By The1nsider 7 days ago




Will ART Grand Prix be once again untouchable this season? The reigning champions picked up where they left off; quickest in free practice courtesy of Jake Hughes, they qualified P2, P3, P4 and P11 for Race 1. When the lights went off on Saturday morning, Nikita Mazepin, Anthoine Hubert and Callum Ilott moved up to the top 3 places and kept them until the flag dropped. The Russian rookie pocketed a maiden win whilst teammate Ilott enjoyed a first podium finish in GP3. The next day, Hubert took another second place from P7 on the grid as Hughes recovered from P13 to third on the line. ART Grand Prix are topping the Teams’ standings with a 59 point lead on second-placed Trident.


It took a cool head to master one start and three re-starts: Giuliano Alesi shot to the lead of Race 2 at Turn 1 in the opening lap and overcame the tricky damp conditions to take his first win of the season (his fourth in the category). The Frenchman definitely has the race pace and slick driving skills, but still needs to work on qualifying in order to fight for victory in Race 1 – a key to achieve his goal to become Champion in 2018.


We already knew the Italian was quick based on his results from the 2017 season. Leonardo Pulcini was the fastest of them all in the first qualifying session of this new campaign. His laptime of 1:32.258 was just enough to grab pole – his and Campos Racing’s first in GP3. His slow getaway on Saturday dropped him back to fourth. He missed on the points in Race 2 with P9 at the flag after pitting for a new front wing following contact with David Beckmann on lap 1.


The talented Finn had qualified to a strong fifth place in qualifying, but mechanical gremlins meant he could not launch in Race 1 and was left to start the race from last on Sunday morning. The MP Motorsport racer took his frustration and translated it into an awesome drive that took him all the way to sixth place at the chequered flag. Kari left Spain with only four points, but proved that he has what it takes to fight at the top.


It was a weekend to forget for Tatiana Calderón: although quick in free practice with P6, it was a different story in qualifying (P14). After that it was a DNF in each race and thus a difficult start to her 2018 campaign. The Colombian driver is fast, a hard-worker, and she has the experience to come back stronger in Round 2.


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