Russell sweeps first day of Hungaroring GP3 test
Mercedes Formula 1 junior driver George Russell topped the first day of the in-season GP3 test at the Hungaroring for ART Grand Prix.
Russell, who is currently sixth in the GP3 drivers’ championship standings after the opening round of the season at Barcelona last month, topped the times with a 1m32.159s, which was set late on during the morning running as he traded fastest times with Dorian Boccolacci.
The day ended up finishing an hour later than scheduled as the teams were forced to wait for the Budapest track’s medical set-up to be operational before the morning session could get underway.
Trident driver and 2016 Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup runner-up Boccolacci ended the day second-fastest after improving his best time to 1m32.436s during the afternoon, which was 0.277s slower than Russell – who also topped the second session – had gone during the morning.
Double Barcelona podium finisher Alessio Lorandi finished third overall, ahead of Renault F1 academy member Jack Aitken and Santino Ferrucci.
Spain sprint race winner Arjun Maini, who like Ferrucci is a Haas F1 development driver, finished sixth, ahead of championship leader and Barcelona Race 1 winner, Nirei Fukuzumi.
Campos Racing duo Raoul Hyman and Marcos Siebert were eighth and ninth, with Trident's Kevin Jorg making up the top 10.
Although the delayed morning session passed without incident, the afternoon running was disrupted twice as DAMS driver Bruno Baptista and Campos’ Julien Falchero stopped out on the circuit and brought out the red flags.
The two-day test at the Hungarian Grand Prix venue concludes tomorrow.
Day 1 results
|1||George Russell||ART Grand Prix||1:32.159||1:32.332|
|3||Alessio Lorandi||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.864||1:32.458|
|4||Jack Aitken||ART Grand Prix||1:32.654||1:32.547|
|6||Arjun Maini||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.765||1:32.724|
|7||Nirei Fukuzumi||ART Grand Prix||1:33.056||1:32.728|
|8||Raoul Hyman||Campos Racing||1:32.913||1:35.680|
|9||Marcos Siebert||Campos Racing||1:33.014||1:32.997|
|11||Anthoine Hubert||ART Grand Prix||1:33.273||1:33.025|
|12||Leonardo Pulcini||Arden International||1:33.694||1:33.075|
|15||Steijn Schothorst||Arden International||1:34.388||1:33.301|
|17||Niko Kari||Arden International||1:34.609||1:33.321|
|18||Julien Falchero||Campos Racing||1:33.721||1:33.462|
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|Drivers||George Russell , Dorian Boccolacci , Alessio Lorandi|
|Teams||ART Grand Prix|