Collet leaves Austria as man to beat in F3

Having just turned eighteen yesterday, Caio Collet set the fastest ever FIA Formula 3 lap around the Red Bull Ring to end the two-day pre-season test on top.

The Brazilian, part of the Alpine F1 driver academy, set a 1:18:592 in his MP Motorsport car to end the day over a tenth clear of the field. His teammate Victor Martins had been quick in the morning but the Frenchman didn’t set a lap in the afternoon.

Second in an afternoon session which saw plenty of running was PREMA’s Dennis Hauger. The Norwegian was only 28th in the morning as snow limited the running for many but he was back at the sharp end come the day’s chequered flag.

It was another highly impressive day for Hitech GP’s 15-year-old rookie Jak Crawford who was third fastest in the afternoon and fifth in the morning. He was followed by his 2020 ADAC Formula 4 rival, and eventual champion, Jonny Edgar who has been the standout Carlin driver so far.

Those four were all faster than the morning’s benchmark time, set by Jenzer’s returning Australian Calan Williams who has high hopes of a good season in the turquoise of the Italian team.

Matteo Nannini was incredibly consistent all day with his morning time less than two hundredths quicker than his afternoon effort as the young Italian led the way for HWA Racelab.

Frederik Vesti, Clément Novalak, Michael Belov and Olli Caldwell all snuck under the 1m 19s barrier in the afternoon with Kaylen Frederick, Logan Sargeant and Martins all doing so in the afternoon. Only Aleksandr Smolyar could manage that on day one.

Smolyar was tenth fastest in the afternoon for ART just behind Caldwell’s PREMA with Amaury Cordeel just outside the top ten for Campos.

It was another tough day for Arthur Leclerc however as the Monegasque driver was slowest in the morning, but could only climb to 18th in the afternoon while his teammates were firmly in the top ten. Jack Doohan also didn’t trouble the top of the time sheets like many will have expected for his new Trident team.

Pos. Name Team Lap Time
1 Calan Williams Jenzer 1:18:836
2 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1:18:858
3 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1:18:901
4 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 1:18:912
5 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1:18:915
6 Michael Belov Charouz 1:18:943
7 Logan Sargeant Charouz 1:18:981
8 Frederik Vesti ART 1:19:015
9 David Schumacher Trident 1:19:086
10 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1:19:099
11 Juan Manuel Correa ART 1:19:189
12 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1:19:244
13 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1:19:277
14 Jack Doohan Trident 1:19:323
15 Clément Novalak Trident 1:19:383
16 Ido Cohen Carlin 1:19:405
17 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1:19:510
18 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1:19:591
19 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1:19:599
20 Aleksandr Smolyar ART 1:19:616
21 Reshad De Gerus Charouz 1:19:625
22 Amaury Cordeel Campos 1:19:639
23 Filip Ugran Jenzer 1:19:670
24 Olli Caldwell PREMA 1:19:717
25 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer 1:19:744
26 László Tóth Campos 1:19:822
27 Lorenzo Colombo Campos 1:19:888
28 Dennis Hauger PREMA 1:20:047
29 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1:20:142
30 Arthur Leclerc PREMA 1:20:329
Pos. Name Team Lap Time
1 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1:18:592
2 Dennis Hauger PREMA 1:18:711
3 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 1:18:775
4 Jonny Edgar Carlin 1:18:791
5 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 1:18:866
6 Frederik Vesti ART 1:18:880
7 Clément Novalak Trident 1:18:886
8 Michael Belov Charouz 1:18:894
9 Olli Caldwell PREMA 1:18:993
10 Aleksandr Smolyar ART 1:19:005
11 Amaury Cordeel Campos 1:19:030
12 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1:19:054
13 Logan Sargeant Charouz 1:19:204
14 Pierre-Louis Chovet Jenzer 1:19:296
15 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 1:19:311
16 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1:19:345
17 Calan Williams Jenzer 1:19:410
18 Arthur Leclerc PREMA 1:19:415
19 Juan Manuel Correa ART 1:19:457
20 Jack Doohan Trident 1:19:509
21 David Schumacher Trident 1:19:578
22 Filip Ugran Jenzer 1:19:664
23 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1:19:718
24 Lorenzo Colombo Campos 1:19:756
25 Reshad De Gerus Charouz 1:19:801
26 László Tóth Campos 1:19:935
27 Kaylen Frederick Carlin 1:20:253
28 Tijmen van der Helm MP Motorsport 1:20:302
29 Ido Cohen Carlin 1:20:543
30 Victor Martins MP Motorsport NO TIME

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