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GP2

Nasr storms to sprint victory

Williams F1 test driver Felipe Nasr was untouchable on his way to an easy win in this morning’s sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps, easily taking the lead at the start of the race and pulling away at will, claiming his fourth victory of the season from Johnny Cecotto and title rival Jolyon Palmer.
The win was set up at the start when the Brazilian made a sharp getaway from fifth as the lights went out: ahead of him poleman Daniel Abt made a decent start but fellow front row starter Artem Markelov struggled on the damp side of the circuit, holding up the second row enough to give Nasr a clean run up the inside at La Source for the lead ahead of Abt, Palmer and a fast starting Cecotto.
Abt and Palmer were fighting hard along the Kemmel straight and entered Les Combes together: the Briton went straight while the German wobbled, losing positions to his rivals behind him and allowing Cecotto to get onto Palmer’s rear wing, with the inevitable overtake coming after taking advantage of the tow on Kemmel next time by to claim P2 and a clear view of Nasr up front.
Behind them André Negrao, who had made a strong start from P9 on the grid to put himself up to fifth in the race, soon had the Mitch Evans / Stoffel Vandoorne train on his tail looking for a way through: the Kiwi driver made a brave pass at Blanchimont on lap 7 to take the Brazilian’s position, with the McLaren test driver taking the inside line at Les Combes next time through to resume battle with Evans.
Back at the front Cecotto was pushing hard to challenge Nasr, but it was clear that the Brazilian was protecting his tyres for use at the end of the race: Nasr was able to push wherever he needed and was untroubled by the Venezuelan’s best efforts, easily claiming the win by 5 seconds over Cecotto, with Palmer another 2 seconds back but just holding off a hard charging Evans, who eased past a struggling Abt out of Eau Rouge on the final lap. The German had just enough left to hold off Vandoorne for fifth, with a spectacular drive by Stefano Coletti being rewarded with P7 from P24 on the grid, ahead of Negrao in the final points position.
Palmer’s weekend was tough by the standards of his year to date but he still maintains the lead in the drivers’ championship ahead of Nasr, with the gap reduced now to 210 points from the Brazilian’s 178, with Vandoorne’s third place under pressure from Cecotto, 135 points to 127, with Evans on 110 points and Coletti on 98. In the teams’ title DAMS are holding on in the lead ahead of Carlin, 251 points to 244, with ART Grand Prix in 3rd on 161 points from Racing Engineering on 155 and Trident on 149 ahead of the next round in Monza in two week’s time.
Spa-Francorchamps – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
2.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
3.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
4.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
5.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
7.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
8.
André Negrao
Arden International
9.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
10.
Julian Leal
Carlin
11.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
14.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
15.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
16.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
18.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
19.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
22.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
23.
Rene Binder
Arden International
Not Classified
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport

Fastest Lap: Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Rapax) – 1:58.432on lap 13

GP2

Marciello takes first win in chaotic feature race

  Raffaele Marciello has claimed a long overdue debut win in sodden conditions in today’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps, with the Ferrari Academy driver surviving the oppressive conditions and overtaking local man Stoffel Vandoorne late in the race for the win, with a distant Johnny Cecotto rounding out the podium.
The McLaren test driver started his home race from pole position, with Series leader Jolyon Palmer alongside him, and with the rain starting as the lights came on Vandoorne used his local experience to easily lead the grid towards La Source: Palmer spun his wheels and dropped backwards, with Marciello running wide at the corner and allowing Mitch Evans and Johnny Cecotto through.
The downpour (and Conor Daly’s stopped car) saw the safety car come out next time round, which still didn’t stop Evans spinning back a few spots. Sanity prevailed and the race was red flagged soon after, with the race getting restarted behind the safety car 15 minutes later, with Vandoorne leading from Cecotto, Marciello, Nathanaël Berthon, Felipe Nasr, Evans, Simon Trummer and Palmer.
The race went live on lap five, with Cecotto sneaking through into the lead at La Source but running wide at Les Combes, handing the position back to Vandoorne at his team’s instruction a few corners later. Behind them Nasr moved up a spot at the Bus Stop next time through, and the Venezuelan soon had his mirrors full of red: Marciello blew past at Les Combes a few laps later and was chasing Vandoorne soon after.
The top two were in a race of their own as they exchanged fastest laps, while behind them Berthon and Trummer came together out of Les Combes and fell back down the order. It was clear that the leaders were hoping the track would dry enough for slicks, but when Palmer came in on lap 14 he re-emerged with wets, with most of his rivals repeating his actions shortly after.
Back at the front Vandoorne pitted on lap 17, followed by Cecotto, while Marciello stayed out for two quick laps before coming in, re-emerging right on his rivals rear wing just as Evans squeezed by Palmer behind them: the Italian clearly had better grip than the Belgian, pushing him hard all around the circuit before finally slicing inside Vandoorne at Rivage for the lead with 3 laps to go.
Marciello eased away from his rival to cross the line 2 seconds ahead of Vandoorne as the chequered flag dropped to claim his maiden GP2 win, with Cecotto a lonely third behind them, 4 seconds ahead of Nasr. Evans was easily fifth ahead of Palmer, who just held off an impressive Artem Markelov who picked up his first points with a strong drive all race for P7 ahead of Daniel Abt, who claimed tomorrow’s reverse pole from André Negrao on the penultimate lap, and Daniel de Jong, who picked up the last point on the last lap from Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.
Palmer’s Series lead has shortened a little, heading Nasr by 200 points to 161, with Vandoorne on 131 points ahead of Cecotto on 115, Evans on 102 and Stefano Coletti on 96 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
3.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
4.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
5.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
7.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
8.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
9.
André Negrao
Arden International
10.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
12.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Julian Leal
Carlin
14.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
15.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
16.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
17.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
18.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
19.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
20.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
21.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Not Classified
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
Rene Binder
Arden International
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Fastest Lap: Raffaele Marciello (Racing Engineering) – 2:16.422 on lap 21

GP2

Stoffel Vandoorne claims maiden pole at home

McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne has snatched his first GP2 pole position on home soil in today’s qualifying session at Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian ace denied Series leader Jolyon Palmer from the top spot at the chequered flag. Mitch Evans took third spot.
The weather conditions were still fresh when the pitlane opened and the drivers fed onto the track on Pirelli Medium tyres. Already fast in this morning’s practice session, Johnny Cecotto quickly topped the standings, dipping under 1m58s, but Palmer was able to find a clear lap to break the 1m57s barrier. The Briton clocked in a laptime of 1:56.857 – five tenths quicker than Vandoorne then in P2.
Another rookie looked hungry for glory in the name of Raffaele Marciello: the mighty Italian improved on his first set of tyres to move up to second with a laptime of 1:57.237. Halfway through the session, the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of tyres. They rejoined the track with ten minutes left on the clock. This morning’s fastest man Julian Leal was on a mission and improved on the first two sectors, but he hit traffic in the final sector thus reducing his efforts to naught.
In the dying minutes, Palmer seemed to have done enough to claim another pole position this season, but Vandoorne put his head down and found some extra pace to edge the Briton out of the top spot by 0.018s. At the chequered flag, Evans took third spot ahead of Marciello, Cecotto, Leal, Nathanaël Berthon, Simon Trummer, Marco Sorensen and Stéphane Richelmi.
With the weather forecast being uncertain and the demands of the Belgian track leaving no room for driver error, tomorrow’s feature race promises to be a cracker.
Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
1:56.839
10
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
1:56.857
8
3.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.057
11
4.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
1:57.237
13
5.
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
1:57.244
12
6.
Julian Leal
Carlin
1:57.271
13
7.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:57.272
12
8.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:57.284
10
9.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
1:57.389
11
10.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:57.448
10
11.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:57.475
11
12.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
1:57.516
10
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:57.706
11
14.
Tom Dillmann
EQQ8 Caterham Racing
1:57.770
11
15.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:57.788
12
16.
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
1:57.844
11
17.
Rene Binder
Arden International
1:57.851
12
18.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
1:57.875
13
19
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:57.974
12
20.
André Negrao*
Arden International
1:58.002
12
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
1:58.005
12
22.
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
1:58.185
10
23.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:58.218
13
24.
Sergio Canamasas
Trident
1:58.295
12
25.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
1:58.470
10
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
2:40.364
2
*André Negrao will lose five grid places following a penalty picked up after Budapest Sprint Race.

GP2

Vandoorne flies to victory in Budapest

McLaren test driver Stoffel Vandoorne delighted both ART and his F1 supporters with a crushing display of dominance in this morning’s sprint race in Budapest, taking the lead at the start and pulling away over the next 28 laps to easily lead home title rivals Jolyon Palmer and Williams tester Felipe Nasr to put himself third in the drivers’ standings.
The result was set up when the lights went out: Vandoorne had a solid start from P2 to edge into the lead despite a great start from Nasr, who followed the Belgian through poleman Nathanaël Berthon at turn one with Daniel Abt, Palmer, yesterday’s winner Arthur Pic, Conor Daly (courtesy of a tremendous start from P13) and Marco Sorensen behind them.
Palmer was showing his customary raciness, clinically dispatching Abt at turn one next time by and then holding off a strong fightback, and dispatching Berthon in the same manner a few laps later, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs echoing the move on Sorensen just behind them. The Series leader was then on Nasr’s tail and was clearly not in a mood to hang about: he dived up the inside despite the Brazilian’s best efforts, returning the love on the exit and was through for P2.
Unfortunately for most of the other drivers, the usual problems with overtaking on the tight, technical circuit meant that, despite most of the field circulating nose to tail, there didn’t appear to be any way to get by, particularly as they were trying as much as possible to save their tyres to get to the flag.
But Vandoorne had no such problems: the Belgian ran at his own pace, setting fastest lap on the final tour to win at a cantor from Palmer, who was struggling with his tyres in the closing laps but just held off Nasr for P2. Behind them Berthon drove a strong race to hold off almost race long pressure from Abt for P4, with Pic resisting pressure from Daly for more points for 6th after a tremendous weekend for the Frenchman, and Quaife-Hobbs rounding out the points paying positions.
Palmer leads Nasr by 192 points to 149 as the grid departs for the summer break, with Vandoorne up to third with 109 points ahead of Cecotto on 100, Coletti on 96, Evans on 92 and Pic on 70 points. DAMS lead the way in the teams’ title from Carlin, 233 points to 215, with ART Grand Prix on 135, Racing Engineering on 125 and Trident on 122 as the grid takes a break before returning at Spa Francorchamps in a month’s time.
Budapest – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
2.
Jolyon Palmer
DAMS
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
4.
Nathanaël Berthon
Venezuela GP Lazarus
5.
Daniel Abt
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
7.
Conor Daly
Venezuela GP Lazarus
8.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Rapax
9.
Raffaele Marciello
Racing Engineering
10.
Mitch Evans
RT RUSSIAN TIME
11.
Marco Sorensen
MP Motorsport
12.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
13.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
14.
Rene Binder
Arden International
15.
Julian Leal
Carlin
16.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
17.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
18.
Rio Haryanto
EQ8 Caterham Racing
19.
Tom Dillmann
EQ8 Caterham Racing
20.
Artem Markelov
RT RUSSIAN TIME
21.
Takuya Izawa
ART Grand Prix
Not Classified
Kimiya Sato
Campos Racing
Stefano Coletti
Racing Engineering
André Negrao
Arden International
Johnny Cecotto
Trident
Fastest Lap: Stoffel Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix) – 1:32.541 on lap 28

GP2

Calado scorches to sprint victory

CALADO SCORCHES TO SPRINT VICTORY—

James Calado dominated his rivals with a crushing display of speed and guile in sauna- like conditions to claim the final win of the season at today’s sprint race in Abu Dhabi ahead of Dani Clos and champion Fabio Leimer, while Sam Bird’s fourth place secured victory for his RUSSIAN TIME squad in the teams’ championship.

 
The win was set up at the start: front row starters Johnny Cecotto and Felipe Nasr had poor starts but left enough space for the Briton to slice between the pair and into the lead, and when they tripped over themselves at turn one Cecotto was spun around and tagged by Alexander Rossi, with Clos, Leimer, Daniel Abt and Bird sneaking through before the safety car emerged for the stricken vehicles.
 
Calado made a solid restart as the rest of the field shook out behind him, with Bird spotting a chance and taking Abt’s position from him: the German fought back valiantly, but when Bird shut the door at the marina Ericsson was there to pick up any scraps, and Abt had to make do with what he had.
 
Stephane Richelmi and Jon Lancaster had a huge battle throughout the race, but it got up close and personal on lap nine when the pair came together at the marina: the Briton was spun into retirement, prompting another safety car period to negotiate: Calado did a great job of controlling his rivals before powering off into the distance once again.
 
The Briton built such a lead that he was able to slow down over the final laps and nurse his car home: Calado’s brought his second win of the season home ahead of a clearly delighted Clos, on the podium for the first time this year, and new champion Leimer. Bird made up a little for his disappointments yesterday by bringing home fourth and the teams’ title, just ahead of Abt and Ericsson, while Simon Trummer and Sergio Canamasas held off Stefano Coletti’s race-long efforts to get into the points.
 
Fabio Leimer is the 2013 GP2 champion with a total points haul of 201, ahead of Sam Bird on 191 and James Calado, whose win today leapfrogged him over Felipe Nasr for third, 157 points to 154. RUSSIAN TIME are the 2013 GP2 teams’ champions in their first season in the championship with 273 points: Carlin have the same total but are vice-champions on a win count back, with Racing Engineering finishing the year third with 263 points.
Abu Dhabi – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
2.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
5.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
6.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
7.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
8.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
9.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
10.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
11.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
12.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
13.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
14.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
15.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
18.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
19.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
21.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Not Classified
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing

GP2

Rossi on top as Leimer crowned champion

ROSSI ON TOP AS LEIMER CROWNED GP2 CHAMPION—

Alexander Rossi converted yesterday’s pole to today’s win, but not without a fight: the American had to scrap his way back past Jolyon Palmer to take his maiden Series victory, but most eyes were trained on the fight behind them where Fabio Leimer lost a podium finish to Marcus Ericsson but had enough points in the bag to grab the 2013 GP2 Series title.
 
The action exploded right from the start, where front row starter and title contender Sam Bird stalled on the grid just as the lights went out: Rossi was slow off the line as Leimer and Palmer blew past the pair, and with the Swiss driver’s eyes on a bigger prize he gave way to the Briton at turn one, with the American making up for lost time by sliding inside Leimer at turn two before heading off after the race leader.
 
A safety car period for a collision between Jon Lancaster and Tom Dillmann delayed their charge for a few laps, but when they were eventually released the front pair resumed their fight while Leimer held third comfortably from Dani Clos, Felipe Nasr and Ericsson, while Racing Engineering watched Bird fight back through the field and worked out the championship ramifications for their man.
 
The soft shod cars started coming in from lap 6, with Leimer the most notable early stopper on lap 10, but with most of his rivals on the medium compound there was more maths to be done on the pitwall as the teams worked out the difference in time on track plus an estimate for the stops to come, with Leimer slicing through traffic to fulfil his part of the bargain.
 
Rossi pitted from second on lap 18 for rears only, setting a blistering pace on his outlap and forcing Palmer to come in two laps later to cover him off, the team changing four tyres to be conservative, only to be heartbroken seconds later as Rossi screamed past into the lead: the Briton threw everything at his rival, but when the clock ran out it was Rossi who was greeted by the chequered flag first, with Palmer next across the line.
 
Behind them Leimer had fought off a hard charging Ericsson for lap after lap, but eventually gave way with his eye on a bigger prize: the Swede was delighted to grab another podium finish as Leimer crossed the line in fourth, his points lead now untouchable. Clos held off a late race charge  for fifth from James Calado, who powered by Nasr and Johnny Cecotto in the closing stages, with Daniel Abt holding on for P9 (from P25 on the grid) from Bird, who had thrown everything he had at the race for his championship tilt but just fallen short.
 
Leimer’s 191 points claims the 2013 title from Bird on 173 points, with Nasr on 154, Calado on 142 and Coletti on 135 points. The team’s title is still in the balance with just tomorrow’s sprint race remaining: Carlin leads RUSSIAN TIME by 273 points to 265, with Racing Engineering on 253 points ahead of DAMS on 220.
Abu Dhabi – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
2.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
3.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
8.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
9.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
10.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
11.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
12.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
14.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
16.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
17.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
18.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
19.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
20.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Not Classified
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) – 1:52.873 on lap 22