ART Grand Prix’s Christian Lundgaard topped both sessions on Day 1 of testing in Spain, proving peerless around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The quickest time of the two came in the morning session, as the Alpine junior beat out UNI-Virtuosi’s Felipe Drugovich by 0.178s.

Hitech Grand Prix pairing Jüri Vips and Liam Lawson also managed spots in the top five on the opening day, ahead of MP Motorsport’s Lirim Zendeli.


Greeted by a hefty layer of fog upon arrival, the teams only sent their drivers out for an initial install lap when the lights went green. Thankfully, the fog quickly cleared and was replaced by bright blue skies, allowing Campos Racing to shoot out and get a feel for the circuit.

MP Motorsport followed suit, but without setting a competitive time, before Carlin’s Jehan Daruvala stopped at Turn 1 and brought out an early Red Flag.

There was a second inside of the opening hour, as PREMA Racing’s Oscar Piastri pulled up at Turn 3, although the Australian did still manage to finish ninth.

With the two cars safely back in their garages, Lundgaard headed out for a tour of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and posted the quickest time of the morning, setting the standard at 1:29.606, ahead of Vips, who notched 1:29.988.

There was then a third stoppage at the midway point when Gianluca Petecof spun his Campos between turns two and three, coming to a halt on the gravel.

Drugovich posted the second fastest time 0.178s off Lundgaard
Drugovich posted the second fastest time, 0.178s off Lundgaard

In the final hour, Drugovich managed to give the order a bit of a shake-up, barging into second place, 0.178s off Lundgaard, while Lawson leapt up to fourth, ahead of Zendeli.

Guanyu Zhou just missed out on a spot in the top five with UNI-Virtuosi, finishing 0.005s off Zendeli. Marcus Armstrong was seventh with DAMS, ahead of Campos’s Ralph Boschung.

Running the most laps of the morning session, MP’s Richard Verschoor posted 40 overall, whilst also completing the 10th fastest time.


MP were the first team to return to the track in the afternoon session, with their duo getting a fast run out of the way early doors. Verschoor charged to the top of the table on his fifth lap, with a tour of 1:30.165, and was backed up by his teammate, Zendeli.

The pair would end up finishing in second and seventh, with Verschoor’s attention switching to longer runs, before Zendeli lost control of his MP and tagged the barrier.

There was another red flag shortly after as Roy Nissany lost control at Turn 9 and touched the wall himself.

Vips completed the top three on Day 1 of testing
Vips completed the top three on Day 1 of testing

It was the familiar name of Lundgaard who bumped Verschoor down to P2, with the Alpine junior heading out for a single push lap, which returned him to P1 with a time of 1:29.827, before shooting back into the garage.

Lawson was briefly behind them, before getting overtaken in the order by 2020 Formula 3 rival Théo Pourchaire, who lunged into third, three tenths off his ART teammate’s quickest time.

Armstrong dove into fourth to drop Lawson to fifth, ahead of Boschung. David Beckmann emerged in eighth with Charouz Racing System, but was almost a second off the leading pace, ahead of Vips and Drugovich.

Lundgaard will aim to kick off Day 2 in similarly strong form, when action gets underway at 9am local time.


1Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix1:29.59434
2Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:29.77226
3Jüri VipsHitech Grand Prix1:29.98826
4Liam LawsonHitech Grand Prix1:30.00626
5Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:30.07839
6Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:30.08327
7Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:30.15826
8Ralph BoschungCampos Racing1:30.25931
9Oscar PiastriPREMA Racing1:30.42521
10Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:30.51940
11Dan TicktumCarlin1:30.59834
12Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:30.67431
13Roy NissanyDAMS1:30.72326
14Marino SatoTrident1:30.72719
15Bent ViscaalTrident1:30.72733
16Théo PourchaireART Grand Prix1:30.73833
17Gianluca PetecofCampos Racing1:30.88230
18Matteo NanniniHWA RACELAB1:30.95330
19David BeckmannCharouz Racing System1:30.97332
20Guilherme SamaiaCharouz Racing System1:31.30531
21Robert ShwartzmanPREMA Racing1:31.43527
22Alessio DeleddaHWA RACELAB1:37.1007


1Christian LundgaardART Grand Prix1:29.82745
2Richard VerschoorMP Motorsport1:30.16545
3Théo PourchaireART Grand Prix1:30.16742
4Marcus ArmstrongDAMS1:30.61746
5Liam LawsonHitech Grand Prix1:30.73941
6Ralph BoschungCampos Racing1:30.75541
7Lirim ZendeliMP Motorsport1:30.7676
8David BeckmannCharouz Racing System1:30.82431
9Jüri VipsHitech Grand Prix1:30.95639
10Felipe DrugovichUNI-Virtuosi1:31.07543
11Bent ViscaalTrident1:31.19836
12Oscar PiastriPREMA Racing1:31.35024
13Robert ShwartzmanPREMA Racing1:31.44023
14Gianluca PetecofCampos Racing1:31.53240
15Guilherme SamaiaCharouz Racing System1:31.57531
16Marino SatoTrident1:34.50340
17Alessio DeleddaHWA RACELAB1:34.6297
18Guanyu ZhouUNI-Virtuosi1:34.78351
19Jehan DaruvalaCarlin1:35.51147
20Matteo NanniniHWA RACELAB1:35.78735
21Dan TicktumCarlin1:35.86546
22Roy NissanyDAMS1:36.16614