Russell on Top in Hungarian GP3 Practice


Credit: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

George Russell was quickest in GP3 Series practice at the Hungaroring as the young Briton continues his remarkable form of late.

South African Raoul Hyman was second quickest with Nirei Fukuzumi third fastest.

Russell did not lead the session until the chequered flag dropped after setting purple sectors in the first two sectors. The Mercedes Junior made a small mistake at the final corner which cost him time in the final sector.

When the session got underway only Alessio Lorandi did not head straight out on track as the times tumbled quickly as almost the entire grid claimed ownership of the top spot at some point.

The session was halted after Silverstone Sprint Race winner Giuliano Alesi hit a marker board spreading debris across the track and prompting a red flag to clear it up.

Action resumed after eight minutes, Jack Aitken was unable to return to the track and was pushed back into the pits as his team investigated the issue. Over the closing minutes of the session Arjun Maini went quickest with 10 minutes to go with team-mate Lorandi on a charge but ran wide at Turn 11.

Fukuzumi, Russell and Hyman traded fastest laps as the minutes ticked down.

South African, Hyman claimed the quickest time in the tricky middle sector.

It looked as though Hyman had done enough but was not able to deny Russell the top spot.

Behind the leading trio of Russell, Hyman and Fukuzumi came: Niko Kari, Maini, Aitken, Kevin JörgLeonardo PulciniTatiana Calderon and Bruno Baptista.

Qualifying takes place at 9.45 local time, followed by the Feature Race at 17.35.

2017 GP3 Series Practice Results – Hungaroring

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
13George RussellGBRART Grand Prix1m32.255
227Raoul Hyman RSACampos Racing1m32.340
32Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix1m32.578
45Niko KariFINArden International1m32.605
524Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport 1m32.621
61Jack AitkenGBRART Grand Prix1m32.624
79Kevin JörgSUITrident 1m32.796
86Leonardo PulciniITAArden International1m32.856
915Tatiana CalderonCOLDAMS 1m32.918
1016Bruno Baptista BRADAMS 1m32.973
1111Ryan TveterUSATrident 1m33.060
124Anthoine HubertFRAART Grand Prix1m33.126
1312Dorian Boccolacci FRATrident 1m33.169
147Steijn SchothorstNEDArden International1m33.207
1514Matthieu VaxiviereFRADAMS 1m33.407
1610Giuliano AlessoFRATrident 1m33.596
1722Alessio LorandiITAJenzer Motorsport 1m33.844
1826Julien Falchero FRACampos Racing1m33.943
1928Marcos SiebertARGCampos Racing1m34.847