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06/01/11
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MW Arden's Williamson leads the way in GP3 testing
Lewis Williamson was the fastest man on track at the Hungaroring, after setting the best time of 1:38.330 on day one of official GP3 Series testing.

The GP3 Series teams gathered for the first of two mid-season tests, and were greeted with cool but dry conditions in Hungary. RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Michael Christensen set the benchmark time for the rest of the field this morning, and the Dane topped the time sheets until the mid-way mark when his time was bettered by GP3 rookie and race winner Mitch Evans. The MW Arden driver’s 1:38.508 lap on fresh tires went unbeaten for the remainder of the uninterrupted morning session, with Christensen holding on to second spot. Five hundredths of a second behind in the closely matched session was Nico Müller – just one second covered the top seventeen drivers. Teammates Valtteri Bottas and James Calado showed Lotus ART’s speed by posting the fourth and fifth quickest times respectively.

Despite predictions of rain, by the start of the afternoon session, conditions had improved considerably and the drivers were treated to blue skies above. One of the stories of the 2011 season so far has been the Pirelli tires, and how well the thirty young drivers have been managing their rubber out on track. It was a quiet afternoon as teams worked hard on adjusting their car set-ups and finding a good balance with the new Pirelli P Zero soft slick tires ready for when they make their race debut in Valencia later this month.

It was RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker who was planted firmly at the top of the timesheet for the first half of the afternoon, until Müller took the reins at the half-way marker by just 0.006 seconds in his Jenzer machine. As the session entered its final hour, the drivers started swapping old Pirelli rubber for new, and the inevitable last minute shootout began. Chaves was first to make his move, and snatched the top spot until Williamson put in a flying lap to go quickest. But the Scot didn’t have it all his own way, and with just minutes remaining Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had a briefly spell leading the pack, until Williamson reclaimed the top spot. Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims grabbed second, pushing Quaife-Hobbs into third, and James Calado showed Lotus ART’s speed in fourth. Tom Dillmann did a good job on his GP3 return finishing the session in fifth, with Antonio Felix Da Costa, Michael Christensen, Nigel Melker, Bottas and Aaro Vainio rounding out the top ten.

GP3 Series will be back on track tomorrow for the second and final day of testing at Hungaroring.

Morning session:

Pos No. Name Team Laps Best Diff
1 26 Mitch Evans MW Arden 25 1:38.508 0.000
2 30 Michael Christensen RSC Mücke Motorsport 20 1:38.823 0.315
3 7 Nico Müller Jenzer Motorsport 17 1:38.879 0.371
4 2 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 26 1:39.036 0.528
5 3 James Calado Lotus ART 21 1:39.108 0.600
6 5 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 32 1:39.111 0.603
7 19 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 24 1:39.140 0.632
8 24 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 23 1:39.166 0.658
9 28 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 21 1:39.244 0.736
10 17 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 23 1:39.257 0.749
11 10 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 16 1:39.289 0.781
12 29 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mücke Motorsport 25 1:39.296 0.788
13 23 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 28 1:39.357 0.849
14 31 Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport 14 1:39.373 0.865
15 15 Daniel Morad Carlin 26 1:39.418 0.910
16 27 Simon Trummer Jenzer Motorsport 24 1:39.466 0.958
17 4 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 33 1:39.498 0.990
18 1 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 23 1:39.589 1.081
19 6 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 29 1:39.590 1.082
20 22 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 24 1:39.720 1.212
21 20 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 18 1:39.762 1.254
22 14 Conor Daly Carlin 31 1:39.859 1.351
23 9 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 22 1:39.869 1.361
24 11 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 24 1:39.888 1.380
25 21 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 14 1:39.953 1.445
26 16 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 31 1:40.651 2.143
27 25 Fernando Monje Addax Team 25 1:41.125 2.617
28 8 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 16 1:41.148 2.640
29 12 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 18 1:41.169 2.661
30 18 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 29 1:41.389 2.881


Afternoon session:

Pos No. Name Team Laps Best Diff
1 28 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 33 1:38.330 0.000
2 4 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 27 1:38.462 0.132
3 10 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 21 1:38.487 0.157
4 3 James Calado Lotus ART 37 1:38.626 0.296
5 23 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 20 1:38.660 0.330
6 5 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 26 1:38.747 0.417
7 30 Michael Christensen RSC Mücke Motorsport 26 1:38.777 0.447
8 31 Nigel Melker RSC Mücke Motorsport 25 1:38.847 0.517
9 2 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 36 1:38.854 0.524
10 17 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 23 1:38.860 0.530
11 7 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 35 1:38.936 0.606
12 24 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 21 1:39.050 0.720
13 27 Simon Trummer MW Arden 37 1:39.137 0.807
14 19 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 18 1:39.189 0.859
15 14 Conor Daly Carlin 32 1:39.220 0.890
16 16 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 26 1:39.244 0.914
17 21 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 18 1:39.315 0.985
18 29 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mücke Motorsport 32 1:39.323 0.993
19 22 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 34 1:39.514 1.184
20 15 Daniel Morad Carlin 20 1:39.592 1.262
21 20 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 21 1:39.636 1.306
22 9 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 34 1:39.673 1.343
23 12 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 26 1:39.820 1.490
24 11 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 22 1:39.867 1.537
25 6 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 31 1:39.979 1.649
26 1 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 14 1:40.067 1.737
27 25 Fernando Monje Addax Team 19 1:40.093 1.763
28 18 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 29 1:40.180 1.850
29 26 Mitch Evans MW Arden 26 1:40.248 1.918
30 8 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 36 1:40.532 2.202
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