Mitch Evans (MW Arden)

MW Arden’s Mitch Evans fastest in Free Practice for Monaco

It was Mitch Evans who was quickest as GP3 took to the famous streets of Monaco for the first time in the Series’ history. The drivers were eager to get to grips with the tricky track for their maiden visit to the Principality. The session ran in dry conditions after rain earlier in the afternoon had threatened to spoil the drivers’ first attempts around the challenging street circuit.

As the 26 drivers encountered the twisty turns of Monte Carlo for the very first time (excluding Kevin Ceccon who has previous experience at Monaco) it was time to get familiar with the demanding course and test their limits. Carlin’s Antonio Felix Da Costa was the first man to set a lap time and was the early pace setter, quickly followed by his team mate William Buller.

The session was a lively one with everyone wanting to maximise the forty minutes of vital track time with positions swapping at the top continuously. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas shot to P1 before Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio took his turn at the top of the timesheets.

At the midway point, it was Evans who went quickest, taking over from Felix Da Costa. With 8 minutes to go Daly rose to P2 and the Portuguese ace reclaimed his place back at the top of the standings. However, Evans became the only driver to break into the 1.28s barrier and set the fastest time of  practice, seven tenths faster than his Carlin rival to end the session on top.

The practice was red flagged with two minutes remaining after Buller spun and stopped on track. As the clock ran down, the positions remained unchanged with Daly in P3, ahead of Vainio, Ceccon, Alex Brundle, David Fumanelli, Daniel Abt, Matias Laine and Marlon Stockinger.

Qualifying will be split into two groups (odd numbered cars and evens) and each session will run for 14 minutes. The fastest driver overall will take pole position and the session will start at 07.40 CET Friday morning.

Practice

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:28.492

21

2. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:29.207

23

3. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:29.289

20

4. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:29.442

20

5. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:29.648

14

6. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:29.730

23

7. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:29.876

21

8. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:29.953

20

9. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:29.991

19

10. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:29.994

19

11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.267

21

12. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:30.394

20

13. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:30.424

21

14. William Buller Carlin 1:30.534

21

15. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:30.581

22

16. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 1:30.927

20

17. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:31.429

21

18. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:31.460

20

19. Jakub Klasterka Jenzer Motorsport 1:31.524

22

20. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 1:32.074

21

21. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:32.265

21

22. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:32.285

18

23. John Wartique Atech CRS GP 1:32.405

20

24. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:32.460

21

25. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:32.886

10

26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:34.583

19