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Sep 06

Kvyat sets the pace in GP3 Free Practice at Monza

MW Arden duo of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz lead the way in Italy

GP3 - Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) Monza Free PracticeRussian Daniil Kvyat topped the timings in the official Free Practice for Round 7 of the 2013 GP3 Series season in Monza, Italy with a laptime of 1:37.715. MW Arden team mate Carlos Sainz was next along in P2, ahead of Carlin’s Alexander Sims.

The session opened up with high track temperatures of 37 degrees as the 27 drivers ventured around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. First out onto the circuit was Sainz, Robert Visoiu and David Fumanelli. Trident’s Fumanelli was first to lap in the 1m39’s before Kvyat, Kevin Korjus and Conor Daly bettered the Italian’s time.

Kvyat headed the timings by a mere 0.020s over Sims at the midway point, with the Russian GP3 winner again improving on his own personal best to increase his advantage. The drivers made their way into the pits towards the latter part of Free Practice, some to try new Pirelli tyres, whilst others concentrated on strategy and longer runs

Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson shot to P1 but only for a few seconds as Carlin’s Nick Yelloly lapped quicker. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) lit up the timing screen, setting the fastest first sector and a good middle, but went off into the gravel at Turn 11, ending his session

With just a few seconds left on the clock, Kvyat reclaimed his position back at the top of the timesheets to end fastest overall, just one tenth quicker than Sainz. At the chequered flag Sims took P3, ahead of Yelloly, Visoiu, Fumanelli, Alex Fontana, Williamson, Melville McKee and Giovanni Venturini.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning, this will be even more important with all eyes on the battle for the GP3 championship and with 4 points up for stake for claiming pole position, competition will be fiercer than ever…

Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:37.715
16
2.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:37.872
19
3.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:37.941
18
4.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:38.073
19
5.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:38.201
20
6.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:38.427
17
7.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.686
20
8.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.760
19
9.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.815
18
10.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:38.866
17
11.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:38.875
18
12.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:38.937
17
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:39.045
19
14.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:39.055
20
15.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:39.095
17
16.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:39.169
18
17.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.177
20
18.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:39.231
20
19.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:39.254
16
20.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:39.355
17
21.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:39.431
21
22.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.566
20
23.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:39.595
22
24.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:39.931
18
25.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:39.972
18
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:41.156
19
27.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:41.204
12

source: GP3 Series