Tio Ellinas set the pace in a disrupted GP3 Series free practice session at Hockenheim on Friday evening.
The 45-minute session had to be halted halfway through due to a power cut. While the problem was fixed, at least the track dried completely and allowed drivers some decent track conditions at the end of a rain-affected day in Germany. Despite a big lock-up in the stadium section, Marussia Manor driver Ellinas lapped in 1m32.838s, 0.239sec faster than MW Arden's David Fumanelli, who missed the previous races due to a family illness at home.
Title challenger Aaro Vainio was third fastest for Lotus, just a thousandth of a second slower than Fumanelli, ahead of Carlin's Antonio Felix da Costa. Valencia winner Patric Niederhauser was next up, ahead of Daniel Abt, who survived a lurid slide across the grass entering the stadium section.
Points leader Mitch Evans was only seventh fastest, just ahead of Conor Daly. The latter looked to be on course for the quickest time before being baulked.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1. Tio Ellinas Manor 1m32.838s
2. David Fumanelli MW Arden 1m33.077s + 0.239s
3. Aaro Vainio Lotus 1m33.078s + 0.240s
4. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 1m33.090s + 0.252s
5. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer 1m33.218s + 0.380s
6. Daniel Abt Lotus 1m33.352s + 0.514s
7. Mitch Evans MW Arden 1m33.490s + 0.652s
8. Conor Daly Lotus 1m33.498s + 0.660s
9. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 1m33.584s + 0.746s
10. Will Buller Carlin 1m33.690s + 0.852s
11. Matias Laine MW Arden 1m33.707s + 0.869s
12. Marlon Stockinger Status 1m33.743s + 0.905s
13. Lewis Williamson Status 1m33.906s + 1.068s
14. Kevin Ceccon Ocean 1m33.930s + 1.092s
15. Robert Visoiu Jenzer 1m34.004s + 1.166s
16. Dmitry Suranovich Manor 1m34.012s + 1.174s
17. Alex Brundle Carlin 1m34.032s + 1.194s
18. Giovanni Venturini Trident 1m34.102s + 1.264s
19. Fabiano Machado Manor 1m34.230s + 1.392s
20. Vicky Piria Trident 1m34.405s + 1.567s
21. Alice Powell Status 1m34.465s + 1.627s
22. Robert Cregan Ocean 1m35.358s + 2.520s
23. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS 1m35.367s + 2.529s
24. Carmen Jorda Ocean 1m41.164s + 8.326s