FIA F3 – Christian Lundgaard ends inaugural F3 pre-season test on top

Renault Sport Academy driver Christian Lundgaard set the fastest laptime of the first FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France. The Dane clocked in a time of 1:48.786 to top the two-day test session overall. In the afternoon, it was Yuki Tsunoda from Jenzer Motorsport who was quickest in a 1:49.301.
 
The pitlane opened at 9am local time on the second day of testing and under blue skies. The three ART cars rushed to the track, led by Max Fewtrell, but it was David Beckmann who quickly set the early pace. PREMA’s Jehan Daruvala dipped under 1m51s to go top ahead of Richard Verschoor and Lundgaard. The Dane improved further to claim the top spot in 1:50.410.
 
Fewtrell was the first driver to break the 1m50s barrier. His time was later bettered by Daruvala who lapped the track in a 1:49.445 as Leonardo Pulcini move up to P2 (+0.2s). Halfway through the session, Lundgaard brought out a first red flag after he stopped in the pit entry.
 
At the restart, Robert Shwartzman claimed the top spot in a 1:49.036 whilst Fewtrell set the second quickest laptime (+0.097s) just before a second stoppage after Sebastian Fernandez halted on the Mistral straight.
 
Pulcini was the first man to dip under 1m49s.Ten minutes before the chequered flag, Marcus Armstrong went quickest in a 1:48.800, but Lundgaard improved on the Kiwi’s time by one hundredth to end the morning session on top of the standings. Pulcini finished third ahead of Shwartzman, Ye Yifei, Verschoor, Fewtrell, Liam Lawson, Jake Hughes and Felipe Drugovich.
 
After the lunch break, Verschoor set the early pace in a 1:49.582. One hour into the session, the proceedings were halted after Tsunoda stopped at Turn 15. A second red flag period took place just before the two-hour mark after Verschoor stopped at Turn 2. At the restart, Hughes went fastest, but Niko Kari improved on the Briton’s time by two tenths to claim the top spot in a 1:49.372.
 
The running was halted a third time after Beckmann parked his car at Turn 2. The track was clear with thirty minutes left on the clock. In the dying stages, Tsunoda lapped the track in a 1:49.301 to claim the top honours ahead of Kari, Pedro Piquet, Hughes, Verschoor, Alexander Peroni, Pulcini, Bent Viscaal, Lawson and Fernandez.
 
This concluded a successful opening testing of the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Next stop: the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on April 09-10 where the teams and the drivers will attend the second pre-season test session.
 
FIA Formula 3 Le Castellet Test – Day 2 Morning Session
 
 
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:48.786
42
2
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:48.800
43
3
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:48.904
26
4
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:48.975
42
5
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:48.997
39
6
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:49.118
41
7
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:49.133
19
8
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:49.176
17
9
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:49.206
43
10
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:49.240
26
11
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:49.251
28
12
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:49.254
19
13
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:49.339
30
14
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:49.349
39
15
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:49.428
47
16
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:49.479
16
17
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.528
25
18
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:49.606
27
19
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:49.623
21
20
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.623
31
21
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:49.654
17
22
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:49.654
27
23
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.660
32
24
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:49.880
24
25
Niko Kari
Trident
1:49.881
25
26
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.179
27
27
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:50.453
23
28
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.633
10
29
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:50.773
18
30
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:51.091
20
 
FIA Formula 3 Le Castellet Test – Day 2 Afternoon Session
 
 
Driver
Team
Time
Laps
1
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:49.301
25
2
Niko Kari
Trident
1:49.372
35
3
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:49.487
33
4
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:49.572
35
5
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:49.582
23
6
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:49.712
27
7
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:49.742
28
8
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:49.931
29
9
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:50.000
46
10
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:50.007
35
11
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:50.015
33
12
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:50.034
26
13
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.111
27
14
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:50.121
24
15
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.149
40
16
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.156
35
17
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.173
32
18
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:50.373
24
19
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:50.428
31
20
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:50.719
35
21
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:50.764
29
22
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:50.867
31
23
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:50.886
26
24
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:50.914
19
25
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:51.013
39
26
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:51.410
31
27
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:51.962
21
28
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:52.023
36
29
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:52.043
38
30
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:52.207
28

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