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Crawford tops first FIA F3 test session at wet Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Hitech GP’s Jak Crawford set the pace in the opening session of the pre-season FIA Formula 3 Championship test at Barcelona.

Testing began on a very wet track, and drivers only went out for installation laps in the first 15 minutes of the three-hour session.

MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet was first to commit to a timed lap, setting a 1m53.146s but quickly improving to a 1m49.824s.

It took another five minutes of drying before anyone else could get into the 1m49s, and Collet’s team-mate and fellow Alpine Formula 1 junior Victor Martins went fastest at the half-hour mark with a 1m48.825s. The pair then traded top spot until the session was stopped after 45 minutes when Hitech’s Roman Stanek hit trouble in the second sector of the lap.

Martins and Collet resumed their battle at the top when the action restarted, with Martins breaking into the 1m47s.

He remained in first place for 20 minutes until Jenzer Motorsport’s Calan Williams posted a 1m47.690s, although he then plummeted down the order as a drier line emerged and improvements came in from across the 30-car entry list.

Martins reached a 1m47.100s, and ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar became the first driver in the 1m46s. It was Martins who was back on top not long after, but he was then pushed back down to second when Crawford went fastest by seven tenths of a second.

Smolyar bettered his benchmark by half a second, but Crawford responded with a huge improvement to a 1m44.314s.

The pace had been lowered by another three seconds before conditions got worse again and everyone returned to the pits, with Carlin’s Jonny Edgar on top with a 1m40.896s and a 1.730s advantage with 30 minutes to go.

In the final 15 minutes the track became alive with acitivity, with Trident’s Jack Doohan surpassing Edgar’s long-standing benchmark.

HWA Racelab rookie Rafael Villagomez then smashed that by 3.6s, and soon there were more names at the top as Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick lopped another two seconds off the fastest time and then Jenzer’s Pierre-Louis Chovet went to the top.

Edgar and Frederick had brief spells in first place again, before Crawford posted two laps in the 1m33s good enough for first place.

Chovet rose back to second with two minutes to go, with just 0.004s covering him, Frederick and Edgar.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m33.674s 41
2 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.023s +0.349s 42
3 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m34.024s +0.350s 38
4 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1m34.028s +0.354s 37
5 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m34.126s +0.452s 36
6 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.274s +0.600s 37
7 Reshad de Gerus Charouz Racing System 1m34.352s +0.678s 33
8 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m34.369s +0.695s 16
9 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.371s +0.697s 41
10 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1m34.407s +0.733s 37
11 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 1m34.527s +0.853s 46
12 Mikhael Belov Charouz Racing System 1m34.570s +0.896s 34
13 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1m34.844s +1.170s 39
14 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m35.135s +1.461s 36
15 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m35.523s +1.849s 37
16 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing 1m36.056s +2.382s 41
17 Jack Doohan Trident 1m40.116s +6.442s 35
18 David Schumacher Trident 1m41.114s +7.440s 36
19 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1m42.626s +8.952s 24
20 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m44.680s +11.006s 33
21 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m44.849s +11.175s 37
22 Olli Caldwell Prema 1m44.863s +11.189s 38
23 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System 1m45.217s +11.543s 37
24 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m45.277s +11.603s 33
25 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m45.421s +11.747s 30
26 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m45.956s +12.282s 34
27 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m45.964s +12.290s 26
28 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m46.057s +12.383s 30
29 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 1m46.417s +12.743s 34
30 Clement Novalak Trident 1m48.982s +15.308s 32