Antonio Felix Da Costa charged to a dominant victory in GP3 Race 1 of the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone. The 20 year old Portuguese also claimed the fastest lap as he won from 3rd on the grid in his Carlin.
After a deluge of rain throughout the day, the GP3 Race start was delayed and held under menacing black clouds with temperatures of around 15 degrees, making it much cooler than previous rounds.
The start was worth waiting for though with Mitch Evans (MW Arden) making a great getaway from pole while his main series rival from P2 on the grid, Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP), struggled to pull away and a lost a place to Felix Da Costa. After a few moves on lap one, the Carlin driver made a brave manoeuvre on the New Zealander to overtake him around the outside and claim the lead.
As the rain stayed away and the sunshine came out, Felix Da Costa increased his lead over Evans to around 3 seconds at the midway point of the race, trading fastest laps with Daly and Vainio in an attempt to grab 2 further vital points.
Felix Da Costa won by an impressive 7 seconds, his second win in his GP3 career. Evans, with 2nd, extends his lead in the driver standings and is now 11 points in front of Vainio who took the final spot on the rostrum. Felix Da Costa’s victory makes him the 6th different winner from the first 7 races of the 2012 GP3 Series.
With his win Felix Da Costa jumped to 3rd in the championship table with 54 points. He still has work to do as Evans leads on 100 and Vainio has 84 but there are still 9 races remaining in the season.
Reverse Pole for Sunday's Race 2 goes to Kevin Ceccon and it is due to start at 09.30 CET.