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Mini continues to lead at Barcelona on first afternoon of F3 test

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Prema’s Gabriele Mini set the fastest time in the afternoon of the first day of Formula 3 in-season testing at Barcelona.

The Alpine junior topped the times with a late lap which was 0.081 seconds slower than the benchmark set by himself in the morning session. Most drivers put the focus on long runs in the afternoon, with six drivers completing 40 laps or more.

PHM Racing’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak did the most, with a total of 46. His two team-mates did 42 laps each, but all three drivers were over four seconds off the pace.

Campos Racing’s trio kick-started the afternoon action with performance runs as soon as the track went green. Meanwhile, MP Motorsport opted for sending its drivers out for a 24-lap long run, which is one lap shorter than the distance of the feature race at Barcelona.

Trident, Jenzer Motorsport and PHM also devoted the early afternoon to race runs, meaning the track was considerably busier than in the morning.

Conversely, Hitech GP waited almost half of the session before sending its drivers out. The team’s championship leader Luke Browning went second fastest at the end of his run, just 0.050s slower than Campos’s Mari Boya.

The session progressed with drivers continuing to gain valuable mileage after a middle hour of little running.

Mini went fastest 15 minutes from the end of the day, bettering Boya’s long-standing benchmark by 0.231s.

Jenzer’s Max Esterson caused the only red flag period of the day with 10 minutes remaining on the clock, and the session did not restart.

Afternoon session
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m28.394s   25
2 Mari Boya Campos Racing 1m28.625s +0.231s 43
3 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m28.675s +0.281s 19
4 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m28.744s +0.350s 25
5 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m28.755s +0.361s 26
6 Christian Mansell ART Grand Prix 1m28.789s +0.395s 25
7 Alex Dunne MP Motorsport 1m28.831s +0.437s 37
8 Max Esterson Jenzer Motorsport 1m28.875s +0.481s 41
9 Charlie Wurz Jenzer Motorsport 1m28.895s +0.501s 37
10 Sebastian Montoya Campos Racing 1m28.921s +0.527s 40
11 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m29.030s +0.636s 29
12 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m29.033s +0.639s 25
13 Kacper Sztuka MP Motorsport 1m29.167s +0.773s 39
14 Callum Voisin Rodin Motorsport 1m29.210s +0.816s 31
15 Martinius Stenshorne Hitech GP 1m29.229s +0.835s 21
16 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.239s +0.845s 27
17 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m29.350s +0.956s 26
18 Oliver Goethe Campos Racing 1m29.359s +0.965s 42
19 Sami Meguetounif Trident 1m29.437s +1.043s 32
20 Joseph Loake Rodin Motorsport 1m29.475s +1.081s 32
21 Tim Tramnitz MP Motorsport 1m29.512s +1.118s 38
22 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing 1m29.631s +1.237s 27
23 Santiago Ramos Trident 1m29.885s +1.491s 29
24 Piotr Wisnicki Rodin Motorsport 1m30.015s +1.621s 27
25 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m30.081s +1.687s 20
26 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m30.109s +1.715s 29
27 Matias Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.373s +3.979s 39
28 Nikita Bedin PHM Racing 1m32.721s +4.327s 42
29 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak PHM Racing 1m33.213s +4.819s 46
30 Joshua Dufek PHM Racing 1m34.345s +5.951s 42