Lundgaard fastest as Paul Ricard F3 test ends

Renault junior driver Christian Lundgaard topped the second and final day of FIA Formula 3 testing at Paul Ricard for ART Grand Prix.

Lundgaard fastest as Paul Ricard F3 test ends

The morning session provided the top 12 fastest times, with Lundgaard – the Formula Renault Eurocup runner-up from last year – setting a lap of 1m48.786s, 1.829s quicker than Dorian Boccolacci’s pole time at the same track in GP3 last year.

He did stop at the pitlane entry, but was able to get back out on track to set the session best. 

Marcus Armstrong took second quickest having topped the times on the first day of the test for Prema Racing on Wednesday.

Hitech GP’s Leonardo Pulcini – who was the runner-up on Wednesday – took third. 

Prema had two cars in the top four with Armstrong’s teammate and fellow Ferrari junior Robert Shwartzman in fourth, ahead of a second Hitech-run car of Yifei Ye. 

The top five were the only drivers to dip into the 1m48s at the Le Castellet track. 

After missing Wednesday's action with engine trouble, Jake Hughes was the highest placed HWA car as he managed to set the ninth-fastest time in the morning and completed 78 laps.

Pedro Piquet – son of three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson – lapped the most number of times with 100 laps for Trident.

Yuki Tsunoda topped the afternoon session for Jenzer Motorsport, but his time was good enough for 13th only overall on the day.

The series will test again at Barcelona on April 9-10, then at Budapest on April 17-8 before the season kicks off in Barcelona on May 10-12.

Testing times:

 Pos.  Driver  Team  Morning  Afternoon
1 Denmark Christian Lundgaard  ART 1'48.786
1'50.719
2 New Zealand Marcus Armstrong
Prema 1'48.800
1'52.023
3 Italy Leonardo Pulcini
Hitech 1'48.904
1'49.742
4 Russian Federation Robert Shwartzman
Prema 1'48.975
1'52.043
5 China Yifei Ye
Hitech 1'48.997
1'51.962
6 Netherlands Richard Verschoor
MP 1'49.118
1'49.582
7 United Kingdom Max Fewtrell
ART 1'49.133
1'50.867
8 New Zealand Liam Lawson
MP 1'49.176
1'50.000
9 United Kingdom Jake Hughes
HWA 1'49.206
1'49.572
10 Brazil Felipe Drugovich
Carlin 1'49.240
1'50.015
11 Australia Alex Peroni
Campos 1'49.251
1'49.712
12 India Jehan Daruvala
Prema 1'49.254
1'51.013
13 Japan Yuki Tsunoda
Jenzer 1'49.528
1'49.301
14 Germany David Beckmann
ART 1'49.339
1'50.373
15 Estonia Juri Vips
Hitech 1'49.349
1'50.121
16 Finland Niko Kari
Trident 1'49.881
1'49.372
17 Brazil Pedro Piquet
Trident 1'49.428
1'49.487
18 Finland Simo Laaksonen
MP 1'49.479
1'52.207
19 Germany Lirim Zendeli
Sauber 1'50.633
1'50.111
20 Netherlands Bent Viscaal
HWA 1'49.606
1'49.931
21 Venezuela Sebastian Fernandez
Campos 1'49.623
1'50.007
22 Germany Andreas Estner
Jenzer 1'49.623
1'50.149
23 South Africa Raoul Hyman
Sauber 1'49.654
1'50.886
24 United States Logan Sargeant
Carlin 1'49.654
1'50.428
25 Russian Federation Artem Petrov
Jenzer 1'49.660
1'50.173
26 Japan Teppei Natori
Carlin 1'49.880
1'50.764
27 Canada Devlin Defrancesco
Trident 1'50.453
1'50.034
28 Switzerland Fabio Scherer
Sauber 1'50.179
1'50.156
29 Germany Keyvan Andres
HWA 1'50.773
1'51.410
30 Italy Alessio Deledda
Campos 1'51.091
1'50.914
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