Kiwi Armstrong fastest on Day 1 of F3 testing

Marcus Armstrong

New Zealander Marcus Armstrong has gone fastest on Day 1 of the first FIA Formula 3 Championship pre-season test, at Paul Ricard.

Armstrong, who drives for Prema Racing, ended up 0.335s clear of the field by virtue of the 1:49.243s which he laid down in the afternoon session.

His team-mate Robert Shwartzman was third fastest as Sauber Junior Team’s Lirim Zendeli split the Kiwi and the German.

Tasmanian Alex Peroni (Campos Racing) ended up 11th on combined times and Pukekohe’s Liam Lawson 16th in the 30-car field.

The latter, who won the Toyota Racing Series in February, recently signed on to contest FIA F3 with MP Motorsport alongside his drive in Formula European Masters.

The second and final day of the test takes place on Thursday (local time).

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