Together with Formula 2, Formula 3 is completing a three-day winter test this week at the Bahrain International Circuit, where the start of the new season for both classes will also take place between March 18th and 20th. Friday was the third and last test day on the program and clocked again Isack Hajar the fastest time. The high-tech Grand Prix driver, who is part of Red Bull’s talent program and finished fifth in last year’s Formula Regional European Championship, was by far the fastest with a 1:47.247 in the morning session. Hadjar also set the best time on the second day of testing in Bahrain.
Almost all of the fast times on Friday were already set in the morning. Jak Crawford was number two in the standings, four tenths behind Hadjar, while ART Grand Prix rookie Gregoire Saucy was several hundredths slower and finished third. Caio Collet was the best MP Motorsport driver in P4 ahead of Alexander Smolyar and David Vidales. Victor Martins ended the day in P7. Kaylen Frederick raised a red flag after ten minutes into the morning session when she came to a stop at Turn 3.
Lap times were significantly slower in the afternoon, as evidenced by the 1.48.182 that saw Roman Stanek finish top of the standings. Those slower times were largely due to poorer conditions in Bahrain. Drivers were instructed to turn on their taillights as sand and dust made visibility poor. Six tenths behind Stanek, Reece Ushijima stopped for the second time on behalf of Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing, while Trident rookie Zane Maloney finished third. Franco Colapinto placed the second VAR car in P4, followed by Jonny Edgar and Rafael Villagomez in Van Amersfoort’s third car.