Sims fastest on GP3 return

Sims fastest on GP3 return

Formula 3

Sims fastest on GP3 return


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 open-wheel start was in the Macau GP last year.

Sims topped the session with a late flying lap by 0.14sec ahead of Carlin’s Eric Lichtenstein. Dino Zamparelli was third fastest for Manor, from fellow Brits Jack Harvey, Lewis Williamson and Nick Yelloly.

Points leader Tio Ellinas was seventh, ahead of David Fumanelli and Silverstone race two winner Giovanni Venturini.

Pos Driver               Team        Time      Gap      Laps 1. Alexander Sims       Status      1m45.208s           20 2. Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin      1m45.348s  +0.140s  19 3. Dino Zamparelli      Manor       1m45.531s  +0.323s  19 4. Jack Harvey          ART         1m45.707s  +0.499s  16 5. Lewis Williamson     Bamboo      1m45.812s  +0.604s  19 6. Nick Yelloly         Carlin      1m45.829s  +0.621s  17 7. Tio Ellinas          Manor       1m45.928s  +0.720s  18 8. Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      1m46.148s  +0.940s  19 9. David Fumanelli      Trident     1m46.487s  +1.279s  1910. Giovanni Venturini   Trident     1m46.590s  +1.382s  2011. Alex Fontana         Jenzer      1m46.596s  +1.388s  1312. Kevin Korjus         Koiranen    1m46.635s  +1.427s  1413. Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden    1m46.651s  +1.443s  1814. Melville McKee       Bamboo      1m46.792s  +1.584s  1815. Samin Gomez          Jenzer      1m46.802s  +1.594s  1916. Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer      1m46.832s  +1.624s  1517. Jimmy Eriksson       Status      1m46.855s  +1.647s  1918. Robert Visoiu        MW Arden    1m47.097s  +1.889s  1819. Emanuele Zonzini     Trident     1m47.101s  +1.893s  1920. Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden    1m47.143s  +1.935s  1721. Facu Regalia         ART         1m47.148s  +1.940s  1522. Conor Daly           ART         1m47.267s  +2.059s  1723. Aaro Vainio          Koiranen    1m47.421s  +2.213s  1624. Josh Webster         Status      1m47.866s  +2.658s  1825. Patrick Kujala       Koiranen    1m47.871s  +2.663s  1226. Ryan Cullen          Manor       1m48.456s  +3.248s  2027. Carmen Jorda         Bamboo      1m50.188s  +4.980s  19