Max Verstappen put himself at the top of the times for the second and final day of the Formula 3 European Championship test at Imola.
The Toro Rosso Formula 1 recruit sat at the head of the order for most of the day in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen, with his morning best being the overall fastest over the two days as the field prepares for this weekend’s penultimate round of the championship.
Tuesday pacesetter Jake Dennis was second quickest, just under three tenths adrift of Verstappen in the morning with his Carlin Dallara-VW.
The biggest surprise of the test was Sean Gelael’s third-fastest time of the day. The Indonesian has been increasingly a fixture in the points over the summer but made a big leap forward to top Jagonya Ayam/Carlin stablemate Antonio Giovinazzi.
Their teammate Tom Blomqvist joined the test one day late after missing Tuesday due to sustaining concussion when he hit his head in a fall.
Verstappen was quickest again in the afternoon session, this time with a margin of more than three tenths over Felix Rosenqvist. The Mucke Motorsport-run Swede bounced back from a morning shunt to be one of the few leading runners to improve in the afternoon.
Meanwhile, the Prema Powerteam squad again kept its powder dry at a circuit it knows well, with championship leader Esteban Ocon on the fringes on the top 10 for most of the day.
Nick Cassidy was a notable performer as he prepares for his first F3 race outing of the year. Driving a third Three Bond T-Sport Dallara-NBE, the New Zealander has put himself comfortably in the top 10 in all four sessions over the two days, and was fourth in the final runout.
Combined Wednesday times
Pos Driver Car Time 1. Max Verstappen Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m36.553s 2. Jake Dennis Carlin Dallara-VW 1m36.836s 3. Sean Gelael Carlin Dallara-VW 1m37.049s 4. Antonio Giovinazzi Carlin Dallara-VW 1m37.055s 5. Antonio Fuoco Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.071s 6. Gustavo Menezes Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m37.108s 7. Nick Cassidy T-Sport Dallara-NBE 1m37.116s 8. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW 1m37.144s 9. Lucas Auer Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.163s 10. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.273s 11. Felix Serralles West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.341s 12. Esteban Ocon Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.342s 13. Nicholas Latifi Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.393s 14. Tom Blomqvist Carlin Dallara-VW 1m37.419s 15. Alexander Toril T-Sport Dallara-NBE 1m37.455s 16. Marvin Kirchhofer Motopark Dallara-VW 1m37.497s 17. Ed Jones Carlin Dallara-VW 1m37.498s 18. Tatiana Calderon Zeller (Mucke) Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.535s 19. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-NBE 1m37.559s 20. Will Buller Signature Dallara-VW 1m37.605s 21. Dennis van de Laar Prema Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.625s 22. Jules Szymkowiak Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW 1m37.709s 23. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 1m37.796s 24. Santino Ferrucci Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.223s 25. Sergio Sette Camara EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.404s 26. Nicolas Pohler West-Tec Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.639s 27. Michele Beretta EuroInternational Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.751s 28. Martin Cao Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.784s 29. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Mercedes 1m38.856s