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Martins makes it to the top on second afternoon of F3 testing

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Victor Martins went fastest in the afternoon session of day two of FIA F3 pre-season testing, shortly before it was stopped early by red flags.

The two-and-a-half hour session ran almost without issue, with no yellow flags at all. It was only in the final 10 minutes, just after ART Grand Prix’s Martins set a 1m48.250s to usurp Trident’s Roman Stanek, that red flags appeared to end the day.

Charouz Racing System’s Laszlo Toth was the first driver to embark on a run plan, and was shuffled to second by Carlin’s Enzo Trulli – who had lost most of day one and the day two morning to engine trouble – after 15 minutes.

The full 30-car field had been out least an installation lap by the 20-minute mark, at which point Jenzer Motorsport’s William Alatalo was the fastest driver on track with a 1m50.928s.

Toth returned to the top 10 minutes later, and going into the second hour his team-mate Francesco Pizzi then moved ahead with a 1m50.236s.

That kept him in first place for almost 40 minutes, until Van Amersfoort Racing’s Franco Colapinto became the first driver of the session to set a sub-1m50s lap.

Prema’s Ollie Bearman knocked him off top spot after 10 minutes, with several other drivers having also broken into the 1m49s by that point, but he was only ahead for a minute before Hitech GP’s Isack Hadjar set a strong new benchmark with a 1m48.824s.

Stanek beat that going into the final half-hour, setting a m248.674s, as ART GP’s Gregoire Saucy rose to third place.

Another improvement from Stanek brought the pace to beat down to 1m48.379s with 15 minutes to go, and a flurry of track action in the five minutes before red flags appeared meant he ended the day in second place, 0.129 seconds slower than Martins and ahead of Hadjar, Saucy and MP Motorsport’s Alexander Smolyar.

Afternoon results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m48.250s 36
2 Roman Stanek Trident 1m48.379s +0.129s 34
3 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m48.490s +0.240s 38
4 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m48.622s +0.372s 37
5 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport 1m48.697s +0.447s 34
6 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 1m48.769s +0.519s 19
7 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m48.953s +0.703s 27
8 Jonny Edgar Trident 1m49.113s +0.863s 43
9 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m49.116s +0.866s 33
10 Kush Maini MP Motorsport 1m49.147s +0.897s 35
11 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m49.162s +0.912s 32
12 Zane Maloney Trident 1m49.190s +0.940s 39
13 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.249s +0.999s 31
14 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.287s +1.037s 24
15 Patrik Pasma Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.321s +1.071s 22
16 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m49.360s +1.110s 32
17 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m49.389s +1.139s 31
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m49.429s +1.179s 34
19 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport 1m49.484s +1.234s 21
20 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.528s +1.278s 34
21 Jak Crawford Prema 1m49.553s +1.303s 28
22 Ayrton Simmons Charouz Racing System 1m49.553s +1.303s 34
23 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 1m49.601s +1.351s 31
24 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m49.841s +1.591s 29
25 Nazim Azman Hitech GP 1m50.029s +1.779s 31
26 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System 1m50.110s +1.860s 39
27 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m50.147s +1.897s 32
28 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 1m50.175s +1.925s 24
29 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m50.299s +2.049s 32
30 David Vidales Campos Racing 1m51.790s +3.540s 20