Giovinazzi tops opening day of Valencia test


Antonio Giovinazzi was fastest on the opening day of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship pre-season test around the Autodromo Ricardo Tormo in Valencia as thirty-four cars took to the track on Tuesday.

The Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver, returning for a second season in the series with the team, beat a whole host of rookie drivers on the opening day of the test, with Carlin driver George Russell ending the day in second position.

More rookies followed, with Charles Leclerc third fastest for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Maximilian Gunther of Mücke Motorsport, while Alexander Albon was fifth for Signature.

Albon was the quickest driver during the afternoon session, but was not able to match Giovinazzi’s time from the morning.

Felix Rosenqvist, the most experienced driver in the series in 2015, was sixth fastest in his first official session as a Prema Powerteam driver, ahead another three rookies, with karting graduate Callum Ilott of Carlin seventh.

Arjun Maini of Van Amersfoort Racing was eighth and Mikkel Jenson of Mücke Motorsport ninth, while Sergio Sette Camara, who raced in the Imola round of the series in 2014, was tenth in the leading Motopark entry.

Fortec Motorsports only ran three of its four entries on the opening day, with Peter Li the unfortunate driver to miss out, although he will take over the car from team-mate Martin Cao on day two.

EuroInternational were only running one car for Nicolas Beer, with his team-mate Marvin Kirchhöfer in Portugal on GP3 Series duty, a series he will prioritise in 2015 over Formula 3.

Sean Gelael was back driving for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, with the Indonesian driver set to compete in selected rounds of the series with the team when races do not clash with his Formula Renault 3.5 Series commitments.

Autodromo Ricardo Tormo Pre-Season Test Day 1 Times

POS NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 3 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m24.755s
2 10 George Russell GBR Carlin 1m25.005s
3 7 Charles Leclerc MON Van Amersfoot Racing 1m25.141s
4 28 Maximilian Gunther GER Mücke Motorsport 1m25.236s
5 21 Alexander Albon THA Signature 1m25.245s
6 1 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Prema Powerteam 1m25.267s
7 30 Callum Ilott GBR Carlin 1m25.295s
8 29 Arjun Maini IND Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.296s
9 27 Mikkel Jensen DEN Mücke Motorsport 1m25.301s
10 23 Sergio Sette Camara BRZ Motopark 1m25.474s
11 4 Gustavo Menezes USA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m25.480s
12 26 Ryan Tveter USA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m25.485s
13 20 Dorian Boccolacci FRA Signature 1m25.490s
14 2 Jake Dennis GBR Prema Powerteam 1m25.522s
15 24 Brandon Maisano FRA Prema Powerteam 1m25.540s
16 5 Santino Ferrucci USA Mücke Motorsport 1m25.617s
17 6 Michele Beretta ITA Mücke Motorsport 1m25.628s
18 12 Pietro Fittipaldi BRZ Fortec Motorsports 1m25.674s
19 8 Alessio Lorandi ITA Van Amersfoort Racing 1m25.709s
20 9 Tatiana Calderon COL Carlin 1m25.729s
21 25 Lance Stroll CAN Prema Powerteam 1m25.844s
22 33 Markus Pommer GER Motopark 1m25.857s
23 35 Kang Ling CHN Mücke Motorsport 1m26.013s
24 37 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m26.048s
25 17 Julio Moreno ECU ThreeBond with T-Sport 1m26.071s
26 15 Nicolas Beer GER EuroInternational 1m26.159s
27 18 Nicolas Pohler GER Double R Racing 1m26.230s
28 14 Matt Rao GBR Fortec Motorsports 1m26.273s
29 22 Nabil Jeffri MAL Motopark 1m26.366s
30 11 Fabian Schiller GER Team West-Tec F3 1m26.533s
31 31 Martin Cao CHN Fortec Motorsports 1m26.546s
32 19 Matthew Solomon HKG Double R Racing 1m26.560s
33 34 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND Motopark 1m26.843s
34 36 Sam MacLeod GBR Motopark 1m31.894s