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Leclerc quickest on second morning of FIA F3’s Jerez test

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Arthur Leclerc set the fastest lap on the second morning of FIA Formula 3 testing at Jerez.

After Tuesday’s heavy rain, Wednesday’s action began in less extremet conditions and there was a dramatic improvement in laptimes once drivers had switched to slicks, with Leclerc going 2.381 seconds faster than the day one pace.

He set his quickest time on his final lap just as the chequered flag came out, edging Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan from top spot by just 0.006s.

O’Sullivan and team-mate Enzo Trulli had been aiming to maximise track time and were the only two to reach 50 laps in the three-hour session.

MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet was third fastest, and near the top for most of the morning. An off had shortened his Tuesday afternoon, but he had been satisfied with the car’s pace.

Victor Martins was fourth, having been the first to lap sub-1m31s. He improved on his final lap, and was 0.043s off Leclerc’s 1m30.628. He and his ART Grand Prix sat out most of the session, each recording fewer than 20 laps.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Franco Colapinto briefly went fastest in the closing minutes but was shuffled back to fifth, one place ahead of Trident’s new signing Oliver Rasmussen.

Only six drivers completed more than 10 laps in the first half of the session as the track was still wet from the previous day, with Prema only doing installation laps and six drivers not exiting the garages at all.

With an hour remaining, the drying surface attracted most of the field, although running was twice interrupted by red flags as Federico Malvestiti and Ido Cohen stopped on the circuit. Both were recovered and able to continue.

The final 20 minutes of action featured all but Prema’s Jak Crawford on track, and tumbling laptimes. With the full allocation of five sets of slicks tyres for each car to be used and clear skies in the afternoon, the final session is likely to be a busy one.

After feeling unwell and sitting out driving on Tuesday, Carlin’s Brad Benavides felt better and was back on track.

Morning session
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m30.628s 21
2 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m30.634s +0.006s 50
3 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m30.653s +0.025s 26
4 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m30.670s +0.043s 19
5 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.865s +0.237s 30
6 Oliver Rasmussen Trident 1m31.060s +0.432s 20
7 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m31.138s +0.510s 16
8 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m31.139s +0.511s 22
9 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 1m31.173s +0.545s 30
10 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.199s +0.571s 36
11 David Vidales Campos Racing 1m31.269s +0.641s 25
12 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m31.304s +0.676s 29
13 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m31.318s +0.690s 18
14 Roman Stanek Trident 1m31.418s +0.790s 25
15 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport 1m31.424s +0.796s 32
16 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.440s +0.812s 38
17 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 1m31.506s +0.878s 30
18 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m31.513s +0.885s 53
19 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m31.514s +0.886s 19
20 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.681s +1.053s 40
21 Kush Maini MP Motorsport 1m32.020s +1.392s 19
22 Zane Maloney Trident 1m32.056s +1.428s 23
23 Ayrton Simmons Charouz Racing System 1m32.114s +1.486s 28
24 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m32.315s +1.687s 28
25 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.365s +1.737s 34
26 Jak Crawford Prema 1m32.376s +1.748s 13
27 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System 1m32.507s +1.879s 21
28 Nazim Azman Hitech GP 1m32.620s +1.992s 23
29 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 1m33.413s +2.785s 20
30 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.625s +2.997s 29