Italian Matteo Nannini finished the first day of the post-season FIA Formula 3 Championship test at Catalunya as the fastest driver as he lit up the timing screens to lead the morning session by over two tenths.
The seventeen year old drove for Jenzer during the 2020 season and surprised many with some standout performances, the best of which saw him claim his first and, to this day, only podium in F3 at the same circuit.
It perhaps wasn’t much of a shock to see Nannini setting fast lap times then after his previous success at this circuit despite switching to the Campos team for day one of the test. He will drive for ART tomorrow.
F3 veteran Jake Hughes was second fastest for HWA Racelab as he says his final goodbyes to Formula 3 racing after announcing that he will move on to pastures new from 2021.
The morning session saw the fastest times of the day as Jack Doohan ended the second session fastest, but he was still nine tenths off Nannini’s time and three tenths off his own best from the morning.
Doohan is driving for Trident in this test having raced for HWA Racelab in 2020 which saw him disappointed to not score a point in his rookie year.
Calan Williams was impressive in both sessions, finishing third and second respectively as he continued with the Jenzer for this test as he did during the season.
The two-day test is a prime opportunity for teams’ to give potential rookies next year a head start in their preparations with a host of Formula 3 newbies learning their trade.
The best of those rookies was Formula Renault Eurocup championship leader Victor Martins; the Frenchman, driving for ART, was fifth fastest in the morning session, beating some of 2020’s impressive rookies such as Enzo Fittipaldi and Clément Novalak.
Tomorrow sees the second and final day of the test which could be the last chance some drivers get to put themselves in the shop window for a drive in 2021.
|2||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||1:32:427|
|6||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||1:32:615|
|11||Igor Fraga||Hitech GP||1:33:069|
|12||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1:33:085|
|15||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||1:33:286|
|18||Oliver Rasmussen||Hitech GP||1:33:492|
|21||William Alatalo||HWA Racelab||1:33:772|
|24||Jonny Edgar||MP Motorsport||1:34:399|
|25||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||1:34:576|
|6||Igor Fraga||Hitech GP||1:33:619|
|11||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||1:33:816|
|13||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||1:33:891|
|15||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||1:33:965|
|19||Amaury Cordeel||MP Motorsport||1:34:139|
|22||Jonny Edgar||MP Motorsport||1:34:389|
|23||Oliver Rasmussen||Hitech GP||1:34:611|
|25||William Alatalo||HWA Racelab||1:34:882|
|29||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||1:35:559|