FIA Formula 3: Victor Martins seals the fastest time in a chaotic free practice session

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Last Feature Race winner Victor Martins leads the premature rain-hampered session in Imola, beating today’s early pacesetter Kaylen Frederick with a 1:50.134.

In the first ten minutes of the first session, the Hitech driver managed to top the leaderboard with a 1:51.283 before Martins improved on his personal best, with a margin of 1.1s to Frederick.

Right before the first red flag of the session emerged as Jenzer Motorsport’s Ido Cohen got caught up in the gravel, Frederick’s teammate Isack Hadjar secured his place in second with less than 0.1 seconds off the top time.

The second red flag was caused by the pitlane incident that involved all of the PREMA Racing drivers, Arthur Leclerc, Jak Crawford, Oliver Bearman, and Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan, which will be investigated after the session.

The green flag was out for only a few minutes before the MP Motorsport duo Caio Collet, and Kush Maini suffered from different incidents. Both drivers found themselves stuck in the gravel, and they decided not to restart the session.

Both winners from Bahrain were inside the top three, as Van Amersfoort Racing’s Franco Colapinto completed the session in third fastest before the barrier broke into 1m 51s.

Frederick settled in fourth for the second Hitech Grand Prix car, ahead of the Van Amersfoort Racing pairing, Rafael Villagomez and Franco Colapinto.

Trident’s rookie Zane Maloney gave another impressive result after a solid in-season test weekend in Barcelona, as he finished seventh, ahead of Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan in eighth fastest.

Ido Cohen managed to complete the first run of the weekend in ninth fastest after bringing out the first red flag, as Trident’s debutant Oliver Rasmussen rounded out the top ten as the last driver in the 1:51s.

The FIA Formula 3 will be back in action for the qualifying session at 3 PM local times.

Free Practice session results:

1 Victor Martins 1:50.134 ART Grand Prix
2 Isack Hajdar 1:50.168 Hitech Grand Prix
3 Roman Stanek 1:50.959 Trident
4 Kaylen Frederick 1:51.283 Hitech Grand Prix
5 Rafael Villagomez 1:51.324 Van Amersfoort Racing
6 Franco Colapinto 1:51.374 Van Amersfoort Racing
7 Zane Maloney 1:51.582 Trident
8 Zak O’Sullivan 1:51.772 Carlin
9 Ido Cohen 1:51.774 Jenzer Motorsport
10 Oliver Rasmussen 1:51.917 Trident
11 Nazim Azman 1:52.177 Hitech Grand Prix
12 David Vidales 1:52.541 Campos Racing
13 Reece Ushijima 1:52.605 Van Amersfoort Racing
14 Hunter Yeany 1:52.766 Campos Racing
15 William Alatalo 1:53.095 Jenzer Motorsport
16 Josep Maria Marti 1:53.208 Campos Racing
17 Gregoire Saucy 1:53.213 ART Grand Prix
18 Enzo Trulli 1:54.536 Carlin
19 Frederico Malvestiti 1:54.557 Jenzer Motorsport
20 Caio Collet 1:55.388 MP Motorsport
21 Alexander Smolyar 1:55.983 MP Motorsport
22 Brad Benavides 1:56.325 Carlin
23 Arthur Leclerc 2:01.373 PREMA Racing
24 Kush Maini 2:06.241 MP Motorsport
25 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System
26 Jak Crawford PREMA Racing
27 Oliver Bearman PREMA Racing
28 David Schumacher Charouz Racing System
29 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System
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