Hülkenberg again the quickest

Nico Hulkenberg

On the second day off the official Formula 3 Euro Series tests, Nicolas Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix) again secured the top position on the time sheets. In the Sunday morning session of the tests held at Valencia’s Circuit Ricardo Tomo, the German set the fastest lap time of the entire tests when lapping the 4.005-kilometre track in 1:28.405 minutes.

Second position also was clinched by a German: Christian Vietoris (Mücke Motorsport) was just 0.062 seconds slower than his compatriot. While Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix) confirmed his good performance delivered on the first day of testing by coming third on day two, with his personal minimum time of 1:28,539 minutes.

As the track was faster than on day one, the Sunday minimum times proved to also be the fastest lap times of the entire weekend. In summerlike conditions, with temperatures of about 24° C, all the 29 drivers participating in the tests opted for covering as many kilometers as possible. The busiest of all the drivers involved was France’s Richard Philippe (Carlin Motorsport) who completed 98 laps on the track located close to Valencia. Altogether, no major incident was witnessed during the two days of testing. Only once, a session had to be red-flagged for a short period of time: in the early stages of the Sunday afternoon session, when Stefano Coletti (Red Bull Signature) and Jon Lancaster (ART Grand Prix) collided in the final corner.

In just four days, from Thursday, teams and drivers will be testing again, with Estoril, Portugal, being the venue of the second two days of Formula 3 Euro series testing.

Results (Combined Times)

Pos Driver Team Car Time
1. Nico Hulkenberg ART Grand Prix D/M 1:28.405
2. Christian Vietoris Mucke Motorsport D/M 1:28.467
3. Jules Bianchi ART Grand Prix D/M 1:28.539
4. Mika Maki Mucke Motorsport D/M 1:28.657
5. Dani Clos Prema Powerteam D/M 1:28.952
6. Richard Philippe Carlin Motorsport D/M 1:29.010
7. James Jakes ART Grand Prix D/M 1:29.063
8. Koudai Tsukakosi Manor Motorsport D/M 1:29.106
9. Rodolfo Gonzalez Carlin Motorsport D/M 1:29.110
10. Kazuya Oshima Manor Motorsport D/M 1:29.117
11. Michael Klein Jo Zeller Racing D/M 1:29.121
12. Maxi Gotz RC Motorsport D/VW 1:29.167
13. Sam Bird Manor Motorsport D/M 1:29.203
14. Jean-Karl Vernay Red Bull Signature D/M 1:29.352
15. Erik Janis Mucke Motorsport D/M 1:29.360
16. Renger van der Zande Prema Powerteam D/M 1:29.375
17. Henkie Waldschmidt SG Formula D/M 1:29.420
18. Tom Dillman SG Formula D/M 1:29.613
19. Edoardo Mortara Signature-Plus D/VW 1:29.705
20. Jon Lancaster ART Grand Prix D/M 1:29.758
21. Niall Breen Manor Motorsport D/M 1:29.781
22. Martin Plowman RC Motorsport D/VW 1:29.818
23. Franck Mailleux Signature-Plus D/VW 1:29.936
24. Charlie Kimball Prema Powerteam D/M 1:29.975
25. Yann Clairay SG Formula D/M 1:29.996
26. Daniel Campos-Hull HBR Motorsport D/M 1:30.103
27. Jens Klingmann RC Motorsport D/VW 1:30.115
28. Stefano Coletti Red Bull Signature D/M 1:30.249
29. Basil Shaaban HBR Motorsport D/M 1:30.277

(D=Dallara, M=Mercedes, VW=Volkswagen)

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