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DATE News (chronologically)
07/22/11
gp3
Felix Da Costa sets the pace
Status Grand driver Antonio Felix Da Costa was the quickest man during the second of two Friday practice sessions, with the Portuguese driver finishing just 0.037 seconds ahead of Tom Dillmann.

After a tough weekend in Silverstone two weeks ago things have been steadily improving for Felix Da Costa since arriving at the German track. The 19-year-old set his best laptime at the midway point of the session and the remainder of the field unable to match his pace. 

The field hit the track once again in gloomy and cold conditions, but thankfully the threatened rain held off and the drivers were able to stay on Pirelli’s P Zero slick tires. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was the first driver to set a quick time during a frantic first half of the session, with James Calado, this morning’s quickest man Lewis Williamson, Aaro Vainio, Valtteri Bottas, Dillmann and the Status duo of Alexander Sims and Felix Da Costa all battling hard and swapping positions at the top of the timesheet.  

By the midway point Felix Da Costa had taken control of the session, and settled in to his top spot ahead of Dilmann in second. With five minutes remaining there were a few challenges throughout the field but none were able to match the Status man’s speed. Traffic also played a part with a rush on track in the dying minutes.

And so Felix Da Costa took top honors ahead of Dillmann, Sims, Bottas, Calado, Haryanto who improved on his final run, Williamson who also improved one spot, Mitch Evans, Aaro Vainio and Ivan Lukashevich. 

Next up for GP3 is qualifying tomorrow morning at 09:45 local time.

Practice 2 times:

POS NO DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 5 A. FELIX FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 1:50.104 13 
2 23 T. DILLMANN FRA Addax Team 1:50.141 13 0.037
3 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1:50.173 14 0.069
4 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 1:50.361 12 0.257
5 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 1:50.376 12 0.272
6 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 1:50.431 15 0.327
7 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 1:50.444 13 0.340
8 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 1:50.481 15 0.377
9 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 1:50.594 13 0.490
10 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 1:50.605 14 0.501
11 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:50.712 13 0.608
12 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.724 13 0.620
13 9 V. GHIRELLI ITA Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.746 14 0.642
14 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 1:50.912 13 0.808
15 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 1:50.940 13 0.836
16 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 1:51.025 14 0.921
17 19 T. PAL KISS HUN RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:51.032 14 0.928
18 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:51.076 14 0.972
19 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.099 14 0.995
20 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 1:51.099 14 0.995
21 1 P. NUNES BRA Lotus ART 1:51.107 12 1.003
22 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 1:51.342 14 1.238
23 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 1:51.346 14 1.242
24 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 1:51.378 13 1.274
25 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 1:51.471 13 1.367
26 29 L. BACHETA GBR RSC Mucke Motorsport 1:51.606 14 1.502
27 18 T. HYLKEMA NED Tech 1 Racing 1:51.708 8 1.604
28 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 1:52.022 15 1.918
29 15 C. MACLEOD GBR Carlin 1:52.136 13 2.032
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