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Leonardo Pulcini tops first day of FIA F3 testing at Barcelona

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Malcolm Griffiths / FIA F3 Championship

Hitech GP’s Leonardo Pulcini set the pace on the first day of FIA Formula 3 testing at Barcelona, which was held in mixed conditions.

Pulcini, who was twice a winner in GP3 last year and won the 2016 Euroformula Open title, was ahead by the midway point of the dry morning session and improved on his best in the closing minutes of the morning.

It was close behind Pulcini for second, with Prema’s Robert Shwartzman initially holding the advantage after Andreas Estner caused a red flag in his second test for Jenzer Motorsport.

Red Bull junior Liam Lawson ended up bettering Shwartzman by 0.001 seconds with half an hour to go, which left the MP Motorsport man second at the end of the day.

HWA Racelab’s Jake Hughes was only 0.01s behind them in fourth, in the most convincing display yet for the debuting German team.

The weather worsened ahead of the afternoon session, but the rain managed to stop before the pitlane opened again.

Lawson set the early pace, setting his best time after three red flag interruptions caused by Trident’s Niko Kari and Jenzer’s Artem Petrov.

Two more red flags, courtesy of Pulcini’s team-mate Yifei Ye and Carlin’s Teppei Natori, punctuated the rapid improvement of lap times as the track dried, with Lawson and Shwartzman consistently appearing at the top.

In the end it was reigning EF Open champion Felipe Drugovich who was fastest for Carlin, albeit 0.277s slower than Pulcini’s morning best, with ART Grand Prix’s Max Fewtrell a close second. Their team-mates David Beckmann (ART) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin) completed the top four.

 

Combined day one times
Pos? Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Leonardo Pulcini Hitech GP 1:33.007 1:45.296
2 Liam Lawson MP Motorsport 1:33.188 1:34.121
3 Robert Shwartzman Prema 1:33.189 1:34.301
4 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1:33.199 1:34.906
5 Felipe Drugovich Carlin 1:33.971 1:33.284
6 Max Fewtrell ART Grand Prix 1:33.689 1:33.291
7 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 1:33.373 1:33.990
8 Marcus Armstrong Prema 1:33.417 1:34.362
9 David Beckmann ART Grand Prix 1:33.523 1:33.502
10 Yifei Ye Hitech GP 1:33.504 1:41.226
11 Juri Vips Hitech GP 1:33.588 1:44.656
12 Jehan Daruvala Prema 1:33.594 1:34.607
13 Sebastian Fernandez Campos Racing 1:33.686 1:34.255
14 Logan Sargeant Carlin 1:34.362 1:33.703
15 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:33.727 1:34.656
16 Pedro Piquet Trident 1:33.744 1:34.450
17 Simo Laaksonen MP Motorsport 1:33.755 1:34.528
18 Lirim Zendeli Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:33.783 1:44.675
19 Bent Viscaal HWA Racelab 1:33.870 1:34.944
20 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:33.948 1:34.036
21 Raoul Hyman Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:34.009 1:34.478
22 Yuki Tsunoda Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.168 1:37.362
23 Niko Kari Trident 1:34.179 1:34.912
24 Teppei Natori Carlin 1:34.234 1:47.791
25 Devlin DeFrancesco Trident 1:34.334 1:34.739
26 Fabio Scherer Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 1:34.733 1:34.871
27 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.809 1:34.997
28 Keyvan Andres HWA Racelab 1:34.851 1:36.929
29 Artem Petrov Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.414 1:36.020
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1:35.705 1:36.039