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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

GP2

Leimer scorches to feature win

Leimer scorches to feature win—
 
Swiss driver claims championship lead—
 
Fabio Leimer has grabbed his third feature race win of the season with a storming drive in scorching conditions this afternoon in Monza, stealing a march at the start to lead his rivals all race long, apart from the pitstop window, for victory ahead of Sam Bird and Tom Dillmann and, with it, the championship lead.
 
When the lights went out Bird made a decent start from pole but Leimer made a better one next to him, slicing inside the Briton at the first chicane and tearing away, with a fast starting Marcus Ericsson and Jolyon Palmer just holding off an incredible start from Jake Rosenzweig, who blew past Stefano Coletti and Dillmann into the chicane.
 
Coletti soon pushed past to chase his championship rivals, with Dillmann bumping by the American a few laps later, with Rosenzweig unfortunately retiring soon after with probable damage to his left front. The Monegasque driver pitted on lap 7, one lap ahead of Ericsson, but was soon back again for a drive through after speeding in the pitlane, undoing all of his good work.
 
With the leaders swapping fastest laps between them Palmer jumped into the pits on lap 11, but his left rear soon detached at the Lesmos as he coasted to a halt. Leimer was in next time round to change his primes, with Bird staying out longer on his hard tyres, setting up an intriguing tyre strategy battle between the pair.
 
Ericsson soon ground to a halt too, with a rear puncture, but all eyes on the pitwall were on the gap between Bird and Leimer, which seemed to be static as they resumed their fastest lap battle from different sides of the circuit. The Briton stayed out until lap 20, but reappeared 4 seconds behind Leimer, seemingly casting the result in stone.
 
But no one told Bird, who kept up his string of fastest laps as he closed the gap down to below a second as the laps rolled away, with fresher primes against his rivals older hard tyres. But Leimer was made of sterner stuff, held his nerve, and was greeted by the chequered flag 0.8 seconds ahead of Bird, with Dillmann rolling across the line 5 seconds or so later. Stéphane Richelmi had a quiet race for P4, five seconds ahead of Julian Leal, who did a great job to finish ahead of James Calado in 6th, with Adrian Quaife Hobbs, Alexander Rossi, Sergio Canamasas and Vittorio Ghirelli taking advantage of clever strategies to round out the points.
 
The win changes the shape of the drivers’ championship, with Leimer now leading Bird by 153 points to 145, while Coletti and Felipe Nasr failed to add to their points after both dropping out with mechanical gremlins, standing on 135 and 130 points respectively, ahead of Calado on 119. RUSSIAN TIME lead the way in the teams’ championship on 223 points to Racing Engineering’s 205, ahead of Carlin on 198, DAMS on 165 and Rapax on 153 ahead of tomorrow morning’s sprint race.
 
Monza – Feature Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
4.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
5.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
8.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
9.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
11.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
12.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
13.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Sergio Campana
Trident Racing
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
18.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
 
Not Classified
 
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
 
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
 
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
 
Mitch Evans
Arden International
 
Simon Trummer
Rapax
 
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
 
 
 
Fastest Lap: Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:32.749 on lap 25

GP2

Silverstone 2013

Fabio Leimer tops wet free practice in Silverstone…
 
The fifth round of the 2013 GP2 Series season opened this morning in cool and wet conditions and saw Fabio Leimer top the session in a laptime of 1:57.996, four tenths ahead of rookie Robin Frijns and local hero James Calado.
 
The morning rain meant that the track was damp as the pitlane opened for the thirty minute free practice. The constant drizzle did not help the matter and the drivers opted for wet weather tyres which they kept until the chequered flag. Calado looked comfortable and in control: he topped the timing sheet on his third attempt, but Frijns found some extra pace to better the Brit’s laptime until Daniel De Jong moved up to P1. As the drivers came to grips with the tricky conditions, Marcus Ericsson went second quickest ahead of the trio of Leimer, Calado and Frijns.
 
Before the halfway mark, Leimer put his head down and dipped under 2 minutes to settle at the top of the timesheet ahead of Calado and Felipe Nasr who both broke the 2m00 barrier too. With ten minutes left in the session, Frijns improved further to edge Leimer out of the top spot with Marcus Ericsson moving up to third. The track conditions getting slightly better, Leimer put together a lap that saw him light both first sectors in purple and a third sector quick enough to set a laptime of 1:57.996, four tenths ahead of Frijns and Calado. On his final effort, Julian Leal moved up to fourth ahead of De Jong, Stéphane Richelmi, Ericsson, Nasr, Tom Dillmann and Mitch Evans.
 
The qualifying session will start at 15.55 local time.
 
Silverstone – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:57.996
9
2.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:58.430
12
3.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:58.464
12
4.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:58.766
11
5.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:58.835
13
6.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:59.233
12
7.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:59.290
13
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:59.606
11
9.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:59.617
11
10.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:59,648
13
11.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:59.685
11
12.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:59.775
13
13.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:59.966
11
14.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:59.977
11
15.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
2:00.021
11
16.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
2:00.133
12
17.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2:00.236
11
18.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
2:00.271
12
19
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
2:00.352
13
20.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
2:00.413
12
21.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
2:00.431
12
22.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
2:00554
10
23.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
2:00.780
13
24.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
2:00.831
12
25.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
2:00.971
9
26.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
2:01.322
10

 

GP2

Sam Bird wins Monaco 2013

Bird is the word in Monaco!…
 
Sam Bird presented a masterclass of controlled aggression and verve to bring home a crushing race victory in this morning’s feature race in Monaco, with the Briton controlling the pace to come home easily ahead of Kevin Ceccon and Mitch Evans.
 
But the Briton had to work hard for the victory, no more so than at the start: poleman Johnny Cecotto had a slow start while teammate Evans made a great getaway to lead the field into Ste Devote, but the Venezuelan went too deep and hit the barriers, taking Fabio Leimer with him as cars piled up behind them.
 
The race was red flagged to allow the marshals to remove the debris, with the drivers who avoided the melee lined up in order on the front straight, with Bird surviving a hit from Ceccon (albeit needing a new rear wing on the second grid) to head up the hill in P2 behind Evans but in front of the Italian with Felipe Nasr, James Calado and Stéphane Richelmi behind them.
 
The race restarted behind the safety car for a lap before running live, with Bird on soft tyres pushing Evans hard on super softs all round the fabled circuit: as ever pitstop strategy was going to be crucial at the tight circuit, and when local hero Stefano Coletti came in on lap 7 the teams were all eyeing each other for signs of their plans.
 
Calado was in 2 laps later, staying ahead of Coletti, with Nasr in a lap later, but all eyes were on the top three: Ceccon came in on lap 11 with Evans and Bird pulling away from him, but the Briton was clearly faster and waiting to be released. His moment came two laps later when Evans pitted, emerging behind Ceccon after stopping for 4 tyres, and Bird was free.
 
The Briton ran qualifying laps for 3 tours before pitting, emerging easily in the lead and pulling away from his rivals at ease: no one else could touch his pace as Bird rolled home 22 seconds ahead of Ceccon, who stayed just ahead of the fierce battle for third, which Evans held from Nasr by just 0.2 seconds at the line, with Calado behind them in fifth. Coletti’s early stop saw his tyres drop off towards the end, but he brought it home P6 after a solid drive ahead of Rene Binder and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who stole tomorrow’s pole from local man Richelmi on the penultimate lap, with Daniel De Jong claiming the final point for tenth.
 
The win sees Bird move up to third in the championship standings on 58 points, behind Coletti on 103 and Nasr on 88 but ahead of Leimer on 54 points, Frijns on 37 and Calado on 34 ahead of the sprint race to be held tomorrow morning, handing his rivals one last chance at glory in Monaco.
Monte Carlo – Feature race
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
3.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
5.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
6.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
7.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
8.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
10.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
11.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
12.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
14.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
16.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Not Classified
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Fastest Lap : Sergio Canamasas (EQ8 Caterham Racing) – 1:22.169 on lap 29

GP2

Leimer wins Bahrain GP2 Feature

Leimer controls Sakhir action-packed Feature Race
 
Racing Engineering ace takes a second win in the 2013 GP2 Series season at BIC
 
Fabio Leimer continues to impress at the Bahrain International Circuit: in today’s feature race, the Swiss ace took the win from pole position thanks to a strong drive and a good strategy. Series rival Stefano Coletti finished second ahead of rookie Alexander Rossi.
 
Drama happened on the formation lap when Marcus Ericsson stalled on the pre-grid from P2. This meant that Coletti, in P4, had a clear track ahead of him. When the lights went out, the Monegasque driver took advantage of the situation to pass Felipe Nasr who was then second. Coletti immediately put pressure on Leimer, but the Swiss fended off Coletti’s attacks and remained ahead of the chasing pack. Further down the field, Sam Bird made a blazing start from P9 to challenge Nasr for third place into Turn 1. Behind the fighting pair, Rossi and Jolyon Palmer (from P12 on the grid) battled for fifth place.
 
At the front, Leimer managed to pull a comfortable gap to keep Coletti under control. Both men having started on soft tyres had to try and make them last as long as possible. On lap 7, Rossi was the first man at the front to pit for hard tyres. He rejoined in nineteenth. Palmer did the same a lap later and came out behind the American. Bird and Nasr chose to stop on lap 9, and lost a position to Rossi and Palmer as they fed back onto the circuit.
 
A lap later, Leimer and Coletti pitted together for hard tyres and rejoined just ahead of Rossi. The three men proceeded to slice their way up through the field. They reached a three-way battle for fourth place between Kevin Giovesi, Rene Binder and Mitch Evans. As the trio were busy fighting, Leimer, Coletti and Rossi found a way past them. Race leader Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (who had opted to start on hard tyres and thus stayed out longer) pitted for some fresh rubber on lap 20. This allowed Leimer back into the lead, the Swiss driver continuing to control his pace and the tyre degradation, with Coletti and Rossi in tow.
 
The fight between Nasr and Bird began to heat up again in the closing stages, the Brazilian eventually passing the British driver who was later overtaken by Palmer as well. At the chequered flag, Leimer crossed the finish line 1.9s ahead of Coletti and punched the air in delight recording a second feature race win this season. In third, Rossi enjoyed a first podium finish on his GP2 debut. The Carlin duo took fourth and fifth, Nasr ahead of Palmer. Bird finished sixth ahead of Quaife-Hobbs who fought in the final laps to take seventh from Dillmann (who will start from reverse pole tomorrow). Simon Trummer and Johnny Cecotto pocketed the final points.
 
Sakhir – Feature race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
2.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
3.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
5.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
6.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
7.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
10.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
11.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
12.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
13.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
14.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
15.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
18.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
20.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
21.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
 
Not Classified
 
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
 
Mitch Evans
Arden International
 
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
 
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
 
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
 
 
 
Fastest Lap : Julian Leal (Racing Engineering) – 1:43.889 on lap 24

GP2

Fabio Leimer gp2 sepang 2013

FABIO LEIMER WINS FEATURE RACE IN MALAYSIA-
Racing Engineering driver wins first event of the 2013 season in Kuala Lumpur
 
It’s been a long time coming. After a hit and miss season in 2012, Fabio Leimer finally snatched a win for Racing Engineering in this morning’s feature race at Sepang International Circuit. The Swiss came out on top after race long pressure from poleman Stefano Coletti.
 
As soon as the lights went out, Leimer made a blazing start from P4 on the grid and came to Coletti’s side on the outside of Turn 1, but the Monegasque driver retained the lead from the Swiss. Behind the battling pair, James Calado muscled his way past Felipe Nasr to take third, but the Brit ran a bit too wide shortly after, which allowed Mitch Evans who had just disposed of Nasr to take advantage of Calado’s mistake.
 
At the front, Leimer was on the hunt and worked hard to keep as small a gap to Coletti as possible, both men having opted to start the race on soft tyres. Further down the pack, Calado reclaimed third as Evans started to struggle to keep the pace with Nasr sneaking through as well. The New Zealander went backwards even further until he pitted for a set of hard tyres on lap 6.
 
Feeling the pressure from Leimer and struggling on his tyres, Coletti also pitted on lap 6 handing the lead to the Swiss who immediately set a string of fast laps. Leimer came into the pits on lap 11 together with Calado, but he rejoined on track behind Coletti whilst Sam Bird and Jolyon Palmer lead proceedings, the latter having started from P22 on the grid on hard tyres. The Carlin driver was promoted to leader on lap 12 after Bird was handed a drive through for ignoring a yellow flag. Palmer remained at the front until he pitted for softs nine laps later.
 
All eyes were glued on the on-going battle between Coletti and Leimer who were back in the lead. The Monegasque driver who had pitted earlier than his rival started to suffer from higher tyre degradation. Leimer was quickly back onto Coletti’s rear who was locking up his wheels more and more. Eventually, Leimer found a way past around the inside of turn 1 with four laps to go. He immediately picked up the pace and tried to pull away. Calado added to Coletti’s misery by overtaking him for P2.
 
At the chequered flag, Leimer threw his fist in the air and enjoyed his first win since Barcelona sprint race in 2011. Behind Calado and Coletti, Nasr finished fourth ahead of Julian Leal, Palmer, Bird, Stéphane Richelmi (who will start tomorrow on reverse pole), Simon Trummer and Evans.
Kuala Lumpur– Feature race
Driver
Team
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
3.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
5.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
7.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
9.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
10.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
11.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
12.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
13.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
15.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
16.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
18.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
19.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
21.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
Not Classified
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
Fastest Lap : Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:48.777 on lap 16