24th October 2012, 20:49 at 8:49 pm #213070
The first day of testing concluded with the series sophomores on top, headed by Ceccon (MW Arden). The best rookie was Melville McKee, who finished fifth.
For tomorrow, Lichtenstein will not participate and will be replaced by Jack Harvey. In turn, Harvey’s vacant Lotus ART seat will be occupied by GP3 veteran Vittorio Ghirelli. Ghirelli was tested for Draco at the FR3.5 tests and raced in GP3 with Atech, Jenzer, and Addax.27th October 2012, 20:41 at 8:41 pm #213071
@Portugoose Yeah ,and Nicolas Costa was the best rookie in the second day.5th November 2012, 12:27 at 12:27 pm #213072
For the Estoril tests, Trident will evaluate Italian F3 racer Mario Marasca and former Italian Formula Renault driver Emanuele Piva.
IMO de Beer-Zonzini was a far better pairing than Marasca-Piva.5th November 2012, 12:31 at 12:31 pm #213073
@gabrielfernando Costa was definitely overhyped last year in Formula Abarth but 2012 was really successful considering Ghiotto and Bonifacio are some of the quickest talents in junior open-wheel. Nicolas Costa has the potential to become an F1 driver and I think it’s intelligent that he’s allying himself with an F1 team (Marussia) having been dropped by Ferrari’s junior scheme. I think McKee-Costa will be an interesting battle next year if both commit to GP3.5th November 2012, 21:15 at 9:15 pm #2130746th November 2012, 0:51 at 12:51 am #213075
Here’s the Estoril line-up. The big name is Daniil Kvyat. There’s also some movement: Zonzini switched from Trident to Lotus; Visoiu ran for MW Arden after sampling the Lotus; Venturini also left Lotus, this time for Status. Sheban Siddiqi is driving for Lotus, having driven for the Lotus-Motopark team in German F3 and ADAC Formel Masters. He is easily the worst driver in the field.
1. Sheban Siddiqi
2. Alex Brundle
3. Emanuele Zonzini
4. Robert Visoiu
5. David Fumanelli
6. Daniil Kyvat
Marussia Manor Racing
7. Adderly Fong
8. Patryk Szczerbinski
9. Tio Ellinas
Status Grand Prix
14. Miki Weckstrom
15. Ryan Cullen
16. Giovanni Venturini
20. Samin Gomez
22. Alex Fontana
23. Emanuele Piva
25. Mario Marasca
26. Eric Lichtenstein
28. Jack Harvey
Atech CRS GP
29. Lewis Williamson
30. Roberto La Rocca
31. Meindert Van Buuren23rd November 2012, 16:41 at 4:41 pm #213076
Fantastic new for the series- Red Bull duo Carlos Sainz Jr. and Daniil Kvyat will race for MW Arden in GP3 2013, according to Italiaracing.net.
( http://italiaracing.net/notizia.asp?id=38116&cat=55 )
Looks like there’s already a fierce title battle ahead of the season!23rd November 2012, 17:14 at 5:14 pm #213077
I hoped Sainz would have driven for Lotus :( I know he is a strong driver and Lotus is my first team, he’d have been a nice replacement for Abt.23rd November 2012, 17:17 at 5:17 pm #213078
I’ve seen that source before but it’s not official yet.23rd November 2012, 17:28 at 5:28 pm #213079
The third Arden driver will probably be Fumanelli. Now Lotus ART will have to muster a strong line-up to fight the Ardens and the Marussia of Tio Ellinas, who will definitely be a title contender. Lotus ART have plenty of attractive options for their line-up next year. Patric Niederhauser, Robert Visoiu, Giovanni Venturini, and Kevin Ceccon all have GP3 experience and could form an impressive line-up. The team could also select rookies from F3 and FR2.0, including Jimmy Eriksson, Óscar Tunjo, and Jake Dennis.
This is also raises question marks over Koiranen’s line up as many expected them to field Kvyat. I’m expecting a mostly Nordic line up for the team. Weckström, Villemi, and Ocon, perhaps?11th December 2012, 11:22 at 11:22 am #213080
British F3 champion Jack Harvey has joined Lotus GP for 201311th December 2012, 12:40 at 12:40 pm #213081
@portugoose Hadn’t seen that about Sainz and Kvyat – that’ll be fun! Kvyat looked pretty quick in Eurocup this year, needs a bit of polish though. Some silly incidents especially the one with Harvey in Hungary.8th January 2013, 17:20 at 5:20 pm #2130828th January 2013, 18:14 at 6:14 pm #213083
I’m hoping thats at least 3 or 4 drivers then for tomorrow.
Would be nice of course but it’s been a while since anyone else had been announced.9th January 2013, 9:09 at 9:09 am #213084
The 2 announcements “coming soon” I expect will be Carlin filling their two remaining seats, having already confirmed Eric Lichtenstein in November
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