Formula 3

Smolyar kicks off F3 testing on top

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FIA Formula 3 returned to the track for the first collective pre-season test at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and it was ART Grand Prix driver Aleksandr Smolyar who ended the day fastest.

The Russian, who scored his first F3 podium at Monza last season, was the only driver to dip under the 1m 19s barrier all day to set the tone for what he will hope to be an exceptional season.

The most impressive of 2021 rookies was Carlin’s young Brit Jonny Edgar as the ADAC Formula 4 champion was next best behind Smolyar having also put himself within the top ten in the morning session too.

Smolyar’s ART teammate Frederik Vesti starts the season as arguably the championship favourite having won three times last term for PREMA. The Dane was third quickest ahead of another star rookie in Jak Crawford.

The American was Edgar’s rival during their ADAC Formula 4 title battle last season but Crawford missed out by a slender margin and it was a similar story today, ending less than half a tenth off Edgar’s time.

The Red Bull junior, driving for Hitech GP, was followed by PREMA’s leading driver Dennis Hauger who himself scored a podium last year at Hungary. The Norwegian is another title contender this year.

All five of those set times faster than the morning’s pace setter Clément Novalak who looks set for a stellar year himself having joined Trident from Carlin. He’s joined in 2021 by Jack Doohan and David Schumacher in a strong three-man lineup and all three drivers were on the pace throughout the day.

MP Motorsport were impressive in the morning session with birthday boy Caio Collet ending second fastest ahead of his 2020 Formula Renault Eurocup rival, and eventual champion, Victor Martins third. The pair are both Alpine academy drivers and will sport the F1 team’s livery this season.

Roman Stanek was much improved in sixth in the afternoon ahead of 2020 title challenger Logan Sargeant who tested for Charouz, but he is not expected to make a return with the Czech outfit, who are yet to confirm their final two drivers for 2021.

Matteo Nannini had to readjust to F3 machinery having made his FIA Formula 2 debut in Bahrain last weekend, where he scored his first F2 point in the feature race on Sunday. the Italian finished both sessions in the top ten as HWA Racelab’s lead driver.

Elsewhere it was a disappointing day for Arthur Leclerc who could only manage 13th and 17th respectively for the all-conquering PREMA squad while both Oliver Rasmussen and Rafael Villagomez had excursions at turn eight for HWA, both bringing out a red flag to halt the morning’s running.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Clément NovalakTrident1:19:162
2Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:19:328
3Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:19:364
4Frederik VestiART1:19:492
5Olli CaldwellPREMA1:19:522
6Dennis HaugerPREMA1:19:545
7Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:19:561
8Jack DoohanTrident1:19:641
9Michael BelovCharouz1:19:726
10Jonny EdgarCarlin1:19:751
11David SchumacherTrident1:19:786
12Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:19:905
13Arthur LeclercPREMA1:19:905
14Logan SargeantCharouz1:19:964
15Aleksandr SmolyarArt1:19:978
16Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:20:014
17Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:20:051
18Filip UgranJenzer1:20:098
19Roman StanekHitech GP1:20:102
20Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer1:20:125
21Ido CohenCarlin1:20:219
22Juan Manuel CorreaART1:20:283
23Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:20:421
24Amaury CordeelCampos1:20:446
25Calan WilliamsJenzer1:20:456
26Reshad De GerusCharouz1:20:557
27Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:20:687
28Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:20:722
29László TóthCampos1:20:735
30Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:21:057
MORNING SESSION
Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Aleksandr SmolyarART1:18:894
2Jonny EdgarCarlin1:19:036
3Frederik VestiART1:19:056
4Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:19:085
5Dennis HaugerPREMA1:19:110
6Roman StanekHitech GP1:19:197
7Logan SargeantCharouz1:19:198
8Jack DoohanTrident1:19:238
9Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:19:288
10Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:19:292
11Clément NovalakTrident1:19:309
12Michael BelovCharouz1:19:406
13Calan WilliamsJenzer1:19:422
14Juan Manuel CorreaART1:19:456
15David SchumacherTrident1:19:467
16Olli CaldwellPREMA1:19:491
17Arthur LeclercPREMA1:19:509
18Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:19:515
19Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:19:565
20Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:19:642
21Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer1:19:711
22Amaury CordeelCampos1:19:740
23Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:19:761
24Reshad De GerusCharouz1:19:933
25Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:19:942
26Filip UgranJenzer1:20:149
27Ido CohenCarlin1:20:158
28Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:20:408
29Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:20:437
30László TóthCampos1:21:198
AFTERNOON SESSION

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