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George Russell stays on top

George Russell stays on top

23 MAR 2017

Briton quickest again in wet morning session

George Russell was again the quickest man on track in this morning session at Circuito do Estoril: the Briton from ART set the pace in a 1:37.543 in the early stages and on a wet track.

The GP3 paddock was greeted by rays of sunshine on the morning of Day 2 of pre-season testing, but grey clouds made their way over the Portuguese track minutes before the pitlane turned green. As the cars fed onto the track, rain drops fell from the sky and the session was soon declared wet.

There was an early red flag period after Raoul Hyman stopped at Turn 3. When the proceedings resumed, Alessio Lorandi set the pace, but his time was bettered first by Niko Kari and then by Russell who posted his best laptime after 45 minutes.

On the one hour mark, the session was briefly halted when Julien Falchero stopped on track with a broken suspension. The weather conditions improved slightly but remained cold and windy. There were two more red flag periods courtesy of Tatiana Calderon and then Nirei Fukuzumi.

At the chequered flag, Russell sat pretty at the top of the timesheets ahead of Anthoine Hubert, Lorandi, Fukuzumi, Jack Aitken, Ryan Tveter, Kari, Steijn Schothorst, Hyman and Giuliano Alesi.

The afternoon session will open at 1pm local time after a one hour lunch break.

Day 2 Morning results

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1.

George Russell

ART Grand Prix

1:37.543

45

2.

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:38.401

38

3.

Alessio Lorandi

Jenzer Motorsport

1:38.476

35

4.

Nirei Fukuzumi

ART Grand Prix

1:38.584

44

5.

Jack Aitken

ART Grand Prix

1:38.875

40

6.

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:39.305

41

7.

Niko Kari

Arden International

1:40.107

23

8.

Steijn Schothorst

Arden International

1:40.269

22

9.

Raoul Hyman

Campos Racing

1:40.574

31

10.

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:41.374

18

11.

Leonardo Pulcini

Arden International

1:41.452

35

12.

Dorian Boccolacci

Trident

1:41.547

24

13.

Kevin Jörg

Trident

1:41.734

26

14.

Tatiana Calderon

DAMS

1:42.366

41

15.

Arjun Maini

Jenzer Motorsport

1:42.480

45

16.

Santino Ferrucci

DAMS

1:42.791

40

17.

Bruno Baptista

DAMS

1:43.059

42

18.

Marcos Siebert

Campos Racing

1:43.208

29

19.

Julien Falchero

Campos Racing

1:43.812

22