The fastest lap of the first day of post-season testing in Barcelona was set by Italian racer Matteo Nannini, 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 laptime 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.

MORNING

Victor Martins was the highest placed rookie on Day 1

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 Colapinto 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.

AFTERNOON

Jack Doohan topped the afternoon stint wih Trident

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).

Calan Williams caught the eye, finishing third overall with Jenzer

2020 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP - POST-SEASON TESTS, DAY 1, MORNING SESSION

DRIVERTEAMLAPTIMELAPS
1Matteo NanniniCampos Racing1:32.17031
2Jake HughesHWA RACELAB1:32.42732
3Calan WilliamsJenzer Motorsport1:32.50032
4Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing1:32.51230
5Victor MartinsART Grand Prix1:32.52730
6Enzo FittipaldiHWA RACELAB1:32.61523
7Roman StanekART Grand Prix1:32.62532
8Jack DoohanTrident1:32.77722
9Clement NovalakTrident1:32.81628
10David SchumacherPREMA Racing1:32.94830
11Igor FragaHitech Grand Prix1:33.06941
12Franco ColapintoMP Motorsport1:33.08533
13Jonathan HoggardJenzer Motorsport1:33.09627
14Artur LeclercPREMA Racing1:33.16130
15Jak CrawfordHitech Grand Prix1:33.28639
16Michael BelovCharouz Racing System1:33.33133
17Ben BarnicoatCarlin Buzz Racing1:33.45026
18Oliver RasmussenHitech Grand Prix1:33.49241
19Pierre Louis ChovetCampos Racing1:33.50931
20Olli CaldwellART Grand Prix1:33.53030
21William AlataloHWA RACELAB1:33.77242
22Sophia FloerschCarlin Buzz Racing1:33.81935
23Ido CohenCarlin Buzz Racing1:33.83835
24Jonny EdgarMP Motorsport1:34.39930
25Amaury CordeelMP Motorsport1:34.57631
26Alessandro FamularoCampos Racing1:34.61334
27Filip UgranJenzer Motorsport1:35.17027
28Patrik PasmaCharouz Racing System1:35.62719
29Rafael VillagomezTrident1:36.19523
30Josef KnoppCharouz Racing System1:36.54135

2020 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP - POST-SEASON TESTS, DAY 1, AFTERNOON SESSION

DRIVERTEAMLAPTIMELAPS
1Jack DoohanTrident1:33.06835
2Calan WilliamsJenzer Motorsport1:33.07028
3Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing1:33.30444
4Roman StanekART Grand Prix1:33.34545
5Victor MartinsART Grand Prix1:33.37644
6Igor FragaHitech Grand Prix1:33.61929
7Artur LeclercPREMA Racing1:33.70541
8Ben BarnicoatCarlin Buzz Racing1:33.71825
9Pierre Louis ChovetCampos Racing1:33.72333
10Olli CaldwellART Grand Prix1:33.74342
11Enzo FittipaldiHWA RACELAB1:33.81650
12David SchumacherPREMA Racing1:33.82743
13Franco ColapintoMP Motorsport1:33.89144
14Sophia FloerschCarlin Buzz Racing1:33.93126
15Jak CrawfordHitech Grand Prix1:33.96533
16Alessandro FamularoCampos Racing1:33.98834
17Matteo NanniniCampos Racing1:34.05333
18Johnathan HoggardJenzer Motorsport1:34.06827
19Amaury CordeelMP Motorsport1:34.13944
20Michael BelovCharouz Racing System1:34.26017
21Clement NovalakTrident1:34.38821
22Jonny EdgarMP Motorsport1:34.38941
23Oliver RasmussenHitech Grand Prix1:34.61133
24Ido CohenCarlin Buzz Racing1:34.64826
25William AlataloHWA RACELAB1:34.88251
26Patrik PasmaCharouz Racing System1:34.91145
27Rafael VillagomezTrident1:35.06242
28Filip UgranJenzer Motorsport1:35.38729
29Jake HughesHWA RACELAB1:35.55962
30Joseph KnoppCharouz Racing System1:35.75835