“FR3.5: Fantin fastest on final pre-season test day”
Draco Racing pilot Pietro Fantin set the fastest time on the final day of Formula Renault 3.5 Series pre-season testing at Jerez.
After a difficult first two days, Fantin settled into a quick pace, holding off rival Sergey Sirotkin, who once again showed a touch of pace.
Pierre Gasly good form continued into day three, as he proved a threat on the timesheets during his quick runs.
Follwoing the test, Fantin said: “I’m thrilled to finish the tests like this because we didn’t make a very good start. On Monday, we had a lot of understeer before making good progress yesterday. The changes we made helped us to get back to our true level. Once we had done that, I was able to up my pace and use the new tyres more effectively.”
The afternoon session again led to a series of long runs, as teams prepare for the opening round at Monza in two weeks; however in the final hour, times began to fall as several drivers made the most of qualifying stints. With a change of focus on the final day, Rowland dropped down the timing order, ending up 8th overall in the combined times.