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Status GP Barcelona day 1 test notes

Status GP shows Top 3 form at Barcelona Status Grand Prix's three drivers showed good speed as the team's development programme with the GP3 Series car entered a new phase on the Circuit de Catalunya today. Running the new ...

Status GP shows Top 3 form at Barcelona

Status Grand Prix's three drivers showed good speed as the team's development programme with the GP3 Series car entered a new phase on the Circuit de Catalunya today.

Running the new Renault-powered Dallara GP3 Series car for the first time away from the Paul Ricard track, the team's drivers also encountered wet weather conditions in the morning as the final official pre-season test got underway, giving them the chance to try out the wet weather Pirelli tyres. Once the circuit dried, the team overcame two technical issues to post competitive times, with Canadian Robert Wickens leading the way to be third quickest around the track which hosts the first-ever rounds of the GP3 Series during the Spanish Grand Prix meeting on May 7-9.

Lebanon's Daniel Morad enjoyed a trouble-free day, and was also placed as high as third at one stage, but the GMH Motorsport driver was ultimately frustrated by the many yellow and red flags that interrupted the sessions and prevented him from stringing together his best lap as he got to grips with the Barcelona circuit.

It was also the first visit to Barcelona for Russian Ivan Lukashevich. The 18-year-old Marussia Motors development driver lost time to a throttle problem in the morning, but progressed consistently all day as he edges towards his team-mates' pace.

Status GP team manager, Simon Cayzer, said: "There was hindrance all day from red flag stoppages, but we improved our set-up here a lot, especially in the afternoon. The pace-setting ART Grand Prix team are very strong, but we're improving across the board."

The Drivers' View

Daniel Morad (LIB): (Laps: 50; Best time: 1m38.45s; Pos: 12th).
"We were competitive throughout, although the timesheets don't ultimately show it. My best sector times are strong, but numerous delays for flags or traffic meant I didn't have chance to put all our speed together for one lap. But I'm confident it'll come together tomorrow."

Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Laps: 48; Best time: 1m39.88s; Pos: 28th).
"I already know areas we can improve for tomorrow's running, and I'm already within 1.6s of the Top 10 as I learn this track, so I'm encouraged. We've collected a lot of information today, and the improvement continues step by step."

Robert Wickens (CDN): (Laps: 45; Best time: 1m37.93s; Pos: 3rd).
"There was little meaningful track time in the morning, but we got through our development programmes this afternoon. Certainly it's good to try the GP3 car at a very different circuit to Paul Ricard, and we're learning a whole new range of characteristics and methods."

-source: status gp

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Series GP3
Drivers Robert Wickens , Daniel Morad , Ivan Lukashevich
Teams Status Grand Prix , ART Grand Prix