By The1nsider 1 week ago




Coming to Jerez, George’s objective was clear: to grab pole position and then take the Race 1 win. Unfortunately for the Briton it did not go to plan, but his other job was to make sure he’d finish ahead of title rival Jack Aitken. That was not the case in qualifying, as the Series leader ended P3 just behind Aitken. However, at the start of Race 1, Russell saw an opportunity at Turn 3 and took it to pass his rival and secure P2 at the flag. All he needed then was to score four points more than Aitken on Sunday. Once again, the Mercedes protégé started one spot behind his teammate, but he was able to make the position in the opening lap. Aitken then lost one more place to Nirei Fukuzumi. George eventually classified P4 and added two more points to his tally with fastest lap to become the eighth GP3 Series Champion following in the footsteps of Charles Leclerc. All that with one round to spare! From all of us at The Insider magazine, hats off George!


2017 has not been the season the loveable Japanese driver had dreamt of: Nirei always had the pace, but there was always something getting in the way to repeat his top form in Barcelona Round 1. Last week in Jerez, all the stars aligned and the Honda F1 protégé was able to take his second pole position in a row, but this time on track. On Saturday, he made the perfect getaway to remain in control until the chequered flag to grab a second race win this year. The following day, he took more precious points with P5 to close the gap to Jack Aitken in the Drivers’ Standings. The fight for second place in the Series will be riveting with a small six point gap between the two teammates.


In a season of ups and downs, Alessio Lorandi has showed speed and slick racing skills. In Jerez, the Italian from Jenzer Motorsport put both to good use to take a maiden race win on Sunday from reverse pole. This is his fourth podium finish of the year, which brings him 17 points behind Giuliano Alesi in the Drivers’ Standings and thus closer to a potential top 5 classification ahead of the season finale at the Yas Marina Circuit next month.


Since Round 2 in Spielberg, Sunday races have been Giuliano Alesi’s playground, with one 2nd place and three consecutive wins. The Frenchman qualified P11 in Jerez and fought hard all race long with Alessio Lorandi to take P8 and thus reverse pole on Sunday. Unfortunately the Trident driver, who had passed the Italian in the final sector of the race, was judged to have made contact with the Jenzer man as he overtook him. He was penalised and dropped one position and eventually classified P9. On Sunday, he made up two places to score a total of four points in Spain.


The American’s point scoring streak came to an end in Spain last week: P13 in qualifying, he classified P12 in Race 1 and a lowly P14 in Race 2. He will be looking to turning a new leaf for the final round of the season next month in Abu Dhabi.


  ISSUE 113 GP3
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