The final FIA Formula 3 post-season test of 2020 has just concluded in Jerez, and Igor Fraga can be pleased with another positive performance.
After 169 laps over four sessions, spread across both days of the Jerez test, Fraga managed to set the 11th fastest time of all in a rapid session this morning, as well as topping a session.
Tuesday morning’s session belonged to Jack Doohan, who set the quickest time by just over 0.2s from Dennis Hauger. Both drivers are, like Fraga, part of the Red Bull Junior outfit, and drive for Trident and championship-winning Prema respectively. Fraga had to settle for 8th overall, just behind fellow Hitech newcomer Johnathan Hoggard, 0.43s from the front.
Time tumbled in the afternoon session, and Fraga’s 2020 team-mate at Charouz, Roman Stanek, ended up fastest in the ART, by under 0.05s from the Prema of Arthur Leclerc. Hoggard placed third, with Fraga again eighth but 0.36s away.
The very fastest times came in Wednesday morning’s session, with the majority of the field now into the 1:29 range; Stanek’s fastest Monday time would have placed 21st! Again, this session saw Doohan top the timesheets with a 1:29.0, just ahead of Trident team-mate Clement Novalak, with Fraga in 11th on a 1:29.6.
For the afternoon running, teams appeared to focus on race runs, and this meant Fraga’s early 1:30.0 lap was good enough for the quickest time in the session — despite a 55-lap run equivalent to three races in one afternoon.
The checkered flag in that session ended the 2020 season, and while F3’s plans for 2021 have yet to be announced it certainly appears that Fraga fans have a lot to look forward to next year!