Muller fastest in GP3 practice

Jenzer's Nico Muller laid down a marker for the rest of the GP3 Series field by comfortably topping today's opening practice session

Muller fastest in GP3 practice

Muller's best time of 1m38.181s left him nearly 0.3 seconds clear of closest rival and team-mate Pal Varhaug. A quickest second sector on the final lap suggested that the latter might have been able to go faster still, but his car developed a problem before he could finish the lap and left him crawling back to the pits.

Series leader Esteban Gutierrez (ART) was third ahead of Status' Robert Wickens, with Jenzer's Marco Barba the quickest of the three drivers making their series debut this weekend in fifth.

Another newcomer, Carlin's Antonio Felix Da Costa, had a tougher introduction to the series when he crashed at the first corner five minutes before the session ended.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m38.181s 2. Pal Varhaug Jenzer 1m38.452s + 0.271s 3. Esteban Gutierrez ART 1m38.453s + 0.272s 4. Robert Wickens Status 1m38.477s + 0.296s 5. Marco Barba Jenzer 1m38.509s + 0.328s 6. Felipe Guimaraes Addax 1m38.515s + 0.334s 7. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m38.585s + 0.404s 8. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 1m38.607s + 0.426s 9. Dean Smith Carlin 1m38.754s + 0.573s 10. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m38.829s + 0.648s 11. Alexander Rossi ART 1m38.840s + 0.659s 12. Daniel Morad Status 1m38.842s + 0.661s 13. Miki Monras MW Arden 1m38.847s + 0.666s 14. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m38.858s + 0.677s 15. Mirko Bortolotti Addax 1m39.036s + 0.855s 16. Josef Newgarden Carlin 1m39.038s + 0.857s 17. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke 1m39.086s + 0.905s 18. Pedro Nunes ART 1m39.189s + 1.008s 19. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke 1m39.202s + 1.021s 20. Adrien Tambay Manor 1m39.251s + 1.070s 21. Michael Christensen MW Arden 1m39.360s + 1.179s 22. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax 1m39.391s + 1.210s 23. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS 1m39.443s + 1.262s 24. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m39.483s + 1.302s 25. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m39.793s + 1.612s 26. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m39.953s + 1.772s 27. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden 1m40.649s + 2.468s 28. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS 1m40.729s + 2.548s 29. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m40.904s + 2.723s 
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