Alex Lynn tops Free Practice
GP3 Series leader Alex Lynn topped the forty-five minute Free Practice session in Spielberg. His fellow Carlin rookie team mate Emil Bernstorff finished second fastest ahead of Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix).
Arden International’s Robert Visoiu and Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) were first to lead the drivers onto the track. Lynn held top spot on the timesheet – lapping in the 1m22’s early on but after ten minutes into the session, it was red flagged following an incident for Trident’s Roman De Beer. The South African rookie ran wide over the kerb on the last corner which sent his car straight across the start/finish line – resulting in light contact with the wall. De Beer was uninjured and climbed out of his car as the clock ticked down while his machine was recovered.
Stanaway rose to P1 once the session resumed but it was only for a few seconds as Lynn improved on the Kiwi’s time. With around fifteen minutes remaining, the drivers returned to pitlane for a fresh set of Pirelli rubber. Bernstorff shot to P2, a mere 0.032s off his teammate and the duo became locked into a battle to see who would end up heading the timings.
The Carlin pair switched positions at least three times in the final moments but it was Barcelona race winner Lynn who set a flier to become the only driver to lap in the 1m20s, with a half a second advantage over his next competitor: Bernstorff.
Yelloly clocked the third quickest time ahead of Santiago Urrutia, debutant Riccardo Agostini with Hilmer Motorsport, Nelson Mason, Patrick Kujala, Visoiu, Alfonso Celis. Jr and Dino Zamparelli.
Qualifying takes place at 09.45 am local time tomorrow morning, with changeable conditions likely – it promises to be a very important session.
GP3 Series - Red Bull Ring - Free Practice
|3.||Nick Yelloly||Status Grand Prix||1:21.132||21|
|4.||Santiago Urrutia||Koiranen GP||1:21.287||18|
|5.||Riccardo Agostini||Hilmer Motorsport||1:21.351||20|
|6.||Nelson Mason||Hilmer Motorsport||1:21.371||23|
|7.||Patrick Kujala||Marussia Manor Racing||1:21.390||22|
|8.||Robert Visoiu||Arden International||1:21.411||21|
|9.||Alfonso Celis. Jr||Status Grand Prix||1:21.460||22|
|10.||Dino Zamparelli||ART Grand Prix||1:21.473||20|
|11.||Mathéo Tuscher||Jenzer Motorsport||1:21.481||19|
|12.||Dean Stoneman||Marussia Manor Racing||1:21.497||22|
|13.||Marvin Kirchhöfer||ART Grand Prix||1:21.548||20|
|14.||Patric Niederhauser||Arden International||1:21.658||22|
|15.||Jann Mardenborough||Arden International||1:21.905||21|
|16.||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||1:21.952||19|
|17.||Alex Fontana||ART Grand Prix||1:21.953||19|
|18.||Luis Sa Silva||Carlin||1:22.026||22|
|19.||Pal Varhaug||Jenzer Motorsport||1:22.269||20|
|20.||Adderly Fong||Jenzer Motorsport||1:22.295||22|
|21.||Jimmy Eriksson||Koiranen GP||1:23.021||18|
|22.||Nikolay Martsenko||Hilmer Motorsport||1:23.403||20|
|23.||Ryan Cullen||Marussia Manor Racing||1:23.656||22|
|24.||Roman De Beer||Trident||1:23.902||7|
|26.||Carmen Jorda||Koiranen GP||1:24.687||20|