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Leclerc and Maloney top opening FIA F3 test in Bahrain

by Craig Woollard

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Arthur Leclerc and Zane Maloney topped the opening day of FIA Formula 3 testing in Bahrain while Juan Manuel Correa missed out after an inconclusive COVID-19 test.

A pair of 2.5-hour sessions took place and in the morning section it was Hitech GP’s Roman Stanek who was the first to complete a timed lap as the remainder of the field got their installation laps in.

MP Motorsport was the only team to get meaningful running in during the first hour, but it was Ferrari junior Leclerc who sprung towards the top of the timesheets in the closing stages, after MP Motorsport’s Alexander Smolyar held the top spot for a while before Van Amersfoort Racing’s Reece Ushijima went to the top in the closing stages.

That was before Leclerc took to the top of the timesheets. The Ferrari junior edged out Trident’s Maloney, Ushijima and Hitech Grand Prix’s Isack Hadjar in the timesheets, separated by less than a tenth.

The session nearly went without interruption but Jenzer Motorsport’s Ido Cohen coming to a stop in the closing stages prevented that.

Maloney, meanwhile, headed the opposition in the second session by vaulting to the top and below the 1m48s barrier in the final few minutes. His time was quicker than Leclerc’s in the morning and was a tenth and a half ahead of Jenzer’s William Alatalo. Prema’s Crawford rounded out the top three

Hitech’s Roman Stanek was fourth ahead of VAR’s Franco Colapinto, while ART Grand Prix’s Victor Martins slipped from the top of the timesheets to sixth in the closing stages.

Prema’s Ollie Bearman and Leclerc finished ahead of ART’s Gregoire Saucy and Charouz Racing System’s Francesco Pizzi – the latter pair both taking turns at the top of the timesheets in the last three quarters of an hour.

There were two stoppages, with the latter again bringing the session to a premature conclusion.

Correa was ruled out due to an inconclusive COVID-19 test, the announcement coming shortly before running commenced. He was not replaced in his ART-run car.

Day one results
Pos Driver Team Morning Afternoon
1 Zane Maloney Trident 1m48.018s 1m47.614s
2 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.184s 1m47.783s
3 Jak Crawford Prema 1m49.115s 1m47.799s
4 Roman Stanek Trident 1m48.515s 1m47.854s
5 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.184s 1m47.943s
6 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m48.764s 1m47.992s
7 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m48.005s 1m48.071s
8 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 1m48.035s 1m49.113s
9 Oliver Bearman Prema 1m48.318s 1m48.051s
10 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m48.903s 1m48.085s
11 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m48.089s 1m48.524s
12 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 1m48.128s 1m49.135s
13 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport 1m48.144s 1m48.722s
14 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System 1m48.843s 1m48.158s
15 Jonny Edgar Trident 1m48.598s 1m48.295s
16 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m48.473s 1m48.532s
17 Patrik Pasma Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.824s 1m48.574s
18 Kush Maini MP Motorsport 1m48.809s 1m49.059s
19 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport 1m48.878s 2m09.329s
20 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m48.951s 1m48.883s
21 Ayrton Simmons Charouz Racing System 1m49.118s 1m48.919s
22 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m49.036s 1m48.948s
23 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m49.074s No time
24 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 1m50.066s 1m49.129s
25 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m49.430s 1m49.212s
26 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.217s 1m49.762s
27 David Vidales Campos Racing 1m49.755s 1m49.307s
28 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 1m48.943s 1m49.326s
29 Nazim Azman Hitech GP 1m49.928s 1m49.876s