Penalties leave grid in state of flux
|By Mark Glendenning||Saturday, July 24th 2010, 07:53 GMT|
James Jakes has topped this morning's GP3 qualifying session at Hockenheim, although an expected raft of penalties from yesterday's free practice session means that the final grid could change drastically.
On a wet but drying track, Jakes had taken control of the session during the final 10 minutes, and while Robert Wickens and Roberto Merhi both briefly managed to topple him, the Manor driver always responded and finally secured the top spot with his final flying lap of 1m46.559s.
Wickens was 0.395s behind him in second, followed by Josef Newgarden, Merhi, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Michael Christensen.
Early pace-setter Renger van der Zande faded in the second half of the session and ended up eighth-quickest, while runaway points leader Esteban Gutierrez ended up tenth.
However with no fewer that 21 drivers under investigation for setting their best laps under double waved yellows yesterday afternoon, a dramatic reshuffle of the grid is expected once any penalties have been applied.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. James Jakes Manor 1m46.559s 2. Robert Wickens Status 1m46.954s + 0.395s 3. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m47.176s + 0.617s 4. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m47.286s + 0.727s 5. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m47.334s + 0.775s 6. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m47.422s + 0.863s 7. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 1m47.593s + 1.034s 8. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 1m47.639s + 1.080s 9. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m47.641s + 1.082s 10. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m47.649s + 1.090s 11. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m47.800s + 1.241s 12. Simon Trummer Jenzer 1m47.920s + 1.361s 13. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m47.927s + 1.368s 14. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 1m48.058s + 1.499s 15. Mirko Bortolotti Addax 1m48.062s + 1.503s 16. Dean Smith Carlin 1m48.078s + 1.519s 17. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke 1m48.199s + 1.640s 18. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m48.245s + 1.686s 19. Alexander Rossi ART 1m48.316s + 1.757s 20. Miki Monras MW Arden 1m48.459s + 1.900s 21. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1m48.595s + 2.036s 22. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m48.866s + 2.307s 23. Daniel Morad Status 1m48.903s + 2.344s 24. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1m48.918s + 2.359s 25. Pedro Nunes ART 1m48.965s + 2.406s 26. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 1m49.058s + 2.499s 27. Lucas Foresti Carlin 1m49.186s + 2.627s 28. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS 1m49.246s + 2.687s 29. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m49.667s + 3.108s 30. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 1m49.906s + 3.347s