Formula 3

Doohan leads Austrian practice as pace nears lap record territory

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Credit: FIA Formula 3

A rapid FIA Formula 3 practice session at the Red Bull Ring saw the series’ most recent winner Jack Doohan lead the way for Trident as the pace ramped up ahead of qualifying.

This weekend sees the first appearance of the year for the Pirelli medium compound tyres and the times saw a big shake up in the final minutes as the majority stepped on the gas to set representative times.

Doohan’s 1:19:745 was over two tenths quicker than the rest which is an impressive gap on such a short lap and he was only three tenths of the lap record, set by Sebastián Fernández in last year’s qualifying session. Although Caio Collet squeezed into the 1:18s in testing earlier this year.

PREMA looked strong once again as Olli Caldwell went second fastest for the Italian team ahead of Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford who was optimistic going into the weekend at one of his preferred tracks on the calendar.

Frederik Vesti was fourth fastest after failing to convert pole position in France into a big scoring weekend while his ART teammate and double race winner Aleksandr Smolyar was sixth, with Logan Sargeant in between.

Arthur Leclerc and Dennis Hauger made sure all three PREMA’s made it into the top ten in seventh and eighth respectively while Jonny Edgar showed signs of improvement for Carlin in ninth.

Campos also look to have found something this weekend as Amaury Cordeel was tenth fastest, just ahead of teammate Lorenzo Colombo.

MP Motorsport opted not to switch to the mediums to end the session and saw both Collet and Victor Martins tumble down the order but they were very quick on the carry over hard tyres and should be in the mix come qualifying.

Pos.NameTeamLap Time
1Jack DoohanTrident1:19:745
2Olli CaldwellPREMA1:19:970
3Jak CrawfordHitech GP1:19:974
4Frederik VestiART1:19:981
5Logan SargeantCharouz1:20:010
6Aleksandr SmolyarART1:20:018
7Arthur LeclercPREMA1:20:055
8Dennis HaugerPREMA1:20:078
9Jonny EdgarCarlin1:20:094
10Amaury CordeelCampos1:20:190
11Lorenzo ColomboCampos1:20:291
12Roman StanekHitech GP1:20:313
13Kaylen FrederickCarlin1:20:424
14Calan WilliamsJenzer1:20:469
15Matteo NanniniHWA Racelab1:20:475
16Johnathan HoggardJenzer1:20:487
17Enzo FittipaldiCharouz1:20:496
18David SchumacherTrident1:20:534
19Ayumu IwasaHitech GP1:20:576
20Juan Manuel CorreaART1:20:693
21Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:20:753
22Victor MartinsMP Motorsport1:20:888
23Filip UgranJenzer1:20:942
24Ido CohenCarlin1:20:945
25Oliver RasmussenHWA Racelab1:20:949
26Rafael VillagomezHWA Racelab1:21:125
27Clément NovalakTrident1:21:145
28László TóthCampos1:21:407
29Tijmen van der HelmMP Motorsport1:21:593
30Reshad De GerusCharouz1:21:847

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