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Carlin’s GP3 drivers made a promising start to the season finale in Abu Dhabi this morning. Alexander Sims finished second overall after being pipped to the top spot by newly confirmed F1 driver Daniil Kvyat by 0.028 seconds in the dying minutes of the session. Sims was joined at the top of the timing screens by team mate Nick Yelloly who was also a front runner throughout the session and ended fourth. Luis Sa Silva was for the majority of the session in the top half of the field and was 17th overall at the flag.

After a lengthy break since the last GP3 race in Monza in September, the GP3 drivers were on track again this morning around the Yas Marina Circuit. As the drivers set their first flying laps, Sims showed intent with an effort which put him fourth, while Sa Silva was just behind in fifth.

As the times started to tumble Yelloly was picking up the pace and went third quickest. 10 minutes into the forty minute session Sim was third, Yelloly fourth and Sa Silva 16th.

After a brief stop in the pits, Sim improved to second and next time round went quicker again to briefly top the timing screens. Both Sims and Yelloly remained competitive as the times dropped with Sims putting in a strong lap to go P1 with only a minute remaining. The Carlin man’s time looked to remain unbeaten until Kvyat posted a purple middle sector to better his effort by 0.028 seconds. Yelloly completed a strong session for the team in fourth place.

Reflecting on practice, Sims said, “It was a good practice session, probably the best of the year so far. We had good pace on used tyres although the car was moving around a little at the rear. We made a small change and when we put the new tyres on the balance was perfect. We’ve started the weekend off on a good footing.”

Fourth place man Yelloly added, “I’m pleased with how it went with this being my first experience of Abu Dhabi. I wasn’t quite up to the maximum on the braking on my fastest lap so there may have been a little bit of time to be gained there. We’ll sit down though and look at the data and see where more time can be made up. Being in the top five in practice is a good start though.”

The GP3 team will be back on track for qualifying tomorrow morning.

Daniil KvyatRed Bull Junior Daniil Kyvat will contest the Hockenheim round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin, joining the team’s regular four car line-up. The 18 year-old Russian who is completing a full time programme in the GP3 Series this season will make sure he is race fit with his Formula 3 debut at the Hockenheimring from 3 – 5 May.

Despite never competing in a Formula 3 car before, Kyvat’s single seater career is impressive. The Red Bull Junior finished third in the competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Euro championship in 2011 and just missed out on the title in 2012 finishing vice champion with nine podiums including seven wins.

A regular front runner in this year’s GP3 pre-season tests, Kyvat joins Carlin’s successful Formula 3 team, which has already taken two pole positions and a race victory in the first two events of the season.

Kyvat will join Carlin runners Harry Tincknell, Jordan King, Nicholas Latifi and Jann Mardenborough who have all scored points in the opening two rounds at Monza and Silverstone.

Kyvat said, “This will be my first time in an F3 car so it’s going to be very exciting. With my first real experience of the car being in race conditions it will be a challenge and it will mean I’ve got to take it step by step and build up the pace gradually. This race is to improve my experience so I’m not expecting anything magic. I will just do my job and see what it brings. With Carlin I expect we will have good foundations to work from.”

The Red Bull Junior follows in the footsteps of Toro Rosso F1 racers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne who both competed with and won titles with Carlin’s F3 team. “I was very excited when I heard that I would race with Carlin – it was good news for me. I’m honoured to race with the team and its good experience for me. There’s a lot to learn in the car and with a new team but I like the Hockenheim circuit having won there in Formula Renault 2.0 so it should be a positive experience.”

Trevor Carlin added, “We’re delighted that the Red Bull Junior programme have placed Daniil with us for Hockenheim. He’s a very exciting driver and has shown a lot of talent in his career so far. The aim of the weekend is to give Daniil some more experience and it’s very much a learning exercise, but despite that I expect to see some encouraging results from him.”