2020/2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship – Novalak Ends Barcelona Post-Season Testing on Top

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Clément Novalak finished as the fastest man overall in post-season testing at Barcelona, setting a time of 1:31.989 early in the morning on Day 2 with Trident. The Italian team were the pick of the bunch on Tuesday, finishing first and second in the order, with Red Bull junior Jack Doohan running just 0.158s slower than his teammate.

Matteo Nannini continued his impressive form, following up his P1 finish on Monday with the third quickest time on Day 2 for ART Grand Prix.

Testing with Jenzer Motorsport, Johnathan Hoggard was the highest placed rookie driver on Day 2, taking fifth overall and first place in the final session. Fellow debutant Victor Martins continued to catch the eye on his maiden stint in F3 with ART Grand Prix, taking seventh place.

Morning

Barcelona remained bright and dry for the second and final day of post-season testing, allowing the field to enjoy a proper runout in the opening session. Igor Fraga carried on from a positive first day with Hitech Grand Prix, going fastest in the opening hour. The Brazilian was already faster than the quickest driver on Monday afternoon, setting the marker at 1:33.033.

Fraga ended the session in fourth place, as Monday’s best time was broken by Novalak. The British racer finished ninth on Day 1 and was impressing in the cockpit of Trident’s Italian machinery, setting the standard at 1:31.989.

Day 1’s quickest racer, Nannini, had swapped Campos for ART Grand Prix and was doing a similarly astute job. He briefly returned to the top of the table with a time of 1:32.378, before he was knocked off by Novalak. The Italian dropped down to third in the end, as Doohan popped up in P2. The Australian had stuck with Trident for Day 2 and the Italians’ looked like the class of the field on Tuesday morning, taking first and second, Doohan just one tenth shy of top spot.

Hoggard and Martins were the pick of the rookie drivers, taking fifth and seventh for Jenzer Motorsport and ART, three and four tenths off the quickest time. Olli Caldwell was sandwiched between them in P6 with ART, while Dennis Hauger, Calan Williams and David Schumacher completed the top ten.

Afternoon

The field returned to the track after an hour’s break in Barcelona and switched their attention to race simulations, long-runs and data gathering, with the times considerably slower than in the morning.

Hoggard was amongst the first to get back out on track and made his mark by climbing to the top of the leader board. The British racer was testing for Jenzer Motorsport for a second day, and lapped at 1:33.759.

His teammate, Williams, joined him in second place shortly after, although the Australian racer wasn’t able to improve and fell down to ninth. The Jenzer racer was overtaken by PREMA debutant Roman Stanek, who was three tenths off his best time. The 16-year-old was joined in the top three by his teammate, Hauger, who was a further tenth shy.

Arthur Leclerc made his maiden appearance in the top five in the final session, finishing just behind the continually impressive Fraga. French racer Martins has arguably been one of the standout rookies of the test and capped off his debut with another top ten finish, taking the sixth fastest time of the afternoon.

Jak Crawford has sparked plenty of interest over the two-day event, debuting at just 15-years-old, and the Red Bull junior cracked the top ten in the afternoon, taking seventh place ahead of Pierre-Louis Chovet.

Renault Eurocup leader Caio Collett came in for his debut with MP Motorsport on Day 2 and didn’t take long to gel with the upgrade in machinery, finishing 10th in the final session.

The teams will depart Barcelona with plenty to think about ahead of the second set of post-season tests, which take place in Jerez at the end of October.

2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship – Post-Season Tests, Day 2, Morning Session

1st – Clement Novalak, Trident, 1:31.989
2nd – Jack Doohan, Trident, 1:32.147
3rd – Matteo Nannini, ART Grand Prix, 1:32.252
4th – Igor Fraga, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:32.290
5th – Johnathan Hoggard, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.328
6th – Olli Caldwell, ART Grand Prix, 1:32.332
7th – Victor Martins, ART Grand Prix, 1:32.457
8th – Dennis Hauger, PREMA Racing, 1:32.472
9th – Calan Williams, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.478
10th – David Schumacher, Trident, 1:32.549
11th – Enzo Fittipaldi, HWA RACELAB, 1:32.575
12th – Ben Barnicoat, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:32.596
13th – Jak Crawford, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:32.599
14th – Caio Collet, MP Motorsport, 1:32.665
15th – Pierre Louis Chovet, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:32.784
16th – Jonny Edgar, MP Motorsport, 1:32.878
17th – Roman Stanek, PREMA Racing, 1:32.930
18th – Michael Belov, Charouz Racing System, 1:33.056
19th – William Alatalo, Campos Racing, 1:33.079
20th – Amaury Cordeel, MP Motorsport, 1:33.087
21st – Sophia Floersch, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:33.092
22nd – Arthur Leclerc, PREMA Racing, 1:33.169
23rd – Patrik Pasma, Charouz Racing System, 1:33.219
24th – Ido Cohen, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:33.240
25th – Alessandro Famularo, Campos Racing, 1:33.251
26th – Oliver Rasmussen, HWA RACELAB, 1:33.339
27th – Filip Ugran, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:33.837
28th – Rafael Villagomez, Campos Racing, 1:33.840
29th – Tijmen van der Helm, HWA RACELAB, 1:33.947
30th – Josef Knopp, Charouz Racing System, 1:34.604

2020 FIA Formula 3 Championship – Post-Season Tests, Day 2, Afternoon Session

1st – Johnathan Hoggard, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:33.759
2nd – Roman Stanek, PREMA Racing, 1:34.102
3rd – Dennis Hauger, PREMA Racing, 1:34.167
4th – Igor Fraga, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:34.286
5th – Arthur Leclerc, PREMA Racing, 1:34.715
6th – Victor Martins, ART Grand Prix, 1:34.775
7th – Jak Crawford, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:34.794
8th – Pierre Louis Chovet, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:34.814
9th – Calan Williams, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:34.836
10th – Caio Collet, MP Motorsport, 1:34.859
11th – Ben Barnicoat, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:34.870
12th – Enzo Fittipaldi, HWA RACELAB, 1:34.927
13th – Matteo Nannini, ART Grand Prix, 1:35.082
14th – Michael Belov, Charouz Racing System, 1:35.151
15th – Oliver Rasmussen, HWA RACELAB, 1:35.398
16th – Patrik Pasma, Charouz Racing System, 1:35.453
17th – Alessandro Famularo, Campos Racing, 1:35.484
18th – Sophia Floersch, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:35.608
19th – Filip Ugran, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:35.802
20th – William Alatalo, Campos Racing, 1:35.838
21st – Josef Knopp, Charouz Racing System, 1:35.892
22nd – Jonny Edgar, MP Motorsport, 1:35.899
23rd – Olli Caldwell, ART Grand Prix, 1:35.913
24th – Amaury Cordeel, MP Motorsport, 1:35.972
25th – Rafael Villagomez, Campos Racing, 1:36.189
26th – Clement Novalak, Trident, 1:36.214
27th – Ido Cohen, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:36.233
28th – Jack Doohan, Trident, 1:36.514
29th – David Schumacher, Trident, 1:36.682
30th – Tijmen van der Helm, HWA RACELAB, 1:36.763

BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 06: Johnathan Hoggard of Great Britain and Jenzer Motorsport (22) drives during Day Two of Formula 3 Testing at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on October 06, 2020 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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