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Trident’s Gabriel Bortoleto lowers F3 test pace on second morning

by Ida Wood

Photo: Formula Motorsport Limited

Trident’s Gabriel Bortoleto set the fastest lap of FIA Formula 3 post-season testing so far in the second morning at Jerez.

The Formula Regional European Championship racer, a recent signing to Fernando Alonso’s A14 Management firm, was on top for a significant majority of the three-hour session.

He was the first out on track and to set a flying, establishing an early 1m31.284s pace that put him a thousandth of a second ahead of Prema’s Paul Aron.

After 10 minutes it was Aron’s test team-mate Zak O’Sullivan who sat at the top with a 1m30.721s lap, and Bortoleto beat that by almost a second at the end of the first half-hour as he set a 1m29.871s.

That stood as the fastest lap of the session for a long time, with O’Sullivan improving in second place but not breaking into the 1m29s.

The other Trident drivers also showed strongly, with Oliver Goethe sat in third place for a short while and then Leonardo Fornaroli rising to fourth just as Campos Racing’s Pepe Marti became the second driver to lap sub-1m30s.

Almost every single one of the 30 drivers was in the pits after 45 minutes of the session had passed, and there was little track action in the next half-hour. The only noticable thing to occur during this time was ART Grand Prix’s Kaylen Frederick going fourth fastest and Bortoleto lowering the benchmark pace to 1m29.554s.

Neither he or anyone else was able to better that laptime, and the order in the top 10 went unchanged through the second half of the session as drivers went on long runs or stayed in the pits. The only driver out on track as the chequered flag waved was Hitech GP’s Gabriele Mini.

Morning session results
Pos Driver Team Time Gaps Laps
1 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident 1m29.554s 29
2 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 1m29.927s +0.373s 30
3 Zak O’Sullivan Prema 1m30.025s +0.471s 45
4 Kaylen Frederick ART Grand Prix 1m30.040s +0.486s 49
5 Oliver Goethe Trident 1m30.046s +0.492s 31
6 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident 1m30.090s +0.536s 26
7 Paul Aron Prema 1m30.186s +0.632s 44
8 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP 1m30.204s +0.650s 48
9 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1m30.206s +0.652s 41
10 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.228s +0.674s 20
11 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP 1m30.262s +0.708s 45
12 Dino Beganovic Prema 1m30.383s +0.829s 44
13 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing 1m30.417s +0.863s 38
14 Mari Boya MP Motorsport 1m30.473s +0.919s 41
15 Christian Mansell Campos Racing 1m30.527s +0.973s 38
16 Nikola Tsolov ART Grand Prix 1m30.548s +0.994s 54
17 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport 1m30.575s +1.021s 32
18 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1m30.603s +1.049s 38
19 Joel Granfors Carlin 1m30.795s +1.241s 40
20 Hadrien David Carlin 1m30.976s +1.422s 47
21 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m31.052s +1.498s 40
22 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.151s +1.597s 44
23 Arias Deukmedjian Carlin 1m31.172s +1.618s 40
24 Hugh Barter Campos Racing 1m31.188s +1.634s 39
25 Alessandro Famularo Charouz Racing System 1m31.367s +1.813s 39
26 Roberto Faria ART Grand Prix 1m31.473s +1.919s 35
27 Nicola Marinangeli Charouz Racing System 1m31.546s +1.992s 42
28 Max Esterson Van Amersfoort Racing 1m31.590s +2.036s 44
29 Matias Zagazeta Charouz Racing System 1m31.669s +2.115s 49
30 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport 1m32.135s +2.581s 30