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Hungaroring: Series practice report

Nico Muller on top in practice in Budapest Jenzer Motorsport's Nico Muller was back on form in GP3 claiming the top spot in today's practice session at Hungaroring. The Swiss driver set his best time of 1:38.181 in the final minutes of...

Nico Muller on top in practice in Budapest

Jenzer Motorsport's Nico Muller was back on form in GP3 claiming the top spot in today's practice session at Hungaroring.

The Swiss driver set his best time of 1:38.181 in the final minutes of an almost trouble-free session in hot conditions, but it was ART's Esteban Gutierrez and Status GP's Robert Wickens who were the early pace setters in the session along with Muller's teammates Pål Varhaug and Marco Barber. Tech 1 Racing's Doru Sechelariu was also on the pace early.

Unlike in Germany last week when free practice was action-packed, this time around in Hungary the thirty-minute session was almost drama-free except for in the final few minutes when newcomer Antonio Feliz Da Costa spun his Carlin car at turn 1 and hit the tyre wall without physical harm. Muller stayed on top unchallenged at the end of the session, with teammate Pål Varhaug finishing three tenths of a second behind him. Although quick once again, Series leader Gutierrez couldn't catch the pace-setters and settled for third best laptime ahead of his Series rival and Hockenheim race winner Wickens.

For his first time out in a GP3 car, Jenzer's Marko Barba made an impressive debut filling in for injured driver Simon Trummer, and finished the session with the fifth best laptime. Addax Team's Felipe Guimaraes was sixth quickest, followed by Manor Racing's Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Stefano Coletti at Tech 1 Racing, Carlin's Dean Smith and rounding out the top ten was Coletti's teammate Doru Sechelariu.

The action continues tomorrow at 08:45 local time with qualifying for Race 1.

-source: gp3

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Series GP3
Drivers Robert Wickens , Dean Smith , Stefano Coletti , Adrian Quaife-Hobbs , Doru Sechelariu , Felipe Guimaraes , Pal Varhaug , Nico Müller , Simon Trummer
Teams Status Grand Prix , Carlin , Jenzer Motorsport