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Marussia F1 unveil the MR03
Marussia F1 unveil the MR03

JEREZ DAY THREE—

RED BULL: Despite intense work overnight to correct the issues that caused the team to halt it’s programme early yesterday, Infiniti Red Bull Racing had to again cease track activities this afternoon. Daniel Ricciardo completed a handful of laps in the RB10 before issues similar to yesterday’s forced him to stop. The team will now spend the remainder of today investigating the causes in order to ready the RB10 for tomorrow.

Race Engineering Co-ordinator Andy Damerum: “We worked hard yesterday to make the changes it was felt were necessary to overcome the problems we identified and we were hopeful of a more successful day today. Unfortunately, the measures we took only partially solved the issue and, as with yesterday, it’s more sensible to stop and dig deeper into finding a solution. It’s obviously not where we want to be and naturally the whole team is frustrated by these issues. However, we’re pretty good at bouncing back from this type of thing. This is where the whole team pulls together and I’m sure we will get these problems fixed.”
FORCE INDIA:
Nico Hulkenberg: “It’s difficult to give a lot of feedback after my first day in the car because most of my time was spent doing mapping and data collection with some constant speed runs. So I’ve yet to really get a feel for the car. My first impressions are that the new era of Formula One feels very different to the car I drove in Brazil last year. It’s a very different sensation, but you have to remember this is very early days and there is a lot more to come. Things will evolve quickly over the next few weeks because the car is very much a work in progress and we still have lots to learn.”

 
Andrew Green, Technical Director
“We’ve definitely had more downtime that we would have liked today, but ironing out reliability issues is the priority during this first week of testing. We are still working through operational checks with the car and it’s a slow process with both physical inspection and data analysis every time the car runs. Each issue that we resolve represents progress and in that regard we’ve taken several more important steps on the road to getting the VJM07 ready for the first race of the season.”
WILLIAMS F1 TEAM:

Rod Nelson, Chief Test & Support Engineer: Today Felipe was in the car and he’s done quite a bit of work in the simulator at the factory, so it was good to get his comments on the real thing as opposed to the digital version. We got some really good feedback and have a clear direction to go in from both our drivers this week despite the slightly limited mileage. We are working through our system tests here in Jerez and are coming across a few issues which we are resolving. Overall, we are relatively happy with the progress we are making.

Felipe Massa: It was a new experience for me today. The first day with a new car is always very exciting but adding to that changing teams, all the new faces and the new place, it made it even more exciting for me. Unfortunately we didn’t do the amount of laps we wanted to do today but it’s pretty acceptable for the first days of testing considering all the rule changes with the car. The car feels very different to what we used to have in many areas. You need to understand how to drive with the engine, the chassis, the tyres and the turbo, but it’s fun! There will be a lot of improvements we can make up before the first race and throughout the championship. Performance is important but I think reliability will be a key issue to think about for the first race. I’m happy with how I have been welcomed into the team as everyone has been very kind and professional. I’m really happy and I know we have a lot of work to do to fix the little issues we have, but I think we can have a good championship together. It’s also my first experience with a different engine manufacturer and it’s been really great working with Mercedes. I’m really happy with the new power unit and the way the team work so it’s going to be interesting. Overall, I’m very happy with my first day.

GP3

Ellinas wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

ELLINAS WINS SEASON FINALE IN ABU DHABI—

He started the season with a win and he ends the year on the top step of the podium – that’s the story of Tio Ellinas’ 2013 with Marussia Manor Racing. After making a great start from P2, the Cypriot stormed into the lead and took the chequered flag ahead of Koiranen GP rookie Dean Stoneman who in his maiden GP3 weekend, achieved a remarkable podium. ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly was third.
 
Patrick Kujala started from reverse pole but it was the experienced Ellinas who made the better getaway and stole P1. Stoneman moved into second with Daly in third, whilst Kujala dropped to fourth. Newly crowned GP3 Champion Daniil Kvyat made up one place to P7 as he attempted to carve his way through the field.
 
Jack Harvey wasted no time in passing Kujala whilst all eyes were on the battle between Carlin’s Nick Yelloly who had his hands full keeping the Russian champion behind him. On lap three, the MW Arden driver found his way through past the Brit and set his sights on his next prey. After three laps Ellinas managed a three second advantage back to Stoneman and Daly.
 
On lap 5, Kvyat overtook Kujala and his next target was the ART Grand Prix duo. Yelloly and Alexander Sims began to hunt down Finnish rookie Kujala as a train of six 6 cars joined in the fun. The Carlin pair got the better off the Koiranen GP driver and soon began setting purple sectors.
 
Meanwhile the top five began to really close up and with two laps to go it was all to play for with Ellinas’ lead reduced to under a second. Harvey could see a chance for the rostrum and tried everything to pass his teammate Daly on the final lap but it wasn’t enough. Ellinas crossed the line and punched the air with joy to take his third GP3 career win, just two tenths ahead of Stoneman with Daly securing the final spot on the rostrum. Harvey held off a chasing Kyat for P4, with Yelloly, Sims and Zamparelli completing the points scorers.
 
2013 GP3 Series Champion Kvyat finished the season with a tally of 168 points, with Argentine Facu Regalia second in the standings on 138 after a no score today. Third place trophy will go to American Daly on 126 with Ellinas and Harvey on 116 and 114 rounding out the top five.
 
ART Grand Prix who celebrated their triumph yesterday of four consecutive team champions’ trophies, finished the season with 378 points, with MW Arden and Koiranen GP on 278 and 207 apiece.
 
The season is now over and what a memorable year it has been! The reigning GP3 Champion will graduate to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, again showing the competiveness of the Series, we look forward to another thrilling GP3 Series in 2014.  
 
Abu Dhabi– Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
3.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
5.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
8.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
12.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
13.
Robert Cregan
Trident
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
19.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
20.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
21
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
22
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
23
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
24.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
26.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Nick Yelloly- Carlin: 1 :58.487 on lap 11

GP3

Kvyat flies to maiden pole in Monza

Kvyat flies to maiden pole in Monza—
 
MW Arden duo of Daniil Kvyat and Robert Visoiu lock-out the front row—
 
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat set a laptime of 1:36.933 to achieve his debut pole in the category and finish over half a second quicker over his nearest rival, teammate Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver will join Kvyat on the front row in his best qualifying of the season with title contender Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) heading the second row in P3. Kvyat’s flier was over seven seconds faster than the 2012 pole time set with the previous generation car.
 
The 30 minute session was filled with anticipation with four vital points up for grabs in the chase for the elusive GP3 crown. Another hot day greeted the 27 drivers as they lined up, eager to be in contention for pole position. Carlos Sainz and Lewis Williamson led the way with the Spaniard first to lap in the 1m37’s early on.
 
Kvyat demoted his teammate to take provisional pole, again showing good pace after topping yesterday’s Free Practice session. At the midway point, most drivers returned to the pits for new rubber and make set-up changes. The Russian driver was busy lighting up the timing screen as he lapped in the 1m36’s to set the target to his competitors by a large margin of half a second.
 
Ellinas was one of the big movers in the final minutes, shooting up to P3 behind Kvyat and Visoiu. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly in P5 was also trying to improve but ran wide over the kerbs which sent his car into a spin and a premature halt to his session. His teammate Alexander Sims also had an excursion into the gravel, whilst home favourite David Fumanelli (Trident) stopped at Turn 2 which was covered by yellow flags.
 
At the chequered flag, Kvyat enjoyed his maiden pole with his teammate Visoiu in tow. Ellinas can concentrate on reclaiming his lead in the GP3 title proceedings with a strong qualifying in third ahead of Sims, Yelloly, Sainz, Conor Daly, Series leader Facu Regalia, Kevin Korjus and Williamson.
 
Action is guaranteed in Race 1, which starts at 17.20 CET later today as the quest for the GP3 title rises another notch…
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:36.933
14
2.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:37.444
15
3.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.526
14
4.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:37.580
13
5.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:37.602
12
6.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:37.619
15
7.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:37.708
11
8.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:37.715
11
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:37.723
13
10.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
1:37.942
12
11.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:37.991
14
12.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:38.111
11
13.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.113
13
14.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:38.141
14
15.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:38.388
13
16.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:38.419
15
17.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:38.450
12
18.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:38.495
14
19.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:38.522
12
20.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:38.566
12
21.
Aaro Vainio*
Koiranen GP
1:38.606
13
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:38.615
14
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:38.660
13
24.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:38.934
14
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
1:39.312
13
26.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:39.474
13
27.
Carmen Jorda**
Bamboo Engineering
1:40.218
14
 
 
 
 
 
*Vainio has a 5 place grid penalty following an incident in Spa Race 2.
**Jorda has a 10 place grid penalty following Free Practice in Monza
 

GP3

David Fumanelli

DAVID FUMANELLI FASTEST ON FINAL DAY OF TESTING AT SILVERSTONE – 

Trident’s David Fumanelli tops timings on day 2 in Silverstone
 
Italian racer David Fumanelli posted the fastest time of the Silverstone two-day test with a 1:45.213 set in the morning session. This was a very impressive lap as it was a mammoth 4.9 seconds quicker than the GP3 lap record set in Silverstone last year, again showing the performance and speed of the new GP3/13 car and providing a very positive conclusion to pre-season testing. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) was quickest in the afternoon session.
 
It was another bitterly cold day at the Northamptonshire circuit as the drivers braved the conditions for the final day of testing in temperatures of just two degrees. The MW Arden duo of Robert Visoiu and Carlos Sainz Jnr, along with ART Grand Prix drivers’ Jack Harvey and Facu Regalia were first to set competitive lap-times. Spaniard Sainz Jnr broke into the 1m46s barrier early on with a half a second advantage over Fumanelli.
 
There was a short halt in proceedings when Bamboo Engineering’s Carmen Jorda spun, once the action resumed, Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio made his way to the top of the timings. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track which brought the second red flag of the day. Marussia Manor Racing’s Dino Zamparelli flew to P1 with the quickest time of the two-day test at that point before Regalia demoted the Brit’ to P2 and became the first driver to dip into the 1m45s, 3 tenths faster.
 
With one hour left on the clock, all eyes were on Fumanelli as he posted a stunning laptime to go 6 tenths clear of the Argentine. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Sainz Jnr rose to P3 and P4 whilst there was a third red flag with a second spin for Jorda in the final moments of the session.
 
The order at the chequered flag was Fumanelli, Regalia, Fontana, Sainz Jnr, Zamparelli, Vainio, Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing).
 
Most drivers in the afternoon session concentrated on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to go P1 until Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) and Ellinas shot to the top of timesheets at the midway point. With just over one hour remaining, Regalia went fastest until Ellinas reclaimed back his position at the head of the timings.
 
Conor Daly moved up the order, posting the fourth quickest time as the minutes ticked down. Standings at the chequered flag were Ellinas, Regalia, Harvey, Daly, Venturini, Cassidy, Nick Yelloly, Vainio, Zamparelli and Korjus.
   
Jenzer Motorsport’s Samin Gomez did not participate in the test today due to illness.
 
The opening round of the 2013 season gets underway at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona on 11-13 May and it promises to be a thrilling season with the introduction of the second generation car.
 
 
Day 2: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:45.213
24
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:45.855
25
3.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.040
31
4.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.107
25
5.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.157
27
6.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.226
24
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.262
16
8.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.281
21
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.282
23
10.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.336
31
11.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.350
28
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:46.399
36
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:46.406
19
14.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.437
25
15.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.468
20
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:46.526
32
17.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:46.539
20
18.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.888
35
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.039
33
20.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.312
11
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:47.388
23
22.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:47.869
18
23.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:48.380
21
24.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:48.754
22
25.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.760
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.519
17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Day 2: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:45.821
20
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.194
33
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.266
34
4.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:46.407
28
5.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:46.440
37
6.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.476
21
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.483
32
8.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:46.496
15
9.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.543
18
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:46.650
14
11.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:46.876
27
12.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.004
22
13.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.056
23
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.109
37
15.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Engineering
1:47.385
30
16.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.480
24
17.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:47.514
24
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.629
36
19.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:48.036
31
20.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.115
20
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.234
44
22.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
1:48.276
23
23.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:48.731
24
24.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.918
18
25.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
1:50.540
21

 

GP3

Tio Ellinas GP3 test 2013

TIO ELLINAS ON TOP AT SILVERSTONE
Tio Ellinas recorded the fastest time in the afternoon session on day one of the official pre-season test at the Northamptonshire circuit. The Cypriot’s quickest time of 1:46.211 was 3.9 seconds quicker than the previous GP3 record set by Mitch Evans here in 2012 with the first generation car. Carlos Sainz Jnr set the best time in the morning session.
 
Very chilly temperatures greeted the GP3 paddock for the final two-day pre-season test. The sun may have been shining but with ground temperatures below zero as the test begun, the full grid of 27 drivers set their installation laps and returned to the pits and waited for the winds to die down and for the track to warm up.
 
Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Nick Cassidy (Marussia Manor Racing) were the first two drivers to set times in the 1m47’s with a hype of activity in the last hour with the majority of drivers braving the big freeze. Ellinas and David Fumanelli (Trident) shot to the head of the timings until Spaniard Sainz Jnr went half a second quicker than the Cypriot to end the morning on top.
 
At the chequered flag it was Ellinas, Fumanelli, Fontana, Cassidy, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and the Koiranen GP duo of Aaro Vainio and Kevin Korjus.
 
Following the two hour lunch break, the session got underway with an early red flag for Regalia who stopped on the circuit whilst teammate Jack Harvey topped the timesheets. Melville McKee (Bamboo Racing) was P1 at the midway point when Luis Sa Silva (Carlin) ran wide at Becketts and kissed the barrier, whilst Fumanelli stopped on circuit which both caused small interruptions to proceedings.
 
Yelloly rose to P2 as the wind increased making driving conditions difficult. Regalia posted the best time of the day while Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) ran wide at Chapel at the latter stages of the day as there was a brief stoppage covered by red flags. With one minute left on the clock, Ellinas went a mere 0.036s faster than the Argentine to claim P1.
 
The final times saw Ellinas, Regalia, Yelloly, Ellinas, Harvey, McKee, Fumanelli, Robert Visoiu, Fontana, Korjus and Conor Daly, with the top ten drivers covered by a second.
 
Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00 GMT.
 
 
Day 1: Morning Session
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz Jnr
MW Arden
1:46.795
10
2.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.389
10
3.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:47.490
11
4.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.700
24
5.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.850
13
6.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.904
13
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:47.942
14
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.047
14
9.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:48.238
7
10.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:48.242
15
11.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.370
13
12.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:48.493
15
13.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.545
12
14.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:48.796
12
15.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Racing
1:48.889
13
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:49.025
15
17.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:49.484
15
18.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:49.546
13
19.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Racing
1:49.633
12
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:49.644
16
21.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:49.725
15
22.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:50.566
12
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Racing
1:52.684
13
24.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:52.887
10
25.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1
26.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1
27.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1
 
 
Day 1: Afternoon Session*
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:46.211
29
2.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:46.247
31
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:46.540
37
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:46.664
23
5.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Racing
1:46.719
20
6.
David Fumanelli
Trident
1:46.774
24
7.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:47.027
32
8.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.050
28
9.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:47.143
18
10.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:47.177
33
11.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:47.345
32
12.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:47.391
30
13.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:47.402
29
14.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
1:47.474
30
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:47.698
11
16.
Felipe Guimaraes
Bamboo Racing
1:47.731
25
17.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:47.924
25
18.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
1:47.983
18
19.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
1:48.305
34
20.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:48.322
24
21.
Nick Cassidy
Marussia Manor Racing
1:48.755
23
22.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:48.977
9
23.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
1:49.146
11
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:50.517
15
25.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.890
15
26.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Racing
1:51.457
21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*Carlos Sainz Jnr’s times deleted after his MW Arden car was found underweight
 

GP3

Conor Daly barca 2013

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.