Aaro Vainio, Lotus GP.

Lotus GP’s Aaro Vainio sets the pace in Free Practice

Finland’s Aaro Vainio started his weekend in the best possible style by topping the timesheets for practice with a laptime of 1.37.396 which was nearly half a second faster than Antonio Felix Da Costa and Conor Daly.

Following last weekend’s race weekend in Hockenheim, the GP3 Series circus moves swiftly to Budapest in Hungary for Round 6. The Hungaroring area is known for its hot and humid climate and today was no exception with the free practice getting underway in high temperatures of 30 degrees.

Ocean Racing Technology’s Robert Cregan and Carmen Jorda were first out on the circuit which is famous for its twisty turns. In the first ten minutes of the session, Kevin Ceccon was leading the way ahead of Alice Powell. On his first lap, MW Arden’s Mitch Evans shot to P1 after 15 minutes had been completed with teammate Matias Laine and Lotus GP’s Daniel Abt close in pursuit.

Carlin’s Felix Da Costa then went quickest with Vainio jumping to P2. The Lotus GP driver became the first driver to break into the 1:37s barrier and displace the Portuguese driver at the top of the standings by nearly half a second. Status Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger was also on the move into P4 to knock down Evans to P5 whilst Vainio further enhanced his position at the top by improving on his best lap.

Vainio finished on top ahead of Felix Da Costa, Daly and Stockinger. William Buller rose to P5 in the final minute of the session, ahead of Evans, Abt, Tio Ellinas, Tamas Pal Kiss and Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver from Jenzer spun off at the final corner of practice which brought out the yellow flags as many drivers were trying to set purple sectors to move up the field.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning.

Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 1:37.396

12

2. Antonio Felix Da Costa Carlin 1:37.819

15

3. Conor Daly Lotus GP 1:37.934

12

4. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 1:37.973

13

5. William Buller Carlin 1:38.135

15

6. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1:38.171

14

7. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 1:38.235

14

8. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.352

15

9. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 1:38.393

14

10. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.397

14

11. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:38.516

16

12. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.517

13

13. Lewis Williamson Status Grand Prix 1:38.673

15

14. Alex Brundle Carlin 1:38.830

14

15. Matias Laine MW Arden 1:38.902

16

16. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.208

18

17. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 1:39.265

13

18. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 1:39.276

18

19. Facu Regalia Atech CRS GP 1:39.715

14

20. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.986

20

21. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 1:40.657

19

22. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 1:41.463

8

23. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 1:41.785

19

24. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 1:41.787

20

25. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 1:41.981

19

26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.825

19