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Mercedes junior Russell tops Day 1 of GP3 testing

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Mercedes junior Russell tops Day 1 of GP3 testing
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Mar 22, 2017, 5:32 PM

George Russell kicked off his rookie GP3 campaign by setting the pace in the first pre-season test day at Estoril on Wednesday.

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Russell, who became affiliated with Mercedes during the off-season, set a time of 1m27.606s in the afternoon session.

The majority of the morning running was hit by rainy, windy weather conditions, and only a single lap was completed on slicks, by Raoul Hyman, who ended up first by over five seconds as a result.

In the afternoon, the field immediately lowered the benchmark set by Hyman - who is testing with Campos but isn't confirmed by the team yet - with ART's Nirei Fukuzumi, Italians Leonardo Pulcini and Alessio Lorandi, as well as Arjun Maini all leading at one point.

In the end, it was Russell taking the lead, narrowly edging out his teammate Fukuzumi.

Hyman completed a strong day in third, less than a tenth behind Russell.

The rest of the field, led by a third ART car of Anthoine Hubert, was a further four tenths down.

Maini, who will kick off his first full-time GP3 season, was fifth, followed by Ferrari junior Giuliano Alesi and Dorian Boccolacci.

The latter and Ryan Tveter, both yet to be confirmed to race in GP3 this year, drove the two free cars of Trident during the day.

Renault's Jack Aitken brought a fourth ART into the top eight ahead of Red Bull and Haas proteges Niko Kari and Santino Ferrucci.

Day 1 results

 Pos. Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1  George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:39.217 1:27.606
2  Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:39.648 1:27.685
3  Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:31.539 1:27.705
4  Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:39.681 1:28.113
5  Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.017 1:28.147
6  Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:36.960 1:28.152
7  Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:38.602 1:28.185
8  Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:40.710 1:28.211
9  Niko Kari Arden International 1:36.908 1:28.478
10  Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:36.930 1:28.489
11  Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:37.127 1:28.602
12  Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:37.233 1:28.641
13  Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:37.948 1:28.781
14  Kevin Jorg Trident 1:40.483 1:28.820
15  Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:38.014 1:28.841
16  Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:37.530 1:28.892
17  Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:38.633 1:29.084
18  Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:39.601 1:29.504
19  Ryan Tveter Trident 1:37.764 --
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Series FIA F3
Drivers George Russell
Teams ART Grand Prix
Author David Gruz