Fukuzumi quickest on day one in Portugal


2016 GP3 Series Testing. Estoril, Portugal. Tuesday 21 March 2016. Nirei Fukuzumi (JPN) ART Grand Prix Photo: Malclom Griffiths/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image F80P1673

The first of the GP3 Series pre-season testing sessions got underway today at Circuito Estoril in Portugal.

Japanese driver Nirei Fukuzumi ended the day with the quickest time with a 1:28.645s. Prior to the two hour lunch break the quickest time had been held by Dutchman Steijn Schothorst with a 1:29.792s.

Running was slow to get going, as a result of rain overnight meaning the track was still wet at the start of the session.  Within the opening hour just six drivers had posted a lap time – with the rest completing an installation lap. An early stoppage was caused after Arden International‘s Tatiana Calderon stopped on track as a result of technical gremlins.

A second red flag was brought out after Campos Racing‘s Konstantin Tereschenko ran off into the gravel, the track was green once again with Jake Hughes sitting at the top of the timing screens.

As time ticked down in the session, Schothorst was first to dip into the 1m29s barrier to finish the morning session in P1 ahead of Jake Dennis, Alexander Albon, Santino Ferrucci, Alex Palou, Matthew Parry, Fukuzumi, Hughes, Ralph Boschung and Tereshchenko.

After the lunch break, the afternoon session begun in very high winds. Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc was fastest as the action got going again but was soon displaced by Albon, Hughes and Kevin Jörg.

It was an ART Grand Prix one-two for a while when Leclerc shot up to P2 behind his Japanese team-mate.

As the end of the day drew nearer it was all change out front. Parry broke into the 1m28s to P1, ahead of Jenzer Motorsport‘s Oscar Tunjo, the only driver testing yet to be confirmed to a ride for 2016, and Koiranen GP’s Boschung.

The third red flag of the day was yet again caused by Tereschenko but this time came as a result of stopping on track – once his car was removed there was a frantic end to the session.

Fukuzumi flew to the top of the standings ahead of Dennis with: Albon, Leclerc, Jack Aitken, Hughes, Parry, Palou, Jörg and Tunjo rounding off the top ten.

Morning Session

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing1:29.792
2Jake Dennis Arden International 1:30.191
3Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix 1:30.417
4Santino AlbonDAMS1:30.546
5Alex PalouCampos Racing1:30.582
6Matthew Parry Koiranen GP1:30.590
7Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:30.754
8Jake Hughes DAMS1:30.765
9Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP1:31.029
10Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing1:31.202
11Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:31.310
12Jack Aitken Arden International 1:31.390
13Artur JanoszTrident1:31.626
14Giuliano Alesi Trident1:31.715
15Kevin J?rgDAMS1:31.764
16Akash NandyJenzer Motorsport1:31.920
17Tatiana Calderon Arden International 1:32.499
18Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP1:32.576
19Sandy StuvikTrident1:40.830
20Antonio FuocoTrident1:46.339
21Charles LeclercART Grand Prix 1:49.396
22Matevos IsaakyanKoiranen GPNo Time
23Oscar Tunjo Jenzer MotorsportNo Time

Afternoon Session

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Nirei FukuzumiART Grand Prix1:28.645
2Jake DennisArden International 1:28.661
3Alexander AlbonART Grand Prix1:28.705
4Charles LeclercART Grand Prix1:28.735
5Jack Aitken Arden International 1:28.867
6Jake Hughes DAMS1:28.905
7Matthew ParryKoiranen GP1:28.978
8Alex PalouCampos Racing 1:29.031
9Kevin J?rgDAMS1:29.133
10Oscar TunjoJenzer Motorsport 1:29.150
11Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP1:29.176
12Giuliano Alesi Trident1:29.378
13Artur JanoszTrident1:29.624
14Tatiana CalderonArden International 1:29.646
15Konstantin TereshchenkoCampos Racing 1:29.763
16Santino FerrucciDAMS1:29.777
17Nyck de VriesART Grand Prix1:30.143
18Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.266
19Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1:31.060
20Matevos IsaakyanKoiranen GP1:31.548
21Mahaveer Raghunathan Koiranen GP1:31.694
22Sandy StuvikTrident1:38.694
23Antonio FuocoTrident1:40.681