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Lotus ART’s rookie Valtteri Bottas was the fastest man out on track today, after setting the best time of 1:38.004 on day two of official GP3 Series testing at Circuit de Catalunya.

In a change to yesterday’s bright and sunny conditions, the teams had to contend with much lower temperatures at the Spanish circuit today with a maximum of just 16 degrees in the morning session. When the pitlane opened all the teams were quick to hit the track and make the most of the cooler conditions. Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims was first to get to grips and post a quick time. The British driver was briefly knocked off the top spot by RSC Mücke Motorsport’s sophomore Nigel Melker until just twenty minutes into the session when Bottas set his first quickest laptime of the morning.

The Finn then put in a succession of quick laps, and at one point was six tenths quicker than second place driver and teammate Pedro Nunes. Their fellow Lotus ART driver James Calado was also in the mix, along with Nico Müller, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Lewis Williamson. But no-one could match Bottas’s time before the chequered flag dropped signalling the end of the session. Melker hung on to second spot, followed by rookie Andrea Caldarelli for Tech 1 Racing and Müller.  

The afternoon session was a quiet one as the teams worked on race simulations and setups ahead of the season opener next month in Istanbul, Turkey. Williamson was first to top the time sheets for MW Arden, until forty-five in when Lotus ART’s Nunes moved ahead with a 1:39.917 lap. Tom Dillmann, Calado, and Felix Da Costa joined the two young drivers to head the thirty strong field. As the final hour approached, the temperature had improved at the Spanish track and the sun was shining once more. Nunes’ time remained unbeaten until Sims knocked the Brazilian into second with thirty minutes left on the clock.

Once again drivers made a last minute dash to the track with new Pirelli rubber, and Bottas continued to dominate in his #2 Lotus ART car. The Finn posted a 1:39.335 lap with the rest of the field unable to match his pace. Williamson continued his good form in second ahead of Rio Haryanto in third for Marussia Manor Racing. Calado, Da Costa, Muller, Caldarelli, Sims, Nunes and Mitch Evans rounded out the top ten. 

The test will continue tomorrow at 09:00 am local time.

Morning session times:

POS # DRIVER TEAM LAP  TIME  GAP  KPH  LAPS
1 2 Valtteri BOTTAS LOTUS ART 11 1:38.004 171.0 50
2 31 Nigel MELKER RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 11 1:38.192 +0.188 170.7 35
3 18 Andrea CALDARELLI TECH 1 RACING 15 1:38.396 +0.392 170.3 36
4 7 Nico MULLER JENZER MOTORSPORT 28 1:38.436 +0.432 170.2 38
5 28 Lewis WILLIAMSON MW ARDEN 21 1:38.488 +0.484 170.2 45
6 10 Adrian QUAIFE-HOBBS MARUSSIA RACING 9 1:38.517 +0.513 170.1 27
7 24 Gabby CHAVES ADDAX TEAM 13 1:38.551 +0.547 170.0 36
8 3 James CALADO LOTUS ART 12 1:38.576 +0.572 170.0 44
9 30 Michael CHRISTENSEN RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 16 1:38.675 +0.671 169.8 23
10 5 Antonio Felix DA COSTA STATUS GRAND PRIX 17 1:38.683 +0.679 169.8 44
11 25 Daniel MORAD ADDAX TEAM 19 1:38.689 +0.685 169.8 42
12 1 Pedro NUNES LOTUS ART 12 1:38.694 +0.690 169.8 40
13 26 Mitch EVANS MW ARDEN 18 1:38.696 +0.692 169.8 31
14 17 Aaro VAINIO TECH 1 RACING 12 1:38.743 +0.739 169.7 23
15 4 Alexander SIMS STATUS GRAND PRIX 15 1:38.785 +0.781 169.6 54
16 27 Simon TRUMMER MW ARDEN 17 1:38.788 +0.784 169.6 40
17 12 Matias LAINE MARUSSIA RACING 20 1:38.794 +0.790 169.6 34
18 11 Rio HARYANTO MARUSSIA RACING 21 1:38.823 +0.819 169.6 35
19 9 Vittorio GHIRELLI JENZER MOTORSPORT 29 1:38.887 +0.883 169.5 34
20 19 Tamas PAL KISS TECH 1 RACING 11 1:38.910 +0.906 169.4 23
21 20 Marlon STOCKINGER ATECH CRS GP 29 1:38.945 +0.941 169.4 32
22 21 Nick YELLOLY ATECH CRS GP 16 1:39.024 1,020 169.2 27
23 16 Leonardo CORDEIRO CARLIN 17 1:39.119 1,115 169.1 38
24 8 Maxim ZIMIN JENZER MOTORSPORT 18 1:39.208 1,204 168.9 27
25 22 Zoel AMBERG ATECH CRS GP 16 1:39.235 1,231 168.9 25
26 6 Ivan LUKASHEVICH STATUS GRAND PRIX 16 1:39.265 1,261 168.8 45
27 29 Willi STEINDL RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 9 1:39.295 1,291 168.8 35
28 14 Conor DALY CARLIN 30 1:39.666 1,662 168.1 46
29 23 Thomas HYLKEMA ADDAX TEAM 12 1:39.774 1,770 168.0 43
30 15 Tom DILLMANN CARLIN 21 1:39.282   168.8 33

 Afternoon session times:

POS #  DRIVER TEAM  LAP  TIME  GAP  KPH  LAPS
1 2 Valtteri BOTTAS LOTUS ART 17 1:39.335 168.7 23
2 28 Lewis WILLIAMSON MW ARDEN 40 1:39.574 +0.239 168.3 41
3 11 Rio HARYANTO MARUSSIA MANOR 35 1:39.660 +0.325 168.2 38
4 3 James CALADO LOTUS ART 19 1:39.742 +0.407 168.0 24
5 5 Antonio Felix DA COSTA STATUS GRAND PRIX 17 1:39.747 +0.412 168.0 22
6 7 Nico MULLER JENZER MOTORSPORT 18 1:39.772 +0.437 168.0 22
7 18 Andrea CALDARELLI TECH 1 RACING 35 1:39.812 +0.477 167.9 38
8 4 Alexander SIMS STATUS GRAND PRIX 17 1:39.826 +0.491 167.9 26
9 1 Pedro NUNES LOTUS ART 3 1:39.917 +0.582 167.7 30
10 26 Mitch EVANS MW ARDEN 45 1:39.941 +0.606 167.7 45
11 10 Adrian QUAIFE-HOBBS MARUSSIA MANOR 26 1:39.992 +0.657 167.6 26
12 27 Simon TRUMMER MW ARDEN 38 1:40.048 +0.713 167.5 41
13 15 Tom DILLMANN CARLIN 11 1:40.101 +0.766 167.4 25
14 20 Marlon STOCKINGER ATECH CRS GP 49 1:40.157 +0.822 167.3 50
15 19 Tamas PAL KISS TECH 1 RACING 31 1:40.173 +0.838 167.3 34
16 12 Matias LAINE MARUSSIA MANOR 35 1:40.182 +0.847 167.3 39
17 24 Gabby CHAVES ADDAX TEAM 26 1:40.212 +0.877 167.2 29
18 31 Nigel MELKER RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 31 1:40.245 +0.910 167.2 45
19 8 Maxim ZIMIN JENZER MOTORSPORT 33 1:40.275 +0.940 167.1 38
20 25 Daniel MORAD ADDAX TEAM 8 1:40.303 +0.968 167.1 31
21 17 Aaro VAINIO TECH 1 RACING 26 1:40.308 +0.973 167.1 30
22 21 Nick YELLOLY ATECH CRS GP 23 1:40.334 +0.999 167.0 27
23 14 Conor DALY CARLIN 27 1:40.371 +1,036 167.0 31
24 9 Vittorio GHIRELLI JENZER MOTORSPORT 19 1:40.407 +1,072 166.9 34
25 6 Ivan LUKASHEVICH STATUS GRAND PRIX 11 1:40.564 +1,229 166.6 46
26 30 Michael CHRISTENSEN RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 30 1:40.706 +1,371 166.4 42
27 16 Leonardo CORDEIRO CARLIN 30 1:40.710 +1,375 166.4 32
28 22 Zoel AMBERG ATECH CRS GP 37 1:40.829 +1,494 166.2 39
29 29 Willi STEINDL RSC MUCKE MOTORSPORT 34 1:40.908 +1,573 166.1 40
30 23 Thomas HYLKEMA ADDAX TEAM 12 1:41.549 +2,214 165.0 33