FIA Formula 3: Bortoleto fastest on final day of testing for Trident

Published on Thursday, February 16, 2023

FIA Formula 3: Bortoleto fastest on final day of testing for Trident

Gabriel Bortoleto ended pre-season testing on top, setting a 1:47.417 to lead the way on the final day of running for Trident. He narrowly headed up the field from Gabriele Minì, just 0.035s off the top spot with Grégoire Saucy in the top three once again.

One final four-hour session capped off the pre-season test around the Bahrain International Circuit, with teams getting the last chance to prepare ahead of Round 1. Here is how the final day of FIA Formula 3 testing unfolded in Bahrain.

As it happened
The extended session got underway with Rafael Villagómez taking the top spot in the early laps, but it didn’t take long for Saucy to return to the summit. The Swiss driver posted a 1:47.610 to return to familiar territory in the opening runs.

Bortoleto was next to take over P1, going just under a tenth clear of Saucy with a 1:47.417 less than an hour gone. Paul Aron also moved PREMA Racing inside the top three as the first hour elapsed. Hugh Barter and Dino Beganovic were separated by 0.004s in fourth and fifth.

Minì moved into second, just 0.035s off the top spot with an hour and 20 minutes elapsed. Approaching the halfway stage of the final day, ART Grand Prix kept their drivers busiest, logging over 80 laps. Saucy remained second ahead of Kaylen Frederick and Nikola Tsolov, ninth and 10th respectively.


 

Race runs became the focus for everyone thereafter, with everyone logging the mileage on multiple lap runs. It stayed that way as the clock ticked into the final hour, with Bortoleto’s earlier time meaning he still headed up the field for Trident.

Race stints remained the focus for every driver and it was Caio Collet that broke the 50-lap barrier first. The Van Amersfoort Racing driver hit the half-century mark with 30 minutes to run as the track got very busy once more.

There was a Red Flag with five minutes left of the session as Sophia Flörsch stopped by the side of the track. The session was restarted, but with less than two minutes left, nobody returned to the track. Bortoleto remained on top from Miní and Saucy. Collet eventually reached 61 laps completed to head the way on lap count.

Formula 3 returns to Sakhir for Round 1 of the 2023 season from 3-5 March.


2023 FIA Formula 3 Championship – Sakhir Pre-Season Test, Day 3

 

Driver

Team

Laptime

Laps

1

Gabriel Bortoleto

Trident

1:47.417

53

2

Gabriele Minì

Hitech Pulse-Eight

1:47.452

60

3

Grégoire Saucy

ART Grand Prix

1:47.519

58

4

Paul Aron

PREMA Racing

1:47.641

54

5

Hugh Barter

Campos Racing

1:47.704

52

6

Dino Beganovic

PREMA Racing

1:47.713

56

7

Josep María Martí

Campos Racing

1:47.789

52

8

Caio Collet

Van Amersfoort Racing

1:47.802

61

9

Leonardo Fornaroli

Trident

1:47.858

46

10

Kaylen Frederick

ART Grand Prix

1:47.878

59

11

Nikola Tsolov

ART Grand Prix

1:47.983

57

12

Franco Colapinto

MP Motorsport

1:48.035

37

13

Zak O’Sullivan

PREMA Racing

1:48.052

55

14

Sebastián Montoya

Hitech Pulse-Eight

1:48.080

55

15

Taylor Barnard

Jenzer Motorsport

1:48.208

54

16

Rafael Villagómez

Van Amersfoort Racing

1:48.250

57

17

Nikita Bedrin

Jenzer Motorsport

1:48.380

51

18

Jonny Edgar

MP Motorsport

1:48.430

46

19

Luke Browning

Hitech Pulse-Eight

1:48.434

44

20

Christian Mansell

Campos Racing

1:48.479

50

21

Hunter Yeany

Rodin Carlin

1:48.499

51

22

Oliver Gray

Rodin Carlin

1:48.683

49

23

Mari Boya

MP Motorsport

1:48.696

43

24

Oliver Goethe

Trident

1:48.749

49

25

Sophia Flörsch

PHM Racing by Charouz

1:48.868

51

26

Alejandro Garcia

Jenzer Motorsport

1:48.927

54

27

Piotr Wisnicki

PHM Racing by Charouz

1:48.985

40

28

Ido Cohen

Rodin Carlin

1:48.543

49

29

Tommy Smith

Van Amersfoort Racing

1:48.571

45

30

Roberto Faria

PHM Racing by Charouz

1:49.740

26

 

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