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Alpine junior Martins fastest on first afternoon of FIA F3 Barcelona test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Victor Martins was fastest on the first afternoon of FIA Formula 3 Championship’s pre-season test at a dry Barcelona after the morning was hit by rain.

Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Frederik Vesti led the way after the first 20 minutes of the three-hour session, with his early 1m32.956s benchmark just 0.020 seconds faster than ART Grand Prix team-mate Alexander Smolyar..

MP Motorsport’s Martins was less than two tenths back in third, but the Alpine F1 junior was ahead of Vesti after 45 minutes as he went half a second faster.

His team-mate and fellow Alpine junior Caio Collet narrowly bettered his lap at the end of the first hour, but Martins responded 10 minutes later by improving by over a second.

Nobody got close to that laptime in the remaining 109 minutes, leaving Martins on top on a 1m31.743s.

Collet improved immediately but was 0.899s slower than his team-mate, and it wasn’t until the second half of the session did improvements by other drivers in the top 10 appear.

Trident’ Jack Doohan went second fastest with a lap a tenth up on Collet’s, then his team-mate Clement Novalak trimmed another tenth before the end of the second hour.

With 17 minutes to go, Vesti returned to the top three by also going slightly up on Collet, but he couldn’t find any more pace and returned to the pits.

In that time Doohan came back on track and reclaimed second place, with his 1m32.369s lap still 0.626s off the pace of Martins, who has won his past four races at Barcelona in the Formula Renault Eurocup.

Behind Vesti and Novalak was Hitech GP’s morning pacesetter Jak Crawford, who set his best lap of the session with six minutes to go, and the top 10 was filled out by Charouz Racing System’s test-only entries Mikhael Belov and Logan Sargeant, Prema’s Dennis Hauger, Collet and Smolyar, who was 1.004s slower than Martins.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m31.743s 50
2 Jack Doohan Trident 1m32.369s +0.626s 28
3 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m32.423s +0.680s 44
4 Clement Novalak Trident 1m32.447s +0.704s 28
5 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m32.493s +0.750s 49
6 Mikhael Belov Charouz Racing System 1m32.543s +0.800s 24
7 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m32.639s +0.896s 35
8 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m32.642s +0.899s 49
9 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System 1m32.679s +0.936s 39
10 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m32.747s +1.004s 48
11 Olli Caldwell Prema 1m32.800s +1.057s 35
12 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m32.821s +1.078s 50
13 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.852s +1.109s 38
14 David Schumacher Trident 1m32.915s +1.172s 47
15 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m32.940s +1.197s 41
16 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m32.947s +1.204s 37
17 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m32.960s +1.217s 36
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m33.013s +1.270s 47
19 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1m33.170s +1.427s 41
20 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 1m33.198s +1.455s 39
21 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1m33.223s +1.480s 41
22 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1m33.313s +1.570s 35
23 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 1m33.328s +1.585s 33
24 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m33.343s +1.600s 35
25 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1m33.364s +1.621s 49
26 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.448s +1.705s 35
27 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.497s +1.754s 38
28 Reshad de Gerus Charouz Racing System 1m33.933s +2.190s 35
29 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m34.048s +2.305s 50
30 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing 1m34.485s +2.742s 33