GP3 – Valtteri Bottas Takes Commanding Victory In Spa

August 28, 2011

GP 3

Valtteri Bottas stamped his authority on the 2011 GP3 Series once again this afternoon with a commanding win in Race 1. The Finn finished 6.495 seconds ahead of his teammate and pole sitter James Calado to lead a Lotus ART 1-2.

When the lights went out Bottas pulled away well to snatch the lead of the 12-lap race from Calado. Behind the ART duo Marussia Manor Racing’s Adrian Quaife-Hobbs put a move on Melker exiting La Source hairpin to take third, and the Series contenders then entered into a furious battle for the final podium spot. Title contender Alexander Sims made a storming start moving up from sixteenth to ninth by the end of lap one.
Bottas was soon under control of the race at the front, and was simply too quick paced for teammate Calado to hang on. The Finn put in fastest laps to build up an eight second lead by midway through the race. Meanwhile the battle for the final podium spot between Quaife-Hobbs and Melker had been resolved with the RSC Mücke Motorsport driver finally taking the honors.
With five laps remaining Sims was pushing Conor Daly hard for fifth, but a clash between the Status and Carlin drivers at Blanchimont ended in tears for Sims who then dropped down the field and out of the points with steering issues.
By the chequered flag Calado had pulled back the gap to Bottas, but it was too little too late and the Finn celebrated his third win of the season. Melker completed the podium ahead of Quaife-Hobbs, Daly, Tom Dillmann, Nico Müller and Richie Stanaway who finished in a fantastic eighth spot on his GP3 debut. The New Zealander will start on reverse pole for tomorrow’s race, and ensured that Lotus ART had all three drivers in the points.
Bottas still leads the GP3 Series™ driver standings and is now eleven points ahead of his teammate Calado.
GP3 Series™ will be back on track tomorrow morning for Race 2 at 09:20 local time.
Race 1 results:
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
1
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
12
31:02.902
2
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
12
31:09.397
6.495
3
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
12
31:16.881
13.979
4
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
12
31:24.019
21.117
5
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
12
31:27.817
24.915
6
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
12
31:37.240
34.338
7
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
12
31:43.800
40.898
8
1
R. STANAWAY
NZL
Lotus ART
12
31:46.485
43.583
9
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
12
31:48.232
45.330
10
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
12
31:53.771
50.869
11
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
12
31:54.440
51.538
12
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
12
31:56.691
53.789
13
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
12
32:04.422
61.520
14
9
A. FONTANA
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
12
32:08.032
65.130
15
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
12
32:09.498
66.596
16
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
12
32:12.097
69.195
17
19
T.PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
12
32:16.450
73.548
18
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
12
32:16.926
74.024
19
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
12
32:17.890
74.988
20
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
12
32:23.719
80.817
21
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
12
32:30.420
87.518
22
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
12
32:51.989
109.087
NC
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
9
23:56.467
DNF
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
9
24:45.837
DNF
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
6
16:24.320
DNF
29
D. MANCINELLI
ITA
RSC Mucke Motorsport
3
10:13.530
DNF
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
1
2:59.914
DNF
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
1
4:35.992
DNF
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
0
DNF
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
0
DNF
FL
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
LAP 10
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