2021 F3 Pre-Season: Test One Roundup

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Roundup of FIA Formula’s Three two-day test as teams got pre-season underway with record-breaking lap times.

Following postponements of their first two pre-season tests as a result of travel restrictions, all ten teams were raring to go, although it was eventually MP Motorsport’s  Caio Collet who set the pace upon completion of this first pre-season test.

 

Day One

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Although nearly every driver was straight out on track once the light went green, a majority of drivers opted to pit after their installation laps, with Charouz’s Reshad De Gerus the first to set a competitive lap time at 1m 20.893.

Carlin’s Jonny Edgar however was the first driver to set a time below the 80 seconds barrier during qualifying simulations, although he eventually had to settle for tenth at the end of the morning session as Clement Novalak finished fastest for Trident with a 1m 19.162 ahead of MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet.

Only five drivers eventually bettered Novalak’s time after a lunch break as ART’s Alexandr Smolyar set a new lap record of 1m 18.894 to top the first day of pre-season.

Edgar recovered to second ahead of Frederik Vesti, Jak Crawford and Dennis Hauger as Novalak concluded the opening day of testing sixth quickest.

Two red flags however marred proceedings as Olivier Rasmussen went off at Turn 8 midway through the morning session, before Laszio Toth came to a halt during the afternoon session with a mechanical issue.

HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini was tenth quickest on his return to F3 with 92 laps – more than any other driver, after scoring a point across his first round of F2 in Bahrain last weekend, as he commences a dual 2021 campaign across F2 and F3.

Position Driver Team Time Session
1 Alexandr Smolyar ART GP 1m 18.894 pm
2 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 0.142 pm
3 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 0.162 pm
4 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 0.191 pm
5 Dennis Hauger Prema + 0.216 pm
6 Clement Novalak Trident + 0.268 am
7 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 0.303 pm
8 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 0.304 pm
9 Jack Doohan Trident + 0.344 pm
10 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 0.394 pm
11 Caio Collet MP Motorsport + 0.428 pm
12 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 0.470 am
13 Michael Belov Charouz + 0.512 pm
14 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.528 pm
15 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 0.562 pm
16 David Schumacher Trident + 0.573 pm
17 Olli Caldwell Prema + 0.597 pm
18 Arthur Leclerc Prema + 0.615 pm
19 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 0.621 pm
20 Kaylen Frederick Carlin + 0.671 pm
21 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 0.748 pm
22 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer + 0.817 pm
23 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 0.846 pm
24 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 0.867 pm
25 Reshad De Gerus Charouz + 1.039 pm
26 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 1.048 pm
27 Filip Ugran Jenzer + 1.204 am
28 Ido Cohen Carlin + 1.264 pm
29 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 1.514 pm
30 Laszio Toth Campos + 1.841 am

 

Day Two

Jenzer’s Calan Williams topped the morning session of second day of first pre-season test. (Image credit: FIA F3)

Snow greeted teams at the start of day two but once the flaky weather disappeared, Jak Crawford set the early pace for Hitech with a 1m 19.278.

Times soon afterwards began to rapidly tumble with Jenzer’s Calan Williams surpassing Smolyar’s lap record by 0.058s with a 1m 18.836 to top the morning session as seven drivers broke the 79s barrier.

Crawford soon proceeded to begin the afternoon session by posting a 1m 18.775 which was soon bettered by only Hauger and Collet, as the latter topped pre-season testing with a 1m 18.592 which was 0.119s quicker than Hauger as Crawford settled for third ahead of Edgar and Williams who round out the top five.

There however were a few stoppages throughout the day as Tijmen Van der Helm and Jack Doohan spun off at Turns Six and Seven in the morning, before Williams and De Gerus stopped at Turn 10 in the afternoon session plus Ayumu Iwasa’s Hitech grinded to a halt on the main straight during the afternoon.

Position Driver Team Time Session
1 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m 18.592 pm
2 Dennis Hauger Prema + 0.119 pm
3 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 0.183 pm
4 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 0.199 pm
5 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.244 am
6 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 0.266 am
7 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 0.288 pm
8 Clement Novalak Carlin + 0.294 pm
9 Michael Belov Charouz + 0.302 pm
10 Kaylen Frederick Carlin + 0.309 am
11 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 0.320 am
12 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 0.389 am
13 Olli Caldwell Prema + 0.401 pm
14 Alexandr Smolyar ART GP + 0.413 pm
15 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 0.438 pm
16 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 0.462 pm
17 David Schumacher Trident + 0.494 am
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 0.597 am
19 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 0.685 am
20 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer + 0.704 pm
21  Jack Doohan Trident + 0.731 am
22 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 0.753 pm
23 Ido Cohen Carlin + 0.813 am
24 Arthur Leclerc PREMA + 0.823 pm
25 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 1.007 am
26 Reshad De Gerus Charouz + 1.033 am
27 Filip Ugran Jenzer + 1.072 pm
28 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 1.164 pm
29 Laszio Toth Campos + 1.230 am
30 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 1.550 am

 

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