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10/13/10
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Nico Müller quickest for Jenzer in Estoril GP3 test
Nico Müller dominated in both post-season test sessions at Circuit Estoril in Portugal today, showing the rest of the field that he means business in his fight to become the next GP3 Series champion.

There was a mixture of old and new faces in the GP3 paddock today, as the teams gathered for the first time since the season finale in Monza just over four weeks ago. As expected it was the seasoned drivers who dominated the majority of the morning session, whilst the rookies got to grips with their new machines in the rising Portuguese heat.

After making the switch to Addax Team for the test, Roberto Merhi spent nearly all of the session sitting pretty at the top of the time sheets until Müller set his quickest time of the day 1:32.581 to take the number one spot with just a few minutes remaining. GP3 podium finisher Miki Monras was quick to get to settle in at his new team Addax and finished the session second whilst ART Grand Prix’s James Calado made an impressive debut for the French outfit finishing in third spot – the quickest rookie of the morning.

Temperatures continued to rise during the afternoon session as the newcomers started to find their feet around the 4.182 km track. Manor Racing’s Conor Daly, who led for most of the afternoon, Atech CRS GP’s Tamas P’al Kiss and Marlon Stockinger, MW Arden’s Matias Laine and Carlin’s Rupert Svendsen-Cook all found themselves in the top ten before the GP3 old-timers hit the track on new tires in the dying minutes. Müller, who finished the Series third in the drivers’ standings for Jenzer last season, then set his quickest time of the day 1:32.198 to snatch the top spot once again. Tamas P’al Kiss was the quickest rookie of the afternoon. 

Despite being dropped down the final pecking order it was an impressive display from the new drivers, and tomorrow looks set to be an even closer scrap.

Five red flags interrupted proceedings during the day: two were caused when newcomer Hugo Valente spun his #27 Tech 1 Racing car, and also spinning was Rupert Svendsen-Cook in his Carlin racer. Manor Racing’s Thomas Hylkema and Adrien Tambay stopped out on track. 

The test will resume tomorrow at 9:00 am local time.

Full afternoon session times:

Pos

Car # Team Driver Laps Time
1 25 Jenzer Motorsport Nico Muller 40 1:32.198
2 19 Addax Team Roberto Mehri 35 1:32.201
3 30 Atech CRS GP Tamas P'al Kiss 32 1:32.218
4 10 RSC Mucke Nigel Melker 41 1:32.286
5 4 Status Grand Prix Christensen 32 1:32.294
6 8 Manor Racing Adrien Tambay 26 1:32.312
7 1 ART Grand Prix James Calado 37 1:32.406
8 31 Atech CRS GP Marlon Stockinger 26 1:32.471
9 16 Carlin Felix da Costa 36 1:32.502
10 15 Carlin Josef Newgarden 31 1:32.511
11 24 Jenzer Motorsport Zoel Amberg 34 1:32.571
12 7 Manor Racing Conor Daly 37 1:32.622
13 17 Addax Team Miki Monras 29 1:32.646
14 29 Atech CRS GP Nick Yelloly 39 1:32.657
15 18 Addax Team Adriano Buzaid 38 1:32.678
16 22 MW Arden Mitch Evans 29 1:32.714
17 28 Tech 1 Racing Aaro Vainio 39 1:32.736
18 5 Status Grand Prix Dean Smith 38 1:32.799
19 3 ART Grand Prix Pedro Nunes 39 1:32.810
20 26 Tech 1 Racing Doru Sechelariu 28 1:32.924
21 23 Jenzer Motorsport Vittorio Ghirelli 37 1:32.962
22 12 RSC Mucke Willi Steindl 44 1:33.010
23 20 MW Arden Matias Laine 46 1:33.034
24 14 Carlin Svendsen -Cook 19 1:33.088
25 9 Manor Racing Thomas Hylkema 34 1:33.157
26 2 ART Grand Prix Rio Haryanto 29 1:33.167
27 21 MW Arden Simon Trummer 26 1:33.205
28 27 Tech 1 Racing Hugo Valente 20 1:34.397
29 6 Status Grand Prix Kotaro Sakurai 18 1:35.357
30 11 RSC Mucke Andrina Gugger 41 1:35.520

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