Antonio Felix da Costa set the pace in the first practice session for the GP3 Series on a very wet Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on Friday morning.
The Portuguese Carlin driver waited until the very last minute to post his 2m11.463s lap in atrocious conditions that remained in place throughout the 45 minutes of running. Countless spins and offs, including one for da Costa, peppered the session and the yellow flags seemed to be constantly waving.
Tamas Pal Kiss was caught out by one such yellow, having initially set his best time to head the field while one was waving. That time of 2m12.552s was disallowed but, no matter, for the Hungarian improved on that time anyway to end the morning second fastest, 0.37sec behind da Costa.
Mitch Evans' last lap was good enough to ensure he went ahead of Patric Niederhauser, while Aaro Vainio was fifth.
Conor Daly was sixth quickest ahead of a number of late-lap time posters including Marlon Stockinger and Tio Ellinas, who bumped Alex Brundle down from a respectable seventh to tenth in the final moments of the session on his home track.
Among the spinners were Fabio Gamberini, Facu Regalia, Kotaro Sakurai, Will Buller, who ended the morning 12th fastest, Alice Powell, Fabiano Machado (who caused the last yellow) and David Fuminelli.
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 2m11.463s 16
2. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS GP 2m11.836s 18
3. Mitch Evans MW Arden 2m12.308s 18
4. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 2m12.984s 17
5. Aaro Vainio Lotus GP 2m13.433s 12
6. Conor Daly Lotus GP 2m13.468s 16
7. Kevin Ceccon Ocean Racing Technology 2m13.667s 16
8. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 2m13.969s 17
9. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 2m14.583s 17
10. Alex Brundle Carlin 2m14.595s 16
11. Matias Laine MW Arden 2m15.418s 17
12. William Buller Carlin 2m15.550s 10
13. Daniel Abt Lotus GP 2m15.601s 9
14. Giovanni Venturini Trident Racing 2m16.229s 15
15. David Fumanelli MW Arden 2m16.285s 8
16. Antonio Spavone Trident Racing 2m17.078s 16
17. Facu Regalia Jenzer Motorsport 2m17.848s 17
18. Vicky Piria Trident Racing 2m18.177s 16
19. Kotaro Sakurai Status Grand Prix 2m18.369s 18
20. Dmitry Suranovich Marussia Manor Racing 2m18.822s 16
21. Fabio Gamberini Atech CRS GP 2m19.651s 8
22. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS GP 2m21.265s 10
23. Robert Visoiu Jenzer Motorsport 2m21.415s 7
24. Alice Powell Status Grand Prix 2m21.834s 4
25. Fabiano Machado Marussia Manor Racing 2m22.854s 13
26. Carmen Jorda Ocean Racing Technology 2m26.610s 9
27. Robert Cregan Ocean Racing Technology 0