Morad fastest in GP3 practice

Daniel Morad set the pace in today's GP3 Series free practice session at Hockenheim, although the fact that the Status driver was one of many to set his best time under double-waved yellows means that the results could yet change

Morad fastest in GP3 practice

In changing conditions, Morad wheeled out a best time of 1m44.682s, putting him just 0.02 seconds ahead of Manor's James Jakes. But at the time that he set his quickest lap, the yellows were out at the final corner to allow the stricken Addax car of Pedro Sanchez Lopez to be dug out of the gravel, where it had become stuck following a spin.

The track did dry out significantly over the final minutes, meaning that drivers could potentially have been quicker through the final sector than they had been previously even if they did back off, but whether that will be the view taken by the stewards remains to be seen.

Oliver Oakes finished the afternoon in third ahead of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Roberto Merhi and Nigel Melker, while runaway points leader Esteban Guiterrez was back in 18th.

The session was interrupted once by a red flag, and despite the tricky conditions it was caused not by an accident but by an errant piece of bodywork that escaped from the car of Stefano Coletti and landed in the middle of the track.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Daniel Morad Status 1m44.682s 2. James Jakes Manor 1m44.702s + 0.020s 3. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS 1m44.773s + 0.091s 4. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m44.908s + 0.226s 5. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m45.094s + 0.412s 6. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m45.205s + 0.523s 7. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke 1m45.232s + 0.550s 8. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1m45.420s + 0.738s 9. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m45.499s + 0.817s 10. Robert Wickens Status 1m45.667s + 0.985s 11. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1m45.812s + 1.130s 12. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 1m45.839s + 1.157s 13. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 1m45.849s + 1.167s 14. Simon Trummer Jenzer 1m45.909s + 1.227s 15. Lucas Foresti Carlin 1m45.988s + 1.306s 16. Alexander Rossi ART 1m46.056s + 1.374s 17. Mirko Bortolotti Addax 1m46.103s + 1.421s 18. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m46.112s + 1.430s 19. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m46.153s + 1.471s 20. Miki Monras MW Arden 1m46.487s + 1.805s 21. Pedro Nunes ART 1m46.704s + 2.022s 22. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m46.824s + 2.142s 23. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 1m46.934s + 2.252s 24. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m47.158s + 2.476s 25. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m47.205s + 2.523s 26. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 1m47.349s + 2.667s 27. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m47.431s + 2.749s 28. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m48.800s + 4.118s 29. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 1m48.960s + 4.278s 30. Dean Smith Carlin 1m51.232s + 6.550s 
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