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Simon Trummer led the way as the second day of this week’s GP3 test session at Jerez came to a close on Thursday evening. As Carlos Sainz - son of the former World Rally Champion of the same name – joined the fray with Addax, the leading Swiss driver’s time confirmed two out of two fastest times for MW Arden so far in Spain.
There was just one new face in the GP3 paddock this morning. Carlos Sainz Jr. has joined Addax Team for the remaining two days of the three-day test in Jerez and the 16-year-old Formula BMW Europe race winner bought along his rally legend father for moral support.
Other drivers switching teams included Matias Laine, Pedro Nunes, Michael Christensen, Marlon Stockinger, Antonio Felix da Costa and Alexander Sims. Returning to the paddock were Oli Webb, Adrien Tambay, Josef Newgarden, Tamas Pal Kiss and Carlos Munoz, who last sat behind the wheel of a GP3 car at Circuit Paul Ricard back in March.
Leonardo Cordeiro also made his first appearance in GP3 since the final event in Monza. The Brazilian driver spent the day testing for Status Grand Prix.
The morning session at Circuito de Jerez was dominated by Trummer, who continued MW Arden’s strong post-season testing performance; the Swiss driver set his quickest time of 1:34.496 mid-way through the three hour morning session and the rest of the field were unable to respond. MW Arden has topped all but one of the sessions so far this week – yesterday António Félix da Costa completed a clean sweep for Mark Webber’s team.
Just 0.150 seconds behind Trummer was RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker, followed by Müller in third.
Sainz Jr. finished 13th in his first ever GP3 session. Once again, the paddock was treated to warm temperatures throughout the day.
The third and final day of running begins at 9 am local time on Friday (BST +1)
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