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Martins takes top spot in F3 Barcelona practice

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Victor Martins went fastest in FIA Formula 3 practice at Barcelona with a 1m32.796s lap, with title rival Arthur Leclerc close behind.

It wasn’t until the last 20 minutes of the session when competitive laptimes began to be set, and Martins and Leclerc were split by 0.076 seconds when the chequered flag arrived.

Roman Stanek, Jak Crawford, Franco Colapinto completed the top five, all with similar laptimes, however they weren’t able to break into the 1m32s and were over half a second off the pace.

It was a rather relaxed start to practice, with most drivers only taking to the track 20 minutes in.

Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan, Brad Benavides and Enzo Trulli did get some laps in early in on, and led Charouz Racing System’s Laszlo Toth and Lirim Zendeli.

When a more representative pace started to occur on track, it was Campos Racing’s David Vidales who was at the top ahead of Jenzer Motorsport’s Ido Cohen, both in the 1m33s. There was little improvement from either after though, and were shuffled down to 10th and 17th respectively.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m32.796s 11
2 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m32.872s +0.076s 11
3 Roman Stanek Trident 1m33.304s +0.508s 11
4 Jak Crawford Prema 1m33.332s +0.536s 11
5 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.339s +0.543s 11
6 Zane Maloney Trident 1m33.365s +0.569s 11
7 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m33.558s +0.762s 12
8 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 1m33.637s +0.841s 10
9 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport 1m33.657s +0.861s 11
10 David Vidales Campos Racing 1m33.676s +0.880s 11
11 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m33.687s +0.891s 11
12 Oliver Rasmussen Trident 1m33.746s +0.950s 11
13 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m33.824s +1.028s 13
14 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m33.853s +1.057s 10
15 Kush Maini MP Motorsport 1m33.876s +1.080s 10
16 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m33.898s +1.102s 13
17 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.966s +1.170s 13
18 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.400s +1.604s 11
19 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m34.433s +1.637s 9
20 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 1m34.461s +1.665s 14
21 Lirim Zendeli Charouz Racing System 1m34.513s +1.717s 17
22 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 1m34.869s +2.073s 14
23 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.898s +2.102s 13
24 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m35.221s +2.425s 16
25 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m35.420s +2.624s 15
26 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport 1m35.483s +2.687s 10
27 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System 1m35.531s +2.735s 13
28 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 1m35.708s +2.912s 13
29 Nazim Azman Hitech GP 1m35.961s +3.165s 14
30 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m35.965s +3.169s 15