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Russell fastest on Day 3 of Yas Marina Test

Russell fastest on Day 3 of Yas Marina Test

02 DEC 2016

ART Grand Prix’s George Russell on top during final test day

George Russell (ART GP) posted the fastest time on Day 3 of testing. The Briton’s best laptime of 1:55.364 which was set in the morning was six tenths quicker than Trident’s Santino Ferrucci and Jenzer Motorsport’s Alessio Lorandi. It was also the fastest lap of the three day test session. The ART driver also headed the timesheet in the afternoon ahead of Lorandi and Arden International’s Leonardo Pulcini.

There were two familiar faces added to the day three line-up: 2016 GP3 drivers Alex Palou and Matt Parry both testing for Campos Racing.

ART GP tester Arjun Maini headed the times early on for the third and final day of post-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit. Fellow ART GP tester Anthoine Hubert was first to lap in the 1m57’s, before Russell set a time of 1:56.965.

There was an early red flag when Steijn Schothorst stopped at Turn 19. Trident’s Raoul Hyman went P1 before a length red flag period for Hubert who made contact with the barrier at Turn 7. There was damage to the TecPro barriers so the session was delayed while they were repaired. The session was over for Hubert as the monocoque was damaged from the incident.

Arden International’s Pulcini then set the pace with a 1:56.170 before Russell became the first driver to dip into the 1m55’s. Arden’s Max Defourny and Lorandi moved up to second and third respectively in the final 30 minutes. Ferrucci shot to P2 near the close of the session.

Russell remained on top at the chequered flag; behind him were Ferrucci, Lorandi, Max Defourny, Leonardo Pulcini, Jack Aitken, Maini, Schothorst, Kevin Joerg and Marcos Siebert.

The afternoon session got underway after GP2 Series had their turn on track. Arden’s Pulcini topped the timesheet with a 1:56.363 ahead of Ferrucci and Palou. With less than one hour remaining, Russell shot to P1 with a 1:56.307. There was a brief flag due to debris on track in two different locations. Once the debris cleared, the action resumed, but only shortly as Joerg stopped on track at Turn 20.

ART’s Maini moved up to second in the final stages, until Pulcini displaced the Indian driver to P3. But nobody could better the time set by Russell as he stayed in P1 until the chequered flag. However, there was one final switch in positions when Lorandi bettered his fellow compatriot Pulcini for second position. Behind the top three were Maini, Ferrucci, Giuliano Alesi, Aitken, Robert Shwartzman, Palou and Bruno Baptista.

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Day Three – morning session

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:55.364

26

2.

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:55.907

  25

3.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.023

28

4.

Max Defourny

Arden International

1:56.028

32

5.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:56.034

32

6.

Jack Aitken

DAMS

1:56.127

28

7.

Arjun Maini

ART Grand Prix

1:56.203

25

8.

Steijn Schothorst

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.319

25

9.

Kevin Joerg

Arden International

1:56.364

28

10.

Marcos Siebert

Trident

1:56.513

21

11.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:56.642

25

12.

Robert Shwartzman

Koiranen GP

1:56.645

24

13.

Matheus Leist

ART Grand Prix

1:56.768

28

14.

Patricio O’Ward

Koiranen GP

1:56.797

23

15.

Alex Palou

Campos Racing

1:56.862

21

16.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:56.913

12

17.

Matthew Parry

Campos Racing

1:56.915

27

18.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:56.984

27

19.

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.992

26

20.

Tarun Reddy

Koiranen GP

1:57.007

18

21.

Dorian Boccolacci

DAMS

1:57.043

27

22.

Julian Falchero

Campos Racing

1:57.370

30

*Raoul Hyman disqualified as his #5 car was found underweight.

 Afternoon Session

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:55.759

37

2.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.128

  28

3.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:56.245

30

4.

Arjun Maini

ART Grand Prix

1:56.336

35

5.

Santino Ferrucci

Trident

1:56.359

28

6.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:56.401

13

7.

Jack Aitken

DAMS

1:56.416

33

8.

Robert Shwartzman

Koiranen GP

1:56.434

32

9.

Alex Palou

Campos Racing

1:56.491

34

10.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:56.529

34

11.

Matthew Parry

Campos Racing

1:56.558

21

12.

Max Defourny

Arden International

1:56.564

27

13.

Matheus Leist

ART Grand Prix

1:56.612

33

14.

Raoul Hyman

Trident

1:56.643

26

15.

Steijn Schothorst

Jenzer Motorsport

1:56.705

28

16.

Tarun Reddy

Koiranen GP

1:56.812

28

17.

Patricio O’Ward

Koiranen GP

1:56.916

28

18.

Marcos Siebert

Trident

1:57.008

26

19.

Julian Falchero

Campos Racing

1:57.019

31

20.

Dorian Boccolacci

DAMS

1:57.037

35

21.

Kevin Joerg

Arden International

1:57.054

17

22.

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:57.080

27