Campos Racing drivers prove top form during FIA F3 collective testing in Barcelona

Boya set the fastest time overall over the course of the week, leading two out of the six sessions, while Goethe also topped another session. Montoya equally among the fastest, highlighting the high level of Campos Racing drivers

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The FIA Formula 3 championship had scheduled three days of collective testing this week at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as an intermediate step between the first two races of the season, held in Sakhir and Melbourne in March, and the third already on European soil next month. And based on what was seen during these three days at the Catalan track, Campos Racing drivers have once again been among the fastest on track.

The testing, which kicked off on Tuesday, began calmly with the drivers focused on completing installation laps to ensure everything was correct with their Dallara F3 cars. Thus, Campos Racing drivers completed 44 laps to start the afternoon session with full confidence. In the afternoon session, Boya placed second in the standings with a best time of 1m28.625s, narrowly behind Gabriele Minì. Colombian driver Montoya, also among the top ten, set a time of 1m28.921s. As for Goethe, he recorded a best time of 1m29.359s.

On the second day, Boya was to become the benchmark in terms of pure performance. The driver from Vall d’Aran completed a lap in 1m26.646s, beating Leonardo Fornaroli by 33 thousandths of a second and setting the fastest time of the week. Goethe, who was fourth in that session, also lapped under the 1m27s barrier with a time of 1m26.908s, highlighting the great equality prevailing. Meanwhile, Montoya rounded off the top ten with his best effort of 1m27.336s. In the afternoon, with a focus on long runs, Campos Racing cars continued to set the pace. At the end of the session, Goethe led the way for Campos Racing with a time of 1m28.213s, while Boya finished in seventh position with a lap of 1m28.706s.

On the last day, Thursday, rain overnight delayed the arrival of optimal track conditions. But Boya regained the lead with a time of 1m27.034s, securing first place ahead of his teammate Goethe, second with a time of 1m27.107s in his Red Bull-liveried Dallara. Montoya, on the other hand, set a personal best of 1m27.919s in the morning. In the afternoon, lap times were slower and no one could challenge Campos Racing's morning times. Ultimately, both Boya and Goethe ended up among the fastest once again with laps of 1m31.470s and 1m31.731s respectively. Montoya also had a solid day's work confirmed by a lap of 1m32.121s.

Following these tests, all efforts are now focused on analysing the data collected to prepare the third round of the series at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola on 18-19 May.