FIA Formula 3, Euroformula, Formula Regional, GB3 and Formula 4 teams all gathered at Barcelona this week to conduct a week of winter testing.
The F3 teams tested GP3 cars, as they are not allowed to test the Dallara F3 2019 car they race, and five were present.
ART Grand Prix ran Kaylen Frederick, Gregoire Saucy and Nikola Tsolov, Hitech GP fielded Gabriele Mini and Sebastian Montoya and Trident ran their full 2023 line-up between two cars.
In addition to their F3 rivals MP Motorsport and Prema, GP3 cars were also being run by X-trm Motorsport (for Rafael Villagomez) and Porteiro Motorsport.
Motopark, the organiser of the test, entered the majority of the Euroformula cars and it was Enzo Trulli who set the pace ahead of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Alpine junior Caio Collet.
Also part of their sessions was NM Motorsport’s Alex Vaintrub, a driver-team combination that usually races in GT4 sportscars, in a previous-generation F3 car.
There were considerably more FRegional cars, not just from the European championship but also elsewhere.
Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos and Maceo Capietto were the fastest two over the first four days, with one of MP’s drivers in third and Roman Bilinsk in fourth for Trident. His car was driven on the fifth and final day by karting graduate Cristian Bertuca.
The Babickova sisters drove for their own family team in the test, and older sister Tereza said they were driving with “different engine and tyres” than other FRegional entries.
Following a test at Cremona with his father’s AKM Motorsport team to check the condition of his injured wrist, Andrea Kimi Antonelli was back with Prema, while Drivex School had an unmarked car it was using to promote the new Eurocup-3 series.
Eurocup-3 will use Tatuus chassis based around the FRegional tub, but with new, lighter bodywork. However with that bodykit yet to be revealed, Drivex was running just a standard Tatuus T-318.
Representing GB3 were Arden, with Corey Alleyne, Nikita Johnson and Noah Ping, and Elite Motorsport, who had new signing McKenzy Cresswell and Oliver Stewart.
The F4 contingent included first and second-generation cars, and Rashid Al Dhaheri was quickest in a Prema-entered Iron Lynx-owned Tatuus T-421.
Elite’s Harry Reynolds was a tenth behind in a Tatuus T-014, then KCMG junior Pablo Sarrazin was a further half a second in third place for VAR.
Cram Motorsport’s F4 United Arab Emirates line-up of Sebastian Murray and Flavio Olivieri was in action, and it was one of several teams using Giti tyres to prepare for that championship.
|3||Francesco Simonazzi||BVM Racing||1m37.684s||+0.935s||179|
|5||Vladislav Ryabov||Drivex School||1m38.038s||+1.289s||186|
|5||Martinius Stenshorne||R-ace GP||1m41.800s||+0.621s||110|
|6||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||Prema||1m41.826s||+0.647s||160|
|10||Maya Weug||KIC Motorsport||1m41.911s||+0.732s||108|
|11||Pierre-Alexandre Provost||G4 Racing||1m41.983s||+0.804s||102|
|14||Enzo Fittipaldi||Sainteloc Racing||1m42.172s||+0.993s||170|
|15||Aiden Neate||R-ace GP||1m42.381s||+1.202s||111|
|21||Giovanni Maschio||Monolite Racing||1m43.000s||+1.821s||102|
|23||Iker Oikarinen||KIC Motorsport||1m43.078s||+1.899s||167|
|24||Cenyu Han||Sainteloc Racing||1m43.291s||+2.112s||93|
|25||Alex Partyshev||KIC Motorsport||1m43.696s||+2.517s||89|
|26||Michael Sauter||KIC Motorsport||1m43.713s||+2.534s||59|
|27||Lucas Medina||Monolite Racing||1m43.956s||+2.777s||79|
|28||Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak||Campos Racing||1m44.523s||+3.344s||60|
|29||Babickova||TEPZ Racing Team||1m44.695s||+3.516s||89|
|32||Babickova||TEPZ Racing Team||1m46.387s||+5.208s||139|
|33||Nicola Pironneau||Formula Motorsport||1m48.978s||+5.799s||35|
|34||Sebastien Page||Formula Motorsport||1m48.992s||+5.813s||52|
|35||Erwin Creed||Formula Motorsport||1m48.998s||+5.819s||67|
|1||Rashid Al Dhaheri||Iron Lynx||1m47.763s||117|
|2||Harry Reynolds||Elite Motorsport||1m47.874s||+0.111s||99|
|4||Juan Cota||Drivex School||1m48.477s||+0.714s||54|
|6||Daniel Nogales||Drivex School||1m48.915s||+1.152s||53|
|7||Jules Caranta||Formula Motorsport||1m49.002s||+1.239s||55|
|8||Cram 2||Cram Motorsport||1m49.309s||+1.546s||155|
|9||Bianca Bustamante||Iron Lynx||1m49.370s||+1.607s||112|
|13||Laura Camps Torras||Iron Lynx||1m49.772s||+2.009s||84|
|14||#23 BWR||BWR Motorsports||1m49.822s||+2.059s||71|
|15||Dylan Estre||Formula Motorsport||1m49.831s||+2.068s||54|
|16||Jakob Bergmeister||BWR Motorsports||1m50.000s||+2.237s||37|
|18||Cram 1||Cram Motorsport||1m50.094s||+2.331s||147|
|22||Alexander Bouldev||Drivex School||1m51.039s||+3.276s||31|
|23||Laura Villars||Formula Motorsport||1m52.759s||+4.996s||56|
|25||Maximiliano Restrepo||Drivex School||1m56.538s||+8.775s||30|