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Yelloly Fastest At Silverstone
Posted by: newsla on Jul 05, 2014 - 06:30 AM
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Yelloly Fastest At Silverstone

Status Grand Prix’s Nick Yelloly topped the times in free practice for the British Grand Prix-supporting round of the GP3 Series at Silverstone.


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On the English driver’s home ground, and within earshot of the team’s Silverstone workshops, Yelloly set the two fastest times of the session.

He was comfortably in the top 10 early in the 45 minutes of running, when the field was using Pirelli P Zero tyres carried over from the previous round at the Red Bull Ring. A red flag then delayed quick times on new rubber, but once the session restarted Yelloly was able to get two in flying laps that were quicker than anyone else.

The team’s Mexican GP3 rookie Alfonso Celis Jr also got into the top 10 to continue his strong progress. The 17-year-old, like Yelloly, got two flying laps at the end of the session on his new tyres and posted the eighth fastest time.

Status GP’s Richie Stanaway, who is third in the points standings, lost time early in the session with a sensor issue that kept him in the pit-lane. On his first-ever visit to Silverstone in a single-seater, the New Zealander then had to bed in brake pads and discs. He managed just one flying lap on new tyres at the end of the session to go 13th fastest.

Qualifying is on Saturday at 0845, with race one later in the afternoon at 1620, and race two on Sunday at 0810.

Driver quotes:

Nick Yelloly
“We had to bed in brake pads and discs at the start, but I put in one lap that was good enough for P4 at the time. Then we did some changes that improved the car, but the tyres were old by then. I made sure I got good track position at the restart on my new tyres. My first lap was good enough, but I made a mistake at Brooklands and ran a bit wide. My second lap I improved the middle sector by two tenths, so that was good. The car is strong – very stable and easy to commit to each corner. It looks like it could be wet for qualifying, but that doesn’t matter – I’ve got plenty of Silverstone knowledge in those conditions!”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“My engineer did a good job and we’re getting there. The team developed a great set-up and I’m very happy that I put all my sectors together to get a good lap time. I know some other guys had traffic and other issues, but I’m happy that I put everything together. We’re improving and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Richie Stanaway
“It was frustrating to lose the time early on, and then because I was bedding in brakes I couldn’t really get much in the way of reference points for my first time at Silverstone in a single-seater. I wanted to get up to speed and didn’t get a chance to do that. I was first to take the chequered flag so I just missed out on a second flying lap. We’ll just work on things overnight and should be OK for qualifying.”

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