GP3

Carlos Saninz jr estoril 2013

CARLOS SAINZ Jr QUICKEST AGAIN IN ESTORIL

MW Arden rookie Carlos Sainz Jnr fastest in first pre-season GP3 test
 
Carlos Sainz Jr made it two out of two after posting the best laptime for the second day in succession with David Fumanelli (Trident) who was fastest in the morning session. It was another trouble-free day with the GP3/13 car with 833 laps covered in Estoril by the full grid of 27 drivers.
 
After a very successful opening day of testing with the second generation car, day two of the pre-season test at Circuito Estoril got underway on a wet track after heavy rain early in the morning. Strong winds made for difficult conditions as the drivers continued to learn about the new machine.
 
Koiranen GP’s duo Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus were first to set the pace until fastest man from yesterday morning, Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) topped the timesheets. There were several brief interruptions with red flags after spins for Ethan Ringel (Bamboo Engineering), Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Jimmy Eriksson (Status Grand Prix) and Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) as they dealt with the slippery track.
 
With an hour remaining of the morning session, the track began to dry as the drivers ventured onto slicks. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly went P1, with plenty of action occurring as the Jenzer Motorsport pairing of Patric Niederhauser and Alex Fontana clocked first and second on the timings. The final five minutes saw Fumanelli steal the show with a best laptime of 1:29.428. At the close of the morning test the top ten finished as Fumanelli, Niederhauser, Fontana, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Vainio, Ellinas, Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix).
 
The sun shined upon the Estoril track for the afternoon session as the winds got up, with Koiranen GP’s Korjus heading the times from Ellinas and Giovanni Venturini (Trident) after one hour. There were two changes to the afternoon line-up with Melville McKee taking over from Adderly Fong at Status Grand Prix and Ryan Cullen replacing Lewis Williamson in the Bamboo Engineering car.
 
At the midway point Ellinas reclaimed the top of the standings, as the rain clouds began menacingly moving in. With thirty minutes remaining Daly rose to P1 a tenth quicker than the Cypriot before the session had a short halt to proceedings when Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) spun. Fifteen minutes to go and it was Sainz Jr who rose to the top four tenths faster than the American with a 1:27.6 whilst Venturini and Ellinas moved up demoting Daly to fourth. At the chequered flag it was Sainz Jr, Venturini, Ellinas, Daly, Kvyat, Korjus, Fontana, Fumanelli, Harvey and Regalia.

Formula 1

Force India Sutil test barca 2013

ADRIAN SUTIL ON HIS RETURN TO FORMULA 1

Sahara Force India continued testing in Barcelona as Adrian Sutil spent a day helping the team with its winter test programme. Jules Bianchi will be in the car for the final day of running tomorrow.
 
Adrian Sutil: “It was a good day and nice to be back in a Formula One car once again. We started off by doing some aero work this morning when the track was quite cold and green. Later on we moved to some performance work and tyre testing, and feeling all the different Pirelli compounds was something quite new for me. It’s been almost a year and a half since I last drove, but I found that I was able to get back up to speed quickly and set some good times before lunch. In the afternoon we did some long runs and also introduced the hard compound tyre, which feels quite different to the soft and mediums.”
 
Jakob Andreasen, Chief Race Engineer
“It has been a long time since Adrian last worked with the team, but he did an excellent job of getting used to the car and was on the pace straight away. His feedback was good and it was interesting to hear the thoughts of a driver who has not been in a Formula One car for a while. He was very detailed with his comments and provided some good direction for us. The programme was similar to the previous couple of days with aero work, long runs and performance work using the hard, medium and soft tyres. For tomorrow the weather forecast is looking uncertain, but we will design our technical programme to be ready for every eventuality.”