followed by the ART trio of Nirei Fukuzumi, quickest yesterday, Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Mclaren-bound Nyck de Vries.
Oscar Tunjo, a GP3 race winner despite tackling only six races last year,?was just five thousandths slower than the Formula Renault 3.5 convert Dutchman in eighth.
Spaniard Alex Palou and Swiss Kevin Jorg made up the top 10, both around seven tenths off Fuoco’s pace respectively.
Fuoco was once again quickest in the second running with fellow Trident driver Artur Janosz taking third.
The duo sandwiched Aitken,?whose teammate Jake Dennis ended up?fourth.
De Vries completed the top five, ahead of Matt Parry and DAMS duo Jorg and Santino Ferrucci.
Tunjo and recent Koiranen signing Ralph Boschung were ninth and tenth respectively.
Combined day two times
|Pos||Driver||Team||Session 1||Session 2|
|2||Jack Aitken||Arden International||1:28.253||1:28.141|
|4||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||1:28.231||1:31.620|
|5||Jake Dennis||Arden International||1:29.214||1:28.250|
|6||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||1:28.570||1:28.316|
|8||Matt Parry||Koiranen GP||1:28.809||1:28.450|
|9||Nirei Fukuzumi||ART Grand Prix||1:28.481||1:31.431|
|10||Charles Leclerc||ART Grand Prix||1:28.505||1:32.342|
|12||Oscar Tunjo||Jenzer Motorsport||1:28.575||1:28.790|
|13||Alex Palou||Campos Racing||1:28.667||1:30.637|
|15||Ralph Boschung||Koiranen GP||1:29.030||1:28.822|
|16||Matevos Isaakyan||Koiranen GP||1:28.932||1:29.322|
|18||Steijn Schothorst||Campos Racing||1:29.499||1:29.128|
|19||Tatiana Calderon||Arden International||No Time||1:29.144|
|21||Akash Nandy||Jenzer Motorsport||1:29.792||1:29.434|
|22||Konstantin Tereshchenko||Campos Racing||1:29.466||1:31.216|
|23||Mahaveer Raghunathan||Koiranen GP||1:30.234||1:30.896|