Austria F3: Caldwell fastest as Doohan has time deleted

Olli Caldwell topped the timesheet in FIA Formula 3 practice in Austria after Jack Doohan had his time deleted.

Austria F3: Caldwell fastest as Doohan has time deleted

Doohan (Trident) set a 1m19.745s lap to go quickest after a tyre change towards the end of the session sent times tumbling.

But the lap was deleted for exceeding track limits, handing the lead to Prema Racing driver Caldwell.

Just 0.004s separated the top two with Hitech Grand Prix's Jak Crawford taking second and Charouz Racing System driver Logan Sargeant, the highest placed returning driver from last year, in third.

ART Grand Prix's Alexander Smolyar finished in fourth, with Prema driver Arthur Leclerc in fifth.

Championship leader Dennis Hauger, who won the first feature race of the season in Barcelona, only managed sixth place.

Smolyar set an early quick time of 1m21.531s, before Enzo Fittipaldi (Charouz Racing System) went top, shaving a tenth of Smolyar's time, before he too was pipped to the top spot by Dennis Hauger in the Prema car.

Caio Collet (MP Motorsport) was the first driver to break into the 1m20s, setting a 1m20.548 to go fastest, while others also broke into the bracket shortly after.

By the halfway point, Hauger led from Collet and his teammate Victor Martins, who sits second in the drivers championship.

Juan Manuel Correa (ART Grand Prix) was placed under investigation for breaching track limits, with others including Doohan having times deleted. Campos Racing driver Amaury Cordeel and David Schumacher (Trident) saw the black and white flag for their infractions.

With less than ten minutes to go, two of the top three were Prema drivers, with Collet in second.

With fresh tyres on at the end of the session, Caldwell became the first driver to set a 1m19s time, going fastest before Doohan beat him to the top spot before his time was deleted. 

The drivers will return to the grid this afternoon for qualifying, setting the grid for Sunday's feature race. The grid for Saturday's first sprint race will be set by reversing the top ten finishers in that session.

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