Hubert leads Jerez GP3 testing

Hubert leads Jerez GP3 testing

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Hubert leads Jerez GP3 testing

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Anthoine Hubert was quickest overall in the first day of the second GP3 Series pre-season test at Jerez, Spain, setting a 1m30.449s in the afternoon session to beat MP Motorsport’s Dorian Boccolacci and Campos Racing’s Leonardo Pulcini to the top of the timesheets.

A damp, overcast morning did not deter the teams from running, queuing up their drivers outside of the pit garages ahead of the green light. Pedro Piquet led the field onto the circuit, closely followed by Trident teammate Giuliano Alesi and Arden’s Gabriel Aubry as a flurry of installation laps peppered the opening half-hour – which David Beckmann (Jenzer Motorsport) topped with the first sub-two minute time.

Alessio Lorandi (Trident) then took to the track on slicks, and set about whittling the pace down as running was stifled by the ever-changing track conditions. The Jenzer duo of Beckmann and Juan Manuel Correa went for reconnaissance laps on wet tyres, but peeled in as drizzle hit the circuit, causing a short hiatus in the action.

The stalemate was broken by America’s Ryan Tveter of Trident, persisting with slick tire running as other runners preferred wets, setting a new benchmark in the 1m34s. This was shortly followed by an abundance of slick-tire runs in the final hour, the times plummeting as the drivers began to get a grasp of the conditions.

Pulcini headed the times going into the final half an hour of running, before stopping out on track to bring out a red flag. As the session restarted for a raft of final runs in the last 20 minutes, Jake Hughes of ART Grand Prix displaced the Italian at the top before Piquet found an advantage of three tenths over the British driver.

Niko Kari (MP Motorsport) then shaved a fraction from Piquet’s best lap, before Lorandi dumped the Finnish driver off the top of the timing boards in the final 10 minutes. Piquet occupied third ahead of Dorian Boccolacci (MP Motorsport) as Correa grabbed the fifth best time on his final run. Simo Laaksonen (Campos) beat Hughes to sixth, as Pulcini took eighth ahead of ART duo Callum Ilott and Nikita Mazepin.

A dry track greeted the teams after lunch, and Boccolacci and Kari immediately took advantage as the MP duo were first on track. The circuit enjoyed plenty of action in the first half hour, and Hubert rocketed to the top of the times after beating Lorandi’s time from the morning session.

Lorandi brought out a red flag as the clock approached the hour mark, going off at Turn 9, before Kari and Boccolacci got the running underway once more. The focus was on race simulations across the afternoon, with multiple teams trialling long runs and practice starts, resulting in very little change in the timing screens in the first half of the session.

As the teams moved away from race simulations in the final hour, the drivers were soon setting personal best lap times. Boccolacci got within a whisker of Hubert’s best time with 15 minutes to go, ending up just two-hundredths slower than his compatriot.

As the pace continued to increase, the session was brought to a halt once more as Hughes brought out a red flag with five minutes remaining, going off at Turn 5 to effectively end the session. Hubert retained top spot in the timesheets, having been run close by Boccolacci.

Pulcini held on for third as Lorandi beat Laaksonen to fourth, splitting the two Campos drivers in the process. Alesi was ahead of teammate Piquet – who completed a session high of 49 laps – for sixth, as Mazepin, Tveter and Kari completed the top 10.

The action will resume tomorrow.

GP3 Pre-season Test: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – Day 1 Morning Session

 

Driver

Team

Lap time

Laps

1

Alessio Lorandi

Trident

1:30.797

35

2

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:31.107

21

3

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:31.143

28

4

Dorian Boccolacci

MP Motorsport

1:31.167

20

5

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:31.431

22

6

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:31.456

32

7

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:31.459

24

8

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos

1:31.561

18

9

Callum Ilott

ART Grand Prix

1:31.603

25

10

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:31.853

24

11

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:31.903

22

12

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:31.933

24

13

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:31.954

25

14

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:32.010

34

15

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:32.110

28

16

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:32.193

23

17

David Beckmann

Jenzer Motorsport

1:32.478

34

18

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:32.725

29

19

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:33.149

29

GP3 Pre-season Test: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – Day 1 Afternoon Session

 

Driver

Team

Lap time

Laps

1

Anthoine Hubert

ART Grand Prix

1:30.449

45

2

Dorian Boccolacci

MP Motorsport

1:30.471

33

3

Leonardo Pulcini

Campos Racing

1:30.543

43

4

Alessio Lorandi

Trident

1:30.677

27

5

Simo Laaksonen

Campos Racing

1:30.764

45

6

Giuliano Alesi

Trident

1:30.829

46

7

Pedro Piquet

Trident

1:30.877

49

8

Nikita Mazepin

ART Grand Prix

1:30.893

37

9

Ryan Tveter

Trident

1:30.944

37

10

Niko Kari

MP Motorsport

1:30.954

45

11

Jake Hughes

ART Grand Prix

1:31.073

42

12

Juan Manuel Correa

Jenzer Motorsport

1:31.112

41

13

Gabriel Aubry

Arden International

1:31.251

40

14

Callum Ilott

ART Grand Prix

1:31.348

42

15

Tatiana Calderon

Jenzer Motorsport

1:31.401

37

16

Diego Menchaca

Campos Racing

1:31.521

29

17

David Beckmann

Jenzer Motorsport

1:31.546

45

18

Joey Mawson

Arden International

1:31.607

29

19

Julien Falchero

Arden International

1:31.683

28

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