Tactical gamble pays off for Müller
9 July 2011 – Nico Müller claimed victory in this afternoon’s opening GP3 race at Silverstone, benefiting from a slick tyre gamble at the start of the race. Most of the field switched to wet tyres after the formation lap, but the Swiss driver stuck to his original plan and eventually took the win ahead of Alexander Sims. Nick Yelloly completed the top three for Atech CRS GP, while the remaining five British drivers followed directly behind.
Just before the lights went out a rain shower created havoc in the pit lane, with a large portion of the field changing to the wet weather compound. Müller’s slick tyre risk saw him take the lead, holding the position ahead of Yelloly and Luciano Bacheta. The Jenzer Motorsport pilot went on to build up a comfortable advantage in clean air, only being closed down by a rapid Sims during the final stages of the 14-lap race.
With seven British at on the grid the home fans would almost certainly have something to cheer about, but it was perhaps a little unexpected that they would all score points. Müller was the man who triumphed, however, taking his first win of the season in fine style. Second place was settled when Alexander Sims made a late move to pass compatriot Yelloly, fighting back after putting wet tyres on at the start.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs finished fourth, slipping back from his maiden GP3 pole position. Bacheta was fifth ahead of James Calado and Lewis Williamson, while Dean Smith scored the final point and will start tomorrow’s race from pole position.
Sunday's Race 2 begins at 8.20am local time (BST)