Leclerc, Van Amersfoort Racing on top during Monza test day

Monegasque driver Charles Leclerc was quickest overall on the test day at Monza ahead of this weekend’s fourth round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship at the circuit.

The Van Amersfoort Racing driver set a best time of 1m44.040s during the morning session that ended up being the fastest time of the day, with the two-time race winning rookie 0.242s clear of a tightly bunched field.

Mücke Motorsport duo Mikkel Jensen and Santino Ferrucci were second and third fastest, with the American driver posting the fastest time during the afternoon session, closely followed by Leclerc.

South African racer Raoul Hyman was fourth quickest for Team West-Tec F3, with double winner at Pau Jake Dennis fifth in the leading Prema Powerteam entry.

Arjun Maini placed sixth fastest for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of Felix Rosenqvist, while Pietro Fittipaldi, less than two weeks on from breaking a bone in his hand in a Pau crash, was eighth quickest for Fortec Motorsports.

Markus Pommer was ninth for Motopark, with Lance Stroll tenth in the third (of four) Prema Powerteam machines.

Julio Moreno was the busiest driver during the test day, with the Ecuadorian the only driver to break through 100 laps in his ThreeBond with T-Sport machine. Both Facu Regalia and Artur Janosz had their first outings with the EuroInternational squad, finishing 17th and 23rd respectively, with the top thirty drivers covered by less than 1.5 seconds.

Fortec Motorsports ran only two cars on the day for Fittipaldi and Matt Rao, with Hongwei Cao not getting out on track, while their fourth driver Zhi Cong Li continues to be absent from the entry list.

Monza Practice Day Times (Combined)

17Charles LeclercMONVan Amersfoort Racing1m44.040s
227Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport1m44.282s
35Santino FerrucciUSAMucke Motorsport1m44.347s
438Raoul HymanRSATeam West-Tec F31m44.400s
52Jake DennisGBRPrema Powerteam1m44.438s
629Arjun MainiINDVan Amersfoort Racing1m44.531s
71Felix RosenqvistSWEPrema Powerteam1m44.590s
812Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports1m44.609s
934Markus PommerGERMotopark1m44.627s
1025Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam1m44.655s
118Alessio LorandiITAVan Amersfoort Racing1m44.701s
123Antonio GiovinazziITAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m44.730s
1328Maximilian GuntherGERMucke Motorsport1m44.744s
1421Alexander AlbonTHASignature1m44.814s
1510George RussellGBRCarlin1m44.832s
1617Julio MorenoECUThreebond with T-Sport1m44.893s
1716Facu RegaliaARGEuroInternational1m44.934s
1811Fabian SchillerGERTeam West-Tec F31m45.083s
196Michele BerettaITAMucke Motorsport1m45.116s
2030Callum IlottGBRCarlin1m45.166s
2119Matt SolomonHKGDouble R Racing1m45.192s
2224Brandon MaisanoFRAPrema Powerteam1m45.208s
2315Artur JanoszPOLEuroInternational1m45.210s
2423Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark1m45.231s
2526Ryan TveterUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m45.231s
2635Kang LingCHNMucke Motorsport1m45.257s
279Tatiana CalderonCOLCarlin1m45.323s
2836Sam MacLeodGBRMotopark1m45.400s
294Gustavo MenezesUSAJagonya Ayam with Carlin1m45.439s
3014Matt RaoGBRFortec Motorsports1m45.454s
3118Nicolas PohlerGERDouble R Racing1m45.743s
3233Mahaveer RaghunathanINDMotopark1m45.788s
3320Dorian BoccolacciFRASignature1m46.386s
3422Nabil JeffriMAYMotopark1m46.401s
31Hongwei CaoCHNFortec Motorsports