FIA Formula 3 – Marcus Armstrong sets the pace at Le Castellet

Marcus Armstrong has set the fastest laptime on Day 1 of the FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing today at Le Castellet, France. The Ferrari Academy driver was able to clock in a time of a 1:49.243 in the afternoon session to top the day overall ahead of Lirim Zendeli and Robert Shwartzman.
 
The sun greeted the teams when the pitlane opened. Trident’s trio of Niko Kari, Pedro Piquet and Devlin DeFrancesco quickly hit the track to set their customary installation laps. The rest of the pack soon followed and within the first thirty minutes all thirty cars had had their first taste of the Circuit Paul Ricard.
 
On the one hour mark, Raoul Hyman set the early pace, but Christian Lundgaard went top with a laptime half a second quicker than Jüri Vips in P2. The ART driver found some extra pace to break the 1m51s barrier just before a red flag halted the proceedings for a quick technical assessment.
 
The pitlane went green again twenty minutes later and at shortly after that Leonardo Pulcini clocked in a laptime of 1:50.328 to go top, but Lundgaard was able to improve further by one tenth to reclaim P1. With thirty minutes left in the session, Richard Verschoor and DeFrancesco brought out a second red flag after the MP driver and the Trident man stopped simultaneously at turns 1 and 7 respectively.
 
In the closing stages, both Lundgaard and Pulcini were able to dip under 1m50s with the Dane going quickest in a 1:49.685. Robert Shwartzman claimed P3 in the nick of time edging Niko Kari. At the chequered flag, Vips, Maximilian Fewtrell, Alex Peroni, Piquet, Verschoor and Logan Sargeant completed the top 10.
 
After a two-hour break, the proceedings resumed with Andreas Estner (who is testing for Jenzer Motorsport this week) taking to the track first. Jehan Daruvala set the early pace in a 1:51.510 before a brief red flag period courtesy of Sargeant who stopped at the exit of Turn 7.
 
Halfway through the session, Yuki Tsunoda went top in a 1:50.262 ahead of Sebastian Fernandez and Liam Lawson. Armstrong dipped under 1m50s just before another red flag period after Vips stopped at Turn 7. In the dying stages, Zendeli moved up to P2 whilst Shwartzman found some extra pace to feature in third place at the chequered flag. Pulcini, Verschoor, Simo Laaksonen, Fernandez, Lundgaard, Beckmann and Daruvala rounded up the top 10.
 
Day 2 will start tomorrow at 9am local time.
 
FIA Formula 3 Le Castellet Test – Day 1 Morning Session
 
 
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:49.685
30
2
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:49.772
30
3
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:49.838
25
4
Niko Kari
Trident
1:50.078
25
5
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:50.202
36
6
Maximilian Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:50.498
32
7
Alex Peroni
Campos Racing
1:50.545
23
8
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:50.597
25
9
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:50.606
19
10
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:50.762
23
11
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:50.767
25
12
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:50.845
21
13
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:51.017
21
14
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:51.326
26
15
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:51.344
20
16
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:51.434
18
17
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:51.522
25
18
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:51.776
21
19
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:51.846
18
20
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:51.944
11
21
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:51.945
25
22
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:52.026
21
23
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:52.198
22
24
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:52.384
18
25
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:52.459
18
26
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:52.759
22
27
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.792
19
28
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:53.804
13
29
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:54.357
15
30
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
2:21.077
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FIA Formula 3 Le Castellet Test – Day 1 Afternoon Session
 
 
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:49.243
30
2
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:49.578
30
3
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:49.634
25
4
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:49.656
25
5
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:49.740
36
6
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:49.770
32
7
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:49.793
23
8
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:49.817
25
9
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:49.893
19
10
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:49.956
23
11
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:50.014
25
12
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.117
21
13
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:50181
21
14
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:50.317
26
15
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.335
20
16
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.493
18
17
Niko Kari
Trident
1:50.528
25
18
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:50.613
21
19
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:50.619
18
20
Maximilian Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:50.715
11
21
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.858
25
22
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:50.877
21
23
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.906
22
24
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:50.927
18
25
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:51.045
18
26
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:51.244
22
27
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:51.660
19
28
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:51.741
13
29
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:53.097
15
30
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
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