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Silverstone GP3: Carlos Sainz Jr edges Lewis Williamson in practice

Carlos Sainz Jr, Arden, Silverstone GP3 2013Carlos Sainz Jr celebrated his call-up by Red Bull for the upcoming Formula 1 young-driver test by topping the GP3 practice times at Silverstone.

The Spaniard lapped in 1m47.432s in a session that began in wet conditions but quickly dried out.

His MW Arden car was 0.439 seconds clear of Bamboo's Lewis Williamson, the former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner enjoying a strong session.

Nick Yelloly was a last-lap improver to end the session third fastest for Carlin, ahead of Daniil Kvyat.

Valencia winner Conor Daly was fifth quickest, ahead of Melville McKee. Points leader Tio Ellinas was seventh fastest, surviving a huge spin on the exit of Luffield.

Dino Zamparelli was eighth fastest, with fellow Brit Jack Harvey slipping back to 11th after setting the pace in the middle of the session.

Pos  Driver               Team      Time       Gap
 1.  Carlos Sainz Jr      Arden     1m47.432s
 2.  Lewis Williamson     Bamboo    1m47.871s  +0.439s
 3.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin    1m47.877s  +0.445s
 4.  Daniil Kvyat         Arden     1m48.113s  +0.681s
 5.  Conor Daly           ART       1m48.187s  +0.755s
 6.  Melville McKee       Bamboo    1m48.303s  +0.871s
 7.  Tio Ellinas          Manor     1m48.307s  +0.875s
 8.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor     1m48.686s  +1.254s
 9.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer    1m48.815s  +1.383s
10.  Facu Regalia         ART       1m48.879s  +1.447s
11.  Jack Harvey          ART       1m48.884s  +1.452s
12.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin    1m48.887s  +1.455s
13.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident   1m48.924s  +1.492s
14.  Patrick Kujala       Koiranen  1m49.045s  +1.613s
15.  Adderly Fong         Status    1m49.250s  +1.818s
16.  Robert Visoiu        Arden     1m49.389s  +1.957s
17.  Josh Webster         Status    1m49.547s  +2.115s
18.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status    1m49.791s  +2.359s
19.  Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin    1m50.265s  +2.833s
20.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen  1m50.272s  +2.840s
21.  Aaro Vainio          Koiranen  1m50.426s  +2.994s
22.  David Fumanelli      Trident   1m50.805s  +3.373s
23.  Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer    1m51.314s  +3.882s
24.  Emanuele Zonzini     Trident   1m51.675s  +4.243s
25.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     1m52.878s  +5.446s
26.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer    1m53.051s  +5.619s
27.  Carmen Jorda         Bamboo    1m56.136s  +8.704s
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