Leclerc controls final test day at Silverstone

Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc was fastest on the final test day of pre-season ahead of this weekend’s opening FIA European Formula 3 Championship round at Silverstone.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver was quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions, with his morning time of 1m50.574s believed to be the quickest time set by an Formula 3 car around this configuration of the Silverstone circuit.

Leclerc was in fact the only driver to get below 1m51s all day, with Antonio Giovinazzi finishing second for Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, 0.467s back. The Italian, in his second season with the team in the series was just 0.013s faster than George Russell of Carlin, whose team-mate Callum Ilott was fourth.

Giovanazzi had caused the only red flag period of the morning session when he was forced to stop beside the circuit having seen his steering column lock in place heading into the quick Maggotts/Becketts complex. Luckily for the Italian, he did not hit anything and was able to stop the car without causing anymore damage, and was able to resume testing in the afternoon.

Fifth fastest was Formula 3 veteran Felix Rosenqvist in the leading Mercedes-powered entry, with the Prema Powerteam driver just ahead of Team West-Tec F3’s Raoul Hyman, who had only been confirmed to race this season in the last few days. Hyman was the cause of the only afternoon stoppage, when his fuel pump failed on his Mercedes-powered car.

Reigning German Formula 3 Champion Markus Pommer was seventh quickest for Motopark, just ahead of 2013 German F3 Champion Marvin Kirchhöfer of EuroInternational, while former EuroInternational driver Michele Beretta was ninth in the leading Mücke Motorsport machine. The top ten was rounded out by 2014 Italian Formula 4 Champion and current Ferrari Driver Academy driver Lance Stroll of Prema Powerteam.

With testing over, the thirty-six drivers and twelve teams can now focus purely on the first race of the season this weekend, which comes as support to the opening round of the 2015 World Endurance Championship.

Silverstone Test Day Combined Times

17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m50.574s
23Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m51.041s
310George RussellGBRCarlin1m51.054s
430Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m51.439s
51Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m51.634s
638Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m51.667s
733Markus PommerGERMotopark1m51.860s
816Marvin Kirchhöfer GEREuroInternational1m51.893s
96Michele BerettaITAMücke Motorsport1m51.898s
1025Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m51.953s
112Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m52.035s
1221Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m52.066s
1324Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m52.084s
145Santino FerrucciUSAMücke Motorsport1m52.084s
1517Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m52.164s
1612Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m52.217s
1715Nicolas BeerDENEuroInternational1m52.254s
1819Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m52.362s
1911Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m52.412s
2028Maximilian GuntherGERMücke Motorsport1m52.423s
214Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m52.439s
228Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m52.505s
2336Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m52.549s
2429Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m52.598s
2523Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m52.619s
2627Mikkel JensenDENMücke Motorsport1m52.631s
2722Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m52.656s
2826Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m52.856s
2914Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m52.901s
309Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m52.927s
3132Zhi Cong LiCHNFortec Motorsports1m52.996s
3218Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m53.009s
3331Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports1m53.251s
3420Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m53.266s
3535Kang LingCHNMücke Motorsport1m53.332s
3634Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m53.480s