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Fornaroli fastest as F3 test ends on a slow note

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Leonardo Fornaroli led a Trident one-two in the final session of FIA Formula 3’s in-season test at Barcelona.

On a short run early on in the three-hour session, Fornaroli set a 1m28.444s that would end up going unbeaten as others focused on long runs.

ART Grand Prix and Rodin Motorsport were the first teams out on track, and Campos Racing’s Mari Boya and Oliver Goethe also took to the Tarmac early on. It was not until half an hour in that the circuit became busy, with the rest of the 30-car field heading out.

After long runs were completed there was then a period of inactivity halfway through the session. Jenzer Motorsport’s Charlie Wurz broke the silence one hour and 15 minutes from the end of the test, and had the track to himself.

MP Motorsport, PHM Racing, Campos and Rodin sent their drivers out for another run as the final hour began, and once again the focus was on long runs. There were a few drops of rain, but the rest of the teams thought it was worthwhile heading back out and so the track became busy again 10 minutes later.

Only Fornaroli and team-mate Sami Meguetounif, who were the top two on the timesheet, stayed in their garages and soon Boya, Jenzer’s Max Esterson and PHM’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak made their way back to the pitlane.

Esterson then headed back out, but like everyone else was unable to improve his pace as clouds rolled over and lowered the track temperature.

With half an hour to go there were 26 drivers embarking on long runs, and that number did not drop below 20 until 14 minutes later. Inthraphuvasak left it until there was 12 minutes left on the clock before finally returning to track, along with team-mate Joshua Dufek, but only got to complete a few laps before Dufek struck trouble in sector three and the session had to be red flagged six-and-a-half minutes from the end.

There was no restart, and although Fornaroli ended up fastest by 0.662 seconds it was the slowest session of the three-day test and only four drivers in the afternoon lapped sub-1m30s. Fornaroli also only did 14 laps, while 12 drivers did more than 50.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m28.444s   14
2 Sami Meguetounif Trident 1m29.106s +0.662s 14
3 Callum Voisin Rodin Motorsport 1m29.662s +1.218s 38
4 Santiago Ramos Trident 1m29.706s +1.262s 40
5 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak PHM Racing 1m30.158s +1.714s 32
6 Joshua Dufek PHM Racing 1m31.025s +2.581s 34
7 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.396s +2.952s 52
8 Mari Boya Campos Racing 1m31.470s +3.026s 52
9 Oliver Goethe Campos Racing 1m31.731s +3.287s 58
10 Joseph Loake Rodin Motorsport 1m31.844s +3.400s 48
11 Charlie Wurz Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.853s +3.409s 60
12 Piotr Wisnicki Rodin Motorsport 1m31.893s +3.449s 42
13 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.910s +3.466s 49
14 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m31.951s +3.507s 47
15 Martinius Stenshorne Hitech GP 1m32.088s +3.644s 44
16 Sebastian Montoya Campos Racing 1m32.121s +3.677s 56
17 Max Esterson Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.144s +3.700s 33
18 Tim Tramnitz MP Motorsport 1m32.211s +3.767s 48
19 Christian Mansell ART Grand Prix 1m32.231s +3.787s 55
20 Nikita Bedrin PHM Racing 1m32.304s +3.860s 56
21 Alex Dunne MP Motorsport 1m32.309s +3.865s 45
22 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m32.409s +3.965s 55
23 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m32.464s +4.020s 56
24 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.602s +4.158s 49
25 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m32.606s +4.162s 56
26 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m32.617s +4.173s 57
27 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m32.718s +4.274s 43
28 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m32.753s +4.309s 55
29 Kacper Sztuka MP Motorsport 1m32.865s +4.421s 48
30 Matias Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.995s +4.551s 48