GP2

Rossi lights up Abu Dhabi qualifying

American grabs top spot in dramatic session—
 
Alexander Rossi has dominated this evening’s qualifying session in Abu Dhabi with an educational display of driving under lights to claim pole position from Sam Bird and Jolyon Palmer, leading for most of the session to annex the front of tomorrow afternoon’s feature race grid.
 
With lights blazing all around the circuit, the darkness beyond had at least taken the sting out of the extreme heat from this morning’s practice session as Stefano Coletti set the early pace, but it didn’t take long before Palmer and then Rossi took over the running, with the American sawing away at his own times as his rivals tried in vain to keep up.
 
With six minutes remaining in the session most of the field were about to start their fast laps for another shot at the top spot, led on track once again by Rossi, as Daniel Abt slowed as first a wheelnut and then his left rear wheel detached from his car, prompting a red flag period much to the annoyance of his rivals.
 
The marshals made quick work of removing the stricken vehicles, and the field was soon out again and trying to get their tyres up to temperature: Marcus Ericsson looked to have done his job the best as he took the top of the timesheets, with Rossi pushing hard and finishing just 0.007 seconds behind the Swede and Palmer looking faster still until he missed his braking at the chicane and Bird slowing on his final run, but Ericsson’s time was soon cancelled for exceeding the track limits, promoting the others.
 
Title leader Fabio Leimer will line up in P4, immediately behind championship rival Bird on the grid but ahead of Johnny Cecotto, Jon Lancaster, Felipe Nasr, Stephane Richelmi and Dani Clos, with the closeness of the grid promising a scorching feature race.  
Abu Dhabi – Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:48.931
11
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.241
10
3.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:49.376
10
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:49.485
11
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.672
9
6.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:49.680
10
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.827
10
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:49.829
11
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:49.835
10
10.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:49.846
10
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:49.864
10
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:49.910
10
13.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.951
10
14.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:50.002
9
15.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.334
10
16.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
1:50.446
10
17.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.510
10
18.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:50.534
10
19
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:50.553
11
20.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.634
13
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.809
10
22.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:50.884
10
23.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:50.906
11
24.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:50.907
6
25.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.493
10

GP2

Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi
Series leader fastest in Abu Dhabi

LEIMER LEADS THE WAY IN FREE PRACTICE—

Fabio Leimer has started the final weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series in fine style after claiming the top spot in this morning’s free practice session at Yas Marina Circuit, stealing the spot in his final lap to head title rival Sam Bird and Dani Clos.
 
The points leader set a time of 1:51.766 on his final lap to claim best time from Bird, but the Englishman appeared to be on a faster lap before slowing slightly in the final sector, relinquishing the position he had held for much of the session in the process.
 
The practice session took place under blazing skies, with times tumbling throughout as the drivers came to grips with the circuit and their tyres: Jolyon Palmer set the first competitive lap before Bird claimed the top spot just 8 minutes in, improving his time later before Clos took over on the leaderboard with just over ten minutes remaining.
 
As the pace improved a number of drivers ran wide, showing just how hard they were working to improve their times: Bird regained the top spot with four minutes remaining, but Leimer laid down a marker for the championship battle as the chequered flag came out.
 
Alexander Rossi, James Calado, Tom Dillmann, Jon Lancaster, Stéphane Richelmi, Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr filled the timesheets behind the top three, with just one second covering the first 11 drivers: the pace promises to heat up even more when qualifying starts a few hours from now.
Abu Dhabi – Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:51.766
10
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:51.924
13
3.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:52.019
11
4.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:52.061
13
5.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:52.162
11
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.175
12
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:52.543
12
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:52.573
14
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.583
12
10.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:52.697
14
11.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.709
14
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:52.801
13
13.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:52.822
14
14.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:52.853
13
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:52.870
11
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:52.973
12
17.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:53.225
13
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:53.383
13
19
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:53.472
13
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:53.552
12
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.638
11
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:53.750
11
23.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:53.986
10
24.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:54.435
14
25.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
1:55.291
14
26.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
2:00.043
10

GP3

Kvyat sets the pace in Free Practice at Abu Dhabi
Kvyat sets the pace in Free Practice at Abu Dhabi
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat fastest at the Yas Marina Circuit—
 
Newly announced F1 driver for 2014, Daniil Kvyat showed he meant business by topping the times in the opening session of Round 8 of the season in Abu Dhabi. The Russian driver’s best lap was a 1:57.130. Alexander Sims (Carlin) and Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) posted the second and third quickest times.
 
After a seven-week long break from action, GP3 finishes the season in style at the spectacular setting of the Yas Marina Circuit. This is the first time the Series have raced outside of Europe. Both the Drivers’ and Team Championships’ will be decided this weekend in the final round. There were three new faces for the final round: 2012 GP3 drivers Alice Powell and Robert Cregan driving for Bamboo Engineering and Trident respectively and rookie Dean Stoneman in at Koiranen GP.
 
The forty-five minute practice got underway under the sweltering heat with a track temperature of 41 degrees. Kvyat was first onto the circuit and to lead the way. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) stopped on track with technical gremlins, only able to complete four laps.
 
Sainz and Sims were next along, chasing down the Russian’s time until ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey split the MW Arden duo. Kvyat held an advantage of almost six-tenths, until the teams began to pit for new Pirelli rubber as the times tumbled.
 
Sims shot back to P2, with Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser moving up to third. Nick Yelloly made it two Carlin cars in the top three when he improved, with his teammate Sims displacing Kvyat at the head of the timesheets. This lasted for a few seconds until Kvyat regained his current place on top and was the first driver to dip into the 1m58’s.
 
Harvey, Conor Daly and Series leader Facu Regalia made it an all ART Grand Prix top three as the clock ticked down until Niederhauser flew to P1 despite a small mistake towards the end of his lap. As the chequered flag was waved Sims looked set to end the session on top but Kvyat stormed past to improve on his time by 0.028s and record the fastest time.
 
Behind Kvyat, Sims, Sainz, Yelloly, Niederhauser, Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) and Giovanni Venturini (Trident) made up the top seven. Stoneman, making his debut appearance for the Finnish outfit impressed in P8 ahead of Daly and Harvey
 
Qualifying takes place at 10.00am local time tomorrow morning and will be vital in the fight for the 2013 title with four points for pole which could prove very decisive in the final outcome.
Free Practice
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
1:57.130
18
2.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
1:57.158
19
3.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
1:57.299
18
4.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
1:57.449
19
5.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
1:57.574
18
6.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
1:57.704
18
7.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
1:57.849
19
8.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
1:58.249
17
9.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
1:58.250
17
10.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
1:58.324
17
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
1:58.396
18
12.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
1:58.461
16
13.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
1:58.575
18
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
1:58.672
18
15.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
1:58.710
19
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
1:58.735
19
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
1:58.793
19
18.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
1:59.257
18
19.
Robert Cregan
Trident
1:59.340
20
20.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
1:59.769
20
21.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
2:00.261
20
22.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
2.00.371
21
23.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:00.687
19
24.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
2.01.075
20
25.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
2:02.001
17
26.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
2:04.084
4