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Bortoleto brings F3 test to a close with fastest lap in Thursday session

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Trident’s Gabriel Bortoleto was the fastest driver on the final day of FIA Formula 3 pre-season testing at Bahrain.

Rather than run two sessions each with a duration of two-and-a-half hours, the test schedule for Thursday was changed so teams would have a single four-hour session in the morning.

Bortoleto was top of the timesheet for the vast majority of the session, and was first to set a timed lap.

PHM Racing by Charouz’s Sophia Floersch actually set the first flying lap, but was only fastest for a few seconds before being bettered by ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy, who had topped the first two days of running.

His team-mate Kaylen Frederick then broke into the 1m48s just a few moments later, before Van Amersfoort Racing’s Rafael Villagomez then went even faster with a 1m48.250s lap.

That kept him on top for 20 minutes before Bortoleto set a 1m48.162s to go fastest, but that benchmark only stood briefly as Saucy posted a 1m47.610s.

Several other drivers got into the 1m47s during the first 45 minutes of track action, with Hugh Barter (Campos Racing), Dino Beganovic (Prema), Caio Collet (VAR), Frederick and Nikola Tsolov (ART GP) filling the positions behind Saucy.

An improvement of 0.091s was not enough to keep Saucy on top, as Bortoleto set a 1m47.417s to move ahead after 50 minutes. Prema’s Paul Aron rose into third place, ahead of Barter, the improving Beganovic and Campos’s Marti.

The order then stayed pretty static for the next three hours, with Hitech GP’s Gabriele Mini being the only driver to change their position on the timesheet in the top 13.

Mini went 12th fastest just after the first hour ended, then he improved to second place with a 1m47.452s lap.

Despite the rising temperatures, the focus then switched to longer runs for many drivers and the only moment of drama came five minutes from the end when red flags were brought out due to an incident at turn 11.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m47.417s 53
2 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m47.452s +0.035s 60
3 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m47.519s +0.102s 58
4 Paul Aron Prema 1m47.641s +0.224s 54
5 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m47.704s +0.287s 52
6 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m47.713s +0.296s 56
7 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m47.789s +0.372s 52
8 Caio Collet VAR 1m47.802s +0.385s 61
9 Leonardo Fornaroli PTrident 1m47.858s +0.441s 46
10 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m47.878s +0.461s 59
11 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m47.983s +0.566s 57
12 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m48.035s +0.618s 37
13 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m48.052s +0.635s 55
14 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m48.080s +0.663s 55
15 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.208s +0.791s 54
16 Rafael Villagomez VAR 1m48.250s +0.833s 57
17 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.380s +0.963s 51
18 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m48.430s +1.013s 46
19 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m48.434s +1.017s 44
20 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m48.479s +1.062s 50
21 Hunter Yeany Carlin 1m48.499s +1.082s 51
22 Ollie Gray Carlin 1m48.683s +1.266s 49
23 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m48.696s +1.279s 43
24 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m48.749s +1.332s 49
25 Sophia Floersch PHM Racing by Charouz 1m48.868s +1.451s 51
26 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.972s +1.555s 54
27 Piotr Wisnicki PHM Racing by Charouz 1m48.985s +1.568s 40
28 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m49.543s +2.126s 49
29 Tommy Smith VAR 1m49.571s +2.154s 45
30 Roberto Faria PHM Racing by Charouz 1m49.740s +2.323s 26