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.
|1||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1m31.743s||50|
|3||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1m32.423s||+0.680s||44|
|5||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||1m32.493s||+0.750s||49|
|6||Mikhael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1m32.543s||+0.800s||24|
|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|
|12||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||1m32.821s||+1.078s||50|
|13||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1m32.852s||+1.109s||38|
|15||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||1m32.940s||+1.197s||41|
|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|
|23||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1m33.328s||+1.585s||33|
|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|