gp3-carlogoMW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat sets early pace in Hungary

The 45 minute free practice session got underway with a track temperature of 40 degrees as the 27 drivers ventured onto the Hungaroring circuit in sweltering conditions. Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson headed the que of drivers eager to put an early installation lap in.

Williamson and ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly were first to head the timings until Kvyat claimed P1 with a laptime in the early 1m35’s. After the first 15 minutes, the majority of drivers returned to the pits, making set-up changes and some opting for fresh Pirelli rubber.

Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio was first to dip into the 1m34’s barrier, a tenth quicker than Kvyat, with Williamson, Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) and Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering) completing the top five at the midway point.

There was a small spin for Samin Gomez (Jenzer Motorsport) which was covered by the yellow flags as she was able to continue. Vainio continued to up his pace, improving on his best time by six thousandths of a second to increase his advantage. Kvyat lit the first sector in purple, the Russian on a mission and he shot back to the top of the timesheet.

Williamson became the first driver to break into the 1m33’s, lapping almost a second quicker than the MW Arden driver. Trident’s Giovanni Venturini jumped up to P2 until Daly demoted the Italian, recording a time just one tenth off Williamson.

Carmen Jorda (Bamboo Engineering) spun in the final moments but re-joined the track as Kvyat clocked the quickest time of the session in the final minute. At the chequered flag it was Kvyat, Williamson, Daly, Jack Harvey, Robert Visoiu, Venturini, Facu Regalia, David Fumanelli, Vainio and Fontana completed the top 10.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning, who will get the vital four points for pocketing pole?

Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:33.448

19

2. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:33.728

16

3. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:33.860

17

4. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:34.073

17

5. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:34.082

19

6. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:34.087

18

7. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:34.345

17

8. David Fumanelli Trident 1:34.771

17

9. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:34.886

15

10. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:35.188

17

11. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:35.249

19

12. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.266

15

13. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:35.445

15

14. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:35.523

18

15. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:35.763

18

16. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:35.834

17

17. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.892

14

18. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:35.916

18

19. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:35.975

10

20. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.098

13

21. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1:36.197

16

22. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:36.289

10

23. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:36.552

21

24. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:36.636

16

25. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:36.745

18

26. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:37.048

18

27. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:39.272

20