MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins went fastest for the second day in a row in the final pre-season test at Barcelona, with the Alpine junior beating his own best time from the first day to finish ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Alex Smolyar.
Trident’s Jack Doohan rounded off a solid pre-season for the Italian team in P3, ahead of 2020 title contender Logan Sargeant, testing for Charouz Racing System, with the top four all separated by less than two tenths.
The clouds over the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya remained dark on Day 2, but at least the track was dry for the final morning session of pre-season, following a wet opening day in Spain.
Trident quickly got to work, releasing their trio at the first opportunity and allowing Doohan and Clément Novalak to do battle for first during an early run of fast laps. The Frenchman went first, posting 1:32.878, but the Australian was able to go entire second quicker to steal P1 from him. As the session wore on, Doohan and Novalak continued to swap places at the front, before eventually settling for third and fifth.
Smolyar was one of those to push them down the order, dragging his ART into P1 with a time of 1:31.768, shortly before Roman Stanek pulled over in the Hitech Grand Prix at Turn 7 and brought out a Red Flag.
Two further Red Flags followed in the AM, as HWA RACELAB’s Matteo Nannini came to a halt on the gravel at Turn 12 and Juan Manuel Correa stopped at Turn 9 in the ART. Despite the hiccup, both were still able to make it into the top 10, with Nannini taking sixth and Correa 10th.
Having dominated the timesheets on Day 1, Martins continued his impressive run with MP on the second day, snatching first place from Smolyar with a tour of 1:31.636.
Sargeant put his name into the mix as well, throwing his Charouz into fourth. There was also space in the top 10 for Hitech’s Ayumu Iwasa, who stole P7 ahead of ART’s Frederik Vesti and PREMA Racing’s Dennis Hauger.
Returning to the track for the final time in pre-season, the afternoon stint was geared towards longer runs and data gathering, with the vast majority of drivers all punching in more than 30 laps.
Jenzer Motorsport’s Calan Williams climbed to the top of the timesheet inside of the opening hour, setting the pace at 1:32.518, and remained at the top of the order for the rest of the three-hour session.
The Australian was backed up by Iwasa and his teammate, Pierre Louis Chovet, in second and third, with the duo 0.470s and 0.483s off the leading pace.
Stanek and MP’s Caio Collet completed a top five with a combined total of 233 laps between them, the latter undertaking the joint-most laps along with Jak Crawford, who finished 13th with Hitech.
HWA duo Nannini and Rafael Villagomez finished in sixth and seventh, ahead of Carlin Buzz Racing pairing Kaylen Frederik and Jonny Edgar. Campos Racing’s Lorenzo Colombo and Amaury Cordeel rounded out the top 10.
With the final pre-season test now complete, focus will switch to the season opener at Barcelona in two weeks’ time.
2021 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP - BARCELONA PRE-SEASON TESTS, DAY 2, MORNING SESSION
|1||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1:31.636||35|
|2||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1:31.768||50|
|4||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1:31.806||34|
|6||Matteo Nannini||HWA RACELAB||1:31.889||26|
|7||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech Grand Prix||1:31.919||36|
|8||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1:31.933||51|
|9||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||1:31.999||37|
|10||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1:32.011||33|
|11||Jak Crawford||Hitech Grand Prix||1:32.029||31|
|12||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1:32.088||41|
|13||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA RACELAB||1:32.160||32|
|14||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.197||35|
|15||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.232||31|
|16||Jonny Edgar||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:32.309||33|
|17||Olli Caldwell||PREMA Racing||1:32.331||35|
|18||Kaylen Frederick||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:32.354||30|
|20||Michael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1:32.411||35|
|21||Roman Stanek||Hitech Grand Prix||1:32.442||41|
|22||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:32.545||46|
|23||Rafael Villagomez||HWA RACELAB||1:32.650||33|
|24||Tjimen van de Helm||MP Motorsport||1:32.659||33|
|25||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||1:32.804||30|
|26||Ido Cohen||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.046||38|
|27||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||1:33.085||43|
|28||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.325||38|
|29||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1:33.489||32|
|30||László Tóth||Campos Racing||1:33.621||40|
2021 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP - BARCELONA PRE-SEASON TESTS, DAY 2, AFTERNOON SESSION
|1||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.518||31|
|2||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech Grand Prix||1:32.988||46|
|3||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.001||44|
|4||Roman Stanek||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.035||55|
|5||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1:33.069||57|
|6||Matteo Nannini||HWA RACELAB||1:33.400||37|
|7||Rafael Villagomez||HWA RACELAB||1:33.462||43|
|8||Kaylen Frederick||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.469||38|
|9||Jonny Edgar||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.855||38|
|10||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1:33.895||28|
|11||Amuary Cordeel||Campos Racing||1:33.920||42|
|12||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.999||39|
|13||Jak Crawford||Hitech Grand Prix||1:34.028||57|
|14||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA RACELAB||1:34.254||42|
|15||Ido Cohen||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:34.486||39|
|16||Tijmen van der Helm||MP Motorsport||1:34.762||44|
|17||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1:35.628||55|
|19||Olli Caldwell||PREMA Racing||1:35.671||50|
|20||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1:35.677||49|
|21||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||1:35.725||50|
|23||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:35.843||49|
|24||Michael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1:35.871||51|
|25||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1:35.941||51|
|26||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1:35.996||47|
|28||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||1:36.579||50|
|29||László Tóth||Campos Racing||1:36.677||47|
|30||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1:36.770||23|