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Yifei Ye tops Euroformula test at Paul Ricard

by Ida Wood

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CryptoTower Racing Team’s Yifei Ye topped the single-session four-hour pre-event Euroformula test at Paul Ricard.

The championship leader set the early pace, but ran fewer laps than his rivals as the track surface heated up. He returned to track with a few minute to go, and topped Double R Racing’s Ayrton Simmons from the top of the times with a 1m54.252s lap.

Simmons wasn’t the only Double R driver present, with the British team also testing German driver Matthias Luethen.

Over a third of a second behind Simmons and next up on the timesheet at the end of the test was Carlin’s Zane Maloney and Motopark’s Manuel Maldonado.

Cameron Das, who is making his Euroformula return this weekend with Motopark, was 10th fastest. His FIA Formula 3 Championship rival Lukas Dunner is also making a series return at Paul Ricard after finishing third in the Euroformula points last year, and he was sixth fastest for CryptoTower in the test after running in second place for a long time.

Andreas Estner was the top Van Amersfoort Racing driver in fifth, with his team-mate and brother Sebastian behind Dunner in eighth place and the last of the drivers within a second of Ye’s pace.


Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m54.252s 47
2 Ayrton Simmons Double R Racing 1m54.311s +0.059s 66
3 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m54.657s +0.405s 54
4 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m54.682s +0.430s 52
5 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m54.952s +0.700s 44
6 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower 1m54.981s +0.729s 53
7 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.190s +0.938s 50
8 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m55.339s +1.087s 59
9 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m55.482s +1.230s 46
10 Cameron Das Motopark 1m55.570s +1.318s 36
11 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m56.022s +1.770s 54
12 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m56.060s +1.808s 55
13 Shihab Al Habsi Drivex School 1m56.365s +2.113s 32
14 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m56.701s +2.449s 54
15 Matthias Luethen Double R Racing 1m56.898s +2.646s 64