ART Reign Supreme in Silverstone GP3 Practice Session

Credit: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.

George Russell topped the GP3 Series practice session at Silverstone which features an altered scheduled for the British Grand Prix weekend.

The weekend is now a four-day event for the drivers with practice taking place on Thursday, qualifying on Friday, the Feature Race Saturday evening and the Sprint Race on Sunday morning.

Steijn Schothorst led the way at the start of the session, but was soon beaten by Alessio Lorandi who claimed the first sub two minute lap time with a 1m50.714.

As the track started to rubber in more, the name at the top of the standings rapidly changed as Arjun MainiRyan TveterNiko KariJack Aitken and Dorian Boccolacci each took to the head of the timings.

Nirei Fukuzumi brought his ART Grand Prix to the head of the timings, with Aitken briefly making it an ART 1-2 until his time was bettered by Kari.

Many of the drivers were having problems with running wide with the circuit still lacking the grip they needed.

DAMS‘ Bruno Baptista had a big moment over the kerbs and would be keen to not have a repeat performance of his incident at the Red Bull Ring which resulted in him hurting his back.

Lorandi had an issue which saw him slow on track and eventually pull off to the side with a minute and a half remaining in the session.

It was soon an ART 1-2-3 as first Aitken, then Fukuzumi and finally George Russell went quickest. They were soon joined by Anthoine Hubert to make it an all ART top four.

Tomorrow’s  half an hour qualifying session gets underway at 16.05 local time.

2017 GP3 Series Practice Results – Silverstone

13George RussellGBRART Grand Prix1m46.738
22Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix1m47.099
31Jack AitkenGBRART Grand Prix1m47.334
44Anthoine HubertFRAART Grand Prix1m47.377
56Leonardo PulciniITAArden International1m47.523
65Niko KariFINArden International1m47.556
77Steijn SchothorstNEDArden International1m48.054
810Guiliano AlesiFRATrident 1m48.193
926Julien FalcheroFRACampos Racing1m48.372
1014Santino FerrucciUSADAMS 1m48.378
1112Dorian BoccolacciFRATrident 1m48.490
1224Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport 1m48.697
1328Marcos SiebertARGCampos Racing1m48.794
1415Tatiana CalderonCOLDAMS 1m48.827
159Kevin JörgSUITrident 1m48.992
1611Ryan TveterINDTrident 1m49.074
1722Alessio LorandiITAJenzer Motorsport 1m49.366
1827Raoul Hyman RSACampos Racing1m49.455
1916Bruno Baptista BRADAMS 1m50.0004