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Pulcini Remains on Top in Formula 3 Testing in Barcelona

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Leonardo Pulcini - Testing Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Day 2
Credit: Malcolm Griffiths

The second FIA Formula 3 Championship testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya came to a close today with Leonardo Pulcini once again fastest.

Pulcini set his time in the morning session, to top the day overall from ART Grand Prix and Renault Sport Academy drivers Christian Lundgaard and Max Fewtrell.

After overnight showers, the drivers were greeted to a wet circuit. The proceedings were halted early on after Alessio Deledda span and came to a stop at Turn 3.

With the track rapidly drying Lundgaard set the initial pace.

The second red flag of the session was brought out around the hour mark after Teppei Natori went wide at Turn 9 and ended in the tyre barrier and brought his day to an end.

At the restart, Jehan Daruvala found himself heading the pace but Alex Peroni got the better of him before three consecutive red flag periods – including one caused by Peroni himself after stopping at Turn 13.

Lundgaard and Fewtrell made it an ART 1-2 with one hour to go, but Pulcini found the extra pace to improve on the Dane’s time.

The top three remained unchallenged at the end of the session with; Peroni ending fourth ahead of Daruvala, Liam Lawson, Sebastian FernandezDavid BeckmannRobert Shwartzman and Richard Verschoor.

After an hour stoppage for lunch, the action resumed once again.

Pedro Piquet was the first to hit the track, but it was his team-mate Niko Kari that set the early pace before stopping 30 minutes into the session and bringing out the red flag once again.

Teams used the session to get long runs under their belt, during which Lirim Zendeli went fastest.

Just under an hour until the chequered flag, the rain returned with the drivers returning to the pits to assess the conditions and switch to wet tyres.

As the session drew to a close, the rain was falling even harder; as a result the standings remained unchanged.

Zendeli headed the timings from Piquet, Kari, Yuki TsunodaFelipe DrugovichJake Hughes, Bent ViscaalLogan Sargeant, Fernandez and Fabio Scherer.

Now, the F3 paddock heads to Budapest where the final two-day test will take place at the Hungaroring on 17-18 April ahead of the opening round of the year at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on 10-12 May.

FIA Formula 3 Barcelona Test – Day 2 Morning Session

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FIA Formula 3 Barcelona Test – Day 2 Afternoon Session

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