At 14:00h, Pietro Fittipaldi was the first driver to step in the racetrack with his Fortec Motorsports. Most of the teams followed the Brazilian with their drivers to achieve precious race set-up data with quite a warm track temperature.
Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) set the early pace in used tyres and later on he was replaced by his team-mate in the Spanish squad, Dorian Boccolaci.
40 minutes before the end of the Session, Matevos Isaakyan (Arden Motorsport) rejoined the track with a new set of new tyres and improved his best register. He was soon in company of the rest of the field being Roy Nissany (Lotus) the first driver to lap below 1.28, and improving his best lap to 1.27.887. But with his car being found underweight, he drops to P7.
In the last 10 minutes, Alfonso Celis Jr improved to P1 but he was finally beat by the Rookie of the Day, Alex Palou, the sole driver to improve his best timed lap in the afternoon in 1.26.668, which remains the best register in all three days!
Best Driver and Best Debutant – Alex Palou (Teo Martin Motorsport) – 1.26 668
“This first experience behind a World Series car it’s just amazing! I wasn’t expecting so much grip and power in the braking. It’s a big step compared to a GP3 car but it did not cost me much to get adapted! I maybe missed one little tenth in the morning but I managed to put everything together in the afternoon…I’m so happy with this experience and now it’s time to keep on learning!”