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Trident’s Bortoleto returns to the top in final F3 test session at Barcelona

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Trident’s Gabriel Bortoleto topped the times on the second afternoon of FIA Formula 3’s in-season Barcelona test.

The championship leader was also fastest in the morning and afternoon of the first day of test action, before Trident switched focus to long runs on Friday morning. The team then returned to doing qualifying simulations in the afternoon, while many rivals sought to check out their long-run pace in the warmer final session.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Taylor Barnard carried over his strong morning pace into the afternoon, setting the benchmark laptime early on.

Bortoleto soon beat that, setting a 1m28.471s, and he improved to 1m28.277s in the first half of the three-hour session. It was a strong enough effort to keep him in first place until the chequered flag came out, and with Barnard still in second place too.

In fact, the top five would go unchanged through the final 75 minutes with Bortoleto’s team-mates Oliver Goethe and Leonardo Fornaroli in third and fourth, and then Jenzer’s Alex Garcia in fifth.

Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti went into the gravel at turn 13 and brought out red flags at one point, and once he was recovered and able to return to track he improved his pace to end the session in seventh, 1.849 seconds off the pace.

One spot ahead of him was MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto, who had set a lap 1.743s slower than Bortoleto’s to go sixth fastest prior to Marti bringing out the red flags.

Only three drivers took the chequered flag: Hitech GP’s Gabriele Mini and Prema duo Paul Aron and Zak O’Sullivan. It was O’Sullivan who clocked up the most laps of anyone in the afternoon, setting 73 in total but lapping 3.820s off the pace in 19th place.

Afternoon session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m28.277s 39
2 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m28.629s +0.352s 47
3 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m28.687s +0.410s 39
4 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m28.859s +0.582s 39
5 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m29.201s +0.924s 49
6 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m30.020s +1.743s 36
7 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m30.126s +1.849s 27
8 Caio Collet Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.387s +2.110s 56
9 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.432s +2.155s 33
10 Piotr Wisnicki PHM by Charouz 1m30.622s +2.345s 26
11 Sophia Floersch PHM by Charouz 1m30.657s +2.380s 32
12 Roberto Faria PHM by Charouz 1m30.901s +2.624s 19
13 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m31.252s +2.975s 46
14 Paul Aron Prema 1m31.409s +3.132s 60
15 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m31.903s +3.626s 49
16 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m31.946s +3.669s 40
17 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m31.952s +3.675s 39
18 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 1m32.022s +3.745s 51
19 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m32.097s +3.820s 73
20 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m32.120s +3.843s 70
21 Luke Browning Hitech GP 1m32.143s +3.866s 41
22 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m32.192s +3.915s 41
23 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m32.222s +3.945s 48
24 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m32.237s +3.960s 46
25 Hunter Yeany Carlin 1m32.322s +4.045s 46
26 Ollie Gray Carlin 1m32.344s +4.067s 45
27 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.365s +4.088s 49
28 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m32.558s +4.281s 46
29 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m32.650s +4.373s 50
30 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport no time 0