Maini clocks 67 laps of testing: GP3

By | June 6, 2017
The GP3 Series paddock has gathered at the Hungaroring in Budapest for a two day test mid-season session ahead of Round 2 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria next month. ART’s George Russell was the quickest man in both sessions of the opening day, with a fastest laptime of 1:32.159 set in the morning session, ahead of Dorian Boccolacci and Alessio Lorandi in P2 and P3 of the overall timings.
The morning’s proceedings were delayed by one hour to wait for the full medical staff to be operational. As the pitlane went green at 10am local time, all cars fed onto the track to complete their installation laps with Tatiana Calderon the only driver to set a laptime in the opening 45 minutes. On the one hour mark Boccolacci went top, dipping under 1:34, but Russell found some extra pace to move up to P1, three tenths faster than Alessio Lorandi in P2.
Russell remained top for most of the trouble-free session, improving to break the 1m33s barrier, but with thirty minutes left on the clock Boccolacci temporarily edged him out, going fastest by four hundredths. In the closing stages Russell went P1 again, as Aitken also improved to move up to P2, four tenths slower than his teammate. At the chequered flag, and behind the top 3, Arjun Maini, Santino Ferrucci, Lorandi, Raoul Hyman, Marcos Siebert, Nirei Fukuzumi and Anthoine Hubert rounded up the top 10.
Following a two hour lunch break the action picked up again, with Leonardo Pulcini leading the way in the opening stages, but Bruno Baptista improved on the Italian’s laptime to go top. The session was briefly halted after Julien Falchero stopped at the exit of Turn 5. At the restart Niko Kari was soon sitting pretty at the top of the timesheets, before Lorandi went quickest under menacing skies.
With one hour left on the clock, Russell put his head down to lap the Hungarian track under 1m33s, two tenths faster than Lorandi. In the closing stages, a red flag was shown after Baptista stopped at Turn 12. When the track went live again Russell improved further to set a laptime of 1:32.332, while Boccolacci also found some extra pace to move up to P2, one tenth slower than the Briton.
When the flag dropped and behind the top 3, Aitken, Ferrucci, Maini, Fukuzumi, Siebert, Kevin Jörg and Hubert completed the top 10. The second and final day of testing will open tomorrow at 9am local time.
Day 1 Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:32.159
31
2.
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:32.654
28
3.
Dorian Boccolacci
Trident
1:32.680
22
4.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.765
30
5.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:32.811
34
6.
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.864
32
7.
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
1:32.913
31
8.
Marcos Siebert
Campos Racing
1:33.014
33
9.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:33.056
20
10.
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:33.273
30
11.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:33.303
26
12.
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:33.352
24
13.
Kevin Jörg
Trident
1:33.384
32
14.
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
1:33.694
24
15.
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
1:33.721
32
16.
Bruno Baptista
DAMS
1:33.876
26
17.
Tatiana Calderon
DAMS
1:34.099
32
18.
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
1:34.388
22
19.
Niko Kari
Arden International
1:34.609
20
 
Day 1 Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
1:32.332
46
2.
Dorian Boccolacci
Trident
1:32.436
50
3.
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.459
40
4.
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
1:32.547
46
5.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
1:32.696
38
6.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
1:32.724
37
7.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
1:32.728
45
8.
Marcos Siebert
Campos Racing
1:32.997
37
9.
Kevin Jörg
Trident
1:33.019
38
10.
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
1:33025
49
11.
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
1:33.075
34
12.
Bruno Baptista
DAMS
1:33.075
31
13.
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1:33.275
41
14.
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
1:33.301
37
15.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
1:33.320
37
16.
Niko Kari
Arden International
1:33.321
37
17.
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
1:33.462
34
18.
Tatiana Calderon
DAMS
1:33.837
33
19.
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
1:35.680
23
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