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Renault's Aitken tops rainy second GP3 test day

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Renault's Aitken tops rainy second GP3 test day
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Mar 23, 2017, 4:28 PM

ART driver Jack Aitken was fastest on Day 2 of GP3 pre-season testing at Estoril, leading his teammates Nirei Fukuzumi and George Russell.

Jack Aitken, ART Grand Prix
Nirei Fukuzumi, ART Grand Prix
George Russell, ART Grand Prix
Giuliano Alesi, Trident
Steijn Schothorst, Arden International

Aitken, who was fifth in the standings last year, recorded his top time in the late stages of the afternoon session, with most of the day being run under wet conditions.

Similarly to yesterday, it was raining at the start of the morning, and the track remained wet until the midday break.

There was more precipitation at the beginning of the afternoon test, keeping the track moist for another hour.

When it dried up, Mercedes protege George Russell's morning benchmark of 1m37.543s was lowered in no time, with Marcos Siebert soon going below the 1m30s barrier.

Russell was the leader with half an hour to go, but in the end it was his teammate Aitken topping the timesheets.

Honda protege Fukuzumi and Russell were three and six tenths behind respectively, making up an ART 1-2-3.

Ferrari junior Giuliano Alesi ended up in fourth, followed by Steijn Schothorst and Red Bull's Niko Kari.

Arjun Maini was the last driver to be less than a second slower than Aitken, as the top 10 was completed by Siebert and the Italian duo of Leonardo Pulcini and Alessio Lorandi.

Day 2 results

Pos. Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1  Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:38.875 1:28.125
2  Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:38.584 1:28.466
3  George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:37.543 1:28.740
4  Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:41.374 1:28.871
5  Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:40.269 1:28.913
6  Niko Kari Arden International 1:40.107 1:28.938
7  Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:42.480 1:29.087
8  Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:43.208 1:29.266
9  Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:41.452 1:29.444
10  Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.476 1:29.510
11  Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:38.401 1:29.520
12  Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:41.547 1:29.526
13  Santino Ferrucci DAMS 1:42.791 1:29.620
14  Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:40.574 1:29.638
15  Kevin Jörg Trident 1:41.734 1:29.693
16  Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:43.059 1:29.777
17  Ryan Tveter Trident 1:39.305 1:29.937
18  Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:42.366 1:30.355
19  Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:43.812 1:31.098
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Series FIA F3
Event Estoril March testing
Location Circuito Estoril
Drivers Jack Aitken
Teams ART Grand Prix
Author David Gruz