- Jack Doohan at Testing in Barcelona

Key Points from Formula 3's Post Season Testing

The junior formula took to the track again for a two day testing session.

Formula 3 had their first official post season test earlier this week (5th-6th October 2020) with both old and new drivers taking to the track. The sessions were made up of two three hour sessions across both days (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) with 39 drivers taking part in total. Here are the main points of what you need to know about what happened:

Day I

Nannini on Day I of testing in Barcelona.

Nannini on Day I of testing in Barcelona.

Matteo Nannini set the pace on the first day of testing by setting the fastest lap time around the Barcelona Circuit - a 1:32.170. Debuting with Campos Racing, Nannini’s best laptime was more than two tenths quicker than his nearest rival Jake Hughes (with a 1:32.427) and three tenths better than Calan Williams in third (1:32.500).

Enzo Fittipaldi finished the morning in a solid sixth place for HWA Racelab. As mentioned, Jake Hughes took part in the test as he was drafted back into the Formula by HWA Racelab despite having recently made the jump up into Formula 2. But with F2 on a break at the moment, there's no reason why Jake can't help out a bit.

Other notable performances from day one came from Dennis Hauger - who finished in the top five in both sessions - and rookie Victor Martins (who heads the standings in the Formula Renault Eurocup), driving for ART, who also finished in the top five. Sophia Flörsch (testing with Carlin Buzz Racing instead of Campos, who she drove for this season) also made some solid improvements as she went from 22nd in the morning to 14th in the afternoon.

Ferrari Driver Academy’s Artur Leclerc, younger brother of 2017 FIA Formula 2 champion and Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles, tested with PREMA Racing. The Monegasque racer is currently 2nd in the Formula Regional European Championship and finished the morning session in 14th place, making his way up to 7th by the end of the afternoon session. It would seem that speed runs in the family.

Another rookie was Jonny Edgar of the Red Bull Junior Team, driving for ART. With him making their F3 debut were Johnathan Hoggard, Jak Crawford, Calo Collet, William Alatalo, Amaury Cordeel, Patrik Pasma, Ido Cohen, Alessandro Famularo, Oliver Rasmussen, Filip Urgan, Rafael Villagomez, Tijmen Van Der Helm and Joesf Knopp.

Check out the full classification from Day I below:

Day II

Novalak driving for Trident

Novalak driving for Trident

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. Johnathan Hoggard was the highest placed rookie driver on Day 2, finishing 5th overall and 1st in the final session in the afternoon. Fellow rookie, Victor Martins, who impressed on Day I finished in 7th place overall.

Nannini put in the most laps out of anyone, 91 in total, which gave him third place overall when it came to the fastest lap time with Jack Doohan getting in between him and Novalak for second place.

Check out the classifications for Day II below:

It was a solid couple of days of testing in Spain with some very strong rookie debuts. It won't be surprising if drivers like Arthur Leclerc and Victor Martins make their Formula 3 debut in the 2021 season with the pace they showed. Watch this space.

Did you follow the testing as it happened? What were your thoughts? Who impressed you the most? Let me know in the comments below.

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