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06/02/11
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MW Arden dominate in Hungary  Bottas quickest this afternoon, but Australian team MW Arden top three out of four sessions at GP3 Series mid-season test in Hungary.

The cool morning temperatures at the Hungarian track on day 2 of mid-season testing meant when the lights turned green and the pitlane opened that all the drivers fed out onto the track for their initial installation laps, before swiftly returning to the pits and switching to new tires. 

James Calado was the first driver to post a quick time on new rubber, but soon after the Lotus ART driver found himself swapping fastest lap times with Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims, MW Arden’s Mitch Evans and Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller – the latter setting a laptime over half a second quicker than yesterday’s fastest man Lewis Williamson. But, with less than thirty minutes gone in the session, the Scot was back on top and continuing his good form from the previous day. Müller was bumped down to second ahead of Calado, Evans, Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Carlin’s Conor Daly. 

For the remainder of the session, times were mostly static as once again the teams largely used the three hours of this morning to develop a good understanding of the Pirelli P Zero soft slick tires and concentrate on setups rather than quick times. Williamson’s quickest laptime of 1:37.528 remained unbeaten, and Quaife-Hobbs improved to second. Müller, Calado, Evans, Sims, Daly, Tom Dillmann, Simon Trummer and Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top ten. Quaife-Hobbs was later demoted to fifth after it was deemed he exceeded track limits whilst setting his quickest time.

The afternoon session was busy with teams working on race simulations and setups ahead of Round 3 in Valencia, Spain at the end of the month. Once again Williamson was first to top the time sheet for MW Arden, and for the first hour the Scotsman was closely followed by Dillmann, Evans and Series leader Nigel Melker. The Status Grand Prix duo of Antonio Felix Da Costa and Sims then hit the track and moved up to third and fourth respectively. Lap times were mostly static until midway through the session when Müller knocked Williamson into second, but it was short lived as the Scot was quick to fight back and reclaim his place at the top. 

As the final hour approached, the temperature dropped and the long anticipated rain arrived at the Hungaroring. However, the wet weather was short lived and soon enough the cars trickled back out on track during the final hour. With the checkered flag in sight, it looked like Williamson had topped his second session of the day, but in the dying minutes Lotus ART’s Bottas put together the perfect lap to snatch the top spot on his final flying lap in 1:38.410. Williamson had to settle for second ahead of his teammate Trummer, Müller, Vainio and the third MW Arden car of Mitch Evans.

GP3 Series will be back on track on 16-17th June for the second mid-season test in Valencia, Spain.

Morning session times:

Pos No. Name Team Laps Best Diff
1 28 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 36 1:37.528 0.000
2 7 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 19 1:37.761 0.233
3 3 James Calado Lotus ART 17 1:37.771 0.243
4 26 Mitch Evans MW Arden 27 1:37.812 0.284
5 10 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 23 1:37.849 0.321
6 4 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 26 1:37.971 0.443
7 14 Conor Daly Carlin 23 1:38.057 0.529
8 23 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 25 1:38.062 0.534
9 27 Simon Trummer MW Arden 31 1:38.071 0.543
10 2 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 16 1:38.090 0.562
11 24 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 24 1:38.103 0.575
12 11 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 32 1:38.115 0.587
13 15 Daniel Morad Carlin 36 1:38.150 0.622
14 5 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 25 1:38.159 0.631
15 31 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 26 1:38.168 0.640
16 17 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 33 1:38.199 0.671
17 30 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 24 1:38.216 0.688
18 19 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 27 1:38.231 0.703
19 12 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 23 1:38.271 0.743
20 20 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 20 1:38.343 0.815
21 9 Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS GP 24 1:38.365 0.837
22 1 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 25 1:38.426 0.898
23 6 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 38 1:38.502 0.974
24 29 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 34 1:38.600 1.072
25 8 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 32 1:38.830 1.302
26 16 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 32 1:38.910 1.382
27 22 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 30 1:38.975 1.447
28 21 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 26 1:39.092 1.564
29 18 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 22 1:39.361 1.833
30 25 Fernando Monje Addax Team 33 1:39.452 1.924


Afternoon session times:

Pos No. Name Team Laps Best Diff
1 2 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 25 1:38.410 0.000
2 28 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 14 1:38.441 0.031
3 27 Simon Trummer MW Arden 13 1:38.449 0.039
4 7 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 21 1:38.618 0.208
5 17 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 29 1:38.683 0.273
6 26 Mitch Evans MW Arden 12 1:38.812 0.402
7 30 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 11 1:38.868 0.458
8 23 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 16 1:38.911 0.501
9 29 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 17 1:38.964 0.554
10 31 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 12 1:38.999 0.589
11 5 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 18 1:39.011 0.601
12 10 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 12 1:39.068 0.658
13 4 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 13 1:39.110 0.700
14 1 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 25 1:39.119 0.709
15 14 Conor Daly Carlin 19 1:39.147 0.737
16 12 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 12 1:39.205 0.795
17 3 James Calado Lotus ART 28 1:39.300 0.890
18 24 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 8 1:39.391 0.981
19 22 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 11 1:39.402 0.992
20 6 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 18 1:39.413 1.003
21 16 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 30 1:39.562 1.152
22 25 Fernando Monje Addax Team 11 1:39.657 1.247
23 21 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 7 1:39.707 1.297
24 11 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 14 1:39.720 1.310
25 8 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 18 1:39.808 1.398
26 20 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 15 1:39.834 1.424
27 9 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 12 1:39.949 1.539
28 15 Daniel Morad Carlin 15 1:40.013 1.603
29 19 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 24 1:40.267 1.857
30 18 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 24 1:40.923 2.513
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