Antonio Felix da Costa proved that he has the pace to bounce back from a disappointing first half of the GP3 season by recording the fastest time in second practice at the Nurburgring.
Rio Haryanto sat on top of the timesheets early on after the session got underway, but British drivers James Calado and Lewis Williamson soon both took turns at the top. Valtteri Bottas then went quickest, before championship leader Alexander Sims moved into P1.
He was then displaced by his Status Grand Prix teammate Felix da Costa, who took control of the session at the midway point and remained there until the finish. Tom Dillmann moved into second place, 0.037s behind the Portuguese ace and knocking Sims down to third. The times at the top remained unchanged in the closing stages.
ART teammates Bottas and Calado ended up fourth and fifth, separated by just two hundredths of a second. Haryanto slipped to sixth ahead of the MW Arden duo of Williamson and Mitch Evans. Aaro Vainio was ninth for Tech 1, with Ivan Lukashevich ensuring all three Status cars were in the top ten.
Practice 2 results:
|1||Antonio Felix da Costa||Status Grand Prix||1:50.104||13|
|2||Tom Dillmann||Addax Team||1:50.141||0.037||13|
|3||Alexander Sims||Status Grand Prix||1:50.173||0.069||14|
|4||Valtteri Bottas||Lotus ART||1:50.361||0.257||12|
|5||James Calado||Lotus ART||1:50.376||0.272||12|
|6||Rio Haryanto||Marussia Manor Racing||1:50.431||0.327||15|
|7||Lewis Williamson||MW Arden||1:50.444||0.340||13|
|8||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||1:50.481||0.377||15|
|9||Aaro Vainio||Tech 1 Racing||1:50.594||0.490||13|
|10||Ivan Lukashevich||Status Grand Prix||1:50.605||0.501||14|
|11||Michael Christensen||RSC MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:50.712||0.608||13|
|12||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||1:50.724||0.620||13|
|13||Vittorio Ghirelli||Jenzer Motorsport||1:50.746||0.642||14|
|14||Marlon Stockinger||Atech CRS Grand Prix||1:50.912||0.808||13|
|15||Nico MÃ¼ller||Jenzer Motorsport||1:50.940||0.836||13|
|16||Simon Trummer||MW Arden||1:51.025||0.921||14|
|17||TamÃ¡s PÃ¡l Kiss||Tech 1 Racing||1:51.032||0.928||14|
|18||Nigel Melker||RSC MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:51.076||0.972||14|
|19||Matias Laine||Marussia Manor Racing||1:51.099||0.995||14|
|20||Nick Yelloly||Atech CRS Grand Prix||1:51.099||0.995||14|
|21||Pedro Nunes||Lotus ART||1:51.107||1.003||12|
|23||ZoÃ«l Amberg||Atech CRS Grand Prix||1:51.346||1.242||14|
|24||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Marussia Manor Racing||1:51.378||1.274||13|
|25||Gabby Chaves||Addax Team||1:51.471||1.367||13|
|26||Luciano Bacheta||RSC MÃ¼cke Motorsport||1:51.606||1.502||14|
|27||Thomas Hylkema||Tech 1 Racing||1:51.708||1.604||8|