Antonio Felix Da Costa (Carlin)

Carlin’s Antonio Felix Da Costa fastest in an eventful Free Practice

Round 4 of the GP3 Series opened with a rain soaked Silverstone for Free Practice and it was Antonio Felix Da Costa who set the early pace to finish P1 with a laptime of 2:11.463.

The heavens opened up over the circuit as the drivers took to the track for their installation laps and it was MW Arden’s David Fumanelli who was first out. As the rain poured down throughout the session it gave the drivers their first opportunity to run with the Pirelli wet tyres and test their limits ahead of qualifying tomorrow morning.

With the treacherous conditions, visibility was very poor for the 27 drivers with the vast amount of spray, thus creating a lively session with many drivers finding themselves spinning and some having a premature end to their free practice.

Atech CRS GP driver Tamas Pal Kiss topped the timesheets largely for the most part with Felix Da Costa, Alex Brundle (Carlin) and Mitch Evans (MW Arden) in pursuit. There were several drivers who ended up beeched in the gravel including Alice Powell, David Fumanelli and Robert Visoiu who had to return to the pits on foot.

Felix Da Costa grabbed P1 from the Hungarian until Evans took over at the top of the standings. Pal Kiss then shot to the head of the timings with Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser rising to second in the final moments. With ten seconds remaining on the clock, it was Felix Da Costa who went quickest by 0.373s, with Pal Kiss second, ahead of Evans, Niederhauser, Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) and Conor Daly (Lotus GP). Kevin Ceccon saved his best efforts until the chequered flag was due to drop as he jumped up to P7, in front of Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix), Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Brundle.

Qualifying takes place Saturday at 08.30 am.

Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 2:11.463

16

2. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 2:11.836

18

3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 2:12.308

18

4. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 2:12.984

17

5. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 2:13.433

12

6. Conor Daly Lotus GP 2:13.468

16

7. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 2:13.667

16

8. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 2:13.969

17

9. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 2:14.583

17

10. Alex Brundle Carlin 2:14.595

16

11. Matias Laine MW Arden 2:15.418

17

12. William Buller Carlin 2:15.550

10

13. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 2:15.601

9

14. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 2:16.229

15

15. David Fumanelli MW Arden 2:16.285

8

16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 2:17.078

16

17. Facu Regalia Jenzer Motorsport 2:17.848

17

18. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 2:18.177

16

19. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 2:18.369

18

20. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 2:18.822

16

21. Fabio Gamberini Atech CRS GP 2:19.651

8

22. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 2:21.265

10

23. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 2:21.415

7

24. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 2:21.834

4

25. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 2:22.854

13

26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 2:26.610

9

27. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology

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