The weather dominated the opening GP3 race, with a downpour soaking Hockenheim just before the start. Lotus driver Daniel Abt qualified on pole and started his home race behind the safety car – having just changed from wet tyres to the medium slick, nominated for GP3 at Hockenheim, before the rain fell.
His team mate Conor Daly was the highest-placed driver to start on wet tyres and took the lead from third after all the drivers on slicks pitted at the end of lap one. The race was red-flagged after the second lap due to too much standing water and eventually re-started under the safety car, with Jenzer driver Patric Niederhauser – who also started on wet tyres, from eighth on the grid – taking the lead after the re-start and going on to claim his second win of the year from Daly.
GP3 Race 2 on Sunday morning was held in completely dry conditions with all the drivers using the medium tyre. MW Arden’s Mitch Evans won from Abt to lead the championship after a race that was interrupted by two lengthy safety car periods.
Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola commented: “The tyre strategy was the key to two great results from Cecotto and Richelmi on Saturday, who took a calculated gamble and made it work. They were able to anticipate how the track would dry and this made the difference after a rain-affected qualifying. The same applied in GP3, with first and second places for Niederhauser and Daly on Saturday the direct result of their decision to start on wet tyres.”
Pirelli Press Release