Trident rookie Zane Maloney topped the opening day of pre-season testing in Sakhir, beating Jenzer Motorsport’s William Alatalo and PREMA Racing’s Jak Crawford.

The quickest time was set by Barbadian racer Maloney during a cooler afternoon stint, which saw the top six all break the 1m 37s barrier for the first time. Ferrari junior Arthur Leclerc had put PREMA on top in the morning session, beating Van Amersfoort Racing rookie Reece Ushijima.


Formula 3 returned at the Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday as a new-look field featuring 15 rookies headed out on the track for their first action of the year.

Roman Staněk sat at the top of the timesheets during the opening stages, but his unrepresentative time of 2:13.030 was easily beaten by Ushijima. Hitech Grand Prix’s Red Bull junior Isack Hadjar went second with his teammate Kaylen Frederick in third.

The trio remained in their positions for the best part of an hour, until in the final 30 minutes of the session, Arthur Leclerc – who was crowned Asian F3 champion during the off-season – replaced Ushijima at the top with a 1:48.005. Maloney went second shortly after, while Ushijima managed to hold on for third at the flag.

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Leclerc topped the morning session
Leclerc topped the morning session

Enzo Trulli brought the session to a slightly premature end as the Carlin driver stopped on track due to an engine issue just minutes before the chequered flag. Hadjar and Frederick completed the top five, followed by Alex Smolyar, Alatalo, Franco Colapinto, Oliver Bearman and Staněk.

MP duo Kush Maini and Caio Collet completed the most laps in the morning session, punching in 25 each.


Action resumed in the afternoon and the rookies continued to impress. Alpine Academy driver Collet initially went first and was followed by Charouz Racing System’s Ayrton Simmons.

As the laps got more competitive, ART Grand Prix rookie Gregoire Saucy jumped to the top with a 1:48.085, ahead of Charouz’s Francesco Pizzi and Red Bull junior Crawford.

There were two red flags during the session, the first caused by Staněk, who stopped at Turn 8, and the second by Patrick Pasma, in the final minutes at Turn 7.

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Collet finished with the highest lap count on Day 1
Collet finished with the highest lap count on Day 1

The 1m 48s marker was broken for the first time in the final half an hour as Maloney put Trident at the top of the order, setting a 1:47.614. Finnish first-year Alatalo was 0.169s further back in second, with Crawford completing the top three.

Staněk recovered from his earlier stoppage to make the top four, ahead of Van Amersfoort’s Colapinto. The top nine were all within half a second of each other, as Martins took sixth, ahead of Oliver Bearman and Arthur Leclerc. Saucy and Pizzi had dropped to ninth and 10th at the flag.

Pre-season testing will resume on the Bahrain International Circuit at 9am tomorrow.


1Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing1:48.00510
2Zane MaloneyTrident1:48.0188
3Reece UshijimaVan Amersfoort Racing1:48.03516
4Isack HadjarHitech Grand Prix1:48.08912
5Kaylen FrederickHitech Grand Prix1:48.12814
6Alexander SmolyarMP Motorsport1:48.14422
7William AlataloJenzer Motorsport1:48.18417
8Franco ColapintoVan Amersfoort Racing1:48.1849
9Oliver BearmanPREMA Racing1:48.31812
10Roman StaněkTrident1:48.51511
11Jonny EdgarTrident1:48.5988
12Victor MartinsART Grand Prix1:48.76415
13Kush MainiMP Motorsport1:48.80925
14Patrik PasmaJenzer Motorsport1:48.82420
15Francesco PizziCharouz Racing System1:48.8437
16Ido CohenJenzer Motorsport1:48.87819
17Grégoire SaucyART Grand Prix1:48.90315
18Hunter YeanyCampos Racing1:48.94314
19Zak O’SullivanCarlin1:48.95116
20Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:49.03625
21Enzo TrulliCarlin1:49.07416
22Jak CrawfordPREMA Racing1:49.11511
23Ayrton SimmonsCharouz Racing System1:49.11820
24Rafael VillagómezVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.21716
25Brad BenavidesCarlin1:49.43016
26Josep María MartíCampos Racing1:49.47312
27David VidalesCampos Racing1:49.75513
28Nazim AzmanHitech Grand Prix1:49.92814
29László TóthCharouz Racing System1:50.0667


1Zane MaloneyTrident1:47.61423
2William AlataloJenzer Motorsport1:47.78324
3Jak CrawfordPREMA Racing1:47.79934
4Roman StaněkTrident1:47.85421
5Franco ColapintoVan Amersfoort Racing1:47.94329
6Victor MartinsART Grand Prix1:47.99229
7Oliver BearmanPREMA Racing1:48.05135
8Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing1:48.07134
9Grégoire SaucyART Grand Prix1:48.08535
10Francesco PizziCharouz Racing System1:48.15831
11Jonny EdgarTrident1:48.29521
12Isack HadjarHitech Grand Prix1:48.52422
13Josep María MartíCampos Racing1:48.53231
14Patrik PasmaJenzer Motorsport1:48.57427
15Alexander SmolyarMP Motorsport1:48.72234
16Zak O’SullivanCarlin1:48.88328
17Ayrton SimmonsCharouz Racing System1:48.91926
18Caio ColletMP Motorsport1:48.94838
19Kush MainiMP Motorsport1:49.05935
20Reece UshijimaVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.11334
21László TóthCharouz Racing System1:49.12924
22Kaylen FrederickHitech Grand Prix1:49.13524
23Brad BenavidesCarlin1:49.21225
24David VidalesCampos Racing1:49.30724
25Hunter YeanyCampos Racing1:49.32626
26Rafael VillagómezVan Amersfoort Racing1:49.76229
27Nazim AzmanHitech Grand Prix1:49.87622
28Ido CohenJenzer Motorsport2:09.3292

NB: Juan Manuel Correa (ART Grand Prix) missed Day 1 due to an inconclusive Covid test.