MP Motorsport continued their impressive start to 2021, as Alpine junior Victor Martins finished fastest on Day 1 of pre-season testing in Barcelona, beating out Trident’s Red Bull junior Jack Doohan and ART Grand Prix’s Mercedes prodigy Frederik Vesti.
MP finished on top in the opening test of the season at Spielberg thanks to Caio Collet, but in Spain it was the Brazilian’s teammate, Martins, in first place, the young French driver dominating the day to finish at the top of the standings by nearly seven tenths.
Unable to touch Martins for pace, Doohan and Vesti were left to spar for P2 on the timesheets, finishing just 0.024s apart.
Pirelli’s wet tyres enjoyed a run-out on the opening day of pre-season testing in Barcelona, with rain coming down in the early hours of the morning and leaving the track a bit soggy at the start of the session.
Carlin Buzz Racing were the first team to send all three of their drivers out for anything more than an install lap, although it was MP who topped the timesheet in the opening half an hour as Collet got a feel for the circuit, lapping at 1:48.868. The Brazilian then improved on his time to retain P1, running at 1:48.416.
There was a brief stoppage as Roman Stanek came to a halt on track at turn 12 and brought out a Red Flag. Thankfully, Hitech Grand Prix were able to get the Czech back out there and he eventually finished in P8.
Carlin were amongst the first to switch to slicks as Jonny Edgar sliced the time down to 1:40.896, with his teammate Kaylen Frederik in third, nearly 2s behind. The rest of the field followed suit with a run of qualifying simulations, but it was Carlin who continued on top, as Edgar further cut his laptime down to 1:34.028, before his teammate, Frederik, eclipsed that time by 0.004s.
The duo were pushed down to second and third by Hitech’s Jak Crawford, who was the first driver to break the 1m 34s barrier, and by some distance, setting 1:33.247 to finish the morning on top.
Jenzer Motorsport’s Pierre-Louis Chovet – whose tally of 42 laps was the highest in the morning - nipped into second ahead of the flag, dropping the Carlin pairing one place further.
HWA RACELAB’s Matteo Nannini completed the top five, ahead of Chovet’s teammate Filip Ugran and Charouz Racing System’s Reshad de Gerus. Jenzer were the only team with all three cars in the top 10, as Calan Williams finished ninth, ahead of HWA’s Oliver Rasmussen.
It took less than an hour for ART racer Vesti to better Crawford’s best lap from the morning, dipping under 1m 33s for the first time at pre-season testing Barcelona.
MP teammates Martins and Collet started a sparring match shortly after, as they wrestled P1 back and forth from one another. It was the former who eventually came out on top, beating his teammate with a time of 1:31.743.
Collet dropped further down the order as Trident began a series of fast laps, with Clément Novalak skidding into second ahead of Doohan. Doohan and Vesti both had further attempts and managed to make it up to second and third, but remained nearly seven tenths off the leading pace.
Crawford succeeded in beating his own best time from the morning, but could only manage fifth overall in the afternoon, ahead of Charouz’s Michael Belov. PREMA Racing’s Dennis Hauger dove into seventh, pushing Collet down to P8 at the flag. Logan Sargeant and Smolyar completed the top 10.
The final day of pre-season will get underway at 9am (local time) on Thursday, with the 30-strong grid looking to firm up their preparations ahead of the season opener in Barcelona.
2021 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP - BARCELONA PRE-SEASON TESTS, DAY 1, MORNING SESSION
|1||Jak Crawford||Hitech Grand Prix||1:33.674||41|
|2||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Jenzer Motorsport||1:34.023||42|
|3||Kaylen Frederick||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:34.024||38|
|4||Jonny Edgar||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:34.028||37|
|5||Matteo Nannini||HWA RACELAB||1:34.126||36|
|6||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1:34.274||37|
|7||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||1:34.352||33|
|8||Roman Stanek||Hitech Grand Prix||1:34.369||16|
|9||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1:34.371||41|
|10||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA RACELAB||1:34.407||37|
|11||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||1:34.527||46|
|12||Micheal Belov||Charouz Racing System||1:34.570||34|
|13||Rafael Villagomez||HWA RACELAB||1:34.844||39|
|14||Ido Cohen||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:35.135||36|
|15||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech Grand Prix||1:35.523||37|
|16||László Tóth||Campos Racing||1:36.056||41|
|19||Tijmen van der Helm||MP Motorsport||1:42.626||24|
|20||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1:44.680||33|
|21||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:44.849||37|
|22||Olli Caldwell||PREMA Racing||1:44.863||38|
|23||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1:45.217||37|
|24||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1:45.277||33|
|25||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1:45.421||30|
|26||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1:45.956||34|
|27||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1:45.964||26|
|28||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||1:46.057||30|
|29||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1:46.417||34|
2021 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP - BARCELONA PRE-SEASON TESTS, DAY 1, AFTERNOON SESSION
|1||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||1:31.743||50|
|3||Frederik Vesti||ART Grand Prix||1:32.423||44|
|5||Jak Crawford||Hitech Grand Prix||1:32.493||49|
|6||Michael Belov||Charouz Racing System||1:32.543||24|
|7||Dennis Hauger||PREMA Racing||1:32.639||35|
|8||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||1:32.642||49|
|9||Logan Sargeant||Charouz Racing System||1:32.679||39|
|10||Alexander Smolyar||ART Grand Prix||1:32.747||48|
|11||Olli Cadwell||PREMA Racing||1:32.800||35|
|12||Roman Stanek||Hitech Grand Prix||1:32.821||50|
|13||Calan Williams||Jenzer Motorsport||1:32.852||38|
|15||Matteo Nannini||HWA RACELAB||1:32.940||41|
|16||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA Racing||1:32.947||37|
|17||Kaylen Frederick||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:32.960||36|
|18||Juan Manuel Correa||ART Grand Prix||1:33.013||47|
|19||Rafael Villagomez||HWA RACELAB||1:33.170||41|
|20||Amaury Cordeel||Campos Racing||1:33.198||39|
|21||Oliver Rassussen||HWA RACELAB||1:33.223||41|
|22||Jonny Edgar||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.313||35|
|23||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos Racing||1:33.328||33|
|24||Ido Cohen||Carlin Buzz Racing||1:33.343||35|
|25||Tijmen van der Helm||MP Motorsport||1:33.364||49|
|26||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.448||35|
|27||Filip Ugran||Jenzer Motorsport||1:33.497||38|
|28||Reshad de Gerus||Charouz Racing System||1:33.933||35|
|29||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech Grand Prix||1:34.048||50|
|30||László Tóth||Campos Racing||1:34.485||33|