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CONOR DALY ON TOP ON DAY ONE IN BARCA…

ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly sets the pace on day one in Spain
 
The American Conor Daly recorded the quickest time of the day with a 1:34.578 which was 3.5 seconds faster than the best lap set in the GP3/10 car in 2012 as GP3 Series had another successful day with the second generation car with the full grid of 27 drivers continuing to learn in the new GP3 machine. Marussia Manor Racing’s Nick Cassidy topped the timesheets in the morning.
 
The Circuit de Catalunya hosted the second official pre-season test in damp conditions after rain had fallen overnight. After 20 minutes the drivers ventured onto the track on slicks and then the heavens opened with light rain. This was tricky for the drivers as it was too wet for slick Pirelli tyres but there was not enough water on track for use of wets, therefore Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP), Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) and Carlos Sainz Jnr (MW Arden) were the only drivers to post a laptime. Kevin Korjus made it a Koiranen GP one-two after popping in the second fastest time, as the sunshine broke through and the track began to dry. There were two brief interruptions as David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped on circuit with technical gremlins.
 
Local favourite Sainz Jnr went top in the closing stages before Korjus reclaimed his position at the head of the standings. Soon after Cassidy set the best time of the morning in a 1:34.924.Korjus, Sainz Jnr, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Ellinas, Vainio, Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering), Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport), Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) completed the top ten at the chequered flag.
 
Following the two hour break, heavy clouds hung over the circuit threatening to downpour but the sun fought through. There were several stoppages in the afternoon session including Vainio spinning into the gravel and technical gremlins for Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport).
 
ART Grand Prix teammates Regalia and Jack Harvey set the pace at the midway point of the session until Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) shot to P1 with Nick Yelloly (Carlin) a mere 0.069s shy of the Russian. The final 30 minutes was like a qualifying session and was hotly contested as the drivers fed onto the track with new tyres.
 
Ellinas put in a flier with a 1:34.710 as the clock ticked down until American Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) went a tenth quicker to finish the day fastest as Cassidy snuck into P3 as the chequered flag came out. Daly, Ellinas, Cassidy, Fontana, Yelloly, Regalia, Fumanelli, Kvyat, Sainz Jnr and Korjus rounded out the top ten.
 
Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) commented: “We had a lot to figure out with the new GP3/13 car at the first test in Estoril and I believe now we have found a great set-up and a nice balance to achieve that one important hot lap. I am extremely happy and it was a nice surprise to be P1. I feel really positive about the second generation car, it’s much more fun to drive and certainly makes you question yourself before you add more power. I love having more speed!”
 
Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 with a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 CET.

Motorsports Mondial

Sebastian Vettel fastest in final practice at Monza.

Fernando Alonso settles for second in front of the Tifosi.

ART on the front row for tomorrow’s GP2 feature race.

Esteban Gutierrez sets fastest time in GP3 free practice at Monza.

Schumacher offers to help framing of new team order rules.

Pos  Driver         Team                    Time               Laps
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault        1:22.839            27
 2.  Alonso         Ferrari                 1:22.915  + 0.076   32
 3.  Massa          Ferrari                 1:23.061  + 0.222   20
 4.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes        1:23.154  + 0.315   22
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1:23.210  + 0.371   38
 6.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault        1:23.415  + 0.576   23
 7.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1:23.708  + 0.869   31
 8.  Kubica         Renault                 1:23.709  + 0.870   32
 9.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth       1:23.852  + 1.013   30
10.  Rosberg        Mercedes                1:23.857  + 1.018   29
11.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1:24.181  + 1.342   35
12.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes    1:24.380  + 1.541   36
13.  Petrov         Renault                 1:24.407  + 1.568   21
14.  Schumacher     Mercedes                1:24.448  + 1.609   29
15.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:24.517  + 1.678   35
16.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari          1:24.547  + 1.708   32
17.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari          1:24.785  + 1.946   31
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1:25.106  + 2.267   24
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth          1:26.204  + 3.365   38
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth          1:26.306  + 3.467   41
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth         1:26.631  + 3.792   31
22.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth         1:26.676  + 3.837   25
23.  Yamamoto       HRT-Cosworth            1:29.498  + 6.659    5
24.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth                                 3

Motorsports Mondial

Alexander Rossi dominates in Barcelona.

The American driver kept his head and made the perfect start from pole position disappearing into the distance and leading home Lucas Foresti and teammate Esteban Gutierrez.

Having qualified a lowly 28th on Saturday Rossi had powered his way through the field in Race 1 finishing in the coveted eighth spot to start on pole for today’s race. When Michael Christensen missed his grid spot it meant a second formation lap for Race 2, leaving Rossi with another long wait whilst the 30-strong field lined up behind him, but the American kept his cool and his race was won from the start. Check out www.gp3series.com for further race information.

Stay tuned to Motorsports Mondial with Nasir Hameed for more news from Barcelona.