2020/2021 FIA Formula 3 Championship – Stanek Tops Day 1 of Testing, Ahead of Rookie Leclerc

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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. The Dane 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.

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.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 27: Jack Doohan of Australia and Trident (10) drives during Day One of Formula 3 Testing at Circuito de Jerez on October 27, 2020 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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.

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.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 27: Arthur Leclerc of Monaco and Prema Racing (1) drives during Day One of Formula 3 Testing at Circuito de Jerez on October 27, 2020 in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Morning

1 – Jack Doohan, Trident, 1:30.165
2 – Dennis Hauger, PREMA Racing, 1:30.391
3 – Calan Williams, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:30.473
4 – Frederik Vesti, ART Grand Prix, 1:30.554
5 – Matteo Nannini, MP Motorsport, 1:30.566
6 – Johnathan Hoggard, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:30.621
7 – Cameron Das, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:30.696
8 – Igor Fraga, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:30.698
9 – Clement Novalak, Trident, 1:30.701
10 – David Schumacher, Trident, 1:30.704
11 – Roman Stanek, ART Grand Prix, 1:30.858
12 – Oliver Rasmussen, HWA RACELAB, 1:30.890
13 – Arthur Leclerc, PREMA Racing, 1:30.925
14 – Pierre Louis Chovet, HWA RACELAB, 1:30.982
15 – David Vidales, Campos Racing, 1:31.056
16 – Caio Collet, PREMA Racing, 1:31.093
17 – Jak Crawford, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:31.116
18 – Olli Caldwell, ART Grand Prix, 1:31.221
19 – Jonny Edgar, MP Motorsport, 1:31.243
20 – David Beckmann, Charouz Racing System, 1:31.370
21 – Francesco Pizzi, MP Motorsport, 1:31.450
22 – Enzo Fittipaldi, HWA RACELAB, 1:31.515
23 – Petr Ptacek, Campos Racing, 1:31.556
24 – Rafael Villagomez, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:31.586
25 – Alessandro Famularo, Campos Racing, 1:31.931
26 – Filip Ugran, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:32.061
27 – Nazim Azman, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:32.149
28 – Reshad De Gerus, Charouz Racing System, 1:32.246
29 – Konsta Lappalainen, Charouz Racing System, 1:32.526
30 – Ido Cohen, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:32.754

Afternoon

1 – Roman Stanek, ART Grand Prix, 1:29.928
2 – Arthur Leclerc, PREMA Racing, 1:29.976
3 – Johnathan Hoggard, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:30.014
4 – Jack Doohan, Trident, 1:30.161
5 – Dennis Hauger, PREMA Racing, 1:30.199
6 – Enzo Fittipaldi, HWA RACELAB, 1:30.202
7 – Clément Novalak, Trident, 1:30.222
8 – Igor Fraga, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:30.297
9 – Frederik Vesti, ART Grand Prix, 1:30.338
10 – Caio Collet, PREMA Racing, 1:30.356
11 – David Schumacher, Trident, 1:30.431
12 – David Beckmann, Charouz Racing System, 1:30.462
13 – Olli Caldwell, ART Grand Prix, 1:30.540
14 – David Vidales, Campos Racing, 1:30.541
15 – Oliver Rasmussen, HWA RACELAB, 1:30.576
16 – Pierre Louis Chovet, HWA RACELAB, 1:30.585
17 – Jak Crawford, Hitech Grand Prix, 1:30.688
18 – Jonny Edgar, MP Motorsport, 1:30.748
19 – Cameron Das, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:30.754
20 – Nazim Azman, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:30.927
21 – Ido Cohen, Carlin Buzz Racing, 1:31.151
22 – Petr Ptacek, Campos Racing, 1:31.159
23 – Francesco Pizzi, MP Motorsport, 1:31.255
24 – Calan Williams, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:31.283
25 – Matteo Nannini, MP Motorsport, 1:31.311
26 – Reshad De Gerus, Charouz Racing System, 1:31.363
27 – Alessandro Famularo, Campos Racing, 1:31.390
28 – Rafael Villagomez, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:31.454
29 –  Filip Ugran, Jenzer Motorsport, 1:31.870
30 – Konsta Lappalainen, Charouz Racing System, 1:32.037

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