December 6th, 2013
The GP3 Series calendar will increase to nine rounds for the 2014 season, organisers announced on Friday. Like GP2, the GP3 schedule will feature Russia and Austria as new venues. The standalone Valencia round drops out of the series, meaning all GP3 races are part of the Formula 1 support bill again. Barcelona will kick off the season on May 9, and Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina track will close it on November 23. GP3 teams will have three pre-season tests, starting at Estoril (27-28 March) and followed by Jerez (10-11 April) and at Barcelona (April 16-17). “GP3 is going into its fifth season of existence with three of its champions already racing in Formula 1,” said series boss Bruno Michel. “I am very pleased to announce that all of this [...]
November 7th, 2013
Patric Niederhauser ended official post-season GP3 Series testing with the fastest time of the week at Yas Marina on Thursday. The 22-year-old Swiss, who was driving for MW Arden for the third and final day of the test, was second fastest during the morning session, but found over half a second in the afternoon to end the day with a 1m55.372s time. That marker, which was 0.185s quicker than ART’s Oliver Rowland, was also the fastest time of the entire test. Niederhauser, who finished 13th in this year’s GP3 points, had driven for Jenzer and ART on the previous two days and always featured in the top-three times. Rowland, who topped Wednesday’s running, was quickest during the morning, but ended up second, a spot ahead of fellow Briton, Dean Stoneman, [...]
November 6th, 2013
2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Oliver Rowland set the pace on the second day of GP3′s post-season test at Yas Marina. The 21-year-old, who finished runner-up in this year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Euro series, topped both the morning and afternoon sessions for the Manor squad. As was the case on day one, it was the latter session that proved the faster, with Rowland improving by almost half a second to go fastest with a 1m55.600s. That left him just over 37 hundredths of a second clear of ART’s Patric Niederhauser, who combined a full season in GP3 – scoring two podiums – with LMP2 commitments both at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the ELMS. Day one pacesetter Dean Stoneman, who took a podium finish on his series [...]
November 4th, 2013
Dean Stoneman admitted he was blown away by the support he got during his return to single-seater racing, after being one of the stars of the weekend in GP3. Stoneman made his return to international racing with Koiranen for the Abu Dhabi event, having not competed in single-seaters since he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the end of 2010. The former Formula 2 champion had an outstanding weekend at Yas Marina, finishing just 0.293 seconds behind winner Tio Ellinas in race two. The Briton had finished in sixth place in the first race. An emotional Stoneman, who admitted he had been unsure if he would ever return to international racing, dedicated the results to his family. From the archive: Stoneman back from the brink of death “That was awesome. [...]
November 4th, 2013
GP2 runner-up Sam Bird will drive for Russian Time’s GP3 squad during this week’s post-season test at Yas Marina. The 26-year-old Briton, who won five times in GP2 for the team this year, but missed out on the title at the final round to Fabio Leimer, will help establish baseline set-ups for the squad, which will be running GP3 cars for the first time. Bird’s GP2 team-mate Tom Dillmann had been scheduled to drive instead, but has been ruled out as a result of the neck injuries he sustained in an opening-lap collision in race one last weekend. The team will also run series regular Jimmy Eriksson and Formula Renault ALPS podium finisher Kuba Dalewski. British Formula 3 champion Jordan King will drive for Status on the opening day alongside [...]
November 2nd, 2013
Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing Daniil Kvyat closed the gap on championship rival Facu Regalia by setting pole position for race one of GP3′s 2013 title decider in Abu Dhabi. MW Arden driver Kvyat lapped the Yas Marina circuit in 1m55.473s to take pole, while ART’s Regalia struggled to find pace and will start 10th. Kvyat is now just three points behind as a result of the four bonus points for pole. Regalia, whose struggle for grip was clear as he slid onto the run-off during one of his early runs, made a rear suspension change for his second effort on fresh tyres but to little avail. Carlin’s Nick Yelloly will start alongside Kvyat on the front row, with another title contender, Kevin Korjus, in third. Korjus showed great pace [...]
October 31st, 2013
Alice Powell will return to the GP3 Series for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix support races this weekend with Bamboo-Engineering. The 20-year-old Briton, who finished as runner-up in the MSV-run F3 Cup this year, replaces Melville McKee at the team. Powell contested a full GP3 season last year with Status Grand Prix, but last week returned to international-level action by testing in Formula Renault 3.5 at Barcelona. She said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in Abu Dhabi and to step into a GP3 car again. “Obviously the car is very different from what I drove last year and to anything I’ve raced before, so it will take time to get used to the car and tyres. “But I can’t wait to get on track and I will give it [...]
September 7th, 2013
Dino Zamparelli has been suspended from the second Monza GP3 race for triggering the race one pile-up that took out his title-chasing team-mate Tio Ellinas. The two Marussia-affiliated Manor cars collided when Zamparelli, who had qualified 11th, slewed across the grass approaching the first chicane at the start and collected his team-mate, who started third. The chain reaction chaos that ensued delayed several other cars, with Carlos Sainz Jr spun to the back and both Conor Daly and Robert Visoiu forced to retire. Monza stewards ruled that Zamparelli “made a serious breach of the regulations which had the potential to cause injury to others. Stewards had evidence Zamparelli had left the track deliberately and rejoined the track, colliding with another three cars.” TWITTER APOLOGY Zamparelli issued a statement via his [...]
September 7th, 2013
Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat dominated the first GP3 Series race of the weekend at Monza after a first-corner pile-up behind handed him an enormous first-lap advantage. MW Arden driver Kvyat made a perfect start from pole, while fellow front-row man Robert Visoiu made a slow getaway. As Carlos Sainz Jr and Tio Ellinas battled for second at the first corner, Dino Zamparelli took to the grass on the inside and speared into the side of Manor team-mate Ellinas, who in turn rammed Sainz into a spin. Visoiu was also taken out, while title contender Conor Daly bounced over the kerbs and sustained a front-right puncture. He too retired. Kvyat completed the opening lap with a 3.4-second advantage, which he extended to 5.3s by the finish over Carlin’s Nick Yelloly, [...]
September 6th, 2013
Red Bull junior pairing Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr fought out an intra-MW Arden duel at the top of the GP3 Series practice times at Monza on Friday afternoon. Kvyat topped the session, 0.042 seconds faster than Sainz. Carlin’s returning star Alexander Sims again impressed with the third-fastest time, 0.168s off the pace, but clear of points leader Facu Regalia. Melville McKee was fifth quickest, ahead of Kevin Korjus, points runner-up Conor Daly and Aaro Vainio. Former series leader Tio Ellinas was only 22nd fastest.
August 25th, 2013
Alexander Sims won the second race at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday morning, concluding a successful debut weekend in the Carlin team.
August 24th, 2013
Carlos Sainz Jr will start race one of the GP3 Series weekend at Spa from pole position after dominating the qualifying times on Saturday morning. The MW Arden driver held an advantage of almost four tenths over his team-mate Daniil Kvyat, who will start alongside him on the front row
August 23rd, 2013
Conor Daly set the pace in Spa GP3 Series free practice on Friday evening.
July 30th, 2013
New GP2 squad Russian Time is working towards entering GP3 from 2014.
July 28th, 2013
Robert Visoiu led an MW Arden one-two in a soporific GP3 sprint race in Hungary. The Romanian led every one of the 17 laps and was never under threat from his fast-starting team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr despite a late safety car erasing his advantage.
July 27th, 2013
Aaro Vainio completed a lights-to-flag victory in the opening GP3 race in Hungary. The Korainen racer made a good start, keeping ART’s Conor Daly behind through the first corner. Over the next half a dozen laps he stretched the lead to over 2.5 seconds, before Daly started to reel him in.
July 7th, 2013
Melville McKee scored his and Bamboo Engineering’s first-ever GP3 Series victory at the Nurburgring, heading an all-British top four in Germany. Front row starter McKee grabbed the lead at the start from polesitter Alexander Sims (Status), the latter losing second when Carlin’s Nick Yelloly drove around the outside of him at Turn 2. McKee pulled out a 2.5-second lead by the end of lap three, but the chasing Yelloly closed the gap down to 1.1s four laps later
July 6th, 2013
Facu Regalia scored a lights-to-flag victory to record his first win in the GP3 Series at the Nurburgring on Saturday afternoon. The Argentinian rocketed away from pole position and pulled out a 2.5-second lead by the time that the safety car was required to recover Daniil Kvyat’s stranded car.
July 5th, 2013
Alexander Sims grabbed the headlines on his return to the GP3 Series on Friday afternoon by immediately topping free practice at the Nurburgring. The 24-year-old Briton, who last raced in the series in 2011, returned to Status GP in place of Adderly Fong, who is racing in China this weekend. His last single-seater start was in the Macau GP last year.
July 1st, 2013
Alexander Sims will return to GP3 at the Nurburgring this weekend to stand in for Adderly Fong at the Status team. Fong has to skip the race due to clashing commitments in China’s Audi R8 LMS Cup and Porsche Carrera Cup at Ordos. Sims drove for Status in GP3 in 2011 and for its World Endurance Championship LMP2 programme last year