British F3 - Alumni news: Novalak impresses at FIA F3 Barcelona season opener

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Alumni news: Novalak impresses at FIA F3 Barcelona season opener

Alumni news: Novalak impresses at FIA F3 Barcelona season opener

Monday 10 May 2021

Clement Novalak sits in third place in the FIA Formula 3 standings, after a competitive showing in the season opener at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

The 2019 BRDC British F3 champion qualified seventh for the main Sunday feature race, and claimed a podium in the first contest of the season on Saturday with a strong drive to second. He followed that up with fourth place in race two, and then sixth in Sunday’s event.

A haul of 28 points from the weekend was the result, and the Frenchman is just six points off the championship summit.

He commented: “We were consistent. Being P7 in quali, it was more about damage limitation. Even though that doesn’t sound bad, you are hoping to be higher up all of the time. The points scoring opportunities did come my way though and I think that we took them all this weekend.

“We’ve got a lot of data from this weekend to analyse, especially from a race run point of view. The overtakes looked cool on screen, but they were pretty hard to achieve because we never really nailed sector 3, so there are definitely things to look into in testing.

“We will crunch the data that we got this weekend and use the two days to get the car even more in the window, so that when we get to Paul Ricard, we are on the pace pretty much straight away.”

Reigning British F3 champion Kaylen Frederick made his FIA F3 debut at Barcelona and showed a decent turn of pace, operating within a second of the front runners throughout the weekend.

Two decent opening races saw the American finish outside the points but firmly in the scrap with the midfield drivers, while a strong start to race three saw him gain several places in the opening laps, only to suffer a puncture which dropped him to the tail of the field.

FIA F3 is back in action at Paul Ricard on 25-27 June. This year’s BRDC British F3 champion will receive a two day FIA F3 test with Carlin and Hitech GP at the end of the season.

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