Da Costa quickest in Barcelona test

Antonio Felix da Costa set the pace on the opening day of the final pre-season GP3 Series test at the Barcelona circuit

Da Costa quickest in Barcelona test

The Portuguese driver's 1m38.776s - set in the morning session - was enough to keep the Status GP racer just ahead of Nico Muller in the Jenzer Motorsport car and Nigel Melker RSC Mucke machine.

Both men finished less than a tenth of a second behind da Costa.

Da Costa set his time early in the morning, and the rising temperatures at the Spanish track meant his time was not beaten all day.

Two red flags interrupted the morning session, with Carlin's Conor Daly hitting the barrier at Turn 3 and Addax's Thomas Hylkema going off track.

There was just one stoppage in the afternoon, when Michael Christensen made a trip into the gravel trap.

Alexander Sims finished the day fourth overall despite posting the quickest time in the aftenoon, with Valtteri Bottas rounding up the top five in the Lotus ART car.

The test continues tomorrow.

Morning times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 1m38.776s 2. Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1m38.810s + 0.034 23 3. Nigel Melker Rsc Mucke Motorsport 1m38.816s + 0.040 34 4. Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 1m38.993s + 0.217 44 5. Valtteri Bottas Lotus Art 1m39.245s + 0.469 25 6. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Racing 1m39.252s + 0.476 27 7. James Calado Lotus Art 1m39.287s + 0.511 35 8. Tom Dillmann Carlin 1m39.451s + 0.675 34 9. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1m39.494s + 0.718 28 10. Lewis Williamson Mw Arden 1m39.608s + 0.832 34 11. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 1m39.620s + 0.844 30 12. Pedro Nunes Lotus Art 1m39.623s + 0.847 29 13. Michael Christensen Rsc Mucke Motorsport 1m39.644s + 0.868 34 14. Rio Haryanto Marussia Racing 1m39.673s + 0.897 37 15. Marlon Stockinger Atech Crs Gp 1m39.688s + 0.912 30 16. Simon Trummer Mw Arden 1m39.806s + 1.030 30 17. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 1m39.862s + 1.086 28 18. Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1m39.867s + 1.091 39 19. Gabby Chaves Addax Team 1m39.932s + 1.156 32 20. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m39.958s + 1.182 25 21. Nick Yelloly Atech Crs Gp 1m39.961s + 1.185 28 22. Daniel Morad Addax Team 1m40.023s + 1.247 26 23. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 1m40.206s + 1.43 28 24. Mitch Evans Mw Arden 1m40.223s + 1.447 25 25. Andrea Caldarelli Tech 1 Racing 1m40.251s + 1.475 26 26. Matias Laine Marussia Racing 1m40.423s + 1.647 23 27. Willi Steindl Rsc Mucke Motorsport 1m40.468s + 1.692 34 28. Zoel Amberg Atech Crs Gp 1m41.070s + 2.294 17 29. Thomas Hylkema Addax Team 1m41.627s + 2.851 36 30. Conor Daly Carlin 1m41.745s + 2.969 12 Afternoon times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 1m39.469s 21 2. Valtteri Bottas Lotus Art 1m39.573s + 0.104 31 3. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Racing 1m39.663s + 0.194 32 4. Mitch Evans Mw Arden 1m39.686s + 0.217 39 5. Pedro Nunes Lotus Art 1m39.709s + 0.240 26 6. Lewis Williamson Mw Arden 1m39.736s + 0.267 23 7. Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 1m39.763s + 0.294 12 8. Simon Trummer Mw Arden 1m39.856s + 0.387 32 9. Andrea Caldarelli Tech 1 Racing 1m39.874s + 0.405 24 10. Gabby Chaves Addax Team 1m39.995s + 0.526 25 11. James Calado Lotus Art 1m39.997s + 0.528 34 12. Daniel Morad Addax Team 1m40.027s + 0.558 25 13. Nigel Melker Rsc Mucke Motorsport 1m40.028s + 0.559 32 14. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 1m40.145s + 0.676 31 15. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 1m40.208s + 0.739 29 16. Michael Christensen Rsc Mucke Motorsport 1m40.336s + 0.867 26 17. Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 1m40.347s + 0.878 43 18. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 1m40.351s + 0.882 37 19. Marlon Stockinger Atech Crs Gp 1m40.390s + 0.921 18 20. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 1m40.397s + 0.928 34 21. Willi Steindl Rsc Mucke Motorsport 1m40.466s + 0.997 32 22. Rio Haryanto Marussia Racing 1m40.476s + 1.007 36 23. Nick Yelloly Atech Crs Gp 1m40.499s + 1.030 27 24. Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 1m40.558s + 1.089 32 25. Tom Dillmann Carlin 1m40.563s + 1.094 26 26. Matias Laine Marussia Racing 1m40.684s + 1.215 34 27. Thomas Hylkema Addax Team 1m41.059s + 1.590 35 28. Zoel Amberg Atech Crs Gp 1m41.067s + 1.598 21 29. Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1m41.241s + 1.772 49 30. Conor Daly Carlin 1m48.409s + 8.940 4 All Timing Unofficial 
 
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