Stuvik sits on top in Silverstone Practice

2016 GP3 Series Round 3. Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK. Friday 8 July 2016. Sandy Stuvik (THA, Trident). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _89P6756

Trident Motorsport‘s, Sandy Stuvik led the way in the forty-five minute Free Practice session ahead of Alexander Albon and Jack Aitken at Silverstone.

Just the one new face to the line up with Jenzer Motorsport replacing Oscar Tunjo with rookie Arjun Maini. Additionally, Giuliano Alesi returned to track action after being deemed not fit to race at Spielberg following his practice shunt.

At the early stages it was Brit Jake Hughes leading the way ahead of Alesi and fellow Briton Jake Dennis.

A Virtual Safety Car was brought out after ART Grand Prix‘s Nirei Fukuzumi stopped on track for a matter of moments but he soon got going again and the VSC period quickly ended.

After 20 minutes, Hughes held a one second advantage at the top of the timing, Albon managed to find some pace and took over at the top by over half a second. Series leader Charles Leclerc was also on a good lap and leapfrogged up into second fastest.

It seemed, however, that Stuvik still had time up his sleeve and lapped 0.127 seconds faster than Albon to takeover as P1.

The session was brought to a halt due to a red flag as a result of debris in Turns 11, 12 and 13. The clock continued to tick down and once the session was restarted there was just four minutes left to go – but still plenty of time for movement in the order.

Arden International‘s Aitken, moved himself up into third place, whilst his teammate Dennis claimed fourth spot. It was short lived for the latter as Nyck de Vries demoted the Brit to fifth in the dying moments.

Stuvik remained on top, ahead of Albon, Aitken, de Vries, Dennis, Antonio Fuoco, Leclerc, Hughes, Fukuzumi and Matthew Parry.

Qualifying for the Feature Race takes place on Saturday 9 July at 8.45 local time.

Silverstone Free Practice Results

18Sandy Stuvik THATrident1m48.382
23Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand Prix1m48.509
311Jack AitkenGBRArden International1m48.511
44Nyck de Vries NEDART Grand Prix1m48.537
59Jake DennisGBRArden International1m48.569
65Antonio FuocoITATrident1m48.959
71Charles LeclercMONART Grand Prix1m49.077
827Jake HughesGBRDAMS 1m49.088
92Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix1m49.147
1014Matthew ParryGBRKoiranen GP1m49.375
116Artur JanoszPOLTrident1m49.402
1222Alex PalouESPCampos Racing1m49.417
1316Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GP1m49.421
1410Tatiana CalderonCOLArden International1m49.653
1520Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport1m49.745
1617Ralph BoschungSUIKoiranen GP1m49.837
1723Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos Racing1m49.850
1828Kevin JörgSUIDAMS 1m49.868
1926Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 1m49.892
207Giuliano AlesiFRATrident1m49.988
2124Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing1m50.691
2218Akash NandyMASJenzer Motorsport1m50.714