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Feb 20

Sainz Jr fastest as second generation GP3 car makes its debut

MW Arden’s Carlos Sainz Jr quickest in first official 2013 pre-season test in Estoril

GP3 - Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing)GP3 - Carlos Sainz Jr (MW Arden)The long winter is over! The GP3/13 car made its eagerly anticipated first appearance for the inaugural official pre-season test at Circuito Estoril today. With a full grid of 27 drivers, the new car has already proven to be a success with a trouble free day and already more than 3 seconds faster than its previous generation on the same track. Two teams join the Series: Koiranen GP from Finland and Bamboo Engineering from the UK.

The atmosphere in the pitlane was electric with nerves and excitement amongst the teams and drivers as expectations were high. Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) made history becoming the first driver to fire up the new 400hp car and venture onto the circuit. The roar of the engine was an incredible sound as it marked the start of the 2013 GP3 Series season.

The drivers got to grips with the demands of the GP3/13 car setting installation laps and gaining a feel of the car and its limits. Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) was first to set the pace, with Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP), David Fumanelli (Trident) and Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) rounding out the top four for the early part of the session.

Russian Kvyat then topped the timesheets with a laptime a tenth shy of the previous track record until the final ten minutes when Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) flew to P1 to set a best lap of 1:29.396 breaking the previous GP3 track record. At the chequered flag it was Ellinas, Kvyat, Fumanelli, Carlos Sainz Jr (MW Arden), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Lichtenstein, Korjus, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden), Emanuel Zonzini (Trident) and Vicky Piria (Marussia Manor Racing) completing the top ten.

The temperatures dropped following the two hour break as Aaro Vainio shot to P1 after lapping in a 1:28.971 which set a new precedent. Fumanelli posted a hot lap to head the timings until Kvyat marched to the top of the timesheets with a 1.27.616, nearly three quarters of a second faster than the Italian.

At the start of the last hour there was a brief red flag for Ethan Ringel (Bamboo Engineering) after he spun. In the final fifteen minutes, Kvyat’s teammate Sainz Jr claimed P1 setting the day’s best of 1;26.815 over 8 tenths faster. At the chequered flag it was Sainz Jr, Kvyat, Ellinas, Fumanelli, Korjus, Visoiu, Giovanni Venturini (Trident), Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) and ART Grand Prix teammates Facu Regalia and Conor Daly finalising the top ten.

MW Arden’s Carlos Sainz Jr said: “I am really happy today, this was my first time driving Circuito Estoril and I am P1. So many people had said how difficult the GP3/13 car would be to drive and they were right! I was so surprised with the amount of power and speed, in particular through the corners. It’s very challenging for us and it’s a very good feeling driving a car with 400hp, we had a great base to start with so we will see what we can achieve.”

GP3 Series Technical Director Didier Perrin commented: “Today has been a big success. The car looks beautiful, it sounds fantastic and as anticipated it’s much quicker than the GP3/10. We have achieved over 650 laps on day one of testing. With more power, the car will be much more demanding for drivers’ therefore I am very confident that when we arrive in Barcelona for the first round, we will produce an even better show and a high level of exciting competition.”

Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 with a two hour break. The afternoon session will run from 14.00 – 16.00 CET.

Day 1: Morning
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1: 29.396
13
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:30.302
15
3.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:30.605
16
4.
Carlos Sainz Jr
MW Arden
1:31.283
12
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:31.351
17
6.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:31.388
19
7.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:31.780
13
8.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:31.787
13
9.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:31.808
13
10.
Vicky Piria
Marussia Manor Racing
1:31.960
16
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:32.162
19
12.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:32.467
11
13.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:32.584
20
14.
Roberto La Rocca
Bamboo Engineering
1:32.780
7
15.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:34.241
4
16.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:54.042
1
17.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
30:45.100
2
18.
Ethan Ringel
Bamboo Engineering
56:27.375
1
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
2:20.016
1
20.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
-
0
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
-
0
22.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
-
0
23.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
-
0
24.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
-
0
25.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
-
0
26.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
-
0
27.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
-
0
 
 
Day 1: Afternoon
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz Jr
MW Arden
1:26.816
29
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:27.616
27
3.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:27.681
19
4.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:27.714
26
5.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:27.846
25
6.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:27.871
24
7.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:28.021
30
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.068
42
9.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:28.112
27
10.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:28.309
28
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:28.509
21
12.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:28.614
24
13.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:28.791
19
14.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:28.844
28
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:29.019
28
16.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:29.029
26
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:29.159
28
18.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:29.201
30
19.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:29.417
27
20.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:29.682
35
21.
Vicky Piria
Marussia Manor Racing
1:29.816
27
22.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:29.852
27
23.
Ethan Ringel
Bamboo Engineering
1:30.266
27
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:30.477
26
25.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:30.694
29
26.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:31.142
9
27.
Roberto La Rocca
Bamboo Engineering
1:31.313
13
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

source: GP3 Series



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