Formula 3

Martins well clear on rain-affected opening day of F3 Barcelona test

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

The FIA Formula 3 Championship continued preparations for the 2021 season with their second two-day pre-season test, this time at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya ahead of the opening round at the same track next month.

And after early morning rain left the track sodden for much of the morning’s running, it was reigning Formula Renault Eurocup champion Victor Martins who topped the times for MP Motorsport.

The Frenchman set a blistering 1:31:743 with the fastest time in all three sectors to end the day a whopping six tenths clear of the field. Martins’ time brings further encouragement for MP Motorsport after Caio Collet set a lap record pace in the first pre-season test at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Second quickest on a day where the track got faster with every lap turned was Trident’s Jack Doohan who believes he is one of the title favourites having been consistently quick in testing for his new team.

His teammate for 2021, Clément Novalak, was fourth fastest further underlining Trident’s outright pace with Frederik Vesti splitting the two as the Dane also aims for Championship glory with ART.

It was another highly impressive day for 2020 ADAC Formula 4 runner-up Jak Crawford as the 15-year-old Texan was fifth fastest having topped the morning’s soggy session, cementing himself as the lead driver at Hitech GP despite this being his rookie year at F3 level.

Michael Belov drove a part-time schedule for Charouz last year and he was sixth quickest again for the Czech team. He and Logan Sargeant drove the two spare Charouz cars with only Reshad De Gerus confirmed to race for the team this season. Sargeant also snuck into the top ten in ninth while De Gerus was 28th.

PREMA have dominated the previous two seasons of FIA Formula 3 but they are yet to set the world alight in testing with Dennis Hauger the lead driver today in seventh, just ahead of Collet, Sargeant and ART’s Aleksandr Smolyar who completed the top ten.

The other two PREMA drivers Olli Caldwell and Arthur Leclerc were 11th and 16th respectively after also not troubling the top times in the morning, deciding to not risk their cars too much in tricky conditions.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:33:674
2Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer1:34:023
3Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:34:024
4Jonny EdgarCarlin1:34:028
5Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:34:126
6Filip UgranJenzer1:34:274
7Reshad De GerusCharouz1:34:352
8Roman StanekHitech GP1:34:369
9Calan WilliamsJenzer1:34:371
10Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:34:407
11Amaury CordeelCampos1:34:527
12Michael BelovCharouz1:34:570
13Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:34:844
14Ido CohenCarlin1:35:135
15Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:35:523
16László TóthCampos1:36:056
17Jack DoohanTrident1:40:116
18David SchumacherTrident1:41:114
19Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:42:626
20Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:44:680
21Arthur LeclercPREMA1:44:849
22Olli CaldwellPREMA1:44:863
23Logan SargeantCharouz1:45:217
24Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:45:277
25Aleksandr SmolyarART1:45:421
26Juan Manuel CorreaART1:45:956
27Frederik VestiART1:45:964
28Dennis HaugerPREMA1:46:057
29Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:46:417
30Clément NovalakTrident1:48:982
Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:31:743
2Jack DoohanTrident1:32:369
3Frederik VestiART1:32:423
4Clément NovalakTrident1:32:447
5Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:32:493
6Michael BelovCharouz1:32:543
7Dennis HaugerPREMA1:32:639
8Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:32:642
9Logan SargeantCharouz1:32:679
10Aleksandr SmolyarART1:32:747
11Olli CaldwellPREMA1:32:800
12Roman StanekHitech GP1:32:821
13Calan WilliamsJenzer1:32:852
14David SchumacherTrident1:32:915
15Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:32:940
16Arthur LeclercPREMA1:32:947
17Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:32:960
18Juan Manuel CorreaART1:33:013
19Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:33:170
20Amaury CordeelCampos1:33:198
21Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:33:223
22Jonny EdgarCarlin1:33:313
23Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:33:328
24Ido CohenCarlin1:33:343
25Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:33:364
26Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer1:33:448
27Filip UgranJenzer1:33:497
28Reshad De GerusCharouz1:33:933
29Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:34:048
30László TóthCampos1:34:485
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