Productive FIA F3 Test in Jerez

During the break between Rounds 1 and 2 of the FIA F3 Championship, the series returns for two in-season tests that allow teams to work on the learnings from Bahrain. The first of the two took place in Jerez, Spain, concluding just this afternoon. Zak and the team saw some real progression, with the AMABA award winner finishing the Wednesday morning session in P2.

 

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Following on from a good but, in some areas, challenging first round Zak and the Carlin team arrived in Spain with a number of questions ready to be answered and theories to test. Over two days he took part in four three-hour sessions that saw a range of weather conditions and plenty of opportunities to learn.

 

Tuesday morning brought with it poor weather, with very heavy rain and lower visibility. Whilst the downpour hindered them a little, the morning session provided a good opportunity to get some running in the wet - conditions Zak has not experienced in the season so far. They found that the Williams Academy driver proved very competitive in this climate, and he rounded off the session in P12 after completing 43 laps, the second most of any driver.

 

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During the lunchtime break the heavens opened once again and consequently most drivers waited a while before hitting the track in the afternoon session. In the last 15 minutes a number of drivers set their fastest lap times yet on slicks, but Zak continued to focus on a crucial race run instead, meaning he ended the session further down the pack.

 

At 9am local time on Wednesday the lights went green for the third session of the test. With the track still damp, the field first rolled out on wet tyres but soon switched as conditions improved. Zak had a very strong three hours, with the Cheltenham-based racer putting in a flyer of a lap that placed him in P2 at the chequered flag, just 0.006 of a second off P1.

 

A shorter lunch session meant the drivers were almost immediately back in the car, with the final three hours of the test ahead of them. On this occasion the track was completely dry and the temperature warming. O’Sullivan was able to beat his previous best time, setting a strong 1:30.023. The 17-year-old rounded off the session, and test, just outside the Top 10 in P11.

 

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Zak’s coach, Kieren Clark of Kokoro Performance, said: “These were a good few days of testing, and most importantly there was a huge amount learnt. We hope to continue this trajectory of improvement in Barcelona in just over a week’s time.”

 

Formula 3 will return to the track on 15th April for another in-season test, this time in Barcelona, before returning to racing action in Imola a week later.