Barcelona GP3 test: Niederhauser fastest before rain hits track
|By Matt Beer||Wednesday, March 13th 2013, 15:25 GMT|
Patric Niederhauser threw in the quickest time of the day in GP3 testing before the heavens opened on the Barcelona track.
Niederhauser led team-mate Alex Fontana in a Jenzer one-two, four tenths of a second apart, as the former's lap of 1m33.750s stoo as the day's fastest.
Manor duo Tio Ellinas and Nick Cassidy were next up, followed by Giovanni Venturini for Trident.
Thereafter the mission was simply staying on the road, with many drivers aquaplaning off in the extremely tough conditions.
Jack Harvey, Cassidy, Carmen Jorda, Emanuele Zonzini, Josh Webster, Facu Regalia, Samin Gomez, Melville McKee (in for Lewis Williamson at Bamboo), Tuesday pacesetter Conor Daly and Carlos Sainz Jr all had incidents, with Sainz damaged his car heavily at Turn 3.
Times meant little, but Aaro Vainio emerged quickest for new squad Koiranen by 1.6s over Harvey.
GP3 testing resumes at Silverstone next month.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m33.75s 19 2. Alex Fontana Jenzer 1m34.18s + 0.426s 24 3. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m34.21s + 0.459s 27 4. Nick Cassidy Manor 1m34.22s + 0.469s 23 5. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1m34.41s + 0.661s 21 6. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 1m34.44s + 0.691s 32 7. Jack Harvey ART 1m34.49s + 0.741s 19 8. Facu Regalia ART 1m34.52s + 0.769s 29 9. Dino Zamparelli Manor 1m34.52s + 0.770s 30 10. Conor Daly ART 1m34.58s + 0.826s 29 11. Carlos Sainz Jnr MW Arden 1m34.60s + 0.851s 27 12. Nick Yelloly Carlin 1m34.67s + 0.918s 25 13. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1m34.72s + 0.970s 21 14. Kevin Korjus Koiranen 1m34.74s + 0.987s 17 15. Jimmy Eriksson Status 1m34.74s + 0.988s 16 16. Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1m34.74s + 0.988s 25 17. Patrick Kujala Koiranen 1m34.84s + 1.094s 20 18. Emanuele Zonzini Trident 1m34.98s + 1.226s 19 19. Adderly Fong Status 1m35.16s + 1.409s 13 20. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 1m35.33s + 1.578s 15 21. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m35.45s + 1.697s 27 22. Josh Webster Carlin 1m35.63s + 1.879s 16 23. Samin Gomez Jenzer 1m36.07s + 2.322s 18 24. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1m36.21s + 2.459s 28 25. Melville McKee Bamboo 1m36.34s + 2.586s 27 26. Ryan Cullen Bamboo 1m37.13s + 3.378s 22 27. Carmen Jorda Bamboo 1m38.38s + 4.628s 21