CHRISTIAN LUNDGAARD LEADS THE WAY AT PAUL RICARD
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) was quickest on day one of the Formula Renault Eurocup collective tests at Circuit Paul Ricard. The Renault Sport Academy driver got the better of Oscar Piastri (Arden Motorsport) by a mere 0.001s. The two rookies were followed by Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing). Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) set best time in the morning session on the track that will host the opening round of the season from April 13-15.
28 drivers are on hand for the second 2018 pre-season test that is being held on the re-surfaced and slightly modified Circuit Paul Ricard that will host the F1 French Grand Prix in June.
Straight away, the pace was elevated with the record established by Lando Norris in 2016 being beaten. The time was lowered even further in the final half hour before the early stoppage provoked by Clément Novalak (Josef Kaufmann Racing). Logan Sargeant led the way with a lap of 2:01.881s. Christian Lundgaard, Oscar Piastri, Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport) and Yifei Ye completed the top five.
In the afternoon, Yifei Ye was the first to improve the morning benchmark time, but the Chinese driver was dislodged by Oscar Piastri and Christian Lundgaard. With a time of 2:01.083s, the Danish member of the Renault Sport Academy set best time of the day by 0.001s. The two rookies were followed by Yifei Ye, Richard Verschoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Max Defourny (MP Motorsport).
Morning session – Afternoon session
Best time for Christian Lundgaard
Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport): “Paul Ricard is among my favourite circuits, but I wasn’t as fast as expected when I was here in November. Today, our performance showed the progress we’ve made and we need to keep the momentum going. More than the new track surface, the biggest change is where some of the corners have been widened, especially the T1-T2 section and T5, which is a clear improvement.”