Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) Estoril November

MW Arden rookie Daniil Kvyat edges out Ellinas on day one

Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat set the pace on day one after posting the quickest laptime overall with a 1:30.902. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas was fastest in the morning session and second in the afternoon, a tenth behind the MW Arden driver.

The final post-season test was hosted in glorious sunshine and warm temperatures at Circuito do Estoril, Portugal. As the drivers made their way onto the circuit to set installation laps, it was Lotus GP’s Alex Brundle who set the early benchmark an hour into the session. There was an early red flag after Mario Marasca (Trident Racing) spun at turn eight. Once the session resumed, Ellinas jumped to the top of the timesheets, a tenth quicker than Brundle and David Fumanelli (MW Arden), with Lewis Williamson (Atech CRS GP) close in pursuit.

A small spin for Miki Weckstrom (Status Grand Prix) and a technical issue for Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) saw brief interruptions with the red flag, whilst Kvyat performed well as best rookie. The Russian driver continuously improved throughout the session and shot to P1 with thirty minutes left on the clock, two tenths quicker than the Cypriot.

Ellinas fought back to reclaim his place at the top of the standings by a mere 0.027s to close the morning session. Kvyat finished P2 ahead of Fumanelli, Brundle, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden), Williamson, Adderly Fong (Marussia Manor Racing) and Jack Harvey (Carlin).

As the heat rose in the afternoon following the two hour break, Brundle topped the times before Kvyat and Ellinas popped in quicker laps to lead proceedings. Alex Fontana spun his Jenzer Motorsport car, thus damaging the front wing which created a red flag at the midway point. With just over a hour remaining, Harvey clocked a lap 0.077s faster than Kvyat to snatch P1 as the times tumbled.

Williamson set a flier in the final 30 minutes to go half a second quicker than Harvey with Argentine Eric Lichtenstein shooting up to P2. Positions swapped every minute with the times improving on the morning session and it was Ellinas on a mission to take P1, his best efforts knocking Williamson off the top spot by just over a tenth of a second. The action wasn’t done with Kvyat eager to impress and with just over ten minutes remaining, he became the first driver to break into the 1.30’s barrier and displace Ellinas. At the chequered flag it finished as Kvyat, Ellinas, Williamson, Fumanelli, Visoiu, Harvey, Fong and Lichtenstein.

Tomorrow’s test session will run from 09.00 – 12.00 a one hour break. The afternoon session will run from 13.00 – 16.00.

Day 1: Morning

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:31.204 22
2. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:31.231 26
3. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:31.550 20
4. Alex Brundle Lotus GP 1:31.580 7
5. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:31.728 25
6. Lewis Williamson Atech CRS GP 1:31.748 6
7. Adderly Fong Marussia Manor Racing 1:32.375 7
8. Jack Harvey Carlin 1:32.403 5
9. Giovanni Venturini Status Grand Prix 1:32.426 19
10. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.441 23
11. Miki Weckstrom Status Grand Prix 1:32.542 7
12. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:32.781 16
13. Meindert Van Buuren Atech CRS GP 1:33.032 22
14. Emanuele Zonzini Lotus GP 1:33.578 20
15. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:33.629 30
16. Roberto La Rocca Atech CRS GP 1:33.677 23
17. Ryan Cullen Status Grand Prix 1:33.723 38
18. Emanuele Piva Trident Racing 1:35.942 27
19. Mario Marasca Trident Racing 1:37.878 3
20. Sheban Siddiqi Lotus GP 1:42.997 7

Day 1: Afternoon

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:30.902 22
2. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:31.024 21
3. Lewis Williamson Atech CRS GP 1:31.131 14
4. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1:31.248 32
5. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:31.365 24
6. Jack Harvey Carlin 1:31.430 22
7. Adderly Fong Marussia Manor Racing 1:31.465 20
8. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:31.555 24
9. Giovanni Venturini Status Grand Prix 1:31.597 34
10. Miki Weckstrom Status Grand Prix 1:31.703 32
11. Alex Brundle Lotus GP 1:31.907 32
12. Mario Marasca Trident Racing 1:32.240 35
13. Meindert Van Buuren Atech CRS GP 1:32.287 22
14. Roberto La Rocca Atech CRS GP 1:32.364 23
15. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:32.577 41
16. Emanuele Zonzini Lotus GP 1:32.944 13
17. Emanuele Piva Trident Racing 1:33.865 38
18. Ryan Cullen Status Grand Prix 1:33.887 29
19. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:34.274 7
20. Sheban Siddiqi Lotus GP 1:37.630 26