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Martins fastest again at Barcelona on second morning of FIA F3 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins was on top again in the morning session of day two of FIA Formula 3 Championship pre-season testing at Barcelona.

The Frenchman was fastest on the first day of running once the track dried up, and improved on that pace on Thursday.

It was Trident’s drivers who set the pace through the session’s first half-hour, with Clement Novalak on top after 15 minutes on a 1m32.878s.

His team-mate Jack Doohan shaved almost a second off that time, before Novalak snatched first place back by a tenth of a second. That was short-lived though, as ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar went fastest with a 1m31.768s after 30 minutes of the three-hour session.

Charouz Racing System’s test-only entry Logan Sargeant also bettered Novalak before the first red flag, when Hitech GP driver Roman Stanek hit trouble in the second sector of the lap.

Doohan went second when the session restarted, 0.035s off Smolyar’s pace, and HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini jumped up to fifth before he then caused a red flag stoppage too.

Wednesday afternoon pacesetter Martins was next to move into first place after the second restart, going 0.132s faster than Smolyar. He remained there for the entirety of the second half of the session, which was interrupted by another red flag caused by ART’s racing returnee Juan Manuel Correa.

Most drivers spent the final hour in the pits, leaving the top six unchanged from the mid-point of the session.

The top 10 was completed by Red Bull junior Ayumu Iwasa (Hitech), Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Frederik Vesti (ART), Dennis Hauger (Prema) and Correa.

The top 22 cars were covered by just over nine tenths of a second, with Campos Racing’s Laszlo Toth propping up the order and only 1.985s off the pace in 30th place. His team-mate Lorenzo Colombo was the only driver on track when the chequered flag was waved.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m31.636s 35
2 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m31.768s +0.132s 50
3 Jack Doohan Trident 1m31.803s +0.167s 24
4 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System 1m31.806s +0.170s 34
5 Clement Novalak Trident 1m31.876s +0.240s 43
6 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m31.889s +0.253s 26
7 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m31.919s +0.283s 36
8 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m31.933s +0.297s 51
9 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m31.999s +0.363s 37
10 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m32.011s +0.375s 33
11 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m32.029s +0.393s 31
12 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m32.088s +0.452s 41
13 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1m32.160s +0.524s 32
14 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.197s +0.561s 35
15 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.232s +0.596s 31
16 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1m32.309s +0.673s 33
17 Olli Caldwell Prema 1m32.331s +0.695s 35
18 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m32.354s +0.718s 30
19 David Schumacher Trident 1m32.396s +0.760s 38
20 Mikhael Belov Charouz Racing System 1m32.411s +0.775s 35
21 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m32.442s +0.806s 41
22 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m32.545s +0.909s 46
23 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1m32.650s +1.014s 33
24 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1m32.659s +1.023s 33
25 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 1m32.804s +1.168s 30
26 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m33.046s +1.410s 38
27 Reshad de Gerus Charouz Racing System 1m33.085s +1.449s 42
28 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.325s +1.689s 38
29 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 1m33.489s +1.853s 32
30 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing 1m33.621s +1.985s 40