Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service
Red Bull’s GP3 drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat fired an early warning shot to the opposition by topping the timesheets in the first day of testing for the second generation car at Estoril today.
Sainz posted the day?s best time of 1m26.815s in the final 15 minutes, going exactly eight tenths of a second faster than his MW Arden teammate Kvyat.
?I am really happy today, this was my first time driving Circuito Estoril and I am P1,? said Sainz. ?So many people had said how difficult the GP3/13 car would be to drive and they were right!
?I was so surprised with the amount of power and speed, in particular through the corners. It?s very challenging for us and it?s a very good feeling driving a car with 400hp, we had a great base to start with so we will see what we can achieve.?
Tio Ellinas was close behind Kvyat in third place with Marussia Manor Racing as he looks to continue in the category for a second year after winning the 2012 season finale at Monza. The Cypriot had earlier topped the morning session with a 1m29.396s, enough to break the previous GP3 lap record at Estoril despite being the best part of three seconds slower than Sainz?s final time.
Only 13 drivers covered more than 10 laps in the morning as teams focussed on installation laps and overcoming some early teething troubles, but only two of the 27 cars clocked less than 19 laps during the afternoon.
David Fumanelli showed that being forced to switch from Arden to Trident Racing for his sophomore campaign would cause him no problem as he continued his strong testing pace from the end of 2012 with the day?s fourth best time.
Kevin Korjus was a promising fifth quickest on the Koiranen GP team?s first day of GP3 running ahead of the third Arden machine of Robert Visoiu. Giovanni Venturini, sporting new sponsorship from Indonesia on his Trident car, was seventh with Jenzer?s Patric Niederhauser in eighth. Facu Regalia finished up fastest of the three ART Grand Prix cars immediately ahead of teammates Conor Daly and Jack Harvey.
Series technical director Didier Perrin was pleased with the first day of running for the upgraded car.
?Today has been a big success,? he said. ?The car looks beautiful, it sounds fantastic and as anticipated it?s much quicker than the GP3/10. We have achieved over 650 laps on day one of testing. With more power, the car will be much more demanding for drivers? therefore I am very confident that when we arrive in Barcelona for the first round, we will produce an even better show and a high level of exciting competition.?
|1.||Tio Ellinas||Marussia Manor Racing||1:29.396||13|
|2.||Daniil Kvyat||MW Arden||1:30.302||0.906||15|
|4.||Carlos Sainz Jr||MW Arden||1:31.283||1.887||12|
|7.||Kevin Korjus||Koiranen GP||1:31.780||2.384||13|
|8.||Robert Visoiu||MW Arden||1:31.787||2.391||13|
|10.||Vicky Piria||Marussia Manor Racing||1:31.960||2.564||16|
|12.||Dino Zamparelli||Marussia Manor Racing||1:32.467||3.071||11|
|13.||Luis Sa Silva||Carlin||1:32.584||3.188||20|
|14.||Roberto La Rocca||Bamboo Engineering||1:32.780||3.384||7|
|15.||Patrick Kujala||Koiranen GP||1:34.241||4.845||4|
|16.||Adderly Fong||Status Grand Prix||–||1|
|17.||Lewis Williamson||Bamboo Engineering||–||2|
|18.||Ethan Ringel||Bamboo Engineering||–||1|
|19.||Jimmy Eriksson||Status Grand Prix||–||1|
|20.||Aaro Vainio||Koiranen GP||–||0|
|21.||Josh Webster||Status Grand Prix||–||0|
|22.||Alex Fontana||Jenzer Motorsport||–||0|
|23.||Patric Niederhauser||Jenzer Motorsport||–||0|
|24.||Samin Gomez||Jenzer Motorsport||–||0|
|25.||Jack Harvey||ART Grand Prix||–||0|
|26.||Facu Regalia||ART Grand Prix||–||0|
|27.||Conor Daly||ART Grand Prix||–||0|
|1.||Carlos Sainz Jr||MW Arden||1:26.816||29|
|2.||Daniil Kvyat||MW Arden||1:27.616||0.800||27|
|3.||Tio Ellinas||Marussia Manor Racing||1:27.681||0.865||19|
|5.||Kevin Korjus||Koiranen GP||1:27.846||1.030||25|
|6.||Robert Visoiu||MW Arden||1:27.871||1.055||24|
|8.||Patric Niederhauser||Jenzer Motorsport||1:28.068||1.252||42|
|9.||Facu Regalia||ART Grand Prix||1:28.112||1.296||27|
|10.||Conor Daly||ART Grand Prix||1:28.309||1.493||28|
|11.||Jack Harvey||ART Grand Prix||1:28.509||1.693||21|
|12.||Patrick Kujala||Koiranen GP||1:28.614||1.798||24|
|13.||Aaro Vainio||Koiranen GP||1:28.791||1.975||19|
|14.||Alex Fontana||Jenzer Motorsport||1:28.844||2.028||28|
|16.||Adderly Fong||Status Grand Prix||1:29.029||2.213||26|
|18.||Dino Zamparelli||Marussia Manor Racing||1:29.201||2.385||30|
|19.||Josh Webster||Status Grand Prix||1:29.417||2.601||27|
|20.||Samin Gomez||Jenzer Motorsport||1:29.682||2.866||35|
|21.||Vicky Piria||Marussia Manor Racing||1:29.816||3.000||27|
|23.||Ethan Ringel||Bamboo Engineering||1:30.266||3.450||27|
|24.||Luis Sa Silva||Carlin||1:30.477||3.661||26|
|25.||Jimmy Eriksson||Status Grand Prix||1:30.694||3.878||29|
|26.||Lewis Williamson||Bamboo Engineering||1:31.142||4.326||9|
|27.||Roberto La Rocca||Bamboo Engineering||1:31.313||4.497||13|