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Nannini fastest on first morning of FIA F3 testing at Barcelona

by Elliot Wood

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Matteo Nannini topped the opening morning of FIA Formula 3 Championship post-season testing at Barcelona for Campos Racing.

The Italian driver raced for Jenzer Motorsport in the series this year, and took his only podium and other points finish at the Spanish circuit.

Nannini ended the morning with a 0.257-second advantage over HWA Racelab returnee Jake Hughes, who announced he would not be returning to F3 next year having raced in the category since 2016.

MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto, currently racing in the Formula Renault Eurocup, set the early pace for MP Motorsport, before Jenzer Motorsport’s Calan Williams took over the top at the one-hour mark of the session.

Williams improved through the remaining two hours to be third fastest behind Nannini and Hughes, while in the middle of the session Prema’s David Schumacher and Dennis Hauger both topped the times between a red flag caused by French Formula 4 rookie Rafael Villagomez spinning off in one of Trident’s cars.

Hughes was next to the top after that, before Nannini set the fastest time of the morning with 15 minutes to go.

Hauger ended up in fourth, with ART Grand Prix’s Eurocup leader Victor Martins setting the fastest lap for a non-FIA F3 racer four tenths of a second back in fifth place.

HWA’s Enzo Fittipaldi rose up to sixth late on, demoting ART’s Roman Stanek to seventh. The top 10 was completed by Trident duo Jack Doohan and Clement Novalak, and Prema’s Schumacher.

Propping up the timesheet for Charouz Racing System, some 4.371s off the pace, was F4 racer Josef Knopp.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 1m32.170s 31
2 Jake Hughes HWA Racelab 1m32.427s +0.257s 32
3 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.500s +0.330s 32
4 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m32.512s +0.342s 30
5 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m32.572s +0.402s 30
6 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA Racelab 1m32.615s +0.445s 23
7 Roman Stanek ART Grand Prix 1m32.625s +0.455s 32
8 Jack Doohan Trident 1m32.777s +0.607s 22
9 Clement Novalak Trident 1m32.816s +0.646s 28
10 David Schumacher Prema 1m32.948s +0.778s 30
11 Igor Fraga Hitech GP 1m33.069s +0.899s 41
12 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m33.085s +0.915s 33
13 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.096s +0.926s 27
14 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m33.161s +0.991s 30
15 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m33.286s +1.116s 39
16 Mikhael Belov Charouz Racing System 1m33.331s +1.161s 33
17 Ben Barnicoat Carlin 1m33.450s +1.280s 26
18 Oliver Rasmussen Hitech GP 1m33.492s +1.322s 41
19 Pierre-Louis Chovet Campos Racing 1m33.509s +1.339s 31
20 Olli Caldwell ART Grand Prix 1m33.530s +1.360s 30
21 William Alatalo HWA Racelab 1m33.772s +1.602s 42
22 Sophia Floersch Carlin 1m33.819s +1.649s 35
23 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m33.838s +1.668s 35
24 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m34.399s +2.229s 30
25 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport 1m34.576s +2.406s 31
26 Alessandro Famularo Campos Racing 1m34.613s +2.443s 34
27 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m35.170s +3.000s 27
28 Patrik Pasma Charouz Racing System 1m35.627s +3.457s 19
29 Rafal Villagomez Trident 1m36.195s +4.025s 23
30 Josef Knopp Charouz Racing System 1m36.541s +4.371s 35