Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc has won the opening round of the 2016 GP3 campaign at Catalunya, in what was a lights-to-flag victory for the Monegasque.
There wasn’t that much overtaking in the race considering the closeness of qualifying earlier in the day and the new car which was announced by Dallara last year.
It was supposed to be redesigned to help promote overtaking, however the conservative tyre choice by Pirelli meant that the only moves we seen were early on in the race when Leclerc managed to jump both Kevin Jorg and Jake Hughes at the start into turn one.
Jorg dropped down the order, when both Nirei Fukuzumi and Antonio Fuoco passed him for third and fourth place respectively, while Hughes was managing the gap to Leclerc who built up a six second lead over the course of the 22-lap race.
Drama’s early on for Aitken, who after being blocked on his run in qualifying, stalled at the start which meant he dropped to the back of the pack. He ultimately finished in 20th place.
Matt Parry – who incidentally was the one who blocked Aitken – managed to make his way up to 12th after starting 17th, but could not get into the top ten as the pace was manageable towards the end.
Photo Credit: GP3 Series