gp3-carlogoMW Arden duo of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz lead the way in Italy

Russian Daniil Kvyat topped the timings in the official Free Practice for Round 7 of the 2013 GP3 Series season in Monza, Italy with a laptime of 1:37.715. MW Arden team mate Carlos Sainz was next along in P2, ahead of Carlin’s Alexander Sims.

The session opened up with high track temperatures of 37 degrees as the 27 drivers ventured around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. First out onto the circuit was Sainz, Robert Visoiu and David Fumanelli. Trident’s Fumanelli was first to lap in the 1m39’s before Kvyat, Kevin Korjus and Conor Daly bettered the Italian’s time.

Kvyat headed the timings by a mere 0.020s over Sims at the midway point, with the Russian GP3 winner again improving on his own personal best to increase his advantage. The drivers made their way into the pits towards the latter part of Free Practice, some to try new Pirelli tyres, whilst others concentrated on strategy and longer runs.

Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson shot to P1 but only for a few seconds as Carlin’s Nick Yelloly lapped quicker. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) lit up the timing screen, setting the fastest first sector and a good middle, but went off into the gravel at Turn 11, ending his session.

With just a few seconds left on the clock, Kvyat reclaimed his position back at the top of the timesheets to end fastest overall, just one tenth quicker than Sainz. At the chequered flag Sims took P3, ahead of Yelloly, Visoiu, Fumanelli, Alex Fontana, Williamson, Melville McKee and Giovanni Venturini.

Qualifying takes place at 09.45 CET tomorrow morning, this will be even more important with all eyes on the battle for the GP3 championship and with 4 points up for stake for claiming pole position, competition will be fiercer than ever…

Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1:37.715

16

2. Carlos Sainz MW Arden 1:37.872

19

3. Alexander Sims Carlin 1:37.941

18

4. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1:38.073

19

5. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1:38.201

20

6. David Fumanelli Trident 1:38.427

17

7. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1:38.686

20

8. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 1:38.760

19

9. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 1:38.815

18

10. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1:38.866

17

11. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 1:38.875

18

12. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 1:38.937

17

13. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 1:39.045

19

14. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1:39.055

20

15. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1:39.095

17

16. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 1:39.169

18

17. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.177

20

18. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1:39.231

20

19. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 1:39.254

16

20. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 1:39.355

17

21. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 1:39.431

21

22. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 1:39.566

20

23. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix 1:39.595

22

24. Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 1:39.931

18

25. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 1:39.972

18

26. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering 1:41.156

19

27. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 1:41.204

12