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Colapinto fastest for MP on final morning of FIA F3 testing

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto was fastest on the final morning of FIA Formula 3 post-season testing at Jerez.

Trident’s Oliver Goethe set the early pace, but he was closely matched by Hitech GP’s Sebastian Montoya who soon took over at the top. He was in first place with a 1m30.759s lap when the first red flag stoppage of the session occurred after just 10 minutes, and when track action resumed it was Gabriel Bortoleto who went fastest and became the first driver to break into the 1m29s.

He was shuffled down to third place after 50 minutes by Colapinto and Hitech’s Gabriele Mini, but Bortoleto improved to get back into second place.

The second red flag period came at the end of the first hour, and was caused by ART Grand Prix’s Roberto Faria. Goethe had demoted test team-mate Bortoleto back to third by the time of the red flag, and following the restart there was little track action with Colapinto being one of the few drivers to set laps in the half-hour that followed.

Hitech then sent its drivers out for a short run, and once again at the end of the second hour with Colapinto also heading out once more.

Only in the final 25 minutes did the circuit become busy again, but then then red flags were waved again with 10 minutes to go as Charouz Racing System’s Nicola Mariangeli went off. Carlin’s Hadrien David also had an off during the session.

A quick turnaround meant green flags were waved once more with seven minutes to go, but none of the drivers who returned to track were able to improve their pace, meaning Colapinto ended the morning on top.

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m29.617s 45
2 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m29.660s +0.043s 37
3 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m29.690s +0.073s 36
4 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m29.930s +0.313s 26
5 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m30.103s +0.486s 33
6 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m30.129s +0.512s 38
7 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.164s +0.547s 26
8 Paul Aron Prema 1m30.180s +0.563s 38
9 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m30.194s +0.577s 40
10 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m30.197s +0.580s 32
11 Francesco Pizzi Campos Racing 1m30.241s +0.624s 33
12 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m30.297s +0.680s 32
13 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m30.304s +0.687s 41
14 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.361s +0.744s 29
15 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m30.372s +0.755s 40
16 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m30.554s +0.937s 41
17 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.561s +0.944s 43
18 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m30.600s +0.983s 48
19 Joel Granfors Carlin 1m30.647s +1.030s 39
20 Brad Benavides ART Grand Prix 1m30.647s +1.030s 46
21 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.689s +1.072s 43
22 Hadrien David Carlin 1m30.728s +1.111s 35
23 Max Esterson Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.769s +1.152s 41
24 Alessandro Famularo Charouz Racing System 1m30.946s +1.329s 46
25 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m30.992s +1.375s 24
26 Roberto Faria ART Grand Prix 1m31.228s +1.611s 41
27 Nicola Marinangeli Charouz Racing System 1m31.260s +1.643s 37
28 Matias Zagazeta Charouz Racing System 1m31.306s +1.689s 32
29 Arias Deukmedjian Carlin 1m31.411s +1.794s 35
30 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.632s +2.015s 24