GP2

Sam Bird

Sam Bird leads the way in Budapest – 
 
RUSSIAN TIME ace quickest in free practice at Hungaroring
 
Title contender Sam Bird had the perfect start to his GP2 race weekend setting the fastest laptime of this morning’s Free Practice session at the Hungaroring with a laptime of 1:29.408. The Brit’ finished three tenths ahead of Sergio Canamasas in P2 whilst Bird’s teammate Tom Dillmann completed the top three.
 
The seventh round of the 2013 season opened this morning in scorching temperatures. All twenty-six drivers opted for Prime Medium Pirelli tyres for the thirty minute long practice session. It was Alexander Rossi who set the early pace right before a yellow flag came out when Felipe Nasr stopped at Turn 14 following a small mistake. The Brazilian was not able to re-join and had to sit out the rest of the session.
 
When the track was clear, James Calado found some extra pace to improve on Rossi’s laptime and take the top spot on the timesheet, but Bird set both sectors 1 and 2 ablaze to claim P1 with a time eight tenths of a second quicker than his countryman.
 
Dillmann improved on his personal best as well and moved up to P2 just before Calado lost control of his car at Turn 11, span off track and stopped, putting a premature end to his session as well. Canamasas was then on a mission and took P2.
 
At the chequered flag, Bird sat pretty at the top of the timings ahead of Canamasas and Dillmann. Calado ended the session fourth ahead of Marcus Ericsson, Johnny Cecotto, Fabio Leimer, Daniel De Jong, Stéphane Richelmi and Jon Lancaster.
 
With the temperatures rising and the option to use Soft Pirelli tyres, the qualifying session which will take place at 15.55 today promises to be another GP2 classic.
Budapest – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.408
12
2.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:29.760
14
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:29.902
14
4.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:30.003
7
5.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:30.084
15
6.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:30.239
15
7.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:30.241
12
8.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:30.329
13
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:30.349
14
10.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:30.413
14
11.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:30.428
15
12.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:30.504
14
13.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:30.552
13
14.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:30.558
13
15.
Stefano Coletti
Raoax
1:30.590
15
16.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:30.742
15
17.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:30.807
15
18.
Rio Hayranto
Barwa Addax Team
1:30.869
13
19
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:31.045
13
20.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:31.063
15
21.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:31.524
15
22.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:31.770
13
23.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:31.797
14
24.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:31.845
15
25.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
1:33.848
15
26.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:49.063
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