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Novalak lowers the pace on second morning of FIA F3 test at Jerez

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Clement Novalak was fastest on the second morning of the in-season FIA Formula 3 Championship test at Jerez, setting a 1m28.677s lap.

The Trident driver became the first driver to break into the 1m28s just 25 minutes into the three-hour session, with a lap he then improved on by two tenths of a second.

After that, he switched to doing long runs and many others did the same, with only three improvements in the top 10 on the timesheet taking place after the first hour.

Novalak ended up on top by 0.258 seconds over ART Grand Prix’s Frederik Vesti, with Charouz Racing System’s Enzo Fittipaldi a further tenth of a second off and one of two drivers who chose to go out on track at the end of the session. It’s unclear whether Fittipaldi will be participating in the afternoon session as he has Indy Pro 2000 commitments at Indianapolis Motor Speedway tomorrow.

Day one pacesetter Jack Doohan was fourth fastest in the second of Trident’s cars, having been the pacesetter too before Novalak went to the top, while MP Motorsport’s Alpine Academy pairing Victor Martins and Caio Collet with fifth and sixth with fast laps they set in the middle of the session.

Hitech GP’s Jack Crawford was seventh, another to improve in an otherwise quiet second hour, and the top 10 was completed by ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar and Juan Manuel Correa and Carlin rookie Jonny Edgar.

The top 20 drivers were spread on pace by less than a second, while Fittipaldi’s team-mate Logan Sargeant was absent once again.

Test results
Pos Name Team Time Gap Laps
1 Clement Novalak Trident 1m28.677s 29
2 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix 1m28.935s +0.258s 35
3 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz Racing System 1m29.060s +0.383s 25
4 Jack Doohan Trident 1m29.061s +0.384s 35
5 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1m29.144s +0.467s 44
6 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m29.193s +0.516s 46
7 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1m29.196s +0.519s 39
8 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix 1m29.207s +0.530s 30
9 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix 1m29.215s +0.539s 29
10 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1m29.219s +0.542s 35
11 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m29.223s +0.546s 35
12 David Schumacher Trident 1m29.258s +0.581s 28
13 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1m29.333s +0.656s 43
14 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m29.339s +0.663s 38
15 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.392s +0.715s 17
16 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing 1m29.542s +0.865s 35
17 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1m29.586s +0.909s 36
18 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.619s +0.942s 25
19 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1m29.658s +0.981s 43
20 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1m29.662s +0.985s 42
21 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m29.697s +1.021s 33
22 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing 1m29.743s +1.066s 32
23 Reshad de Gerus Charouz Racing System 1m29.959s +1.283s 23
24 Dennis Hauger Prema 1m30.226s +1.550s 31
25 Olli Caldwell Prema 1m30.273s +1.596s 31
26 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.404s +1.727s 31
27 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m30.594s +1.917s 31
28 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1m30.629s +1.952s 46
29 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing 1m31.144s +2.468s 15
30 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System no laps 0