The fastest lap of the first day of post-season testing in Barcelona was set by Italian racer Matteo Nannini (above), who demonstrated the lessons he has learned from his debut season in FIA Formula 3, to take first place overall.
Debuting with Campos Racing, Nannini’s best lap time was more than two tenths quicker than his nearest rival, Jake Hughes, and three tenths better than Calan Williams, in third.
The top ten was heavily dominated by returning drivers, though there was space for a debutant, as Victor Martins clinched fifth overall on his maiden outing for ART Grand Prix.
Jack Doohan dominated the second half of the day for Trident, ahead of Williams and Dennis Hauger, in an afternoon session which was heavily focused on race-simulations and data gathering.
The field were treated to a dry and sunny morning in Barcelona, as MP Motorsport’s trio of rookies set the first lot of fast laps around the circuit, 45 minutes into the opening session. Franco Colap into was the quickest of the three, clocking 1:34.841. The 2019 Spanish F4 champion finished the morning in 12th.
There was a brief red flag as Rafael Villagomez lost control of his Trident and spun on track. The Mexican did manage to get back out there, but ended up 29th in the order.
PREMA enjoyed a stint in first midway through the morning, before switching to longer runs. Hauger and David Schumacher took turns in P1, before slipping down to fourth and tenth.
Williams was enjoying the familiarity of the Jenzer Motorsport cockpit and twice topped the morning session, on the one-hour and two-hour markers. The Australian’s quickest time of 1:32.500 was good enough for third.
Nannini enjoyed a productive first day with Campos Racing, finding his rhythm in the final hour of the opening session to take first place ahead of Hughes, by 0.257s.
Hughes had been drafted back into the F3 car by HWA to assist with development on Day 1 and put in an impressive 62 laps overall, but couldn’t resist a few flyers, topping the times for a period. In the end, his tour of 1:32.427 was good enough for second.
There was also a spot in the top ten for debutant Martins, who took fifth with ART Grand Prix, while the returning quartet of Enzo Fittipaldi, Roman Stanek, Doohan and Clement Novalak occupied sixth to ninth.
Williams initially returned to the top of the table at the start of the afternoon stint, but was overtaken by Igor Fraga ahead of the hour mark, testing for the Hitech Grand Prix.
Very little changed until Jack Doohan set in motion a final lot of flying laps for the field, with just over half an hour to go. Debuting for Trident, the Australian lapped quickest to nab first from Fraga. He briefly lost P1 to Hauger, but forced himself back in front on his next tour of the circuit.
PREMA had attempted to flex their muscles in the closing half hour as their trio of drivers fleetingly went one-two-three in the order, with Hauger followed by Arthur Leclerc and Schumacher.
The 2020 Teams’ Champions couldn’t sustain it though, as Doohan reclaimed first and Williams stole second. While, Stanek separated Hauger from his teammates, diving into fourth.
Despite being just 15-years-old, Jak Crawford was impressing on his maiden F3 appearance outing with Hitech. The American sat sixth for a good while, before dropping down the order in the final minutes and finishing a respectable 15th.
Frenchman Martins continued his good work with ART, taking fifth in the afternoon stint. Fraga settled for sixth in the end, ahead of Leclerc. Ben Barnicoat was back in the Carlin garage and assisting with the team’s development, but still found time to set a lap good enough for eighth. Pierre-Louis Chovet and Caldwell closed out the top ten.
Action will resume for the second and final day of post-season testing in Barcelona on Tuesday at 9am (local time).
Day 1 Results
|1||Matteo Nannini||Campos Racing||1:32.170||31|
|2||Jake Hughes||HWA RACELAB||1:32.427||32|
|3||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.500||32|
|4||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||1:32.512||30|
|5||Victor Martins||ART Grand Prix||1:32.527||30|
|6||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA RACELAB||1:32.615||23|
|7||Roman Stanek||ART Grand Prix||1:32.625||32|
|10||David Schumacher||PREMA Racing||1:32.948||30|
|11||Igor Fraga||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.069||41|
|12||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1:33.085||33|
|13||Jonathan Hoggard||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.096||27|
|14||Artur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:33.161||30|
|15||Jak Crawford||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.286||39|
|16||Michael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1:33.331||33|
|17||Ben Barnicoat||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.450||26|
|18||Oliver Rasmussen||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.492||41|
|19||Pierre Louis Chovet||Campos Racing||1:33.509||31|
|20||Olli Caldwell||ART Grand Prix||1:33.530||30|
|21||William Alatalo||HWA RACELAB||1:33.772||42|
|22||Sophia Floersch||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.819||35|
|23||Ido Cohen||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.838||35|
|24||Jonny Edgar||MP Motorsport||1:34.399||30|
|25||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||1:34.576||31|
|26||Alessandro Famularo||Campos Racing||1:34.613||34|
|27||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1:35.170||27|
|28||Patrik Pasma||Charouz Racing System||1:35.627||19|
|30||Josef Knopp||Charouz Racing System||1:36.541||35|
|2||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.070||28|
|3||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||1:33.304||44|
|4||Roman Stanek||ART Grand Prix||1:33.345||45|
|5||Victor Martins||ART Grand Prix||1:33.376||44|
|6||Igor Fraga||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.619||29|
|7||Artur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:33.705||41|
|8||Ben Barnicoat||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.718||25|
|9||Pierre Louis Chovet||Campos Racing||1:33.723||33|
|10||Olli Caldwell||ART Grand Prix||1:33.743||42|
|11||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA RACELAB||1:33.816||50|
|12||David Schumacher||PREMA Racing||1:33.827||43|
|13||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1:33.891||44|
|14||Sophia Floersch||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.931||26|
|15||Jak Crawford||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.965||33|
|16||Alessandro Famularo||Campos Racing||1:33.988||34|
|17||Matteo Nannini||Campos Racing||1:34.053||33|
|18||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer Motorsport||1:34.068||27|
|19||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||1:34.139||44|
|20||Michael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1:34.260||17|
|22||Jonny Edgar||MP Motorsport||1:34.389||41|
|23||Oliver Rasmussen||Hitech Grand Prix||1:34.611||33|
|24||Ido Cohen||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:34.648||26|
|25||William Alatalo||HWA RACELAB||1:34.882||51|
|26||Patrik Pasma||Charouz Racing System||1:34.911||45|
|28||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1:35.387||29|
|29||Jake Hughes||HWA RACELAB||1:35.559||62|
|30||Joseph Knopp||Charouz Racing System||1:35.758||35|