Antonio Felix da Costa was quickest in both sessions at Jerez today as GP3 resumed winter testing at the Spanish venue.
Portuguese driver da Costa contested several GP3 races with Carlin alongside his Formula 3 Euro Series campaign this season, but moved to the MW Arden team for the Jerez test. He led the way in both the morning and afternoon sessions today, despite some technical issues limiting his mileage in the latter.
Second-fastest in both sessions was one of da Costa's Euro F3 rivals - Alexander Sims. The Briton had taken part in some of the pre-season F3 tests and returned to the category with his F3 team ART.
Championship frontrunner Nico Muller was third for Jenzer in the morning, followed by ART's James Calado and Michael Christensen, with Formula Renault 3.5 driver Albert Costa sixth for Tech 1.
Christensen and Costa improved to third and fifth later on, split by the latter's team-mate Aaro Vainio.
Other drivers getting a first taste of GP3 today included Formula Renault graduate Arthur Pic, the brother of GP2 race-winner Charles, European Formula 3 Open frontrunner Callum MacLeod and Eddie Cheever, son of the former Formula 1 and IndyCar star of the same name. The 17-year-old has raced in the Italian-based Formula Azzurra series this season.
Session one: Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Antonio Felix da Costa MW Arden 1m35.458s 2. Alexander Sims ART 1m35.783s + 0.325s 3. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m35.822s + 0.364s 4. James Calado ART 1m35.943s + 0.485s 5. Michael Christensen ART 1m35.955s + 0.497s 6. Albert Costa Tech 1 1m35.969s + 0.511s 7. Callum Macleod Carlin 1m35.973s + 0.515s 8. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m35.981s + 0.523s 9. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m36.016s + 0.558s 10. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m36.129s + 0.671s 11. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m36.196s + 0.738s 12. Miki Monras Status 1m36.211s + 0.753s 13. Robin Frijns Manor 1m36.221s + 0.763s 14. Conor Daly Status 1m36.363s + 0.905s 15. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m36.364s + 0.906s 16. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m36.554s + 1.096s 17. Pedro Nunes Addax 1m36.667s + 1.209s 18. Nigel Melker Mucke 1m36.697s + 1.239s 19. Willi Steindl Mucke 1m36.711s + 1.253s 20. Arthur Pic Status 1m36.803s + 1.345s 21. Zoel Amberg Jenzer 1m36.870s + 1.412s 22. Facu Regalia Addax 1m36.914s + 1.456s 23. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m36.999s + 1.541s 24. Kevin Giovesi Carlin 1m37.073s + 1.615s 25. Vittorio Ghirelli Addax 1m37.178s + 1.720s 26. Thomas Hylkema Manor 1m37.338s + 1.880s 27. Eddie Cheever Jenzer 1m37.786s + 2.328s 28. George Katsinis Mucke 1m37.884s + 2.426s 29. Juan Carlos Sistos Carlin 1m37.920s + 2.462s 30. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m38.819s + 3.361s Session two Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Antonio Felix da Costa MW Arden 1m36.430s 2. Alexander Sims ART 1m36.438s + 0.008s 3. Michael Christensen ART 1m36.529s + 0.099s 4. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 1m36.668s + 0.238s 5. Albert Costa Tech 1 1m36.703s + 0.273s 6. Arthur Pic Status 1m36.722s + 0.292s 7. Simon Trummer MW Arden 1m36.775s + 0.345s 8. Nigel Melker Mucke 1m36.795s + 0.365s 9. Rio Haryanto Manor 1m36.825s + 0.395s 10. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS 1m36.904s + 0.474s 11. Callum Macleod Carlin 1m36.932s + 0.502s 12. Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 1m36.941s + 0.511s 13. Pedro Nunes Addax 1m36.955s + 0.525s 14. Willi Steindl Mucke 1m37.021s + 0.591s 15. James Calado ART 1m37.025s + 0.595s 16. Conor Daly Status 1m37.065s + 0.635s 17. Nico Muller Jenzer 1m37.077s + 0.647s 18. Zoel Amberg Jenzer 1m37.101s + 0.671s 19. Miki Monras Status 1m37.155s + 0.725s 20. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m37.188s + 0.758s 21. Robin Frijns Manor 1m37.369s + 0.939s 22. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 1m37.447s + 1.017s 23. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS 1m37.534s + 1.104s 24. Kevin Giovesi Carlin 1m37.684s + 1.254s 25. Thomas Hylkema Manor 1m37.722s + 1.292s 26. Facu Regalia Addax 1m37.877s + 1.447s 27. George Katsinis Mucke 1m37.961s + 1.531s 28. Juan Carlos Sistos Carlin 1m37.990s + 1.560s 29. Vittorio Ghirelli Addax 1m38.225s + 1.795s 30. Eddie Cheever Jenzer 1m38.323s + 1.893s