GP3

Series Barcelona day 1 afternoon test notes

Despite ART keeping a firm grip on the coveted top spot, a few other drivers successfully added themselves to the mix, but with 30 young drivers testing their limits we saw more interruptions during the dry session. Mexican Esteban Gutierrez...

Despite ART keeping a firm grip on the coveted top spot, a few other drivers successfully added themselves to the mix, but with 30 young drivers testing their limits we saw more interruptions during the dry session. Mexican Esteban Gutierrez posted a time of 1:37.480 to claim the number one spot again for the French outfit, nearly half a second clear of the rest of the pack. Second to the 18-year-old was Miki Monras putting in an impressive display for MW Arden. Posting a time of 1:37.928 the Spanish driver marked his first and the team's second visit to the top three. Taking third for Status GP was #4 car Robert Wickens with a time of 1:37.933.

Rounding up the top five was Renger van der Zande for RSC Mucke Motorsport with a time of 1:38.008, and Dean Smith with a time of 1:38.016. Monras' teammate Michael Christensen finished sixth ahead of Mirko Bortolotti for Addax Team. Simon Trummer put in an impressive display for his team Jenzer Motorsport, finishing P8 with a time of 1:38.213. Ninth was Nigel Melker for RSC Mucke Motorsport, and in tenth spot was the #1 car of Alexander Rossi driving for ART Grand Prix.

The reliability continued for the GP3 teams, with 1457 laps being completed over the two sessions -- over 6,700 km in total.

Esteban Gutierrez, ART Grand Prix: "I've been enjoying the test in Barcelona; it's been more interesting for me because the car behaves so differently to Circuit Paul Ricard. We've been using all of our data from the two previous tests and running to a really busy testing schedule, especially working on race set-up. Even though ART have been at the top of nearly every test session we never get over confident. I am ready for the first race, but as always we will keep trying to improve and keep pushing tomorrow."

Robert Wickens, Status Grand Prix: "The last two tests we have been in the top five, and now the top three so we are moving in the right direction -- although we still have some work to do to catch ART. I struggled this morning as quite a few of the teams did. The conditions weren't ideal and there were a lot of red flags, but I feel more confident now. Catalunya is one of my favourite circuits and I always seem to do well here so I can't wait for the first race."

Miki Monras, MW Arden: "Despite being fast in the previous tests we have had problems with the car, but today went really well and all of our teething problems have been resolved. I feel much happier. The team are doing a fantastic job and trying different set-ups and I am sure we can catch up to ART by the first race -- it's my home race and the track I know best so I am definitely more confident about getting a good result."

The test will resume tomorrow at 09.00 am local time for a three hour morning session.

-source: gp3

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Series GP3
Drivers Robert Wickens , Dean Smith , Renger van der Zande , Alexander Rossi , Esteban Gutierrez , Michael Christensen , Miki Monras , Mirko Bortolotti , Nigel Melker , Simon Trummer
Teams Mücke Motorsport , Status Grand Prix , ART Grand Prix , Status Grand Prix