Sims on top as rain hits GP3 test

Alexander Sims led team-mate Antonio Felix da Costa in a Status one-two on the opening day of GP3 testing at Paul Ricard, as rain frustrated teams' attempts to gather early mileage

Sims on top as rain hits GP3 test

The morning session began wet, with the track only dry enough for slicks in the closing stages.

That meant a late rush of fast laps from which Sims emerged on top with a 1m21.827s around the circuit's 3D layout. Da Costa was less than a tenth of a second slower.

Third went to 2009 Formula BMW Americas champion Gabby Chaves, the 17-year-old Colombian having a run with Addax. He was followed by 2010 McLaren/AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Lewis Williamson in the MW Arden car and second-year GP3 driver Miki Monras in another Addax machine.

There were only a few minutes of dry running after lunch before the rain returned with a vengeance. ART driver James Calado managed to top the timesheets with a 1m24.627s just before the track became too wet, while Manor's Rio Haryanto was credited with the best rain time - a 1m35.164s.

The test continues tomorrow.

Morning session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Alexander Sims Status 1m21.827s 2. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m21.913s + 0.086s 3. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m22.067s + 0.240s 4. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m22.221s + 0.394s 5. Miki Monras Addax 1m22.375s + 0.548s 6. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m22.488s + 0.661s 7. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m22.870s + 1.043s 8. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m22.931s + 1.104s 9. Tom Dillmann Carlin 1m23.034s + 1.207s 10. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m23.180s + 1.353s 11. Conor Daly Carlin 1m23.278s + 1.451s 12. Daniel Morad Addax 1m23.668s + 1.841s 13. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m23.993s + 2.166s 14. Kataro Sakurai Carlin 1m24.959s + 3.132s 15. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m25.017s + 3.190s 16. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m26.584s + 4.757s 17. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m27.312s + 5.485s 18. James Calado ART 1m27.779s + 5.952s 19. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m27.868s + 6.041s 20. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m28.207s + 6.380s 21. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m28.299s + 6.472s 22. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m28.363s + 6.536s 23. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m28.520s + 6.693s 24. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m28.830s + 7.003s 25. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m29.150s + 7.323s 26. Matias Laine Manor 1m31.104s + 9.277s 27. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m31.823s + 9.996s 28. Willi Steindl RSC Mucke 1m32.335s + 10.508s 29. Pedro Nunes ART 1m33.284s + 11.457s 30. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m33.645s + 11.818s Afternoon session: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. James Calado ART 1m24.627s 2. Ivan Lukashevich Status 1m25.795s + 1.168s 3. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 1m25.798s + 1.171s 4. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor 1m25.966s + 1.339s 5. Tom Dillmann Carlin 1m26.024s + 1.397s 6. Conor Daly Carlin 1m26.085s + 1.458s 7. Valtteri Bottas ART 1m26.092s + 1.465s 8. Antonio Felix da Costa Status 1m26.109s + 1.482s 9. Alexander Sims Status 1m26.198s + 1.571s 10. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke 1m26.567s + 1.940s 11. Daniel Morad Addax 1m26.632s + 2.005s 12. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m26.794s + 2.167s 13. Maxim Zimin Jenzer 1m26.895s + 2.268s 14. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer 1m27.349s + 2.722s 15. Nico Müller Jenzer 1m27.479s + 2.852s 16. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke 1m27.679s + 3.052s 17. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m27.994s + 3.367s 18. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS 1m28.623s + 3.996s 19. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 1m29.390s + 4.763s 20. Kataro Sakurai Carlin 1m29.923s + 5.296s 21. Matias Laine Manor 1m34.554s + 9.927s 22. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m35.164s + 10.537s 23. Willi Steindl RSC Mucke 1m35.203s + 10.576s 24. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m37.480s + 12.853s 25. Gabby Chaves Addax 1m38.034s + 13.407s 26. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m38.483s + 13.856s 27. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m38.545s + 13.918s 28. Pedro Nunes ART 1m38.654s + 14.027s 29. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m38.870s + 14.243s 30. Miki Monras Addax 1m39.256s + 14.629s 
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