01 Nikita Mazpein
02 Leonardo Pulcini
19 Devlin DeFrancesco
01 Leonardo Pulcini
02 David Beckmann
17 Devlin DeFrancesco
The 2018 GP3 season ended in style this weekend under the glittering Yas Marina lights, with Devlin showing exactly why he is such a strong prospect for the future with another promising performance.
It was down to business immediately for Devlin in what was the final GP3 practice session of the year, and of the series as we know it. Sitting in the sharp-end of the order and ending the session P9 the young Canadian Italian was clearly unfazed by the challenge of the new track.
Struggling slightly with tyre temperatures Devlin was unable to convert his earlier one-lap pace during the half an hour qualifying session ending the session P19.
Getting away from the line well as the lights went out Saturday morning, Devlin stayed fully focused as chaos raged out front. Getting thoroughly stuck in with his own battles, working hard and tussling with the likes of Diego Menchaca and Jehan Daruvala making up two places to cross the line P17. With another clean and calculated race under his belt Devlin left the track confident to end the season on a high.
The grid was electric as the drivers lined up for the final time bright and early on Sunday morning. With grid positions set by Saturday’s finishing positions Devlin started higher than he had done the previous day. With fewer laps and more intense racing, Devlin knew he had to make an impact quickly, and that he most certainly did. Capitalizing on the chaos in front, Devlin demonstrated his supreme pace making up seven places running P10 by lap 4 engaging in many wheel on wheel battles to end the race in P11 - a season best and agonizingly close to the points.
‘The race pace was generally quite strong’ he commented.
“It was a good way to end the year. Close to being in the top ten, had we cleared Pulcini a bit earlier, we would have rocked up to the back end of Mawson and Verschoor and possibly passed them. It’s been a tough season switching championships mid-way - now I’m full into winter training mode looking to bounce back and being back where I should be. I’m excited to see what 2019 brings”
It’s not quite time for Devlin to clock out for 2018, as he will take part in the upcoming Formula 3 test, which will also be held in Abu Dhabi.