Leonardo Pulcini tops dry/wet/dry Day 1 F3 test at Barcelona

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Leonardo Pulcini has set the fastest laptime of Day 1 of the second FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing today at Barcelona.
 
The Italian driver from Hitech Grand Prix clocked in a time of a 1:33.007 in the morning session to top the day overall ahead of Liam Lawson and Robert Shwartzman.
 
The session opened in fresh temperatures. It was Logan Sargeant who hit the track first ahead of the rest of the pack whilst Raoul Hyman set the early pace at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
 
In the opening hour, Felipe Drugovich went quickest ahead of Lawson before Andreas Estner brought out a first Red Flag after he clipped the wall at Turn 8. At the re-start, Shwartzman claimed the top spot, but Pulcini found some extra pace to better the Russian’s time by four tenths.
 
In the final hour, Shwartzman went quickest once more, but Lawson improved on the PREMA racer’s time by one thousandths to sit pretty at the top with thirty minutes left on the clock.
 
In the dying stages, Pulcini put his head down to lap the track in a 1:33.007 to lead Lawson and Shwartzman at the chequered flag. Jake Hughes, Alexander Peroni, Marcus Armstrong, Yifei Ye, David Beckmann, Jüri Vips and Jehan Daruvala completed the top ten.
 
Half an hour before the afternoon session started, the rain fell heavily above the track. It subsided as the pitlane went green. Lawson was the first driver to dive onto the wet circuit and set the early pace ahead of Richard Verschoor.
 
The proceedings were halted twice in the opening hour: first, it was Niko Kari who stopped at Turn 6, and then it was Artem Petrov who ran wide and stopped in the gravel bed at Turn 3. The Jenzer driver brought out a third red flag in the early stages of the second hour after he span and stopped at Turn 11.
 
At the re-start Lawson improved further, but Shwartzman dipped under 1m49s to go quickest. A fourth red flag interrupted the running after Ye stopped at Turn 22. In the final half hour, Teppei Natori went off track at Turn 4 thus halting the proceedings again.
 
As the track dried even further, most drivers switched to slick tyres and lapped the circuit in the 1m34s. At the chequered flag, Drugovich claimed the top spot in a 1:33.284 to edge Max Fewtrell whilst Beckmann finished third ahead of Sargeant, Peroni, Christian Lundgaard, Lawson, Sebastian Fernandez, Shwartzman and Armstrong completed the top 10.
 
Day 2 will start tomorrow at 9am local time.
FIA Formula 3 Barcelona Test – Day 1 Morning Session
 
 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.007
48
2
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:33.188
37
3
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:33.189
33
4
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:33.199
41
5
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:33.373
29
6
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:33.417
36
7
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.504
47
8
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:33.523
41
9
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.588
41
10
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:33.594
38
11
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:33.686
37
12
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:33.689
39
13
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:33.727
36
14
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:33.744
31
15
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:33.755
34
16
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.783
42
17
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:33.870
37
18
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:33.948
38
19
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.971
24
20
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:34.009
40
21
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.168
35
22
Niko Kari
Trident
1:34.179
30
23
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:34.234
25
24
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:34.334
30
25
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:34.362
24
26
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:34.733
37
27
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.809
9
28
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:34.851
37
29
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.414
36
30
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:35.705
29
 
FIA Formula 3 Barcelona Test – Day 1 Afternoon Session
 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.284
44
2
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:33.291
35
3
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:33.502
36
4
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.703
44
5
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:33.990
29
6
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:34.036
38
7
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:34.121
43
8
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:34.255
38
9
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:34.301
32
10
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:34.362
28
11
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:34.450
36
12
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:34.478
42
13
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:34.528
47
14
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:34.607
29
15
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:34.656
38
16
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:34.739
37
17
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:34.871
31
18
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:34.906
19
19
Niko Kari
Trident
1:34.912
30
20
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:34.955
38
21
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.997
26
22
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:36.020
26
23
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:36.039
33
24
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:36.929
38
25
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:37.362
35
26
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:41.226
32
27
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:44.656
39
28
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:44.675
14
29
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:45.296
39
30
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:47.791
31
 

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