Leonardo Pulcini ends Barcelona test on top

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Leonardo Pulcini was once again quickest on Day 2 of the second FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing at Barcelona.
The Italian ace from Hitech Grand Prix clocked in a time of a 1:32.222 in the morning session to top the day overall ahead of ART Grand Prix teammates Christian Lundgaard and Max Fewtrell.
 
The day opened on a wet circuit following overnight showers. The proceedings were halted in the very early stages after Alessio Deledda span and stopped at Turn 3. On a rapidly drying track Lundgaard set the initial pace in a 1:33.750.
 
On the one hour mark Teppei Natori went wide at Turn 9 and ended into the tyre barrier bringing out a second red flag and his day to an early close.
At the re-start Jehan Daruvala was the first man to dip under 1m33s, but it was Alex Peroni who set the fastest laptime in a 1:32.460 before three consecutive red flag periods including one courtesy of the Campos man who stopped at Turn 13.
 
With one hour left in the session, Lundgaard and Fewtrell moved up to P1 and P2 respectively but Pulcini found some extra pace to improve on the Dane’s time and went top. The top 3 remained unchallenged until the chequered flag. Peroni ended fourth ahead of Daruvala, Liam Lawson, Sebastian Fernandez, David Beckmann, Robert Shwartzman and Richard Verschoor.
 
There was a one hour break before the pitlane re-opened for the afternoon running. Pedro Piquet was the first man to feed onto the track, but it was his teammate Niko Kari who set the early pace before stopping 30 minutes into the session and bringing out a red flag.
 
The teams dedicated the rest of the day to long runs during which Lirim Zendeli went quickest in a 1:33.703. Forty minutes before the chequered flag, the rain started to fall on some parts of the track sending the cars back to the pits to assess the conditions and switch to wet tyres.
 
As the session drew to a close, the rain fell even harder. At the chequered flag, the standings remained unchanged with Zendeli heading Piquet, Kari, Yuki Tsunoda, Felipe Drugovich, Jake Hughes, Bent Viscaal, Logan Sargeant, Fernandez and Fabio Scherer.
 
The Formula 3 paddock will now to head to Budapest where the final two-day pre-season testing will take place at the Hungaroring on April 17-18.
 
Formula 3 Barcelona Test – Day 2 Morning Session
 
 Pos. 
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:32.222
48
2
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:32.369
40
3
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:32.429
42
4
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:32.460
20
5
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:32.507
33
6
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:32.621
35
7
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:32.627
33
8
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:32.642
38
9
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:32.712
33
10
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:32.722
32
11
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:32.881
32
12
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:32.901
41
13
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:32.907
33
14
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.111
45
15
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.226
36
16
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:33.255
42
17
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:33.286
37
18
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:33.296
33
19
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.319
46
20
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:33.500
43
21
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.523
35
22
Niko Kari
Trident
1:33.533
20
23
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.692
45
24
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.722
30
25
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:34.211
36
26
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:34.229
30
27
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.323
41
28
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:34.732
15
29
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:35.009
26
30
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:36.712
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Formula 3 Barcelona Test – Day 2 Afternoon Session
 
Pos.  
DRIVER
TEAM
LAPTIME
LAPS
1
Lirim Zendeli
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:33.703
32
2
Pedro Piquet
Trident
1:33.827
44
3
Niko Kari
Trident
1:33.983
32
4
Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer Motorsport
1:33.985
34
5
Felipe Drugovich
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:34.085
49
6
Jake Hughes
HWA RACELAB
1:34.106
22
7
Bent Viscaal
HWA RACELAB
1:34.108
32
8
Logan Sargeant
Carlin Buzz Racing
1:34.114
44
9
Sebastian Fernandez
Campos Racing
1:34.297
32
10
Fabio Scherer
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:34.558
44
11
Artem Petrov
Jenzer Motorsport
1:34.650
34
12
Alexander Peroni
Campos Racing
1:34.662
36
13
Devlin DeFrancesco
Trident
1:34.707
30
14
Keyvan Andres
HWA RACELAB
1:34.756
33
15
Raoul Hyman
Sauber Junior Team by Charouz
1:35.096
56
16
Christian Lundgaard
ART Grand Prix
1:35.135
43
17
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
1:35.235
38
18
Andreas Estner
Jenzer Motorsport
1:35.236
41
19
Simo Laaksonen
MP Motorsport
1:35.457
39
20
Max Fewtrell
ART Grand Prix
1:35.626
42
21
Robert Shwartzman
PREMA Racing
1:35.712
47
22
Jüri Vips
Hitech Grand Prix
1:35.767
38
23
Liam Lawson
MP Motorsport
1:35.893
43
24
Jehan Daruvala
PREMA Racing
1:35.940
37
25
Marcus Armstrong
PREMA Racing
1:35.959
37
26
David Beckmann
ART Grand Prix
1:36.001
31
27
Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech Grand Prix
1:36.032
37
28
Ye Yifei
Hitech Grand Prix
1:36.231
34
29
Alessio Deledda
Campos Racing
1:36.385
33
30
Teppei Natori
Carlin Buzz Racing
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