GP3 – Muller Wins Frenzied Silverstone Race

July 10, 2011

GP 3

Nico Müller took his first GP3 victory of the 2011 season in a rain affected race at Silverstone Circuit today. The Jenzer Motorsport driver finished 2.8s ahead of Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims and Atech CRS GP’s Nick Yelloly
 
Any hopes the enthusiastic crowd had of a British winner today were dashed when the heavens open seconds before the formation lap. Nineteen of the of the thirty cars chose to enter the pits instead of joining the starting grid to switch to wet weather tyres, and thus starting the race from the pitlane. Jenzer Motorsport had made the bold decision to send Müller out on wets earlier despite the relatively clear skies leading up to the start of the race, and the Swiss driver effectively started on pole from sixth place on a half empty grid.
 
Müller’s getaway was slow and he was passed by RSC Mücke Motorsport Michael Christensen, but the Dane came together with teammate Nigel Melker, allowing Müller back into the lead. Yelloly also benefited from Mücke’s misery to move up into second spot ahead of Luciano Bacheta in the third Mücke car. When the remainder of the field all fed out on track to join the race, original poleman Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was down in ninth ahead of James Calado, Lewis Williamson, Alexander Sims, Valtteri Bottas and Mitch Evans. And over the next 14 laps the race was well and truly on as the pack tried to claw their way back into the points. 
  
As Müller pulled away, Sims was the man on the move. The British driver was the fastest man on track and by lap 6 had made his way through the pack up into fifth spot behind Quaife-Hobbs who had hauled himself up into fourth. Over the next two laps Quaife-Hobbs caught and passed Bacheta for the final podium spot. Sims was next to make quick work of the Mücke driver and was soon putting pressure on Quaife-Hobbs. The Status GP man made his move into turn 1 and then set his sights on Yelloly for second.
 
With the chequered flag fast approaching, Addax Team’s Dean Smith snatched eight spot from Maxim Zimin to take reverse grid for tomorrow’s sprint race, while Sims continued his onslaught taking second spot. Müller was victorious for the first time this season, and was joined on the podium by the of Sims and Yelloly – with the later scoring Atech CRS GP’s first GP3 podium. The final points paying positions went to British drivers meaning tomorrow’s reverse will be all British front row with Smith on pole alongside Williamson.
 
Next up for GP3 Series is Race 2 tomorrow morning at 08:20 local time.
 
 
Race 1 result:
 
   
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
1
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
14
30:40.239
 
2
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
14
30:43.053
2.814
3
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
14
30:44.990
4.751
4
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
14
30:47.639
7.400
5
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
30:55.466
15.227
6
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
14
30:58.883
18.644
7
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
14
30:59.554
19.315
8
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
14
31:04.944
24.705
9
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
14
31:07.591
27.352
10
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
14
31:08.077
27.838
11
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
14
31:09.945
29.706
12
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
14
31:10.590
30.351
13
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
14
31:11.424
31.185
14
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
14
31:15.028
34.789
15
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
14
31:16.030
35.791
16
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
14
31:20.636
40.397
17
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
14
31:35.237
54.998
18
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
14
31:58.410
78.171
19
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
14
32:00.283
80.044
20
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
14
32:23.738
103.499
21
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
13
30:51.712
1 LAP
         
NC
   
 
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
11
24:40.226
DNF
 
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
11
24:40.941
DNF
 
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
8
18:46.475
DNF
 
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
3
7:15.257
DNF
 
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1
2:37.268
DNF
 
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
1
4:34.410
DNF
 
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
0
 
DNF
 
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
0
 
DNF
 
15
D. MORAD
CAN
Carlin
0
 
DNS
         
FASTEST LAP
 
 
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
2:05.985
 
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