Formula 3

Hauger leads the way in practice as Formula 3 returns to action

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Credit: PREMA Racing

The first official practice session of the 2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship saw Norway’s Dennis Hauger top the times at the sun-soaked Barcelona Circuit.

The Red Bull junior, racing for PREMA, did a 1:33:596 to lead the field by over two tenths and send an early message to his title rivals that he is on his A-game.

Second fastest was pre-season pace-setter and leading rookie Victor Martins of MP Motorsport who has given the Dutch team renewed hope of more race wins this year after Bent Viscaal’s lone victory last season.

Another of the title favourites Frederik Vesti was third quickest for ART as he returns for a second year in F3. The Mercedes junior won more races than anyone last year with PREMA and is sure to be at the front again this time around.

Arthur Leclerc is the only PREMA rookie on the grid and he started as he means to go on with the fourth fastest time ahead of Aleksandr Smolyar who stays with ART after steadily improving throughout 2020.

Clément Novalak moves to Trident this year and led the trio in sixth with Jack Doohan eighth and David Schumacher 13th.

Logan Sargeant split Novalak and Doohan after being a very late appointment for the Charouz team. Sargeant was a title contender last year and will hope to lead Charouz to better things in 2021.

Martins’ teammate this year Caio Collet was ninth fastest as the field remained as tight as ever in the midfield while Olli Caldwell snuck into the top ten in the third PREMA.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Dennis HaugerPREMA1:33:596
2Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:33:811
3Frederik VestiART1:33:871
4Arthur LeclercPREMA1:33:923
5Aleksandr SmolyarART1:33:934
6Clément NovalakTrident1:34:089
7Logan SargeantCharouz1:34:129
8Jack DoohanTrident1:34:151
9Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:34:166
10Olli CaldwellPREMA1:34:235
11Roman StanekHitech GP1:34:283
12Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:34:324
13David SchumacherTrident1:34:383
14Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:34:409
15Amaury CordeelCampos1:34:415
16Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:34:459
17Calan WilliamsJenzer1:34:481
18Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:34:524
19Jonny EdgarCarlin1:34:569
20Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:34:620
21Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:34:783
22Enzo FittipaldiCharouz1:35:079
23Juan Manuel CorreaART1:35:102
24Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:35:130
25Ido CohenCarlin1:35:163
26Reshad De GerusCharouz1:35:355
27László TóthCampos1:35:466
28Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:35:575
29Pierre-Louis ChovetJenzer1:35:701
30Filip UgranJenzer1:35:818
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