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NANNINI TOPS DAY 1 OF FIA F3 POST-SEASON TESTING IN BARCELONA

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The fastest lap of the first day of post-season testing in Barcelona was set by Italian racer Matteo Nannini, who demonstrated the lessons he has learned from his debut season in FIA Formula 3, to take first place overall.

Debuting with Campos Racing, Nannini’s best laptime was more than two tenths quicker than his nearest rival, Jake Hughes, and three tenths better than Calan Williams, in third.

The top ten was heavily dominated by returning drivers, though there was space for a debutant, as Victor Martins clinched fifth overall on his maiden outing for ART Grand Prix.

Jack Doohan dominated the second half of the day for Trident, ahead of Williams and Dennis Hauger, in an afternoon session which was heavily focused on race-simulations and data gathering.

The field were treated to a dry and sunny morning in Barcelona, as MP Motorsport’s trio of rookies set the first lot of fast laps around the circuit, 45 minutes into the opening session. Franco Colapinto was the quickest of the three, clocking 1:34.841. The 2019 Spanish F4 champion finished the morning in 12th.

There was a brief red flag as Rafael Villagomez lost control of his Trident and spun on track. The Mexican did manage to get back out there, but ended up 29th in the order.

PREMA enjoyed a stint in first midway through the morning, before switching to longer runs. Hauger and David Schumacher took turns in P1, before slipping down to fourth and tenth.

Williams was enjoying the familiarity of the Jenzer Motorsport cockpit and twice topped the morning session, on the one-hour and two-hour markers. The Australian’s quickest time of 1:32.500 was good enough for third.

Nannini enjoyed a productive first day with Campos Racing, finding his rhythm in the final hour of the opening session to take first place ahead of Hughes, by 0.257s.

Hughes had been drafted back into the F3 car by HWA to assist with development on Day 1 and put in an impressive 62 laps overall, but couldn’t resist a few flyers, topping the times for a period. In the end, his tour of 1:32.427 was good enough for second.

There was also a spot in the top ten for debutant Martins, who took fifth with ART Grand Prix, while the returning quartet of Enzo Fittipaldi, Roman Stanek, Doohan and Clement Novalak occupied sixth to ninth.

Williams initially returned to the top of the table at the start of the afternoon stint, but was overtaken by Igor Fraga ahead of the hour mark, testing for the Hitech Grand Prix.

Very little changed until Jack Doohan set in motion a final lot of flying laps for the field, with just over half an hour to go. Debuting for Trident, the Australian lapped quickest to nab first from Fraga. He briefly lost P1 to Hauger, but forced himself back in front on his next tour of the circuit.

PREMA had attempted to flex their muscles in the closing half hour as their trio of drivers fleetingly went one-two-three in the order, with Hauger followed by Arthur Leclerc and Schumacher.

The 2020 Teams’ Champions couldn’t sustain it though, as Doohan reclaimed first and Williams stole second. While, Stanek separated Hauger from his teammates, diving into fourth.

Despite being just 15-years-old, Jak Crawford was impressing on his maiden F3 appearance outing with Hitech. The American sat sixth for a good while, before dropping down the order in the final minutes and finishing a respectable 15th.

Frenchman Martins continued his good work with ART, taking fifth in the afternoon stint. Fraga settled for sixth in the end, ahead of Leclerc. Ben Barnicoat was back in the Carlin garage and assisting with the team’s development, but still found time to set a lap good enough for eighth. Pierre-Louis Chovet and Caldwell closed out the top ten.

Action will resume for the second and final day of post-season testing in Barcelona on Tuesday at 9am (local time).

2020 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP – POST-SEASON TESTS, DAY 1, MORNING SESSION

DRIVER TEAM LAPTIME LAPS
1 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 1:32.170 31
2 Jake Hughes HWA RACELAB 1:32.427 32
3 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.500 32
4 Dennis Hauger PREMA Racing 1:32.512 30
5 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1:32.527 30
6 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA RACELAB 1:32.615 23
7 Roman Stanek ART Grand Prix 1:32.625 32
8 Jack Doohan Trident 1:32.777 22
9 Clement Novalak Trident 1:32.816 28
10 David Schumacher PREMA Racing 1:32.948 30
11 Igor Fraga Hitech Grand Prix 1:33.069 41
12 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1:33.085 33
13 Jonathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.096 27
14 Artur Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:33.161 30
15 Jak Crawford Hitech Grand Prix 1:33.286 39
16 Michael Belov Charouz Racing System 1:33.331 33
17 Ben Barnicoat Carlin Buzz Racing 1:33.450 26
18 Oliver Rasmussen Hitech Grand Prix 1:33.492 41
19 Pierre Louis Chovet Campos Racing 1:33.509 31
20 Olli Caldwell ART Grand Prix 1:33.530 30
21 William Alatalo HWA RACELAB 1:33.772 42
22 Sophia Floersch Carlin Buzz Racing 1:33.819 35
23 Ido Cohen Carlin Buzz Racing 1:33.838 35
24 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1:34.399 30
25 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport 1:34.576 31
26 Alessandro Famularo Campos Racing 1:34.613 34
27 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.170 27
28 Patrik Pasma Charouz Racing System 1:35.627 19
29 Rafael Villagomez Trident 1:36.195 23
30 Josef Knopp Charouz Racing System 1:36.541 35

2020 FIA FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP – POST-SEASON TESTS, DAY 1, AFTERNOON SESSION

DRIVER TEAM LAPTIME LAPS
1 Jack Doohan Trident 1:33.068 35
2 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.070 28
3 Dennis Hauger PREMA Racing 1:33.304 44
4 Roman Stanek ART Grand Prix 1:33.345 45
5 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix 1:33.376 44
6 Igor Fraga Hitech Grand Prix 1:33.619 29
7 Artur Leclerc PREMA Racing 1:33.705 41
8 Ben Barnicoat Carlin Buzz Racing 1:33.718 25
9 Pierre Louis Chovet Campos Racing 1:33.723 33
10 Olli Caldwell ART Grand Prix 1:33.743 42
11 Enzo Fittipaldi HWA RACELAB 1:33.816 50
12 David Schumacher PREMA Racing 1:33.827 43
13 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport 1:33.891 44
14 Sophia Floersch Carlin Buzz Racing 1:33.931 26
15 Jak Crawford Hitech Grand Prix 1:33.965 33
16 Alessandro Famularo Campos Racing 1:33.988 34
17 Matteo Nannini Campos Racing 1:34.053 33
18 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.068 27
19 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport 1:34.139 44
20 Michael Belov Charouz Racing System 1:34.260 17
21 Clement Novalak Trident 1:34.388 21
22 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport 1:34.389 41
23 Oliver Rasmussen Hitech Grand Prix 1:34.611 33
24 Ido Cohen Carlin Buzz Racing 1:34.648 26
25 William Alatalo HWA RACELAB 1:34.882 51
26 Patrik Pasma Charouz Racing System 1:34.911 45
27 Rafael Villagomez Trident 1:35.062 42
28 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.387 29
29 Jake Hughes HWA RACELAB 1:35.559 62
30 Joseph Knopp Charouz Racing System 1:35.758 35

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