PREMA Racing rookie Oliver Bearman maximised a drying Jerez circuit to finish fastest by more than six tenths on the first day of in-season testing with a lap of 1:33.009. The British Ferrari junior led an all-rookie top three, beating Campos Racing’s Josep María Martí and Trident’s Zane Maloney in a mostly wet session.

Bearman’s teammate Arthur Leclerc had set a 1:40.202 to go quickest during a rain-hampered morning session, with the Monegasque finishing with a healthy half a second margin over Trident’s Roman Staněk and Van Amersfoort’s Franco Colapinto.


Few opted to brave the conditions when the lights went green on a wet and windy morning at Jerez, with the majority of the grid only completing an installation lap.

As the rain began to ease, the field headed out for some flying laps and Hitech Grand Prix’s Isack Hadjar set the baseline time, with a 1:46.213, ahead of Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan and Hitech’s Kaylen Frederick.

Those below Hadjar chopped and changed, but the Frenchman retained his place for the majority of the session, beating his own time with a 1:42.047. However, it was the 18-year-old who caused the session’s only red flag, with his Hitech coming to a stop on the gravel.

This allowed Caio Collet to take his place at the top of the leaderboard, with the MP Motorsport driver dipping below 1m 42s. The Brazilian was slowly bumped down the order and out of the top 10, though, as Leclerc set a 1:40.202 to end the session as the clear leader on top.

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Leclerc topped the morning session and set the joint-most laps overall
Leclerc topped the morning session and set the joint-most laps overall

Staněk was more than half a second off first, finishing in P2 with a 1:40.731. Less than a tenth separated second from eighth, with Franco Colapinto 0.031s off the Czech driver.

ART Grand Prix pairing Gregoire Saucy and Victor Martins were fourth and fifth, 0.073s and 0.003s further back.

PREMA Racing’s Jak Crawford was sixth, ahead of Martí and Jenzer Motorsport’s William Alatalo. After leading for much of the morning, Hadjar ended in ninth, ahead of Maloney. Meanwhile, Carlin's Enzo Trulli was the busiest driver in the morning, setting 47 laps.

Hunter Yeany didn’t make it back to the pitlane after the chequered flag, as the Campos Racing driver pulled up at Turn 8.


The heavens opened again during the break and the field resisted the urge to get straight back at it on a particularly soggy circuit when the second session began.

When the tarmac began to get some use, Arthur Leclerc dropped a 1:43.790 to set the benchmark ahead of Caio Collet and Victor Martins, with all three improving to under 1m 43s to retain their positions.

However, Collet wouldn’t get the chance to improve any further as the MP Motorsport driver stopped at Turn 4 and brought out a Red Flag.

With the track drying, the times started to plummet during a busy final 30 minutes as the field chucked on their slick tyres and got their first opportunity at a fast lap.

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Marti finished second fastest overall
Marti finished second fastest overall

Victor Martins, Roman Staněk, Oliver Rasmussen, Arthur Leclerc and Oliver Bearman all shared P1 between them, as the times edged below 1m 35s for the first time in Jerez. It was Bearman who came out on top at the chequered flag, with the PREMA racer setting an unrivalled 1:33.009.

The next quickest driver was 0.657s off, as Marti claimed P2 for Campos ahead of Maloney. Despite briefly leading, Martins and Leclerc ended in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Juan Manuel Correa broke into the top 10 in the final 10 minutes to beat Crawford to sixth, whose tally of 44 laps was the joint-most in the afternoon, along with his teammate, Leclerc.

On his Trident debut, Rasmussen ended up eighth, ahead of Saucy and Campos' David Vidales.

The second day of testing at Jerez will begin at 9am local time.


1Arthur LeclercMCOPREMA Racing1:40.20235
2Roman StanekCZETrident1:40.73129
3Franco ColapintoARGVan Amersfoort Racing1:40.76331
4Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix1:40.80533
5Victor MartinsFRAART Grand Prix1:40.80836
6Jak CrawfordUSAPREMA Racing1:40.88633
7Josep María MartíESPCampos Racing1:40.94432
8William AlataloFINJenzer Motorsport1:41.11936
9Isack HadjarFRAHitech Grand Prix1:41.15827
10Zane MaloneyBRBTrident1:41.26026
11Zak O’SullivanGBRCarlin1:41.37343
12Oliver RasmussenDNKTrident1:41.38029
13Ido CohenISRJenzer Motorsport1:41.50531
14Hunter YeanyUSACampos Racing1:41.65235
15Oliver BearmanGBRPREMA Racing1:41.72928
16Kaylen FrederickUSAHitech Grand Prix1:41.77938
17Caio ColletBRAMP Motorsport1:41.80726
18David VidalesESPCampos Racing1:41.84129
19Rafael VillagómezMEXVan Amersfoort Racing1:41.94133
20Reece UshijimaGBRVan Amersfoort Racing1:42.04532
21Francesco PizziITACharouz Racing System1:42.12931
22Kush MainiINDMP Motorsport1:42.49022
23Juan Manuel CorreaUSAART Grand Prix1:42.59725
24Enzo TrulliITACarlin1:42.73647
25Federico MalvestitiITAJenzer Motorsport1:43.07331
26Ayrton SimmonsGBRCharouz Racing System1:43.32232
27Nazim AzmanMYSHitech Grand Prix1:44.45526
28László TóthHUNCharouz Racing System1:45.20032


1Oliver BearmanGBRPREMA Racing1:33.00941
2Josep María MartíESPCampos Racing1:33.66639
3Zane MaloneyBRBTrident"1:33.736 "35
4Victor MartinsFRAART Grand Prix"1:33.751 "43
5Arthur LeclercMCOPREMA Racing"1:33.998 "44
6Juan Manuel CorreaUSAART Grand Prix"1:34.122 "34
7Jak CrawfordUSAPREMA Racing"1:34.203 "44
8Oliver RasmussenDNKTrident1:34.49441
9Grégoire SaucyCHEART Grand Prix"1:34.683 "34
10David VidalesESPCampos Racing"1:34.901 "41
11Hunter YeanyUSACampos Racing"1:34.913 "19
12Francesco PizziITACharouz Racing System1:35.21225
13Ido CohenISRJenzer Motorsport"1:35.997 "33
14Ayrton SimmonsGBRCharouz Racing System"1:37.379 "31
15László TóthHUNCharouz Racing System"1:39.526 "35
16Roman StanekCZETrident"1:39.776 "33
17Isack HadjarFRAHitech Grand Prix"1:41.117 "30
18William AlataloFINJenzer Motorsport"1:41.357 "42
19Kush MainiINDMP Motorsport"1:41.563 "29
20Nazim AzmanMYSHitech Grand Prix"1:41.686 "35
21Federico MalvestitiITAJenzer Motorsport"1:42.011 "44
22Franco ColapintoARGVan Amersfoort Racing"1:42.020 "28
23Kaylen FrederickUSAHitech Grand Prix"1:42.098 "32
24Reece UshijimaGBRVan Amersfoort Racing"1:42.443 "20
25Zak O’SullivanGBRCarlin"1:42.785 "32
26Caio ColletBRAMP Motorsport"1:42.930 "16
27Enzo TrulliITACarlin"1:43.911 "36
28Rafael VillagómezMEXVan Amersfoort Racing"1:57.953 "2