Barcelona F3: Prema’s Hauger leads practice as 2021 season begins

Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger topped the times in the first FIA Formula 3 practice session of the 2021 season in Barcelona.

Barcelona F3: Prema’s Hauger leads practice as 2021 season begins

The Red Bull junior, who joined the reigning champion from Hitech Grand Prix for 2021, led the field with a time of 1m33.596s on Friday morning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

He was followed by rookie Victor Martins, one of the two Alpine Academy members driving for MP Motorsport, who set a time of 1m33.811s, and ART GP’s Frederik Vesti, who has joined the Mercedes academy, with a 1m33.871s.

Hauger’s team-mate Arthur Leclerc, a Ferrari Driver Academy member and younger brother of Formula 1 driver Charles, came fourth with a 1m33.923s.

ART GP’s Alexander Smolyar finished off the top five, with the Russian driver, who is returning for a second year in F3, setting a time of 1m33.934s.

Just 12 minutes into the season opener, the practice session was red-flagged after Carlin’s Jonny Edgar encountered issues, briefly stopping on the track before managing to get the car going again and heading back to the pits.

It was restarted a few minutes later, with Carlin’s Ido Cohen setting a 1m35.163s to kick off the timed laps, before nine other drivers set times in quick succession.

Prema led the pack in a 1-2-3 halfway through the session, but was quickly caught by Martins and Vesti – both tipped as early favourites for the drivers’ championship title.

Highest placed returning driver Logan Sargeant, who has switched from Prema to Charouz Racing System for this season, came seventh, with a time of 1m34.129s.

Juan Manuel Correa, returning to the sport 18 months after surviving a tragic multiple car Formula 2 crash at Spa in 2019 that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert, set a quickest time of 1m35.102s, placing him 23rd.

Following the session, ART Grand Prix was fined €500 for an unsafe release of Smolyar, and Charouz driver Enzo Fittipaldi was fined €700 for speeding in the pitlane.

This afternoon’s qualifying will set the grid for Sunday’s race, while Saturday’s first race will be decided by reversing the top 12.

The top 12 of that race will be reversed for the second race on Saturday afternoon.

Results 

Cla Driver Team Laps Time Gap
1 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 13 1'33.596  
2 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 13 1'33.811 0.215
3 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 11 1'33.871 0.275
4 Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 13 1'33.923 0.327
5 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 12 1'33.934 0.338
6 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 8 1'34.089 0.493
7 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 12 1'34.129 0.533
8 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident 8 1'34.151 0.555
9 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 13 1'34.166 0.570
10 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 13 1'34.235 0.639
11 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 15 1'34.283 0.687
12 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 11 1'34.324 0.728
13 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 8 1'34.383 0.787
14 Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 14 1'34.409 0.813
15 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 14 1'34.415 0.819
16 United States Kaylen Frederick United Kingdom Carlin 12 1'34.459 0.863
17 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 15 1'34.481 0.885
18 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 12 1'34.524 0.928
19 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 13 1'34.569 0.973
20 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 13 1'34.620 1.024
21 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 13 1'34.783 1.187
22 Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 16 1'35.079 1.483
23 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 13 1'35.102 1.506
24 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 10 1'35.130 1.534
25 Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 17 1'35.163 1.567
26 Reshad de Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 12 1'35.355 1.759
27 László Tóth Spain Campos Racing 18 1'35.466 1.870
28 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 12 1'35.575 1.979
29 Pierre-Louis Chovet Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 14 1'35.701 2.105
30 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 16 1'35.818 2.222
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