F3: Sargeant leads wet final day of post-season testing

Logan Sargeant
Logan Sargeant

Logan Sargeant topped a rain-hampered final day of post-season testing in Valencia, lapping the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in 1:33.705 in the morning session, to finish ahead of Day 1 and 2 leader Christian Lundgaard.

The PREMA Racer – who sat out Day 2 of testing – settled nicely in to Championship winning machinery and confidently topped both the morning and the afternoon session. Lundgaard, who finished second overall on the final day, was the quickest man across the three-day stint.

The morning began under heavy rain, with cars forced to adopt their wet tires as they headed out. Dennis Hauger was the first of five to hit the track, with Simo Laaksonen, Devlin DeFrancesco, Max Fewtrell and Andreas Estner all firing out at the first opportunity.

Of those five, it was Estner who set the pace on his first appearance in Valencia this week, running 0.246s ahead of Fewtrell. The Hitech Grand Prix racer switched it up a notch and sliced a heavy ten second chunk off his time to take lead shortly after though.

Ferdinand Habsburg, David Schumacher and Dan Ticktum all took trips into the gravel in the opening hour, as the wet conditions tested the driver’s handling around the Circuit de Valencia. Fewtrell continued to lead the session, improving his time to 1:34.844 ahead of fellow Renault junior Lundgaard.

With just 30 minutes to go, Sargeant put the power of his Championship winning machinery to the test, flying around the rain-hampered track in 1:34.309 for P1. He was briefly usurped by Lundgaard, but the PREMA man drew more pace from his car to return to the peak, with a lead of 0.127s.

With the session drawing to a close, the American ace improved for a third time to beat Lirim Zendeli’s wet time from Day 1 by 0.014s. Behind him sat Lundgaard and Jake Hughes, as the cars dipped back into the garage for lunch.

The rain only increased during the break, but that didn’t stop Igor Fraga and Joao Viera heading back out in the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz machine, with the former setting the afternoon standard at 1:38.732.

Zendeli – who had swapped Jenzer Motorsport for Trident on Day 3 – toured fastest when he returned to the track, breaking the 1m 38s barrier, ahead of Ticktum and Billy Monger.

David Vidales lost control of the Campos at Turn 10, which brought a brief halt to the session. When the teams got underway once more, Carlin raced round to take 1-2-3 in the standings, with Ticktum leading Clement Novalak and Monger.

Having spent a lengthy period in the garage, the morning’s quickest man, Sargeant, took control of the afternoon when he returned onto the circuit. The PREMA man smashed the 1m 36s barrier by two seconds to return to the top of the timings once more.

The American’s fastest lap was sandwiched between red flags for Lundgaard, Fraga, Monger and Novalak, as the slippery surface began to take it’s toll on the drivers.

Sargeant wouldn’t be beaten as the cars made the most of the final half an hour of testing, confirming his place at the top of the times on the final day, ahead of Lundgaard and teammate Frederik Vesti.

This concludes the official 2019 FIA Formula 3 season. The teams will regroup in Macau next month for the prestigious FIA F3 World Cup – a stand alone event.

Our next stop will be the first pre-season test of the 2020 season, with dates and location to be revealed soon.

Day 3 morning session

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS
1 Logan Sargeant PREMA Racing 1:33.705 25
2 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:34.130 37
3 Jake Hughes HWA RACELAB 1:34.322 32
4 Max Fewtrell Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.415 49
5 Devlin DeFrancesco Trident 1:34.578 45
6 Enaam Ahmed Campos Racing 1:34.584 39
7 Dennis Hauger Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.672 49
8 Dan Ticktum Carlin Buzz Racing 1:34.715 25
9 Frederik Vesti PREMA Racing 1:34.719 33
10 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1:34.861 39
11 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:34.874 31
12 Enzo Fittipaldi PREMA Racing 1:34.875 30
13 Jack Doohan Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.889 33
14 Igor Fraga Sauber Junior Team 1:34.899 37
15 Oliver Caldwell Trident 1:34.940 35
16 Clement Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing 1:34.983 26
17 Simo Laaksonen HWA RACELAB 1:35.016 34
18 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1:35.025 33
19 Ferdinand Habsburg ART Grand Prix 1:35.084 26
20 Sophia Floersch HWA RACELAB 1:35.127 32
21 Billy Monger Carlin Buzz Racing 1:35.304 26
22 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:35.342 36
23 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.395 32
24 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1:35.537 41
25 David Vidales Campos Racing 1:35.666 33
26 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.806 40
27 Joao Vieira Sauber Junior Team 1:35.809 38
28 David Schumacher Sauber Junior Team 1:35.825 23
29 Leong Hon Chio Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.831 37
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1:36.285 32

Day 3 afternoon session

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME LAPS
1 Logan Sargeant PREMA Racing 1:34.645 23
2 Frederik Vesti PREMA Racing 1:34.977 27
3 Bent Viscaal MP Motorsport 1:34.981 30
4 Max Fewtrell Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.995 36
5 Jake Hughes HWA RACELAB 1:35.074 31
6 Dan Ticktum Carlin Buzz Racing 1:35.196 38
7 Theo Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 1:35.299 31
8 Jack Doohan Hitech Grand Prix 1:35.326 37
9 Christian Lundgaard ART Grand Prix 1:35.363 24
10 Dennis Hauger Hitech Grand Prix 1:35.528 35
11 Enzo Fittipaldi PREMA Racing 1:35.555 23
12 Simo Laaksonen HWA RACELAB 1:35.583 32
13 Igor Fraga Sauber Junior Team 1:35.614 29
14 Lirim Zendeli Trident 1:35.621 32
15 Ferdinand Habsburg ART Grand Prix 1:35.625 31
16 David Schumacher Sauber Junior Team 1:35.651 41
17 Richard Verschoor MP Motorsport 1:35.709 28
18 Clément Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing 1:35.750 33
19 Roberto Mehri Campos Racing 1:35.773 41
20 Devlin DeFrancesco Trident 1:35.803 41
21 Andreas Estner Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.880 34
22 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.903 40
23 Joao Vieira Sauber Junior Team 1:36.032 32
24 Leong Hon Chio Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.153 39
25 Lukas Dunner MP Motorsport 1:36.180 35
26 Billy Monger Carlin Buzz Racing 1:36.282 36
27 Sophia Floersch HWA RACELAB 1:36.285 31
28 Oliver Caldwell Trident 1:36.464 44
29 David Vidales Campos Racing 1:36.792 29
30 Alessio Deledda Campos Racing 1:37.861 37

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