Fresh from a remarkable triple win last weekend in the Formula Regional European Championship at Mugello, Arthur Leclerc was up and running on Monday in Barcelona.
The 19-year-old brother of Scuderia charger Charles Leclerc was at the Circuit de Catalunya to enjoy his first taste of F3, conducted with his Formula regional PREMA team on day 1 of the FIA Formula 3 Championship's post-season test.
As he got accustomed to his new mount in the opening session, Leclerc clocked in P14, but less than a second adrift from pace-setter Matteo Nannini, the nephew of former F1 driver Alessandro Nannini.
"This morning was quite difficult," commented the Monegasque. "The car is new, and the track is new as well, so there were a lot of things to discover. The management of the tyres is the key so we will continue to work on that.
"There is a lot of aero and you can bring a lot more speed into the entry of corners," he added.
“It is really, really important to warm up the tyres in order to have a proper push lap, so there is a lot more work to do."