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GP3 – George Russell sets the pace in Day 1

_54I3128The GP3 Series paddock has gathered at the Hungaroring in Budapest for a two day test mid-season session ahead of Round 2 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria next month. ART’s George Russell was the quickest man in both sessions of the opening day, with a fastest laptime of 1:32.159 set in the morning session, ahead of Dorian Boccolacci and Alessio Lorandi in P2 and P3 of the overall timings.

The morning’s proceedings were delayed by one hour to wait for the full medical staff to be operational. As the pitlane went green at 10am local time, all cars fed onto the track to complete their installation laps with Tatiana Calderon the only driver to set a laptime in the opening 45 minutes. On the one hour mark Boccolacci went top, dipping under 1:34, but Russell found some extra pace to move up to P1, three tenths faster than Alessio Lorandi in P2.

Russell remained top for most of the trouble-free session, improving to break the 1m33s barrier, but with thirty minutes left on the clock Boccolacci temporarily edged him out, going fastest by four hundredths. In the closing stages Russell went P1 again, as Aitken also improved to move up to P2, four tenths slower than his teammate. At the chequered flag, and behind the top 3, Arjun Maini, Santino Ferrucci, Lorandi, Raoul Hyman, Marcos Siebert, Nirei Fukuzumi and Anthoine Hubert rounded up the top 10.

Following a two hour lunch break the action picked up again, with Leonardo Pulcini leading the way in the opening stages, but Bruno Baptista improved on the Italian’s laptime to go top. The session was briefly halted after Julien Falchero stopped at the exit of Turn 5. At the restart Niko Kari was soon sitting pretty at the top of the timesheets, before Lorandi went quickest under menacing skies.

With one hour left on the clock, Russell put his head down to lap the Hungarian track under 1m33s, two tenths faster than Lorandi. In the closing stages, a red flag was shown after Baptista stopped at Turn 12. When the track went live again Russell improved further to set a laptime of 1:32.332, while Boccolacci also found some extra pace to move up to P2, one tenth slower than the Briton.

When the flag dropped and behind the top 3, Aitken, Ferrucci, Maini, Fukuzumi, Siebert, Kevin Jörg and Hubert completed the top 10. The second and final day of testing will open tomorrow at 9am local time.

Day 1 Morning results
  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:32.159 31
2. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:32.654 28
3. Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:32.680 22
4. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.765 30
5. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:32.811 34
6. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.864 32
7. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:32.913 31
8. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:33.014 33
9. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:33.056 20
10. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:33.273 30
11. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:33.303 26
12. Ryan Tveter Trident 1:33.352 24
13. Kevin Jörg Trident 1:33.384 32
14. Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:33.694 24
15. Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:33.721 32
16. Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:33.876 26
17. Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:34.099 32
18. Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:34.388 22
19. Niko Kari Arden International 1:34.609 20
  Day 1 Afternoon results
  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:32.332 46
2. Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:32.436 50
3. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.459 40
4. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:32.547 46
5. Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:32.696 38
6. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.724 37
7. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:32.728 45
8. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:32.997 37
9. Kevin Jörg Trident 1:33.019 38
10. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:33025 49
11. Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:33.075 34
12. Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:33.075 31
13. Ryan Tveter Trident 1:33.275 41
14. Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:33.301 37
15. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:33.320 37
16. Niko Kari Arden International 1:33.321 37
17. Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:33.462 34
18. Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:33.837 33
19. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:35.680 23
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