Luckless Stoneman upbeat after impressing at Silverstone

DEAN STONEMAN

DEAN STONEMAN

First published in Sport Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Reporter

DEAN Stoneman suffered a luckless weekend at Silverstone – thanks to a crash and suspension failure.

The GP3 star suffered a huge impact during Friday's practice session, when his car sustained rear-end damage after leaving the track at Stowe corner at more than 100mph.

Stoneman’s Marussia Manor colleagues worked through the night to repair the GP3 Dallara.

The 23 year-old struggled to get the best from his rebuilt car in wet conditions before qualifying on the eighth row of the grid.

But Stoneman responded with a stunning display on Saturday, finishing tenth after carving through the field, to many plaudits in the GP3 and F1 paddocks.

He was again fast out of the blocks on Sunday, making up three places during the first lap of a stunning drive.

With one of the 15 laps remaining, Stoneman was up to an impressive fifth, with fourth clearly in his sights, when he suffered suspension failure.

"The shunt on Friday practice really put us on the back foot,” he said. “The team were amazing in getting the car rebuilt, but we still had some work to do, which we were trying to overcome during qualifying."

Stoneman added: "I think I’ve shown I have good pace in this car. If we had nailed qualifying I think we would have got a lot more from this weekend."

The GP3 series moves on to the Hockenheim Ring, Germany in a fortnight’s time.

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