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Mini quickest for Prema at Imola in FIA F3 testing

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Gabriele Mini set the pace in the second session of FIA Formula 3’s post-season test at Imola, with laptimes quicker than in the morning.

Rodin Carlin’s Louis Sharp was first to the top when the session began, setting a 1m49.710s.

After eight minutes the pace had already been brought down to 1m32.138s by Mini, with Prema team-mate Arvid Lindblad 0.577 seconds slower in second place and Carlin’s new GB3 champion Callum Voisin 0.93s behind in third.

Trident’s Santiago Ramos reduced Mini’s advantage to 0.363s, but Mini then improved to 1m31.873s while Lindblad made it a Prema one-two by setting a 1m32.012s.

Their team-mate Dino Beganovic bettered both, setting a 1m31.824s before red flags waved due to PHM Racing’s Joshua Duerksen crashing out at turn three.

The three-hour session was restarted 30 minutes in, but after a few minutes drivers were already being denied the chance to improve as the track went under full course yellow conditions for four minutes. Green flags returned for two minutes before red flags appeared again due to Voisin beaching car in the turn three gravel.

After 13 minutes there was another restart, and towards the end of the first hour Mini returned to first place with a 1m31.306s lap. MP Motorsport’s Tim Tramnitz was 0.102s behind in second, with Beganovic improving to 1m31.428s in third and then moving ahead of Beganovic with a 1m31.331s.

There was no change at the top for over an hour as there was another three red flag stoppages and two FCY periods, with Campos Racing’s Sebastian Montoya – who failed to set a lap in the morning – going fifth fastest with 54 minutes left to go.

Trident’s Leonardo Fornaroli went fastest with 48 minutes on the clock, setting a 1m31.265s. His team-mate Sami Meguetounif rose to third place a few minutes later, but by the final half-hour Prema was back on top with Mini and Beganovic lapping in the 1m30s. Fornaroli did two, to sit in third place.

He was later shuffled down to fifth as Campos’s Oliver Goethe set a 1m30.519s to go second fastest and his team-mate Mari Boya went 0.003s faster than Fornaroli to take fourth place, then in the last few minutes Mini improved to 1m30.225s to grow his gap at the top from 0.036s to 0.294s.

Most drivers were in the pits when the chequered flag waved, with Lindblad the highest-placed driver on the timesheet to still be out as he stayed sixth fastest.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriele Mini Prema 1m30.225s 44
2 Oliver Goethe Campos Racing 1m30.519s +0.294s 39
3 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m30.585s +0.360s 45
4 Mari Boya Campos Racing 1m30.829s +0.604s 34
5 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m30.832s +0.607s 34
6 Arvid Lindblad Prema 1m31.084s +0.859s 47
7 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m31.225s +1.000s 44
8 Martinius Stenshorne Hitech GP 1m31.312s +1.087s 47
9 Sami Meguetounif Trident 1m31.313s +1.088s 23
10 Tim Tramnitz MP Motorsport 1m31.408s +1.183s 32
11 Gregoire Saucy MP Motorsport 1m31.467s +1.242s 30
12 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 1m31.495s +1.270s 23
13 Christian Mansell ART Grand Prix 1m31.505s +1.280s 44
14 Charlie Wurz Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.529s +1.304s 42
15 Matias Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.564s +1.339s 40
16 Sebastian Montoya Campos Racing 1m31.566s +1.341s 38
17 Max Esterson Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.605s +1.380s 40
18 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix 1m31.727s +1.502s 43
19 Kacper Sztuka MP Motorsport 1m31.763s +1.538s 32
20 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.786s +1.561s 39
21 Santiago Ramos Trident 1m31.786s +1.561s 31
22 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.851s +1.626s 34
23 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin 1m31.927s +1.702s 33
24 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.182s +1.957s 36
25 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak PHM Racing 1m32.247s +2.022s 26
26 Callum Voisin Carlin 1m32.401s +2.176s 34
27 Louis Sharp Carlin 1m32.557s +2.332s 35
28 Cian Shields Hitech GP 1m32.621s +2.396s 44
29 Joshua Duerksen PHM Racing 1m34.241s +4.016s 5
30 Joshua Dufek PHM Racing 1m34.523s +4.298s 13