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Saucy fastest in first F3 test session at Barcelona

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

ART Grand Prix’s Gregoire Saucy ended the first morning of FIA Formula 3’s in-season Barcelona test on top, as Van Amersfoort Racing’s Franco Colapinto completed the most laps.

Saucy’s team-mate Victor Martins led the way with a 1m32.937s lap after the first runs were completed. Just when the opening hour was completed, Trident’s Roman Stanek bettered Martins’ time by three tenths of a second to go on top.

The first red flag of the session would come a few minutes later as Hitech GP’s Isack Hadjar came to a halt at turn three due to mechanical issues.

As the action resumed, drivers went back out on track again with Colapinto going fastest. However, his benchmark was soon beaten by one-and-a-half tenths by Saucy, who set a new reference laptime of 1m32.247s.

Few cars were on track as the session entered in its last hour. Prema’s Arthur Leclerc, Ollie Bearman and Jak Crawford were among those racking up laps though as the trio carried out race simulations.

The session was red-flagged a second time with less than 20 minutes to go. Matteo Nannini, who is replacing Juan Manuel Correa at ART GP during this test due to the latter’s injury, stopped at the exit of the chicane. The marshals were able to bring the car back to the pitlane quickly, and drivers had 12 more minutes of green flag before the chequered flag.

Colapinto was the most active driver, notching up 49 laps.

David Schumacher was called up last-minute to replace Ayrton Simmons at Charouz Racing System, and only got on track at the very end as he had to complete a seat fit and have the car adapted to him.

The German will race in the DTM this year after two years in FIA F3. Simmons has flown to the United Kingdom after spending the days before testing in Barcelona.

Morning session
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m32.247s 45
2 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.402s +0.155s 49
3 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1m32.491s +0.244s 43
4 Zane Maloney Trident 1m32.643s +0.396s 31
5 Roman Stanek Trident 1m32.678s +0.431s 24
6 Kush Maini MP Motorsport 1m32.710s +0.463s 30
7 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.759s +0.512s 29
8 David Vidales Campos Racing 1m32.882s +0.635s 33
9 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport 1m32.894s +0.647s 30
10 Matteo Nannini ART Grand Prix 1m32.896s +0.649s 30
11 Oliver Rasmussen Trident 1m33.027s +0.780s 25
12 Kaylen Frederick Hitech GP 1m33.062s +0.815s 29
13 Ollie Bearman Prema 1m33.083s +0.836s 39
14 Arthur Leclerc Prema 1m33.090s +0.843s 39
15 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m33.188s +0.941s 30
16 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.226s +0.979s 40
17 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP 1m33.357s +1.110s 26
18 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing 1m33.365s +1.118s 38
19 Federico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 1m33.385s +1.138s 26
20 Jak Crawford Prema 1m33.454s +1.207s 42
21 Brad Benavides Carlin 1m33.642s +1.395s 44
22 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System 1m33.746s +1.499s 13
23 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m33.758s +1.511s 42
24 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing 1m33.819s +1.572s 38
25 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m33.823s +1.576s 44
26 Enzo Trulli Carlin 1m33.871s +1.624s 45
27 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport 1m34.226s +1.979s 32
28 Nazim Azman Hitech GP 1m34.350s +2.103s 31
29 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System 1m35.612s +3.365s 27
30 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System 1m35.709s +3.462s 8