Estoril GP3 test: Dino Zamparelli tops rain-hit first day

Dino Zamparelli set the pace on the opening day of 2014 pre-season testing for the GP3 series at Estoril

Estoril GP3 test: Dino Zamparelli tops rain-hit first day

The ART driver finished the morning session with a time of 1m29.145s, a benchmark that would stay unbeaten after the afternoon session was hit by heavy rain.

The downpour, however, came after Jimmy Eriksson had managed to top the times after the lunch break to finish less than a tenth of a second off Zamparelli's time.

Briton Alex Lynn was third quickest for Carlin, ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff and Nick Yelloly in the Status car. All their times were set in the morning.

Rain hit the circuit some 45 minutes into the afternoon session, with the teams limiting their running after that point.

Victor Carbone caused the first red flag of the day when his Trident car stopped on track early in the afternoon. Luis Sa Silva triggered the second stoppage when he spun into the gravel while the track was wet.

GP3 newcomer Hilmer was absent from the test and will join the action later this month at Jerez.

Morning times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m29.145s 35 2. Alex Lynn Carlin 1m29.402s 28 3. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m29.575s 29 4. Nick Yelloly Status 1m29.666s 18 5. Richie Stanaway Status 1m29.922s 29 6. Roman De Beer Trident 1m30.029s 34 7. Robert Visoiu Arden 1m30.126s 20 8. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m30.260s 24 9. Melville McKee Jenzer 1m30.267s 27 10. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1m30.295s 23 11. Nelson Mason Trident 1m30.339s 28 12. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m30.356s 33 13. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1m30.424s 17 14. Alex Fontana ART 1m30.815s 14 15. Jann Mardenborough Arden 1m30.907s 18 16. Patric Niederhauser Arden 1m31.174s 13 17. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m31.188s 22 18. Dean Stoneman Manor 1m31.351s 15 19. Alfonso Celis Jr Status 1m31.919s 24 20. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m32.393s 28 21. Victor Carbone Trident 1m32.538s 15 22. Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1m39.309s 12 23. Adderly Fong Jenzer no time 1 Afternoon times Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen 1m29.183s 24 2. Dean Stoneman Manor 1m29.781s 22 3. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m30.105s 25 4. Richie Stanaway Status 1m30.202s 20 5. Alex Lynn Carlin 1m30.324s 17 6. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 1m30.324s 19 7. Robert Visoiu Arden 1m30.454s 21 8. Luis Sa Silva Carlin 1m30.567s 21 9. Patrick Kujala Manor 1m30.911s 22 10. Nick Yelloly Status 1m30.948s 18 11. Alfonso Celis Jr Status 1m30.980s 26 12. Adderly Fong Jenzer 1m31.243s 15 13. Emil Bernstorff Carlin 1m31.255s 21 14. Patric Niederhauser Arden 1m31.927s 18 15. Ryan Cullen Manor 1m32.045s 21 16. Victor Carbone Trident 1m32.907s 16 17. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m32.956s 16 18. Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP 1m36.439s 6 19. Melville McKee Jenzer 1m38.574s 10 20. Nelson Mason Trident 1m38.917s 30 21. Jann Mardenborough Arden 1m40.151s 17 22. Roman De Beer Trident 1m43.051s 27 23. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m48.388s 14 24. Alex Fontana ART 2m00.662s 3 
shares
comments
Roberto Merhi and Richie Stanaway join Status GP for GP3 test

Previous article

Roberto Merhi and Richie Stanaway join Status GP for GP3 test

Next article

Estoril GP3 test: Alex Lynn and Carlin dominate on second day

Estoril GP3 test: Alex Lynn and Carlin dominate on second day
Load comments

About this article

Series FIA F3
Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed Plus

Why Correa's return is the feelgood story racing needed

Juan Manuel Correa has had a long road to recovery from that horrific day at Spa in 2019. ART's decision to give him his race return in FIA Formula 3 in 2021 is a victory in itself, but his determination will surely - in time - have him fighting for bigger things

FIA F3
Feb 2, 2021
Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested Plus

Why Piastri's F3 title was better than results suggested

F3 rookie Oscar Piastri only just snatched the 2020 title with Prema Racing, but the setbacks he overcame to do so suggest that Renault's next Australian talent is one destined for the top

FIA F3
Jan 12, 2021
The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars Plus

The ground-effect wonder behind a generation of F1 stars

Recently named as Autosport's greatest single-seater, Ralt's RT3 launched a plethora of superstar drivers through the early 1980s, and established the constructor as the go-to place for your single-seater weapon

FIA F3
Dec 8, 2020
The Macau GP's greatest moments Plus

The Macau GP's greatest moments

Coronavirus restrictions mean this weekend's Macau GP will have a very different feel, with the usual F3 jamboree replaced by Chinese F4. But in past years, the event has provided some seminal moments in the careers of future world champions

FIA F3
Nov 20, 2020
Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders Plus

Rating the prospects of the 2020 F3 title contenders

With the title race finely poised ahead of the final triple-header, a category returnee who raced George Russell in his F3 days lends Autosport his thoughts on the ones to watch

FIA F3
Aug 25, 2020
Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time Plus

Why "whirlwind" Tauranac's legacy will stand the test of time

The passing of Ralt boss Ron Tauranac last week drew tributes from around the world, not least from the bosses of three prominent teams on whom the Australian designer made a lasting impression

FIA F3
Jul 24, 2020
The young driver Red Bull couldn't ignore Plus

The young driver Red Bull couldn't ignore

Igor Fraga has a more colourful career behind him than any other driver on the FIA Formula 3 grid, and now he's beginning to become as recognised for his talents in real racing as in the virtual world

FIA F3
Jun 21, 2020
The new F3 car that has teams purring Plus

The new F3 car that has teams purring

Dallara has improved upon its old F3 car with the new 320 for this season's Euroformula Open, ensuring that single-seater competition's 'heritage’ category can race into the future

FIA F3
Apr 14, 2020