GP3 – Felix Da Costa Sets The Pace

July 23, 2011

Formula 1

Status Grand driver Antonio Felix Da Costa was the quickest man during the second of two Friday practice sessions, with the Portuguese driver finishing just 0.037 seconds ahead of Tom Dillmann.
 
After a tough weekend in Silverstone two weeks ago things have been steadily improving for Felix Da Costa since arriving at the German track. The 19-year-old set his best laptime at the midway point of the session and the remainder of the field unable to match his pace. 
 
The field hit the track once again in gloomy and cold conditions, but thankfully the threatened rain held off and the drivers were able to stay on Pirelli’s P Zero slick tyres. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was the first driver to set a quick time during a frantic first half of the session, with James Calado, this morning’s quickest man Lewis Williamson, Aaro Vainio, Valtteri Bottas, Dillmann and the Status duo of Alexander Sims and Felix Da Costa all battling hard and swapping positions at the top of the timesheet.   
 
By the midway point Felix Da Costa had taken control of the session, and settled in to his top spot ahead of Dilmann in second. With five minutes remaining there were a few challenges throughout the field but none were able to match the Status man’s speed. Traffic also played a part with a rush on track in the dying minutes.
 
And so Felix Da Costa took top honors ahead of Dillmann, Sims, Bottas, Calado, Haryanto who improved on his final run, Williamson who also improved one spot, Mitch Evans, Aaro Vainio and Ivan Lukashevich
 
Next up for GP3 is qualifying tomorrow morning at 09:45 local time.
 
Practice 2 times:
 
POS
NO
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
TIME
LAPS
GAP
1
5
A. FELIX FELIX DA COSTA
POR
1:50.104
13
 
2
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
1:50.141
13
0.037
3
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
1:50.173
14
0.069
4
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
1:50.361
12
0.257
5
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
1:50.376
12
0.272
6
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
1:50.431
15
0.327
7
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
1:50.444
13
0.340
8
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
1:50.481
15
0.377
9
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
1:50.594
13
0.490
10
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
1:50.605
14
0.501
11
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:50.712
13
0.608
12
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.724
13
0.620
13
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.746
14
0.642
14
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
1:50.912
13
0.808
15
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
1:50.940
13
0.836
16
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
1:51.025
14
0.921
17
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:51.032
14
0.928
18
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:51.076
14
0.972
19
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.099
14
0.995
20
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
1:51.099
14
0.995
21
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
1:51.107
12
1.003
22
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
1:51.342
14
1.238
23
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
1:51.346
14
1.242
24
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
1:51.378
13
1.274
25
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
1:51.471
13
1.367
26
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
1:51.606
14
1.502
27
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
1:51.708
8
1.604
28
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
1:52.022
15
1.918
29
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
1:52.136
13
2.032
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