Gp3 testing began today in Estoril. This is the first chance for the young drivers to get a taste of the brand new generation of car after the first generation was retired for 2013.
The day would be mostly dedicated to getting used to the increase in both downforce and power compared to last years’ car. An increase to 400 horsepower will result in at least a couple of seconds drop in lap time at most circuits; this was proved when the fastest time set today was more than three seconds faster than any time achieved at the circuit last year. Some drivers were impressed at how much more responsive than last years’ but also noted that it is more difficult to handle. “So many people had said how difficult the new car would be to drive and they were right,” observed Carlos Sainz Jr.
The day was topped by Red Bull junior drivers, and GP3 rookies, Carlos Sainz Jr and Daniil Kvyat of MW Arden, the GP3 team owned by F1 star, Mark Webber.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Carlos Sainz Jr MW Arden 1m26.816s 29 2. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1m27.616s + 0.800s 27 3. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m27.681s + 0.865s 19 4. David Fumanelli Trident 1m27.714s + 0.898s 26 5. Kevin Korjus Koiranen 1m27.846s + 1.030s 25 6. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m27.871s + 1.055s 24 7. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1m28.021s + 1.205s 30 8. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m28.068s + 1.252s 42 9. Facu Regalia ART 1m28.112s + 1.296s 27 10. Conor Daly ART 1m28.309s + 1.493s 28 11. Jack Harvey ART 1m28.509s + 1.693s 21 12. Patrick Kujala Koiranen 1m28.614s + 1.798s 24 13. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 1m28.791s + 1.975s 19 14. Alex Fontana Jenzer 1m28.844s + 2.028s 28 15. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1m29.019s + 2.203s 28 16. Adderly Fong Status 1m29.029s + 2.213s 26 17. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1m29.159s + 2.343s 28 18. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m29.201s + 2.385s 30 19. Josh Webster Status 1m29.417s + 2.601s 27 20. Samin Gomez Jenzer 1m29.682s + 2.866s 35 21. Vicky Piria Manor 1m29.816s + 3.000s 27 22. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1m29.852s + 3.036s 27 23. Ethan Ringel Bamboo 1m30.266s + 3.450s 27 24. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m30.477s + 3.661s 26 25. Jimmy Eriksson Status 1m30.694s + 3.878s 29 26. Lewis Williamson Bamboo 1m31.142s + 4.326s 9 27. Roberto La Rocca Bamboo 1m31.313s + 4.497s 13