FIA Formula 3 – Shwartzman shifts up a gear in final F3 test

Robert Shwartzman was fastest on Day 2 of the Final FIA Formula 3 pre-season tests in Budapest, Hungary. The rampant Russian set the best time in the morning session, lapping the circuit in 1:30.746. This time was the best of Budapest testing overall. ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard and PREMA teammate Jehan Daruvala completed the top 3.
 
No sooner had the thirty cars hit the track on Day 2 of Testing in Budapest, were they having to return to the pits. Andreas Estner had stopped at Turn 9 resulting in a red flag just minutes into the session. The drivers swiftly got back out there and Jüri Vips wasted no time in setting the early pace with 1:32.002.
 
The familiar sight of Leonardo Pulcini leading the pack was spotted half an hour into the session, when the cars dipped under 1m32s. With this achieved, PREMA Racing, Carlin Buzz Racing, Campos Racing, Jenzer Motorsport and ART Grand Prix all switched to new slick tyres, perhaps signifying a Qualifying simulation.
 
The best time from Day One of testing yesterday was beaten by the rapid Robert Shwartzman. Yuki Tsunoda, David Beckmann and Jake Hughes were all jostling for second position, but no one had been able to improve on the speed of the Russian from PREMA, before a Red Flag halfway through the session forced the cars back into the pitlane, due to Alex Peroni stopping on Turn 10.
 
The 1m31s barrier was broken for the first time in this year’s F3 Budapest Testing when they restarted, as Christian Lundgaard flew round the track to set a best time of 1:30.940. Not to be outdone, Shwartzman reclaimed the top spot when we entered the final hour, beating Lundgaard’s lap by 0.194s.
 
The Ferrari Academy driver continued to lead the way for the final hour and couldn’t be knocked off top spot. The 19-year-old was only separated by his PREMA teammates Jehan Daruvala and Marcus Armstrong in third and fourth by the second placed Lundgaard. The rest of the top ten was completed by Tsunoda, Beckmann, Hughes, Raoul Hyman, Liam Lawson and Max Fewtrell.
 
Yuki Tsunoda was the sole driver back out on track when testing restarted in the afternoon and set the bar at 1:32.177, ahead of the other cars returning onto the Hungaroring circuit, with temperatures hitting 18 degrees.
 
There were successive red flags after Sebastian Fernandez stopped at the pit lane entry and Pulcini stopped at Turn 2. Following this, Jenzer continued to dominate the afternoon and had their trio of drivers in the front three. Tsunoda led teammates Artem Petrov and Andreas Estner, while many of the teams focused on their lap count. There was little shakeup in the order prior to a red flag when Jüri Vips stopped at Turn 11.
 
With less than 15 minutes remaining, Felipe Drugovich and Shwartzman broke into the top 3, propping up frontman Tsunoda. Petrov, Hughes, Vips, Pedro Piquet, Hyman, Bent Viscaal and Niko Kari then made up the rest of the top ten.
 
This concluded the final FIA Formula 3 pre-season tests and the drivers and the teams will now look ahead to the first race weekend of the season, in Barcelona, Spain, on 10-12 May 2019.
 
FIA Formula 3 Budapest Test – Day 2 Morning Session
 
 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
 
1
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:30.746
37
 
2
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:30.940
53
 
3
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:31.021
27
 
4
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:31.122
27
 
5
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:31.146
39
 
6
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:31.184
55
 
7
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:31.207
54
 
8
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:31.213
37
 
9
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:31.273
53
 
10
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:31.291
58
 
11
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:31.347
48
 
12
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:31.384
47
 
13
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:31.442
54
 
14
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:31.442
36
 
15
Niko Kari
Trident
1:31.467
41
 
16
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:31.501
48
 
17
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:31.503
32
 
18
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:31.508
51
 
19
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:31.530
46
 
20
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:31.604
51
 
21
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:31.670
48
 
22
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:31.692
37
 
23
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:31.704
41
 
24
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:31.785
33
 
25
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:31.964
27
 
26
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:32.106
44
 
27
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:32.146
52
 
28
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:32.415
34
 
29
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:32.549
45
 
30
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:33.320
44
 
 
FIA Formula 3 Budapest Test – Day 2 Afternoon Session
 
 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
 
1
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.177
50
 
2
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:32.382
49
 
3
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:32.464
53
 
4
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.520
48
 
5
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:32.547
27
 
6
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:32.733
32
 
7
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:32.733
57
 
8
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:32.800
42
 
9
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:32.880
45
 
10
Niko Kari
Trident
1:32.905
56
 
11
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.939
48
 
12
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:33.006
49
 
13
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:33.017
46
 
14
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:33.114
36
 
15
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:33.123
50
 
16
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:33.195
39
 
17
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:33.212
41
 
18
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.455
48
 
19
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:33.827
35
 
20
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.849
56
 
21
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:33.925
44
 
22
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:33.950
41
 
23
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:33.983
43
 
24
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.990
37
 
25
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:34.085
37
 
26
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:34.193
46
 
27
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:34.227
32
 
28
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:34.299
55
 
29
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:34.311
23
 
30
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:34.424
40
 

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