Brazil led the FIA F3 tests at Bahrain

Brazil led the FIA F3 tests at Bahrain

Gabriel Bortoleto was the fastest in the last day of the Preseason

After two long months away from the racing cars the Brazilian driver Gabriel Bortoleto (Americanet | KTF Sports) landed last Monday in the city of Sakhir, capital of Bahrein, where, together with the Italian team Trident, participated in the pre-season of the FIA F3.

Exactly two weeks before the start of the Championship, which will take place on this same track in the Middle East,  Bortoleto and 29 other competitors were subjected to three days of intense work both on track and in the pits.

Coming from two seasons at FRECA, the São Paulo driver had already left an excellent impression in the post-season tests of 2022. On that occasion, at the track of Jerez de La Frontera – Spain, the 18-year-old showed rapid adaptation to the car and also to the new team. It should be noted that Gabriel has lived in Italy for 3 years and, in an Italian team, is literally feeling at home.

The track of the Bahrain International Circuit has a length of 5,412 meters, characteristics of medium-high speed and in all has four great straights permeated by 15 curves. Over the three days Bortoleto ran 147 laps completing nearly 800 km of testing.

Very dedicated and attentive to all the orientations passed by the team of engineers the final performance of Gabriel was being elevated every day. With different objectives at each entry on the track were made different tests of the car: in qualifying conditions and also in race mode. On the first day Gabriel closed with the 12th place, on the second day in fourth and today, closing the works, was the fastest of the track with the time of 1m47s417.

“I am very happy with all the work we have been able to do here at Bahrain. We set a detailed schedule at the team headquarters to test as many things as possible in these three days and tried to follow exactly what we planned. What makes me even more excited is that I can see that we have a very fast car, but we still have a good way to explore innovations that will certainly bring us even more performance. For my part, in driving, I feel that in at least two corners I can improve my performance and, with that, we get really ready for the first round, in two weeks. I’m going back to my house today and, tomorrow, I’ll be 100% focused on the analysis of all the data, as well as, I’ll be focused on my preparation in the simulator”, commented the driver from São Paulo.

The 2023 FIA F3 season begins on March 3-5 at Bahrain. The subscription channel Band Sports will broadcast the entire season, live, to the Brazilian public.

FIA F3 | 2023 – Calendar:

1st Stage – 03-05/March | Bahrain

2nd Stage – 31/March – 02/April | Australia

3rd Stage – 19-21/May | Imola

4th Stage – 25-28/May | Monaco

5th Stage – 02-04/June | Spain

6th Stage – 30/June – 02/July | Austria

7th Stage – 07-09/July | England

8th Stage – 21-23/July | Hungary

9th Stage – 28-30/July | Belgium

10th Stage – 01-03/September | Italy

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Responsible journalist: Flávio Quick