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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

Marcus Ericsson

Ericsson escapes to victory in Germany-
 
Swede powers away from rivals in feature race…
 
Marcus Ericsson’s run of bad luck this season has been blown apart by a dominant drive to victory this afternoon in the feature race at the Nurburgring, storming away from his rivals despite a safety car to win by almost 8 seconds from James Calado and Stefano Coletti.
 
The result was set up at the start when Ericsson got off the line better than poleman and teammate Stéphane Richelmi, who bogged down and gave Mitch Evans a clear run at the first turn: the New Zealander ran too deep and gave the spot back to Ericsson, with Richelmi, Felipe Nasr and Robin Frijns behind him.
 
They were all soon slowed as a safety car came out on track: Daniel Abt and Nathanaël Berthon squeezed Kevin Ceccon between them to avoid the stalled Adrian Quaife Hobbs, with the Italian pitched into a roll before coming to rest against the Briton’s car. With the cars removed, the race ran live again on lap 4, with little change at the front.
 
Nasr rolled the dice and came in to change his super softs on lap 6, coming out in P23 as Ericsson set a string of fastest laps, forcing everyone to make a decision: Frijns and Calado came in two laps later, with Ericsson having to cover next time by despite setting the pace, while his teammate stayed out for a few more laps to take the lead and run the alternate strategy.
 
The Brazilian’s gamble soon looked like a losing hand as he dropped back to his rivals as the laps ticked over: Calado claimed his place on lap 17, Frijns had a big look two laps later (just as Coletti made his late stop) before forcing his way by two laps later, while Coletti used his fresh tyres to sneak by countryman Richelmi on lap 25 and Nasr next time round.
 
With the clock ticking down to zero Ericsson walked away as Calado told the pits his tyres were finished. The pair finally crossed the line 7.8 seconds apart, but all eyes were on the battle behind them: Coletti closed on Frijns and pushed inside at the final chicane, with the pair touching as the points leader squeezed through for a podium finish, with Richelmi slowed just enough by them for Fabio Leimer to sneak into P4 as Frijns fell back to P6 at the final corner, ahead of Jon Lancaster, Thom Dillman, a gutted Nasr and Johnny Cecotto in P10.
 
The last lap dramatics meant Coletti extended his lead in the championship over Nasr, 135 points to 100, ahead of Bird on 89, Leimer on 78, Calado on 70 and Lancaster on 50 points, with Rapax holding a 4 point lead over Carlin in the teams’ title, 143 to 139, ahead of RUSSIAN TIME on 136 and Racing Engineering on 100 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Nurburg – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
3.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
6.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
10.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
11.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
12.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
13.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
14.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
15.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
16.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
17.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
18.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
19.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
20.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
21.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
22.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
23.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
24.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
Not Classified
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
Fastest Lap : Julian Leal (Racing Engineeing) – 1:43.041 on lap 23

GP2

Bird storms to victory Silverstone

Bird storms to victory in home feature race-
 
Briton delights Silverstone fans in dramatic event…
 
Sam Bird brought more cheer to the already ecstatic home fans with a dominant run to victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Silverstone. The Englishman looked unstoppable as he eased away from his rivals to take an emotional win from Stephane Richelmi and teammate Thom Dillman.
 
The one moment which didn’t go to plan for Bird was the start, when he was slow off the line and could only watch as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr tore away as the lights went out. But it was only a few corners before the pair tripped over each other, which cleared the way for Bird to lead Stefano Coletti past the pair, with Richelmi, Mitch Evans and James Calado following behind them.
 
Ericsson was all over the back of Coletti as the latter headed into the pits on lap 6, along with Nasr and Calado, forcing the Swede and Bird to come in next time by to cover: the Briton was easily out ahead, while Ericsson saw Coletti blast by upon his return to the circuit on his way to the fastest lap of the race so far, 1 second faster than Bird and closing fast.
 
The problem for Bird was that he had to overtake drivers who hadn’t yet stopped, drawing attention to the battle behind them which made the Monegasque driver’s job substantially easier, and when Richelmi finally pitted from the lead, he emerging right behind his countryman on fresher tyres and looking for more. But he wasn’t the only one with his eye on a podium.
 
Evans emerged from his late stop into the same battle, and looked to have come out on top when he blasted by the Monaco pairing, only to have to give way for a stop go penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Richelmi’s fresher tyres showed when he blew past his countryman at Club on lap 19 and headed off in a futile chase after Bird, just as Thom Dillmann finally pitted from the lead.
 
With fresher rubber than anyone, the Frenchman made mincemeat of his rivals and was soon hounding Coletti for the final podium spot: the points leader made a brave attempt at holding on, confounding Dillmann until just two laps to the end, when a huge lock up in Club saw Coletti run deep and the Frenchman through and, to rub salt into the wound, a coming together with Fabio Leimer a few corners put Coletti out of the race entirely.
 
With everything shaken out, all eyes turned back to race winner Bird, who eased off to cross the line 2.4 seconds ahead of Richelmi, with teammate Dillmann leading Leimer, John Lancaster and Jolyon Palmer across the line, with Rio Haryanto claiming P7 from Julian Leal, an embattled James Calado and Alexander Rossi back to the pitlane, with Bird reflecting Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s earlier pole position in F1 to make it an all English Saturday at Silverstone.
 
Silverstone – Feature race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
8.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
9.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
10.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
11.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
12.
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
13.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Johnny Cecotto
Ardent International
18.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
20.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
21.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
23.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
 
Not Classified
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
 
 
 
Fastest Lap : Mitch Evans (Arden International) – 1:41.832 on lap 22

F1Weekly podcast # 624

Jakob Ebrey photography

The Duke of Dijon and the King of Karachi  share their thoughts on the results of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Motorsports Mondial special Interview with Racing Steps co-ordinator Derek Walters. And another episode of “Tech Talk” with Tim.

Derek Walters and the Racing Steps Foundation

The Racing Steps Foundation is a private, not-for-profit fund that provides and finances competition and personal performance development programmes for young British racing drivers and motorcycle racers.

The backing is provided for those with the talent and determination to climb to the top of the international motorsports ladder but who lack the substantial funds and all-important mentoring needed to get there.

The Foundation was set up in 2007 and this year is committed to supportinga total of 12 drivers and riders in UK, European and International race series.

The 2013 beneficiaries are:

James Calado (GP2), Jack Harvey (GP3), Oliver Rowland and Jake Dennis (Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup), Ben Barnicoat and Ricky Collard (European and International KF karting), Dean Macdonald and Josh Smith (Super One Rotax MiniMax and KF3 karting), Alfie Brown (Super One KF3), John McPhee (Grand Prix Moto3), and Kyle Ryde and Wayne Ryan (CEV Moto3).

The man behind the RSF programme is founder Graham Sharp, a successful businessman whose primary aim is to prevent British racing talent falling by the wayside for budgetary reasons.

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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

GP2

Johnny Cecotto testing barca 2013

JAMES CALADO QUICKEST ON DAY 2 IN BARCA… 

The 2012 GP2 Series best rookie James Calado was the quickest man today on a damp Circuit de Catalunya in this morning’s session with a laptime of 1:50.218. Johnny Cecotto topped the timesheet in the afternoon a shy nine hundredth away from Calado.
 
The second day of GP2 Series pre-season testing opened this morning in cold temperatures as the rain poured down. The drivers put their wet weather Pirelli tyres to good use as soon as the green light flashed in the pitlane. Daniel Abt was the early pace setter for ART Grand Prix, but it was his teammate Calado who set the record straight and put in a laptime of 1:50.218 ahead of Felipe Nasr whose best efforts put him sixth tenths away from the Brit. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs ended another seven tenths behind the Brazilian. Behind the top three, Rene Binder, Abt, Mitch Evans, Tom Dillmann, Marcus Ericsson, Cecotto and Kevin Giovesi rounded up the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged twice, first when Abt went off track and clipped the barrier at turn 4 putting a premature end to his morning’s endeavours. The second red flag was issued when Cecotto also went wide at Turn 4 in the closing minutes of the session.
 
The rain held off during the lunch break and hopes were high that we would see a dry afternoon session just as we did yesterday. Simon Trummer set the early pace for Rapax, but his time was bettered by one tenth by Quaife-Hobbs in the opening hour. Unfortunately, the weather gods had decided that today would not be a dry one and the rain picked up again. A first red flag halted the proceedings as Riccardo Agostini stopped at turn 4. The session resumed and Quaife-Hobbs remained top. Two more red flags appeared when Julian Leal first went wide and into the gravel bed, and when Rene Binder ran off at turn 7.
 
Cecotto found some extra pace in the final hour to claim the top spot in a 1:52.781. No one could better that time. In the dying minutes and after a late red flag courtesy of Abt again who stopped at turn 4, Calado and Nasr put their head down to claim P2 and P3 respectively. Giovesi, Quaife-Hobbs, Trummer, Daniel De Jong, Stefano Coletti and Dillmann rounded up to the top ten.
 
The final day of testing will start tomorrow at 9am local time. The weather forecast expects a dry day.
 
Morning results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:50.218
30
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:50.902
14
3.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:51.642
29
4.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.689
17
5.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:52.034
24
6.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:52.176
24
7.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:52.233
23
8.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:52.266
23
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.296
17
10.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:52.457
19
11.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:52.594
26
12.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:52.685
29
13.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:52.692
30
14.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:52.946
26
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:53.100
25
16.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:53.160
21
17.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:53.216
25
18.
Robin Frijns
Trident Racing
1:53.649
2
19.
Christopher Zanella
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.772
23
20.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.912
17
21.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:53.994
12
22.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:54.075
18
23.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:54.547
20
24.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:54.857
22
25.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:55.077
16
26.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:55.366
30
Afternoon results
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:52.781
18
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:52.878
28
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:52.892
24
4.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:53.081
21
5.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:53.243
30
6.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:53.414
32
7.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:53.515
26
8.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:53.524
37
9.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:53.818
14
10.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:53.819
23
11.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:53.920
22
12.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:53.983
22
13.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:54.137
29
14.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:54.161
36
15.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:54.240
18
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:54.349
14
17.
Robin Frijns
Trident Racing
1:54.360
18
18.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:54.494
33
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:54.513
17
20.
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
1:54.563
27
21.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:54.662
35
22.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:54.845
23
23.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:54.940
23
24.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
1:55.359
26
25.
Christopher Zanella
RUSSIAN TIME
1:55.425
12
26.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:55.770
26