Austria F3: Caldwell tops practice ahead of Crawford and Sargeant

Olli Caldwell topped the timesheet in FIA Formula 3 practice in Austria, beating Jack Doohan to the top spot after he had his time deleted.

Austria F3: Caldwell tops practice ahead of Crawford and Sargeant

Doohan (Trident) set a 1m19.745s lap to go quickest after a tyre change towards the end of the session sent times tumbling.

But the lap was deleted for exceeding track limits, handing the lead to Prema Racing driver Caldwell.

Just 0.004s separated the top two with Hitech Grand Prix’s Jak Crawford taking second and Charouz Racing System driver Logan Sargeant, the highest placed returning driver from last year, in third.

ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar finished in fourth, with Prema driver Arthur Leclerc in fifth.

Championship leader Dennis Hauger, who won the first feature race of the season in Barcelona, only managed sixth place.

Smolyar set an early quick time of 1m21.531s, before Enzo Fittipaldi (Charouz Racing System) went top, shaving a tenth of Smolyar's time, before he too was pipped to the top spot by Dennis Hauger in the Prema car.

Caio Collet (MP Motorsport) was the first driver to break into the 1m20s, setting a 1m20.548 to go fastest, while others also broke into the bracket shortly after.

By the halfway point, Hauger led from Collet and his team-mate Victor Martins, who sits second in the drivers championship.

Logan Sargeant, Charouz Racing System

Logan Sargeant, Charouz Racing System

Photo by: Formula Motorsport Ltd

Juan Manuel Correa (ART Grand Prix) was placed under investigation for breaching track limits, with others including Doohan having times deleted. Campos Racing driver Amaury Cordeel and David Schumacher (Trident) saw the black and white flag for their infractions.

With less than ten minutes to go, two of the top three were Prema drivers, with Collet in second.

With fresh tyres on at the end of the session, Caldwell became the first driver to set a 1m19s time, going fastest before Doohan beat him to the top spot, only to see his lap time deleted late on.

The drivers will return to the grid this afternoon for qualifying, setting the grid for Sunday’s feature race. The grid for Saturday’s first sprint race will be set by reversing the top ten finishers in that session.

Austria F3 - practice results

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 25 1'19.970  
2 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 24 1'19.974 0.004
3 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 1'20.010 0.040
4 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 25 1'20.018 0.048
5 Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 25 1'20.055 0.085
6 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 25 1'20.078 0.108
7 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 23 1'20.094 0.124
8 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 23 1'20.134 0.164
9 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 24 1'20.190 0.220
10 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 25 1'20.291 0.321
11 United States Kaylen Frederick United Kingdom Carlin 25 1'20.424 0.454
12 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 25 1'20.469 0.499
13 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 24 1'20.475 0.505
14 United Kingdom Johnathan Hoggard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 22 1'20.487 0.517
15 Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 24 1'20.496 0.526
16 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 21 1'20.534 0.564
17 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 24 1'20.693 0.723
18 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 1'20.753 0.783
19 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 19 1'20.888 0.918
20 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 24 1'20.942 0.972
21 Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 24 1'20.945 0.975
22 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 18 1'20.948 0.978
23 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 21 1'20.949 0.979
24 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 24 1'21.125 1.155
25 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 11 1'21.145 1.175
26 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 24 1'21.317 1.347
27 László Tóth Spain Campos Racing 24 1'21.407 1.437
28 Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 24 1'21.537 1.567
29 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 19 1'21.593 1.623
30 Reshad de Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 22 1'21.847 1.877
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