Leclerc takes top spot on day two at damp Valencia


Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc ended day two of the first FIA European Formula 3 Championship test with the fastest time on a damp Valencia track.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver set the best time in the wet morning session, and then took top spot once more in the drying afternoon session, although the track was not fully dried out by the time the chequered flag fell at the end of the day.

Rookie drivers came to the front on Wednesday, with Leclerc finishing ahead of Carlin drivers George Russell and Callum Ilott. The highest placed returning driver was Gustavo Menezes in fourth for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

Alexander Albon was fifth fastest for Signature ahead of Tuesday pacesetter Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin.

“I am very satisfied,” said Giovinazzi at the end of the two-day test. “Yesterday’s good performance was followed today [with] a great job by my engineers, in a rainy day without interruption.”

Maximilian Gunther was the best placed Mücke Motorsport driver in seventh ahead of Sean Gelael in the third Jagonya Ayam with Carlin machine.

Santino Ferrucci was ninth for Mücke Motorsport, while Fabian Schiller placed tenth in the sole Team West-Tec F3 entry set to race in the series in 2015.

Thirty-four drivers once again took to the track on Wednesday, with Peter Li getting his first running of the week after taking over the Fortec Motorsports car from team-mate Martin Cao.

For the second day running, George Russell ended the day in P2 (Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship)
For the second day running, George Russell ended the day in P2 (Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship)

Autodromo Ricardo Tormo Pre-Season Test Day 2 Times

POS NO. DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 7 Charles Leclerc MON Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.534s
2 10 George Russell GBR Carlin 1m30.016s
3 30 Callum Ilott GBR Carlin 1m30.588s
4 4 Gustavo Menezes USA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m30.645s
5 21 Alexander Albon THA Signature 1m30.838s
6 3 Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m31.064s
7 28 Maximilian Gunther GER Mücke Motorsport 1m31.099s
8 37 Sean Gelael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m31.205s
9 5 Santino Ferrucci USA Mücke Motorsport 1m31.320s
10 11 Fabian Schiller GER Team West-Tec F3 1m31.654s
11 8 Alessio Lorandi ITA Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.964s
12 26 Ryan Tveter USA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 1m32.022s
13 34 Markus Pommer GER Motopark 1m32.318s
14 19 Matt Solomon HKG Double R Racing 1m32.553s
15 15 Nicolas Beer GER EuroInternational 1m32.570s
16 6 Michele Beretta ITA Mücke Motorsport 1m32.703s
17 9 Tatiana Calderon COL Carlin 1m33.114s
18 14 Matt Rao GBR Fortec Motorsports 1m33.260s
19 27 Mikkel Jensen DEN Mücke Motorsport 1m33.505s
20 36 Sam MacLeod GBR Motopark 1m33.602s
21 12 Pietro Fittipaldi BRZ Fortec Motorsports 1m33.667s
22 23 Sergio Sette Camara BRZ Motopark 1m33.890s
23 32 Peter Li CHN Fortec Motorsports 1m33.932s
24 29 Arjun Maini IND Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.200s
25 18 Nicolas Pohler GER Double R Racing 1m34.490s
26 33 Mahaveer Raghunathan IND Motopark 1m35.227s
27 24 Brandon Maisano FRA Prema Powerteam 1m36.849s
28 25 Lance Stroll CAN Prema Powerteam 1m36.927s
29 20 Dorian Boccolacci FRA Signature 1m37.033s
30 35 Kang Ling CHN Mücke Motorsport 1m37.274s
31 1 Felix Rosenqvist SWE Prema Powerteam 1m37.417s
32 2 Jake Dennis GBR Prema Powerteam 1m37.784s
33 17 Julio Moreno ECU ThreeBond with T-Sport 1m38.887s
34 22 Nabil Jeffri MAY Motopark 1m39.845s