ART Grand Prix’s Nirei Fukuzumi has topped the timesheets on the first day of the second GP3 test at Barcelona.
The Japanese driver set a lap time of 1m33.685s in the afternoon to lead the way ahead of team-mate Anthoine Hubert by 0.435 seconds.
Jenzer’s Arjun Maini finished third in the later session after finishing fastest in the morning, setting a time 0.297 seconds slower than his best effort. This is despite the opening half of the morning being affected by a wet track and drier conditions presenting the drivers in the later session.
George Russell was fourth ahead of Maini’s team-mate Alessio Lorandi and the Trident duo of Giuliano Alesi and Kevin Joerg.
Jack Aitken and Marcos Siebert were the final drivers in the 1m34s ahead of DAMS’ Santino Ferrucci, who completed the top-10. The fastest 10 drivers were separated by 1.327s.
Julien Falchero finished slowest of the 17 classified times, 4.482s off the pace. The times of Dorian Boccolacci and Leonardo Pulcini were deleted after their cars were declared as underweight in the afternoon.
The second half of the day was massively affected by red flag stoppages after no dramas in the first three hours, with Arden’s Niko Kari starting a flurry after suffering a mechanical issue at Turn 4 with half an hour of the afternoon gone.
His team-mate Pulcini then came to a standstill at Turn 6 half an hour later, while Boccolacci stopped at Turn 10 and Russell pulled up at Turn 12 with 50 minutes to go.