Bottas heads Spa practice
26 August 2011 – Valtteri Bottas led the way as GP3 signalled the start of track action at Spa on Friday morning. The championship leader, driving for Lotus ART, posted a best lap time of 2:14.546 and is joined in the top three by Mitch Evans and team-mate James Calado.
In fair conditions, the session began at quarter to nine, with rookie Richie Stanaway first out on-track before Dutchman Nigel Melker went fastest. Once Finn Bottas was quickest, Evans moved up to second spot with 15 minutes remaining before a rain shower prevented anybody from going quicker.
With Quaife-Hobbs and Félix da Costa fourth and fifth, other title contender Alexander Sims was seventh and nine tenths of a second off the pace for Status GP.
Qualifying at Spa begins at 9:45am local time on Saturday (BST +1)