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2018 GP3 Championship
Spa-Francochamps

Promising pace yet mechanical woes at Spa

Spa-Francochamps
2018 GP3 Championship
Qualifying
5:50 pm
Friday
24

01      David Beckmann

02      Anthoine Hubert

18      Devlin DeFrancesco

2:04.335

+0.144

+1.639

Race 1
9:35 am
Saturday
25

01      David Beckmann

02      Ryan Tveter

18      Devlin DeFrancesco

36:56.427

+1.363

+37.632

9:25 am
Sunday
26

01      Nikita Mazepin

02      Anthoine Hubert

DNF   Devlin DeFrancesco

27:45.477

+1.840

-

9:25 am
Sunday
26
Race 2
9:25 am
Sunday
26

01      Nikita Mazepin

02      Anthoine Hubert

DNF   Devlin DeFrancesco

27:45.477

+1.840

n/a

Promising pace yet mechanical woes at Spa

Devlin DeFrancesco showed promise this weekend during the GP3 round at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, but bad luck ultimately meant that his strong turn of pace went unrewarded.

With both practice and qualifying taking place on Friday, Devlin hoped to get some good running in to set him up well for a strong weekend. With the red flag being shown very early on during practice, all cars were forced to return to the pits for some 20 minutes due to a problem with the ECUs. Due to the back-to-back nature of running on the Formula 1 calendar this delay resulted in limited running with the Canadian-Italian only completing 11 laps.

Undeterred by this limited running, Devlin put in several solid laps finishing the session just shy off the back of his experienced team-mate, Niko Kari. In the midst of a tight midfield battle, Devlin knew that there would be plenty of opportunity to climb the order in the feature race the following day.

In typical Spa fashion, Saturday morning started with rain and although it had stopped by the time the twenty GP3 hopefuls lined-up on the grid, track conditions were mixed.

Getting away from the line well, Devlin made up a place as the cars hurtled towards La Source. It was a race long battle for the eighteen-year-old as he swapped places with Verschoor, Menchaca and Fitje on several occasions. Settling into the rhythm in the mid race, the young driver demonstrated great pace which kept him hot on the tail of those in front whilst leaving breathing room for the pack behind. However, in a cruel twist of fate towards the end of the race his rear tyres burnt up causing him to drop back, but nonetheless it was a strong and feisty performance from the Canadian-Italian.

With a slight delay to the schedule on Sunday due to poor visibility Devlin lined up in the same spot as yesterday, and once more, made a great start. Running well for the first four laps, but soon after felt like he had begun to lose power. After valiantly struggling against this power deficit the youngster returned to the pits so the team could investigate but an unfortunate end to his weekend.

“It was weird, because yesterday we burned the rear tyres and today we burned the fronts” he commented.
“We’re not sure whether the throttle issue caused us to lose straight line speed from lap four or five onwards, seemed to be in a bit of a loss there, we don’t know if that was the issue or not.”
“For Monza we regroup and we try again”
Monday, August 27, 2018