Silverstone Day 2 – Morning Session
Yesterday started cold and the hopes were high for this mornings session to begin under better circumstances, however the weather had other ideas. A light snow travelled down over the Silverstone circuit but fortunately it caused little hinderance. The track temperature also settled in favour of the drivers, even with the sun hiding behind a thick white cloud blanket, settling at a rather chilly three degrees centigrade. With many of the drivers heading out to do shake down runs.
Visoiu, Harvey and Sainz Jr. were first to brave it out on track, but it was Facu Regalia who set the first competitive lap time at 1:47.627 only to be beaten by David Fumanelli to replace him at the top with a 1:47.324. With an hour gone the order remained the same with Fumanelli leading Regalia, Venturini, Visoiu and Webster, that is until the driver who was disqualified at the end of yesterdays session, Carlos Sainz Jr. returned with a 1:46.671.
With many of the drivers out on race simulation runs or qualifying runs an hour into the morning session it was the slowest driver from yesterday who stopped play for everybody else. Carmen Jorda, the Spanish Bamboo Engineering driver, had spun and stopped out on track bringing out the red flag as the recovery truck went to collect her stranded car. And after practice resumed it was Jack Harvey in the ART who split the top two with a 1:46.350.
Vainio was the first to challenge the times set in the afternoon session yesterday, setting a 1.46.226 just shy by a hundredth of a second off Tio Ellinas’ table topping time. However with that aggressive driving stance that made Tio so enjoyable to watch last year he quickly started to challenge Vainio’s time and eventually move up to second just 0.055 of a second off the leader.
Adderly Fong then took his turn to stop any running apparently running out of fuel, but the recovery team were quick to move him off the track to let running resume once again, and it was Dino Zamparelli who shook up the timing sheets with a very impressive 1:46.157 setting the fastest time of the two days and laying down the gauntlet for the other drivers. Regalia quickly responded allowing Zamparelli only just enough time to get from his car and see his name at the top of the timing screens. Regalia’s 1:45.855 was the first to drop below the 1:46 mark then Fumanelli responded with a 1:45.213 almost a second faster than Zamparelli who by this point was in fifth.
With ten minutes to go the red flag is waved once more and once again it is Carmen Jorda who spins out. With just under three minutes to go a few cars head out before lunch but with little time to get the heat into the tires times remain the same.
The big difference this morning, in regards to time, has been the track temperature, the slight increase has allowed for much faster times, the cars are already setting times over three seconds faster than last years GP3 cars, and I for one am looking forward to this afternoon’s session.
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Sainz Jr. 1:46.107