Roman Stanek topped the first day of the final 2020 post-season tests on his debut with ART Grand Prix in Jerez, beating out PREMA rookie Arthur Leclerc by 0.048s.

The Czech driver opted for a quiet morning session before switching on the style in the afternoon, as one of just two drivers to break the 1m 30s barrier, lapping at 1:29.928.

Jonathan Hoggard completed the top three on his maiden appearance with Hitech Grand Prix, missing on out on first by just 0.086s, ahead of the morning’s quickest driver, Jack Doohan.

MORNING

The F3 cars set out onto the Jerez circuit for the first time under cool temperatures on Tuesday morning and it was the recognisable name of Doohan who lit up the time screen first. The Australian racer was back with Trident after impressing with the Italian team last time out in Barcelona.

Filip Ugran was the first to set a meaningful lap, as the Romanian rookie beat out Doohan with a time of 1:33.541, on his second outing with Jenzer Motorsport.

The times dropped further, and the rookies continued to impress. Renault junior Caio Collet was the next driver to taste the top of the leaderboard, taking two seconds off Ugran’s time to steal P1 in the PREMA.

Experience came to the fore in the final hour of the session as Frederik Vesti flexed his muscles on his return to F3 machinery and claimed first. He had swapped PREMA for ART Grand Prix and lapped Jerez in 1:30.738, beating out Clement Novalak and Cameron Das. The Dane would end up dropping down to fourth, with Das in seventh and Novalak ninth.

Doohan topped the morning session with Trident

With half an hour to go, Hoggard was the only rookie inside of the top ten and momentarily stole first from Vesti, before he was beaten out by the returning Calan Williams, by two tenths. The Briton managed to hang on to sixth, just five hundredths off Matteo Nannini, who popped up in P5.

Doohan finished the session as he started it, lunging to first place in the final 20 minutes, beating out Williams with a tour of 1:30.165. While, Hauger managed to slip between the two of them for second. Igor Fraga, continuing with Hitech Grand Prix, sat eighth, as David Schumacher completed the top ten.

AFTERNOON

Testing with Charouz, 2020 title contender David Beckmann is aiding the Czech team in their preparations for the new season across the two days. The German was amongst the first out on track in the afternoon and set the standard at 1:31.367, ahead of Doohan and Jak Crawford.

Leclerc topped a familiar sounding front two shortly after, edging out Schumacher in the timesheets, with his teammate Hauger down in third. The Norwegian was eventually able to get the better of them both for first, but was then pipped by Hoggard, in the Hitech.

Hoggard was the first driver to break the 1m 31s barrier in the afternoon, and he was joined in the bracket by 15-year-old Crawford, who missed out on P1 by just 0.005s.

With 45 minutes to go, Doohan found his way back to the top of the order, nearly four tenths faster than fellow Trident tester Schumacher, who had fought back to P2. The Australian’s time was 0.004s faster than his quickest time in the morning.

Leclerc missed out on first by just 0.048s

With the temperature dropping and the track reaching its optimal condition, some of the field opted for a fresh set of rubber and a series of fast laps. Hoggard was one of these and bettered Doohan’s time by just over one tenth.

Stanek and Leclerc followed suit but went one better than Hoggard, breaking the 1m 30s barrier for the first time. Hauger completed the top five, with Enzo Fittipaldi, Fraga, Vesti and Collet also in the top ten.

Testing will resume at Jerez on Wednesday at 9am (local time), when Hoggard will look to carry his impressive form over to Campos, when he takes to the Spanish team’s car on Day 2.

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

DRIVERTEAMLAPTIMELAPS
1Jack DoohanTrident1:30.16519
2Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing1:30.39123
3Calan WilliamsJenzer Motorsport1:30.47327
4Frederik VestiART Grand Prix1:30.55431
5Matteo NanniniMP Motorsport1:30.56624
6Johnathan HoggardHitech Grand Prix1:30.62129
7Cameron DasCarlin Buzz Racing1:30.69632
8Igor FragaHitech Grand Prix1:30.69831
9Clément NovalakTrident1:30.70128
10David SchumacherTrident1:30.70432
11Roman StanekART Grand Prix1:30.85829
12Oliver RasmussenHWA RACELAB1:30.89036
13Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing1:30.92524
14Pierre-Louis ChovetHWA RACELAB1:30.98239
15David VidalesCampos Racing1:31.05634
16Caio ColletPREMA Racing1:31.09326
17Jak CrawfordHitech Grand Prix1:31.11623
18Olli CaldwellART Grand Prix1:31.22131
19Jonny EdgarMP Motorsport1:31.24323
20David BeckmannCharouz Racing System1:31.37015
21Francesco PizziMP Motorsport1:31.45027
22Enzo FittipaldiHWA RACELAB1:31.51531
23Petr PtacekCampos Racing1:31.55635
24Rafael VillagomezJenzer Motorsport1:31.58627
25Alessandro FamularoCampos Racing1:31.93135
26Filip UgranJenzer Motorsport1:32.06131
27Nazim AzmanCarlin Buzz Racing1:32.14934
28Reshad de GerusCharouz Racing System1:32.24628
29Konsta LappalainenCharouz Racing System1:32.52628
30Ido CohenCarlin Buzz Racing1:32.75426

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

DRIVERTEAMLAPTIMELAPS
1Roman StanekART Grand Prix1:29.92838
2Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing1:29.97636
3Johnathan HoggardHitech Grand Prix1:30.01438
4Jack DoohanTrident1:30.16135
5Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing1:30.19934
6Enzo FittipaldiHWA RACELAB1:30.20232
7Clément NovalakTrident1:30.22232
8Igor FragaHitech Grand Prix1:30.29736
9Frederik VestiART Grand Prix1:30.33839
10Caio ColletPREMA Racing1:30.35635
11David SchumacherTrident1:30.43142
12David BeckmannCharouz Racing System1:30.46227
13Olli CaldwellART Grand Prix1:30.54038
14David VidalesCampos Racing1:30.54133
15Oliver RasmussenHWA RACELAB1:30.57648
16Pierre-Louis ChovetHWA RACELAB1:30.58550
17Jak CrawfordHitech Grand Prix1:30.68839
18Jonny EdgarMP Motorsport1:30.74839
19Cameron DasCarlin Buzz Racing1:30.75422
20Nazim AzmanCarlin Buzz Racing1:30.92731
21Ido CohenCarlin Buzz Racing1:31.15136
22Petr PtacekCampos Racing1:31.15936
23Francesco PizziMP Motorsport1:31.25539
24Calan WilliamsJenzer Motorsport1:31.28338
25Matteo NanniniMP Motorsport1:31.31139
26Reshad de GerusCharouz Racing System1:31.36335
27Alessandro FamularoCampos Racing1:31.39033
28Rafael VillagomezJenzer Motorsport1:31.45441
29Filip UgranJenzer Motorsport1:31.87037
30Konsta LappalainenCharouz Racing System1:32.03740