Ralph Boschung was the only driver to break the 1m 28s benchmark on a chilly first day of testing at Barcelona, with the Campos Racing driver beating Hitech Grand Prix’s Marcus Armstrong and DAMS’ Ayumu Iwasa.

MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich led a gloomy morning session, with the current Championship leader setting a 1:29.755 early doors to see off ART Grand Prix’s Théo Pourchaire and Iwasa.


With a sprinkling of rain and a track temperature of just 14 degrees, running was reduced on a quiet opening morning of testing, with only two drivers posting more than 30 laps.

Championship leader Drugovich picked up from where he left off at Round 2 in Jeddah, with the Brazilian jumping to the top of the order in the opening hour with a 1:29.755. In second, ART Grand Prix’s Pourchaire was 0.165s off his fellow title contender.

Ayumu Iwasa was 0.369s off the pace in third for DAMS, with Hitech Grand Prix’s Jüri Vips and Virtuosi Racing’s Jack Doohan completing the top five.

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Drugovich finished first in the morning session
Drugovich finished first in the morning session

There were three stoppages during the morning, including Calan Williams who spun to a stop at Turn 2. Liam Lawson’s Carlin later came to a halt at Turn 10, before Cem Bölükbaşı lost control of his Charouz at Turn 9 and went into the barrier.

Despite the stoppage, Lawson still managed to set the seventh-fastest time behind Marcus Armstrong, who made it two Hitech’s inside of the top 10.

Ralph Boschung was eighth for Campos Racing, as Lawson’s Carlin teammate Logan Sargeant put himself in ninth.

Finishing 10th fastest, Jake Hughes topped the lap count on Tuesday morning, completing 37 tours of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.


Track temperature marginally increased in the afternoon, rising to 19 degrees, and this meant that the grid was able to offer up a few push laps on the back of their race runs.

After a benchmark time of 1:29.897 from Armstrong during the long-running, Boschung fired to the top of the field, dropping a 1:27.929 to go more than a second faster than the Hitech ace.

Armstrong strapped on a pair of softs and headed back out onto the tarmac, but the New Zealander was unable to break the 1m 28s barrier and had to settle for second fastest, 0.241s off the rapid Campos racer.

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Armstrong was second fastest in the afternoon session
Armstrong was second fastest in the afternoon session

Also switching to Pirelli’s soft compound were Japanese duo Ayumu Iwasa and Marino Sato, and they were the only other drivers to come within a second of Boschung. The DAMS racer was third, 0.402s off the leading time, while the Virtuosi was fifth, just over half a second off P1.

The rest of the field opted to remain on the hard rubber, with Felipe Drugovich completing the top five with a 1:29.131. ART Grand Prix pairing Pourchaire and Frederik Vesti were directly behind the MP Motorsport driver, with Richard Verschoor taking eighth. Hughes made the top 10 once again, finishing ninth ahead of Clément Novalak.

There were two more Red Flags in the afternoon, firstly for Vips, who clipped the barriers at Turn 3, and later for Logan Sargeant, whose Carlin came to a halt on track at Turn 1.

Despite the stoppages, there was significantly more running in the afternoon, with just two drivers posting fewer than 30 laps. Boschung and Calan Williams completed the joint-most, with the duo carrying out 55 each.

The second day of testing at Barcelona begins at 9am local time on Wednesday morning.


1Felipe DrugovichBRAMP Motorsport1:29.75520
2Théo PourchaireFRAART Grand Prix1:29.92023
3Ayumu IwasaJPNDAMS1:30.12419
4Juri VipsESTHitech Grand Prix1:30.20721
5Jack DoohanAUSVirtuosi Racing1:30.21518
6Marcus ArmstrongNZLHitech Grand Prix1:30.24522
7Liam LawsonNZLCarlin1:30.29810
8Ralph BoschungCHECampos Racing1:30.36132
9Logan SargeantUSACarlin1:30.40319
10Jake HughesGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:30.41237
11Marino SatoJPNVirtuosi Racing1:30.44018
12Calan WilliamsAUSTrident1:30.45417
13Enzo FittipaldiBRACharouz Racing System1:30.46521
14Jehan DaruvalaINDPREMA Racing1:30.46616
15Frederik VestiDNKART Grand Prix1:30.58623
16Roy NissanyISRDAMS1:30.69220
17Clément NovalakFRAMP Motorsport1:30.75318
18Olli CaldwellGBRCampos Racing1:30.85622
19Amaury CordeelBELVan Amersfoort Racing1:30.88627
20Richard VerschoorNLDTrident1:30.94413
21Cem BölükbasiTURCharouz Racing System1:31.45521
22Dennis HaugerNORPREMA Racing1:31.73016


1Ralph BoschungCHECampos Racing1:27.92955
2Marcus ArmstrongNZLHitech Grand Prix1:28.17034
3Ayumu IwasaJPNDAMS1:28.33151
4Marino SatoJPNVirtuosi Racing1:28.43642
5Felipe DrugovichBRAMP Motorsport1:29.13137
6Théo PourchaireFRAART Grand Prix1:29.31252
7Frederik VestiDNKART Grand Prix1:29.38349
8Richard VerschoorNLDTrident1:29.43954
9Jake HughesGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:29.49236
10Clément NovalakFRAMP Motorsport1:29.49535
11Jack DoohanAUSVirtuosi Racing1:29.77744
12Logan SargeantUSACarlin1:29.78831
13Roy NissanyISRDAMS1:29.82436
14Enzo FittipaldiBRACharouz Racing System1:29.84441
15Jehan DaruvalaINDPREMA Racing1:29.90935
16Calan WilliamsAUSTrident1:29.97555
17Amaury CordeelBELVan Amersfoort Racing1:29.99339
18Liam LawsonNZLCarlin1:30.18049
19Dennis HaugerNORPREMA Racing1:30.43936
20Juri VipsESTHitech Grand Prix1:30.48815
21Olli CaldwellGBRCampos Racing1:30.82054