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Jun 28

Sainz sets the pace in Free Practice in Silverstone

MW Arden’s Carlos Sainz fastest in opening session

GP3 - Carlos Sainz (MW Arden)Spaniard Carlos Sainz started his Silverstone weekend in the best possible style by topping the timesheets in Free Practice for Round 3 of the 2013 GP3 Series season.

Local favourites Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) and Nick Yelloly (Carlin) finished second and third.

After heavy rain had fallen throughout the day, the skies were clear when the 45 minute session got underway with only fine drizzle in the air. The 27 cars took to the track to test out the conditions with Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus leading the pack.

Williamson and Sainz were first to head the standings until Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) continued to light the timing screens in purple for a succession of laps as he improved on his time to hold P1. ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey was close in pursuit, shooting to P2 before having a minor run-off after his hot lap.

Yelloly flew to the top of the timesheets, the first driver into the 1m51s barrier at the midway point of the session before fellow Brit’ Williamson demoted him down a position. Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) was caught out by the track conditions and had a 360 degree spin but was able to continue. His teammate Ryan Cullen also had a brief excursion off track as the circuit began to dry out. Jenzer Motorsport’s Samin Gomez stopped on the circut and had a premature end to her practice session.

With seven Brits in the 2013 GP3 line-up, it was Harvey’s turn to clock the quickest lap, until his teammates’ Conor Daly and Facu Regalia went P1 and P2. Williamson became the first driver to lap in the 1m47s but it was Sainz who went one better in the final minutes to record a laptime of 1:47.432 which was yet to beaten before the chequered flag came out.

Williamson ended the session second, ahead of Yelloly, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden, Daly, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Regalia.

Qualifying takes place at 08.45 GMT tomorrow morning with the weather forecast suggesting for drier, warmer conditions. Let’s see what Silverstone brings us for the rest of the weekend!

Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:47.432
16
2.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:47.871
16
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:47.877
17
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:48.113
12
5.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:48.187
15
6.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:48.303
17
7.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.307
15
8.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.686
14
9.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:48.815
18
10.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:48.879
13
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:48.884
14
12.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:48.887
14
13.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.924
16
14.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:49.045
16
15.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.250
19
16.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:49.389
14
17.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:49.547
17
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:49.791
16
19.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:50.265
12
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:50.272
15
21.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:50.426
13
22.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:50.805
8
23.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:51.314
17
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:51.675
17
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:52.878
16
26.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:53.051
10
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:56.136
17

 source: GP3 Series