Leclerc quickest on Day 1 of Abu Dhabi test

GP3 newcomer Charles Leclerc set the fastest time on Day 1 of the series' post-season test at Yas Marina.

Leclerc quickest on Day 1 of Abu Dhabi test
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Charles Leclerc, ART Grand Prix
Matthew Parry, Koiranen GP
Jake Hughes, Koiranen GP
Jack Aitken, Koiranen GP
Matevos Isaakyan, Koiranen GP
Nirei Fukuzumi, ART Grand Prix
Tatiana Calderon, Status Grand Prix
Jake Dennis, Arden International

Leclerc, who has been linked to a Ferrari junior programme spot and a development role with Haas, was quickest in the afternoon and duly surpassed the morning benchmark, which had belonged to former Caterham protege Matt Parry, by six tenths.

Parry, running for Trident instead of his usual Koiranen squad, led a first-session top five that featured three other Brits - the Koiranen duo of Jack Aitken and Jake Hughes in second and fifth and Jake Dennis, fourth for Arden.

Ferrari junior Antonio Fuoco, who tested alongside Parry at Trident, was third, while Leclerc started his programme with a 10th place.

In the afternoon, the Monegasque was 0.022s off entering the final half-hour and then picked up the pace, ending the day almost half a second in the clear.

Fuoco took second, ahead of Dennis, Hughes and Matevos Isaakyan.

Combined timesheets

Pos. Driver Team AM PM
1 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 1:57.090 1:55.209
2 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1:55.993 1:55.657
3 Jake Dennis Arden International 1:56.121 1:55.760
4 Matt Parry Trident 1:55.800 1:56.269
5 Jake Hughes Koiranen GP 1:56.228 1:55.949
6 Jack Aitken Koiranen GP 1:55.958 1:56.450
7 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 1:56.829 1:55.985
8 Kevin Jorg Trident 1:56.244 1:56.047
9 Ralph Boschung Status Grand Prix 1:56.536 1:56.065
10 Nabil Jeffri ART Grand Prix 1:57.275 1:56.156
11 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 2:16.963 1:56.292
12 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 1:56.437 1:56.621
13 Tatiana Calderon Status Grand Prix 1:58.004 1:56.664
14 Santino Ferrucci Status Grand Prix 1:57.629 1:56.755
15 Will Palmer Arden International 1:57.932 1:56.843
16 Leonardo Pulcini Jenzer Motorsport 1:57.921 1:57.136
17 Giuliano Alesi Arden International 1:59.175 1:57.250
18 Nico Rindlisbacher Jenzer Motorsport 1:59.180 1:57.444
19 Pedro Cardoso Campos Racing 1:57.793 1:57.515
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan Campos Racing 1:58.792 1:57.705
21 Antoni Ptak Jenzer Motorsport 1:58.557 1:57.904
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