Müller heads first day of GP3 test

Müller heads first day of GP3 test

13 October 2010 – Switzerland’s Nico Müller finished atop the timesheets as the first of three days of post-season winter testing began for the GP3 series on Wednesday. With Portugal’s Estoril circuit being the venue, the 18-year-old Jenzer Motorsport driver led the way from a mixture of faces, old and new.

As expected it was the seasoned drivers who dominated the majority of the morning session, whilst the rookies got to grips with their new machines in the rising Portuguese heat.

After making the switch to Addax Team for the test, Roberto Merhi spent nearly all of the session sitting pretty at the top of the time sheets until Müller set his quickest time of the day 1:32.581 to take the number one spot with just a few minutes remaining.

GP3 podium finisher Miki Monras was quick to get to settle in at his new team Addax and finished the session second whilst ART Grand Prix’s James Calado made an impressive debut for the French outfit finishing in third spot – the quickest rookie of the morning.

Temperatures continued to rise during the afternoon session as the newcomers started to find their feet around the 4.182 km track. Manor Racing’s Conor Daly, who led for most of the afternoon, Atech CRS GP’s Tamas P’al Kiss and Marlon Stockinger, MW Arden’s Matias Laine and Carlin’s Rupert Svendsen-Cook all found themselves in the top ten before the GP3 old-timers hit the track on new tyres in the dying minutes.

Müller, who finished the Series third in the drivers’ standings for Jenzer last season, then set his quickest time of the day 1:32.198 to snatch the top spot once again. Tamas P’al Kiss was the quickest rookie of the afternoon.

Despite being dropped down the final pecking order it was an impressive display from the new drivers, and tomorrow looks set to be an even closer scrap.

Five red flags interrupted proceedings during the day: two were caused when newcomer Hugo Valente spun his #27 Tech 1 Racing car, and also spinning was Rupert Svendsen-Cook in his Carlin racer. Manor Racing’s Thomas Hylkema and Adrien Tambay stopped out on track.


The second day of tesing will begin at 9 am local time on Thursday (BST)

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 29 July 2015

  2. 12:16

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  3. Monza has '90 per cent' chance of new deal 11:58

    Monza has '90 per cent' chance of new deal

    Monza has a "90 per cent" chance of remaining on the Formula 1 calendar beyond 2016, according to Roberto Maroni, the President…

    F1
  4. Räikkönen laments 'unlucky' first half 11:02

    Räikkönen laments 'unlucky' first half

    Kimi Räikkönen says he is hoping for a change in fortune when Formula 1 reconvenes at the end of next month, after what the…

    F1
  5. Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - Hungary 10:17

    Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - Hungary

    Especially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net's race-by-race series, Story Behind the Shot, continues throughout…

    F1
  6. Feature: Hungarian GP's key questions 09:26

    Feature: Hungarian GP's key questions

    In the build up to last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, GPUpdate.net posed five key questions and pondered the potential…

    F1
  7. Video of the Day: Formula 1 in your mobile 05:21

    Video of the Day: Formula 1 in your mobile

    Ferrari sponsor Santander showcases how Formula 1 has spread to everyday mobile phones.

    F1
  8. Tuesday 28 July 2015

  9. Amberg explains reason behind withdrawals 14:39

    Amberg explains reason behind withdrawals

    Swiss driver Zoël Amberg has explained the medical reasons behind his withdrawal from GP2 rounds in Austria and Hungary and…

    GP2
  10. Marko lauds 'perfect' Verstappen performance 14:06

    Marko lauds 'perfect' Verstappen performance

    Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko hailed Max Verstappen's "perfect" performance during the Hungarian Grand Prix as the Dutch…

    F1
  11. Vandoorne pleased to extend title advantage 11:30

    Vandoorne pleased to extend title advantage

    McLaren protégé Stoffel Vandoorne says he was pleased to extend his GP2 championship advantage in Hungary, despite being…

    GP2
  12. Tost sure fifth position still possible 10:26

    Tost sure fifth position still possible

    Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost is sure that the outfit can still achieve its target of fifth position in the standings after…

    F1
  13. IndyCar to introduce new rain tyre 09:09

    IndyCar to introduce new rain tyre

    IndyCar has announced that a modified rain tyre will be introduced for this weekend's round at Mid-Ohio following development…

    Indy
  14. Singapore makes changes to circuit layout 08:56

    Singapore makes changes to circuit layout

    Organisers of the Singapore Grand Prix have announced that they will make minor changes to the layout of the Marina Bay Street…

    F1
  15. Hungary result to make Williams 'stronger' 08:41

    Hungary result to make Williams 'stronger'

    Williams performance chief Rob Smedley says that the squad's challenging Hungarian Grand Prix will make it a stronger force over…

    F1
  16. Video of the Day: Haas on Formula 1 entry 05:34

    Video of the Day: Haas on Formula 1 entry

    Haas F1 owner, Gene Haas, discusses how his team is progressing ahead of its planned 2016 entry.

    F1
  17. Monday 27 July 2015

  18. Arrivabene pleased to prove critics wrong 15:03

    Arrivabene pleased to prove critics wrong

    Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene says he was pleased to prove doubters wrong as Sebastian Vettel claimed the marque's…

    F1
  19. Wolff: Rushed stop cost Rosberg victory 14:21

    Wolff: Rushed stop cost Rosberg victory

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff reckons rushing Nico Rosberg's pit-stop under the Virtual Safety Car and putting on the slower tyre…

    F1
  20. Hungarian Grand Prix: Winners and Losers 14:12

    Hungarian Grand Prix: Winners and Losers

    Sebastian Vettel returned Ferrari to the top step, others pulled off surprise results, and some struggled at the Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  21. Teams back Pirelli extension for 2017 12:46

    Teams back Pirelli extension for 2017

    Senior figures from Formula 1 teams have backed the notion of Pirelli extending its tenure as Formula 1's sole tyre supplier for…

    F1
  22. Video: Rosberg's Hungaroring blog 11:32

    Video: Rosberg's Hungaroring blog

    Nico Rosberg reflects on his eighth-place finish at the end of a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix; the German was running second…

    F1
  23. Maldonado says stewards were 'very strict' 11:22

    Maldonado says stewards were 'very strict'

    Pastor Maldonado believes that the Hungarian Grand Prix stewards were "very strict" as the Lotus driver picked up a number of…

    F1
  24. Forward Racing to miss Indianapolis round 10:49

    Forward Racing to miss Indianapolis round

    Forward Racing has announced that it has taken the "painful decision" to pull out of the upcoming MotoGP round at Indianapolis…

    MotoGP
  25. Renault enjoys return to the sharp end 10:02

    Renault enjoys return to the sharp end

    Renault hailed another step forward as supplied teams Red Bull and Toro Rosso occupied three of the top four positions at the…

    F1
  26. Massa rues pointless Hungary weekend 09:17

    Massa rues pointless Hungary weekend

    Felipe Massa has described Williams' second non-scoring weekend of the 2015 season as "a blow" to the team's championship…

    F1
  27. Hamilton among drivers given penalty points 08:14

    Hamilton among drivers given penalty points

    Lewis Hamilton was among the drivers handed penalty points by the stewards as a result of incidents which took place during…

    F1
  28. Video of the Day: Meet the Nasr family 05:02

    Video of the Day: Meet the Nasr family

    Sauber Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr introduces his family, which is half Brazilian, half Lebanese.

    F1
  29. 01:12

    Championship standings after Hungary

    F1
  30. Sunday 26 July 2015

  31. 21:15

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday at the Hungaroring

    F1
  32. Booth proud of Manor after tough week 21:14

    Booth proud of Manor after tough week

    John Booth paid tribute to his Manor Marussia squad at the end of a "tough week" for the team, following the death of Jules…

    F1
  33. Räikkönen frustrated to miss out on 1-2 19:02

    Räikkönen frustrated to miss out on 1-2

    Kimi Räikkönen expressed his frustration after Ferrari missed out on a "very easy" 1-2 finish in Sunday's Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  34. Verstappen hails 'unbelievable' result 18:50

    Verstappen hails 'unbelievable' result

    Max Verstappen was initially lost for words after achieving the best result of his Formula 1 career to date at the Hungarian…

    F1
  35. Alonso: Fifth place 'a nice little present' 18:31

    Alonso: Fifth place 'a nice little present'

    Fernando Alonso has described his top five finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix as "a nice little present" for the McLaren-Honda…

    F1
  36. Rosberg says Ricciardo at fault for clash 18:12

    Rosberg says Ricciardo at fault for clash

    Nico Rosberg feels that Daniel Ricciardo was at fault for their collision in the closing stages of Sunday's Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  37. Ricciardo: Podium feels like a victory 17:47

    Ricciardo: Podium feels like a victory

    Daniel Ricciardo says his podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix "felt like a victory" after Red Bull's trying start to the…

    F1
  38. Marchionne: Ferrari victory is for Bianchi 17:24

    Marchionne: Ferrari victory is for Bianchi

    Ferrari President Sergio Marchionne has dedicated the squad's victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix to the late Jules…

    F1
  39. Kvyat rewarded after 'never giving up' 16:59

    Kvyat rewarded after 'never giving up'

    Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat spoke of a "never give up" attitude after recording his maiden podium finish at the Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  40. Hülkenberg had little warning over failure 16:49

    Hülkenberg had little warning over failure

    Nico Hülkenberg said he had little prior warning over the failure of his front wing as he suffered a dramatic exit at the…

    F1
  41. Hamilton laments 'really bad performance' 16:42

    Hamilton laments 'really bad performance'

    World Champion Lewis Hamilton said he put in one of his worst performances in recent years as he slumped to sixth at the…

    F1
  42. Vettel dedicates victory to Bianchi 16:13

    Vettel dedicates victory to Bianchi

    Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has dedicated his victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix to the late Jules Bianchi, who passed away last…

    F1
  43. 15:07

    In full: Hungarian Grand Prix race result

    F1
  44. Vettel wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix 15:05

    Vettel wins dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix

    Ferrari realised its two-win target for 2015 as Sebastian Vettel triumphed in a dramatic Hungarian Grand Prix, with Red Bull's…

    F1
more news