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Russell heads morning running on Day 3 of Le Castellet

Russell heads morning running on Day 3 of Le Castellet

British driver leads ART Grand Prix 1-2 on final early session

George Russell claimed the best time of the morning session on Day 3 of FIA Formula 2 pre-season testing at Le Castellet, France, ahead of ART Grand Prix teammate Jack Aitken with a 1:42.396 lap.

As teams sought to make the most of the remaining time available on the last day of testing, Arjun Maini was first on the scene at the start of the day. The Trident driver was followed onto the circuit by both ART drivers and teammate Santino Ferrucci, as the rest of the field filtered onto the track for an early flurry of activity.

Roy Nissany (Campos Vexatec Racing) brought out the first red flag after 20 minutes of running having stopped on the Mistral Straight. At this stage, Russell headed the standings with a medium tyre benchmark in the 1m43s, and after the session restarted the British driver began to trade best times with teammate Aitken. Although the latter held the advantage after the first hour, Russell soon recouped his position at the top by the midway point of the session.

Two further red flags were shown during the second hour of the session; Antonio Fuoco stopped on the circuit for the first, while RUSSIAN TIME’s Artem Markelov and Ralph Boschung (MP Motorsport) came to a halt within seconds of each other for the second.

Luca Ghiotto (Campos) led the field out as the session quickly restarted, as the drivers spent the rest of the morning getting stuck into their long-run programs. Russell’s time remained impenetrable, as the teams focused on race pace for the remainder, with Aitken finishing second just under two tenths shy of his teammate. Between them, the ART duo clocked in over 100 laps, with Aitken managing 56 of them.

Nyck De Vries (PERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing) was third fastest ahead of DAMS’ Alexander Albon, as Louis Delétraz of Charouz Racing System completed the top five. Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) was sixth fastest ahead of teammate Lando Norris, as Maximilian Günther and Nirei Fukuzumi of BWT Arden finished eighth and ninth respectively. Replacing Oliver Rowland at DAMS for the third day of running, Daniel Ticktum rounded out the top 10.

1George RussellART Grand Prix1:42.39647
2Jack AitkenART Grand Prix1:42.58856
3Nyck De VriesPERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing1:42.75932
4Alexander AlbonDAMS1:42.92549
5Louis DeletrazCharouz Racing System1:43.23943
6Sergio Sette CamaraCarlin1:43.26925
7Lando NorrisCarlin1:43.28729
8Maximilian GuntherBWT Arden1:43.35035
9Nirei FukuzumiBWT Arden1:43.50128
10Daniel TicktumDAMS1:43.50343
11Artem MarkelovRUSSIAN TIME1:43.57541
12Sean GelaelPERTAMINA PREMA Theodore Racing1:43.73131
13Luca GhiottoCampos Vexatec Racing1:43.75530
14Arjun MainiTrident1:43.85140
15Antonio FuocoCharouz Racing System1:43.89925
16Ralph BoschungMP Motorsport1:43.94826
17Roy NissanyCampos Vexatec Racing1:44.04835
18Tadasuke MakinoRUSSIAN TIME1:44.16446
19Santino FerrucciTrident1:44.23948
20Roberto MerhiMP Motorsport1:44.37749




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