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Crawford and Bearman join Prema for FIA F3 Valencia post-season test

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Prema

Jak Crawford and Ollie Bearman have joined Prema for all three days of next week’s FIA Formula 3 post-season test in Valencia.

Red Bull Junior Crawford finished 13th in his rookie FIA F3 season in 2021, driving for Hitech, as well as finished third in a partial Euroformula campaign. Bearman meanwhile will make his F3 debut after closing out the Italian Formula 4 season this weekend with a hat-trick wins of Monza, having already wrapped up the title at the penultimate round at Mugello. He also leads the German ADAC F4 series.

Speaking to Formula Scout at Monza, Bearman said: “Prema are a great team. They’ve had great success with this new FIA F3 championship and with this new car, so it makes sense to do the test with them.

“Obviously there is limited testing in the FIA F3 championship anyway so it’s super important to be able to do all three days in the test. I just aim to do my best and show what I’m made of and just learn everything that I can about it because there’s obviously quite a big step up.”

Arthur Leclerc will stay on with the team for which he took two wins in the 2021 season for day one of the test. He will then hand over to Paul Aron, who secured third place in the Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine for Prema at Monza.

Aron told Formula Scout: “I will try to be as quick as possible but I think the main thing is just to understand as much as possible during the two days and not be kind of “rookie fast”, as I like to say, but rather build it up and understand how to be quick all the time.”

Another Red Bull junior Jonny Edgar switches to teams’ champion Trident together with Roman Stanek, while Zane Maloney steps up after finishing fourth in FREC.

The top F3 rookie of 2021 Victor Martins moves from MP Motorsport to ART Grand Prix, the team with which he claimed the Formula Renault Eurocup title last year. He’s joined by his ‘successor’ as FREC champion Gregoire Saucy, while Juan Manuel Correa stays on with the team.

Both Caio Collet and Tijmen van der Helm remain with MP Motorsport, which will also give another F3 test to its FREC star Franco Colapinto.

Hitech GP brings in former BRDC British F3 stars Johnathan Hoggard and Kaylen Frederick from Jenzer and Carlin respectively. Also in the team’s line-up is the FREC rookie champion Isack Hadjar, expected to make the step up with Red Bull backing.

Van Amersfoort Racing makes its series debut after taking over the cars of HWA, and calls upon the services of 2021 runner-up Jack Doohan – who is expected to step up to Formula 2 next year. Rafael Villagomez, who raced for HWA in F3 and VAR in Euroformula this season, and Hitech’s GB3 frontrunner Reece Ushijima will also test with the Dutch team.

Other rookies include David Vidales and Pepe Marti at Campos, GB3 champion Zak O’Sullivan with Carlin and Nazim Azman at Jenzer.

FIA F3 Valencia test entry list

No Driver Team 2021
#1 Jak Crawford Prema 3rd in Euroformula
#2 Arthur Leclerc D1 Prema 10th in F3
#2 Paul Aron D2/3 Prema 3rd in FREC
#3 Ollie Bearman Prema 1st in Italian F4
#4 Jonny Edgar Trident 18th in F3
#5 Roman Stanek Trident 16th in F3
#6 Zane Maloney Trident 4th in FREC
#7 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 4th in F3
#8 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1st in FREC
#9 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 21st in F3
#10 Johnathan Hoggard Hitech GP 20th in F3
#11 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 5th in FREC
#12 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 22nd in F3
#14 Jack Doohan Van Amersfoort Racing 2nd in F3
#15 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 4th in GB3
#16 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 29th in F3
#17 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 6th in FREC
#18 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 9th in F3
#19 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 26th in F3
#20 David Vidales Campos Racing 10th in FREC
#21 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 33rd in F3
#22 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 3rd in Spanish F4*
#23 Ido Cohen Carlin 24th in F3
#24 Brad Benavides Carlin 13th in Euroformula
#25 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1st in GB3
#26 Nazim Azman Jenzer Motorsport 4th in Euroformula
#27 Roberto Faria Jenzer Motorsport 5th in GB3
#28 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 31st in F3
#29 Lorenzo Colombo Charouz Racing System 15th in F3
#30 Oliver Rasmussen Charouz Racing System 25th in F3
#31 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 32nd in F3