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Mini starts FIA F3 test on top with Hitech despite crash

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Formula Regional European Championship frontrunner Gabriele Mini started FIA Formula 3 post-season testing at Jerez with the fastest lap in the Wednesday morning session.

The Italian was on top for much of the three-hour session, but did cause a red flag stoppage after he hit the barriers at turn 10.

Initially Charouz Racing System’s Alessandro Famularo was the only driver to go out on track, with a wait of over half an hour before team-mate Emmo Fittipaldi went on a run and set laps at a more representative pace.

After 42 minutes had passed, Hitech GP’s Sebastian Montoya then set a 1m32.353s lap that put him to the top ahead of test team-mates Mini and Reece Ushijima.

There was still only a small group of drivers who had set a lap by this point, and Mini took over top spot with a 1m31.543s as Montoya improved to 1m31.635s.

That kept the pair in the top two positions until the second hour of the test, when Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti broke into the 1m30s. Mini and Montoya had improved their own pace at this point but could not match Marti, and his team-mate Francesco Pizzi rose into second place towards the session’s halfway point.

Kaylen Frederick put ART Grand Prix to the top of the times during the second half of the session, setting a 1m30.736s, with Mini two tenths behind. The second hour was interrupted by Mini’s crash, which meant red flags were waved for over 10 minutes, but the Nicolas Todt protege did also set a laptime that nobody would be able to beat through the rest of the session.

Although there were periods where almost everyone was on track in the final hour, few made laptime improvements (with all running being done on Pirelli’s hard compound tyre during the test) and the order of Mini, Frederick, Marti, Prema’s Zak O’Sullivan and Ushijima in the top five places went unchanged. Montoya also had a turn 10 crash that caused a late red flag.

There was one driver who rose up the order, as ART GP’s Gregoire Saucy went sixth fastest with 40 minutes to go.

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m30.500s 26
2 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m30.736s +0.236s 15
3 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m30.957s +0.457s 24
4 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m31.147s +0.647s 20
5 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m31.182s +0.682s 35
6 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m31.196s +0.696s 19
7 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m31.201s +0.701s 26
8 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m31.208s +0.708s 33
9 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m31.250s +0.750s 28
10 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m31.369s +0.869s 23
11 Hunter Yeany Carlin 1m31.376s +0.876s 32
12 Francesco Pizzi Campos Racing 1m31.415s +0.915s 27
13 Paul Aron Prema 1m31.432s +0.932s 19
14 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m31.440s +0.940s 28
15 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m31.660s +1.160s 20
16 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.723s +1.223s 24
17 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.777s +1.277s 26
18 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m31.822s +1.322s 26
19 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m31.849s +1.349s 22
20 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m31.869s +1.369s 30
21 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m32.042s +1.542s 21
22 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m32.076s +1.576s 19
23 Arias Deukmedjian Carlin 1m32.174s +1.674s 31
24 Joel Granfors Carlin 1m32.265s +1.765s 32
25 Alessandro Famularo Charouz Racing System 1m32.367s +1.867s 31
26 Emmo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m32.659s +2.159s 38
27 Noel Leon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.674s +2.174s 34
28 Nicola Marinangeli Charouz Racing System 1m33.015s +2.515s 30
29 Roberto Faria Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.067s +2.567s 32
30 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.154s +2.654s 29