European Formula 3

Günther sets the pace on Paul Ricard test day

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Maximilian Günther set the quickest time of the day during the pre-season test day at Paul Ricard on Thursday, the prelude to the new FIA European Formula 3 Championship season that starts properly on Friday.

Günther set a best time of 1m21.481s during the afternoon session to set the pace, with the Prema Powerteam driver just 0.004s faster than former Mücke Motorsport stable-mate Mikkel Jensen.

Sitting just a further 0.006s back was Lance Stroll, with the Canadian making it two Prema Powerteam drivers inside the top three, while Motopark duo Joel Eriksson and Sergio Sette Camara completed the top five, with both the Swede and the Brazilian within one-tenth of a second of Günther’s pace.

George Russell was sixth fastest overall for Hitech GP ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Nick Cassidy, with Van Amersfoort Racing’s Anthoine Hubert eighth.

Prema’s Estonian racer and Italian Formula 4 champion Ralf Aron was ninth, with Motopark’s Niko Kari, himself the reigning SMP F4 champion completing the top ten.

Sette Camara had set the pace during the slower morning session, with his time of 1m22.123s beating Hubert by 0.017s, while Jensen completed the top three.

Ryan Tveter of Carlin was fourth in the morning session ahead of Eriksson, while Van Amersfoort Racing trio Harrison Newey, Pedro Piquet and Callum Ilott were next up ahead of Stroll and Günther.

Paul Ricard Test Morning Session

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Paul Ricard Test Afternoon Session

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