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George Russell quickest on Day 1

George Russell quickest on Day 1

22 MAR 2017

Briton leads the way at Estoril

George Russell set the fastest time of the first day of pre-season testing at Circuito do Estoril during this afternoon’s session, stopping the clock at 1:27.606, less than a tenth ahead of teammate Nirei Fukuzumi and Raoul Hyman, with the Campos tester taking top honours in a wet morning session.

The pitlane opened in wet and windy conditions as the cars fed onto the track. After the traditional installation laps, Santino Ferrucci topped the timing sheets. Halfway through the session, most drivers had set a laptime with Steijn Schothorst the quickest man on track in a 1:43.764.

The rain intensified forcing the cars back into the pits to wait for more lenient weather. As the sun made a timid comeback, the proceedings resumed. With one hour left on the clock, Russell went top ahead of Fukuzumi. Their teammate Jack Aitken pipped the Japanese driver to move up to P2, with Anthoine Hubert in P4 making it an all ART top four. But as the clock ticked down, Niko Kari went quickest with a laptime 0.6s quicker than Russell.

In the final stages, on an improving track, the Briton reclaimed the top spot but Alessio Lorandi dipped under 1m38s to take top honours ahead of Schothorst. As all other drivers remained on wet weather tyres, and the top spot kept changing hands, Hyman judged the track to be dry enough for slicks. Just before the flag dropped, he blew past Niko Kari setting a laptime 5.3s better than the Finn.

The track was dry as the afternoon session started. Fukuzumi set the early pace but it was Leonardo Pulcini who sat pretty at the top of the timesheets as the proceedings were briefly halted on the 50 minute mark after Russell stopped at Turn 2.

At the restart the session was very busy, with the teams and the drivers getting to grips with the newly added DRS device: Alessio Lorandi claimed the top spot before Arjun Maini pipped him with one hour left on the clock. Fukuzumi was the first man to dip under 1m28s, but so did Russell who lapped the Portuguese track 0.079s faster than the Japanese ace.

At the chequered flag, Russell led Fukuzumi and Hyman. Hubert, Maini, Giuliano Alesi, Dorian Boccolacci, Aitken, Kari and Ferrucci rounded out the top ten.

Day 2 will start at 9am, local time.

Day 1 Morning results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:31.539

36

2.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:36.908

27

3.

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:36.930

31

4.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:36.960

33

5.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:37.127

22

6.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:37.233

26

7.

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:37.530

36

8.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:37.764

34

9.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:37.948

27

10.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:38.014

34

11.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:38.017

38

12.

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:38.602

27

13.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:38.633

23

14.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:39.217

24

15.

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:39.601

31

16.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:39.648

20

17.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:39.681

24

18.

Kevin Jörg

Trident

1:40.483

29

19.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:40.710

20

Day 1 Afternoon results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:27.606

41

2.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:27.685

47

3.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:27.705

35

4.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:28.113

44

5.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:28.147

41

6.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:28.152

31

7.

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:28.185

36

8.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:28.211

46

9.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:28.478

44

10.

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:28.489

34

11.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:28.602

34

12.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:28.641

36

13.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:28.781

51

14.

Kevin Jörg

Trident

1:28.820

31

15.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:28.841

42

16.

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:28.892

35

17.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:29.084

41

18.

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:29.504

38

19.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

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