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Status GP Valencia test day 1 report

Wickens tops the times at GP3 Series test Status Grand Prix driver Robert Wickens sent out a warning to his GP3 Series title rivals by setting the fastest lap in the first day of the mid-season GP3 Series test in Valencia. Wickens, who lost...

Wickens tops the times at GP3 Series test

Status Grand Prix driver Robert Wickens sent out a warning to his GP3 Series title rivals by setting the fastest lap in the first day of the mid-season GP3 Series test in Valencia.

Wickens, who lost his championship lead after being hampered by an engine problem and a puncture at the previous GP3 races in Istanbul, bounced back at the Ricardo Tormo circuit by setting a stunning time that put him 0.17s clear of his closest challenger.

The Canadian, who currently lies third in the points of the Formula One support series, followed up his fastest race lap at Istanbul Park by being on the pace straight away in Spain, and ended the morning session second fastest. As the day drew to a close, he went one better by timing perfectly his run on new Pirelli tyres to surpass the benchmark time set by Tech 1 Racing's Jean-Eric Vergne.

Lebanon's Daniel Morad, fresh off a double points score in Turkey, covered over 40 laps in an afternoon of useful data gathering and set-up analysis, and the GMH Motorsport driver was a consistent Top Six runner through the day. But once new tyres were fitted he could not find the right balance on the car to extract the ultimate speed and ended classified 18th.

Ivan Lukashevich covered the most distance of Status GP's trio during the day, with over 100 laps being completed by the Marussia Motors development driver as he continues his learning process. He quickly got to grips with the 2.51-mile track, was ranked as high as 12th in the afternoon and end the day 25th overall.

"We're pleased with the reliability and work achieved with all three cars today," said team manager Simon Cayzer. "We know Robert is right there in speed terms now, which is great, and we're confident that Daniel and Ivan can be higher placed tomorrow."

The Drivers' View

Robert Wickens (CAN): (Best afternoon time: 1m27.88s; Pos: 1st).
"It went really very well, and we got through our test plan. We were trying new, different things and I think we are already ahead of the game. Reliability was also very good today."

Daniel Morad (LIB): (Best afternoon time: 1m28.77s; Pos: 18th).
"The final times belies what we achieved today - the car very good and consistent on old tyres, but we were missing something at the end. But we'll get to the bottom of it tomorrow."

Ivan Lukashevich (RUS): (Best afternoon time: 1m29.39s; Pos: 25th).
"We got through a big programme of developments and adjustments, and the team was pleased with my feedback, which is good. I expected to go faster at the end of the day, but we are making forward steps."

-source: status gp

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Series GP3
Drivers Robert Wickens , Daniel Morad , Jean-Eric Vergne , Ivan Lukashevich
Teams Status Grand Prix , Status Grand Prix