Arjun Maini 8th fastest in Free Practice: GP3 Series

By | September 2, 2017
Monza 1 Sept 2017: Indian racer Arjun Maini of Jenzer Motorsport was 8th fastest in the  even as Nirei Fukuzumi grabbed the top spot late in the afternoon’s GP3 Series free practice session at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, setting his best lap on the last tour to stop the clocks at 1:38.594 and lead home an ART Grand Prix ahead of George Russell, Anthoine Hubert and Jack Aitken.
The session opened with the circuit bathed in sunshine despite large, ominous looking clouds overhead, with all the field taking straight to the track to get some laps under their belts. Dorian Boccolacci, Leonardo Pulcini and Fukuzumi set the early pace before Hubert grabbed P1 with a 40.009 as most of the field looked for some race run information.
Giuliano Alesi took over the top spot at the 30 minute mark, with teammate Ryan Tveter playing rear gunner in P2 ahead of the ARTs, until it was all change in the final 5 minutes of the session with Hubert, Boccolacci, Fukuzumi, Aitken, Russell and then finally Fukuzumi taking the top spot again as the flag dropped for the end of the session.
There were 14 drivers within a second of P1, with Boccolacci, Steijn Schothorst, Pulcini, Arjun Maini, Alessio Lorandi and new driver Dan Ticktum rounding out the top ten. Qualifying promises to be equally tight: the session starts tomorrow morning at 9.45 local time.
Provisional Free Practice Classification
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:38.594
17
2.
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:38.693
18
3.
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:38.776
19
4.
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:38.786
19
5.
Dorian Boccolacci
Trident
1:38.933
21
6.
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
1:38.963
20
7.
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
1:38.971
19
8.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.033
21
9.
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.148
17
10.
Daniel Ticktum
DAMS
1:39.232
20
11.
Marcos Siebert
Campos Racing
1:39.298
20
12.
Juan-Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.470
20
13.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:39.518
22
14.
Niko Kari
Arden International
1:39.565
18
15.
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
1:39.776
20
16.
Bruno Baptista
DAMS
1:39.860
17
17.
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:39.923
22
18.
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
1:39.968
19
19.
Tatiana Calderon
DAMS
1:40.411
18
20.
Kevin Jörg
Trident
1:41.112
20
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