Piastri impresses in Formula Renault rookie test
Oscar Piastri was seventh-fastest overall in the Formula Renault Eurocup Official Rookie Test in Barcelona overnight.
Piastri was one of 15 rookie drivers invited to take part in the test day, which featured a total of 36 drivers, having finished second in this year’s British Formula 4 Championship.
The Melburnian finished sixth-fastest in the morning session and fifth-fastest in the afternoon, lapping quicker than his fellow Arden Motorsport drivers and also three other countrymen.
His best lap of 1:42.434s in the morning session, the faster of the two 3hr 30min hit-outs for most drivers, was less than 0.3s off the benchmark set by Italian Lorenzo Colombo.
Piastri, who recorded the fastest Sector 2 split in that session, was set to improve his position before he spun at Turn 4.
“The morning session was very good, apart from the spin on my second push lap with new tyres,” said the 16-year-old.
“I haven’t driven the Renault car at Barcelona before so I was working hard to find my markers and get into a rhythm for most of the session.”
In the afternoon, he lapped 0.15s slower, with only the pace-setting American Neil Verhagen going faster out of the top 12 overall.
“I didn’t get an optimal run on my new tyres in that session,” said Piastri.
“It seemed like everyone swarmed onto the track in the last 10 minutes so I got blocked a little and then had to lift and find track position.
“My push laps came too late and these tyres have only a one or two lap window of maximum grip.
“I’m pretty happy with how the day went. Of course, as a driver you always know there was some time to gain in some sections and there are a few specific techniques with this car so I’ll be working on that over the winter.”
Of the other Australians, 2017 Formula Renault Eurocup race winner Alex Peroni finished the day 11th-fastest, Thomas Randle 12th-fastest, and Thomas Maxwell 23rd.
Peroni is yet to confirm his 2018 plans.
Results: Formula Renault Eurocup Rookie Test
|1||Neil VERHAGEN||USA||Tech 1 Racing||1:42.475||1:42.146||1:42.146|
|2||Lorenzo COLOMBO||ITA||JD Motorsport||1:42.150||1:42.229||1:42.150||0.004|
|3||Alexander SMOLYAR||RUS||Tech 1 Racing||1:42.202||1:42.654||1:42.202||0.056|
|4||Alexander VARTANYAN||RUS||R-Ace GP||1:42.293||1:42.853||1:42.293||0.147|
|5||Richard VERSCHOOR||NED||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:42.366||1:42.504||1:42.366||0.220|
|6||Yifei YE||CHN||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:42.431||1:42.810||1:42.431||0.285|
|8||Max FEWTRELL||GBR||R-Ace GP||1:42.460||1:42.999||1:42.460||0.314|
|9||Logan SARGEANT||USA||R-Ace GP||1:42.479||1:42.716||1:42.479||0.333|
|10||Victor MARTINS||FRA||R-Ace GP||1:42.522||1:42.578||1:42.522||0.376|
|11||Alex PERONI||AUS||R-Ace GP||1:42.635||1:43.411||1:42.635||0.489|
|12||Thomas RANDLE||AUS||MP Motorsport||1:42.678||1:42.813||1:42.678||0.532|
|13||Chritian LUNDGAARD||DEN||MP Motorsport||1:42.868||1:42.680||1:42.680||0.534|
|15||James PULL||GBR||Tech 1 Racing||1:43.538||1:42.796||1:42.796||0.650|
|16||Charles MILESI||FRA||R-Ace GP||1:42.912||1:44.229||1:42.912||0.766|
|17||Xavier LLOVERAS||ESP||AVF By Adrian Valles||1:43.555||1:42.968||1:42.968||0.822|
|18||Arthur ROUGIER||FRA||Fortec Motorsports||1:43.336||1:43.072||1:43.072||0.926|
|19||Axel MATUS||MEX||AVF By Adrian Valles||1:43.074||1:43.512||1:43.074||0.928|
|20||Pierre-Alexandre JEAN||FRA||JD Motorsport||1:43.128||1:43.298||1:43.128||0.982|
|21||Bent VISCAAL||NED||MP Motorsport||1:43.168||1:43.330||1:43.168||1.022|
|22||Nikita VOLEGOV||RUS||R-Ace GP||1:43.980||1:43.271||1:43.271||1.125|
|24||Javier GONZALEZ||MEX||AVF By Adrian Valles||1:43.567||1:43.347||1:43.347||1.201|
|25||Clément NOVALAK||FRA||R-Ace GP||1:43.421||1:43.581||1:43.421||1.275|
|26||Enaam AHMED||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1:43.422||1:43.747||1:43.422||1.276|
|27||Jamie CAROLINE||GBR||Tech 1 Racing||1:43.516||1:43.516||1.370|
|28||Jordan CANE||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||1:43.643||1:43.730||1:43.643||1.497|
|29||Juri VIPS||EST||Josef Kaufmann Racing||1:44.266||1:43.834||1:43.834||1.688|
|30||Frederik VESTI||DEN||Fortec Motorsports||1:44.722||1:43.946||1:43.946||1.800|
|31||Charles LEONG||MAC||Mark Burdett Motorsport||1:44.098||1:44.459||1:44.098||1.952|
|32||Christian RASMUSSEN||DEN||Mark Burdett Motorsport||1:44.128||1:44.567||1:44.128||1.982|
|33||Daniel LU||CHN||AVF By Adrian Valles||1:44.229||1:44.274||1:44.229||2.083|
|34||Edward JONASSON||SWE||JD Motorsport||1:45.007||1:44.463||1:44.463||2.317|
|35||Takuya OKADA||JPN||Mark Burdett Motorsport||1:45.204||1:44.692||1:44.692||2.546|
|36||Florian VENTURI||FRA||AVF By Adrian Valles||1:45.284||1:46.219||1:45.284||3.138|