Fukuzumi tops Free Practice at Monza

Written by: Fanni Váradi | Photo: GP3 Media

ART Grand Prix dominated the free practice at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza today.  In spite of rain in forecast and large clouds over the track, the session started in sunny conditions late afternoon on Friday.

All field went straight to track, after the practice started setting their first laps at the Temple of Speed. Boccolacci, the local driver Pulcini and Fukuzumi opened the session, but then Anthoine Hubert grabbed the first position ahead of them with a 1:40.009 lap time. The session went smoothly, without any problems or incidents. When 30 minutes left, the Ferrari Academy driver Giuliano Alesi took over the top spot with his teammate Ryan Tveter behind him followed by the ARTs.

In the final 5 minutes things changed quickly. Nirei Fukuzmi stopped the clock at 1:38.594, jumping to P1. His time seemed to be enough, and the Japanese stayed on top until the end of session, where Boccolacci Schothorst, Pulcini, Maini, Lorandi and the new Dan Ticktum completed the top 10 with first 14 drivers within a second of P1.

The Qualifying session starts tomorrow morning at 9.45 local time.

Free Practice Classification
  Driver Team Laptime Laps

1. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 1:38.594 17
2. George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:38.693 18
3. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 1:38.776 19
4. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:38.786 19
5. Dorian Boccolacci Trident 1:38.933 21
6. Steijn Schothorst Arden International 1:38.963 20
7. Leonardo Pulcini Arden International 1:38.971 19
8. Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.033 21
9. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.148 17
10. Daniel Ticktum DAMS 1:39.232 20
11. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing 1:39.298 20
12. Juan-Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.470 20
13. Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:39.518 22
14. Niko Kari Arden International 1:39.565 18
15. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing 1:39.776 20
16. Bruno Baptista DAMS 1:39.860 17
17. Ryan Tveter Trident 1:39.923 22
18. Julien Falchero Campos Racing 1:39.968 19
19. Tatiana Calderon DAMS 1:40.411 18
20. Kevin Jörg Trident 1:41.112 20
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