Qualifying was run in 23 degrees under the strong early morning sunshine with the new class of GP3 Series – full largely of rookies eager to make a positive first impression. MW Arden’s David Fumanelli was the first driver onto the circuit, with the other 25 drivers following hot in pursuit.
Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas headed the timesheets early on with Alex Brundle then setting an identical lap time with the drivers setting times in the 1’39s. Mitch Evans (MW Arden) then shot to P1, just 0.077s quicker at the midway point in front of Felix Da Costa, Daniel Abt and Marlon Stockinger.
With the drivers returning to the pits to make their final changes in the closing part of qualifying, the pressure was on to get a good and clear lap to gain the best qualifying position ready for Race 1 this evening. Lotus GP’s Daly took provisional pole with less than 5 minutes remaining until Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser went faster.
But it was to be Carlin Racing’s Felix Da Costa’s day, as he set the quickest time with a few minutes spare to line up on the front of the grid. Joining him on row one is Daly ahead of Aaro Vainio, Evans, Stockinger, Ellinas, Abt, Niederhauser, Matias Laine and Dmitry Suranovich. The top 15 drivers were covered by just one second, showing how fierce the competition is in this Series.
Race 1 will start at 17.20 CET later today.
|1.||Antonio Felix Da Costa||Carlin Racing||1:38.642||15|
|2.||Conor Daly||Lotus GP||1:38.720||12|
|3.||Aaro Vainio||Lotus GP||1:38.732||12|
|4.||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||1:38.835||14|
|5.||Marlon Stockinger||Status Grand Prix||1:38.867||15|
|6.||Tio Ellinas||Marussia Manor Racing||1:38.894||15|
|7.||Daniel Abt||Lotus GP||1:38.945||11|
|8.||Patric Niederhauser||Jenzer Motorsport||1:38.988||13|
|9.||Matias Laine||MW Arden||1:39.151||12|
|10.||Dmitry Suranovich||Marussia Manor Racing||1:39.164||14|
|11.||David Fumanelli||MW Arden||1:39.175||12|
|12.||Tamas Pal Kiss||Atech CRS GP||1:39.201||13|
|13.||Alex Brundle||Carlin Racing||1:39.228||13|
|14.||William Buller||Carlin Racing||1:39.512||13|
|15.||Robert Visoiu||Jenzer Motorsport||1:39.553||13|
|16.||Kotaro Sakurai||Status Grand Prix||1:39.701||14|
|17.||Antonio Spavone||Trident Racing||1:39.932||12|
|18.||Alice Powell||Status Grand Prix||1:40.002||13|
|19.||Fabiano Machado||Marussia Manor Racing||1:40.278||13|
|20.||John Wartique||Atech CRS GP||1:40.578||12|
|21.||Ethan Ringel||Atech CRS GP||1:40.640||12|
|22.||Jakub Klasterka||Jenzer Motorsport||1:41.053||14|
|23.||Robert Cregan||Ocean Racing Technology||1:41.112||13|
|24.||Carmen Jorda||Ocean Racing Technology||1:42.066||13|
|25.||Vicky Piria||Trident Racing||1:43:509||12|
|26.||Kevin Ceccon||Ocean Racing Technology||1:45.546||0|