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Doohan fastest in FIA F3 practice at Spa-Francorchamps

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Dutch Photo Agency/Red Bull Content Pool

Jack Doohan topped the times in the first bit of on-track action at Spa-Francorchamps in FIA Formula 3 Championship free practice.

The Red Bull junior was towards the sharp end of the field throughout the session, but it wasn’t until the HWA Racelab driver switched to new medium tyres that he topped the order.

Doohan and team-mate Enzo Fittipaldi were briefly one-two, as Doohan set a benchmark 2m05.769s lap.

Late improvements from the likes of fellow Red Bull junior Dennis Hauger (Hitech GP) and Oliver Caldwell (Trident) dropped Fittipaldi down the order, but none could match Doohan’s time.

Hauger came closest, ending the session 0.377s off Doohan, who was the only driver to lap sub-2m06s.

Caldwell was third quickest ahead of David Schumacher, who has made the switch to Carlin for the final three rounds of the season. His team-mate Cameron Das was only slightly slower in fifth, and ahead of Fittipaldi and Igor Fraga – driving for the Charouz Racing System team that Schumacher has left.

Prema’s points leader Logan Sargeant was the quickest man on the old tyres brought over from the Spanish GP weekend. He topped the times in the second half of the session with a 2m06.768s but dropped back as others switched to fresh rubber.

ART Grand Prix driver Theo Pourchaire, also on the older tyres, ended the morning ninth ahead of Lirim Zendelli. Sargeant’s team-mate and rival Oscar Piastri ended the morning down in 14th.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Jack Doohan HWA Racelab 2m05.769s 14
2 Dennis Hauger Hitech GP 2m06.146s +0.377s 17
3 Olli Caldwell Trident 2m06.214s +0.445s 17
4 David Schumacher Carlin 2m06.295s +0.526s 14
5 Cameron Das Carlin 2m06.327s +0.558s 14
6 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab 2m06.538s +0.769s 14
7 Igor Fraga Charouz Racing System 2m06.684s +0.915s 16
8 Logan Sargeant Prema 2m06.768s +0.999s 14
9 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 2m06.855s +1.086s 15
10 Clement Novalak Carlin 2m06.950s +1.181s 13
11 Roman Stanek Charouz Racing System 2m07.037s +1.268s 16
12 David Beckmann Trident 2m07.087s +1.318s 15
13 Oscar Piastri Prema 2m07.087s +1.318s 15
14 Frederik Vesti Prema 2m07.154s +1.385s 15
15 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 2m07.252s +1.483s 15
16 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 2m07.314s +1.545s 14
17 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 2m07.390s +1.621s 15
18 Alex Peroni Campos Racing 2m07.420s +1.651s 15
19 Liam Lawson Hitech GP 2m07.457s +1.688s 15
20 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 2m07.472s +1.703s 17
20 Mikhael Belov Charouz Racing System 2m07.473s +1.704s 16
22 Sebastian Fernandez ART Grand Prix 2m07.556s +1.787s 15
23 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 2m07.562s +1.793s 14
24 Pierre-Louis Chovet Hitech GP 2m07.571s +1.802s 17
25 Andreas Estner Campos Racing 2m07.592s +1.823s 16
26 Lirim Zendeli Trident 2m07.646s +1.877s 15
27 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 2m07.815s +2.046s 15
28 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 2m07.955s +2.186s 14
29 Matteo Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 2m07.962s +2.193s 15
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 2m08.011s +2.242s 15