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05/20/11
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Muller quickest in second free practice
Nico Müller made a return to the top of the GP3 Series time sheet today after setting the pace in this afternoon’s second practice session in Barcelona. The Swiss driver who finished third in the 2010 season standings grabbed the top spot from Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto by just 0.082 seconds.

Müller set his fastest lap just a few minutes into what was a relatively quiet session for the thirty young drivers. Rookie Tech 1 Racing’s Antonio Caldarelli showed his continued good form from Istanbul by going second quickest ahead of Lotus ART’s Pedro Nunes and Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. As was the case this morning, waved yellow flags briefly slowed down proceedings midway through the session when Quaife-Hobbs went off track and put an early end to his session.

When the track went green, Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas was the only driver to trouble the top spots, but despite pushing hard the Finn could only manage sixth spot behind his teammates James Calado and Nunes in fourth and fifth respectively. The session ended with Müller top ahead of Haryanto, Caldarelli, Calado, Nunes, Bottas, Quaife-Hobbs, Pal Kiss, Alexander Sims and Mitch Evans. The top twenty-two drivers ended the session within one second, giving a clear indication that we can expect a close battle for pole tomorrow morning.

The GP3 Series will be back on track tomorrow morning at 08:45 for qualifying.

Practice 2 times:

POS NO DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.791 13 0.000s
2 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.873 14 0.082
3 18 A. CALDARELLI ITA Tech 1 Racing 1:39.884 13 0.093
4 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 1:40.037 13 0.246
5 1 P. NUNES BRA Lotus ART 1:40.040 12 0.249
6 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 1:40.072 12 0.281
7 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.117 5 0.326
8 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 1:40.219 14 0.428
9 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1:40.303 15 0.512
10 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 1:40.312 15 0.521
11 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 1:40.314 8 0.523
12 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 1:40.349 14 0.558
13 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:40.372 12 0.581
14 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:40.399 12 0.608
15 9 V. GHIRELLI ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:40.426 13 0.635
16 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:40.449 13 0.658
17 15 N. YELLOLY CAN Atech CRS GP 1:40.576 15 0.785
19 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 1:40.624 14 0.833
20 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 1:40.705 13 0.914
21 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 1:40.773 14 0.982
22 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 1:40.789 14 0.998
23 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 1:40.809 16 1.018
24 23 D. STOREY NZL Addax Team 1:40.912 12 1.121
25 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 1:41.079 16 1.288
26 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 1:41.280 15 1.489
27 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 1:41.416 15 1.625
28 29 L. BACHETA GBR RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:41.929 7 2.138
29 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 1:42.021 13 2.230
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