Returning drivers dominated the top ten in post-season testing at Barcelona, though there was space for a couple of debutants with Johnathan Hoggard impressing at Jenzer Motorsport on Day 2 in Spain.
The British racer is one of many young racers bidding for a Formula 3 seat in 2021 and did his prospects no harm at all in the first of two post-season tests, finishing fifth overall on Day 2.
“It has been a really good couple of days,” he began. “I learned lots on Day 1, especially in terms of the tyres and how the track surface works.
“I was able to put that into practice on Day 2 when I went P5 in the morning session when the track was cold and at its fastest.”
The 2019 Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the year is looking to make up for lost time, having missed out on a full-time drive in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 19-year-old used the two days to learn and soak up plenty of information while also showing Jenzer what he can do in the car.
“In the afternoon, I managed to go P1 in the times,” he continued. “It was about making sure we got the most out of the tyres. The track was really warm, so it was quite a struggle to get the rear tyres to stay working. They tend to go off quite a lot.
“In the race run as well, it was quite difficult to make sure the tyres kept their grip and were good throughout the run. Overall, I am really happy.”