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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

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

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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

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James Calado testing 2013

JAMES CALADO ON TOP ON FINAL DAY OF TESTING AT JEREZ-

ART Grand Prix driver ends final pre-season test day at the top of the timesheets
 
James Calado concluded his week’s work in the best possible way. Lasts season’s best rookie was quickest today at Circuito de Jerez with a laptime of 1:24.659 set this afternoon. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs set the best laptime in the morning for newcomers MP Motorsport.
 
The final day of GP2 Series testing in Jerez started in a different setting as overnight rain dampened the circuit. When the pitlane opened, most drivers opted to feed to the track on wet weather tyres. The sun was quick to make a welcome appearance though. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but as the track dried up and drivers switched to hard or medium compounds, the laptimes improved slowly. It was a trouble free session bar a short red flag, courtesy of Cecotto who stopped on track. Stéphane Richelmi was the first man to dip under 1m28s, but his teammate Marcus Ericsson claimed the top spot as the session entered into its final hour.
 
In the closing minutes, the proceedings were briefly halted after Jolyon Palmer stopped his Carlin car on track. At the restart, Quaife-Hobbs snatched the top spot from Ericsson. Richelmi also improved on his teammate’s best laptime to finish P2. Behind the DAMS duo, the top ten was completed by Daniel de Jong, Felipe Nasr, Robin Frijns, Simon Trummer, Stefano Coletti, Nathanaël Berthon and Mitch Evans.
 
After a short one hour lunch break, everyone took advantage of a dry track to do more race simulations and pit stop practices. The session ran smoothly with James Calado taking control of the timesheets towards mid-session, breaking the 1m25s barrier. His laptime of 1:24.659 was enough to have him sit pretty on top until the chequered flag. Behind the Brit, Trummer, Fabio Leimer, Coletti, Richelmi, Ericsson, Palmer, Evans, Julian Leal and Kevin Giovesi completed the top ten. The session was briefly red flagged with ten minutes left on the clock as Evans stopped on the track.
 
The teams will now make their way to Barcelona and set up camp at Circuit de Catalunya where the second and final pre-season test session will take place next week on March 5th, 6th and 7th.

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GP2 Test jerez 2013

TOM DILLMAN ON TOP OF DAY 1 AT JEREZ-

Hilmer Motorsport driver quickest on first day of GP2 Series pre-season test in Spain
 
It was a perfect way for newcomers Hilmer Motorsport to start their GP2 career: on the opening day of the first pre-season test session, the German squad put Tom Dillmann at the top of the timesheets. The Frenchman who was testing for Hilmer today set a laptime of 1:25.059 in the final minutes of the afternoon session.
 
The day started under blue skies but in cold temperatures. As soon as the pitlane opened, the cars fed to the track but once their installation lap was done, the drivers opted to stay safely tucked away in their garages waiting for the temperatures to rise.
 
Rene Binder at Lazarus was the first man to set a laptime and as the track warmed up, more drivers ventured back on the circuit. A first red flag briefly halted the proceedings, courtesy of returnee Pal Varhaug at Hilmer who spun and stopped on track. At the restart, Dillmann went top, but his laptime was almost immediately bettered by Johnny Cecotto at Arden. As we entered the final hour of the morning session, Marcus Ericsson put his DAMS car at the top of the timesheets before Sergio Canamasas went off track at Turn 2 and saw his Caterham machine end in the tyre barrier, prompting another red flag. When the session went live again, Carlin’s Jolyon Palmer found some extra pace and nipped to the top spot, 0.09s quicker than Ericsson. There was one final interruption with three minutes left on the clock as Mitch Evans stopped his Arden car at Turn 13 following electrical issues which effectively put an end to everyone’s session. Palmer finished top ahead of Ericsson, Rene Binder, Cecotto, Stéphane Richelmi, Jake Rosenzweig, James Calado, Dillmann, Simon Trummer and Felipe Nasr.
 
The pitlane reopened after a two-hour lunch break, and Fabio Leimer set the early pace at the wheel of his Racing Engineering car. While the drivers mainly focused on covering race distance, Richelmi led the timesheet, but Calado improved and edged the Monegasque driver from the top spot. Just as Leimer reclaimed P1, Daniel De Jong stopped on track at Turn 7 causing a quick red flag. At the restart, Leimer was still sitting pretty at the top of the timesheet with Binder and Nasr in tow. With just twenty minutes left on the clock, Dillmann put his head down and claimed P1 ahead of Leimer, Nasr, Calado, Binder, Ericsson, De Jong, Richelmi, Robin Frijns and Cecotto.
 

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Cecotto finishes on top Venezuelan driver quickest on Day 2 in Jerez…
 
Johnny Cecotto was unbeatable today at the final test day of the 2012 season in Spain. He topped both sessions at the wheel of an Arden car. With a laptime of 1:25.694 set this morning, the Venezuelan wrapped up a strong season with the quickest time of the two-day test session at Jerez.
 
The grid was shaken up a bit today: on top of Cecotto moving from Carlin to Arden, Stéphane Richelmi and Mitch Evans moved to DAMS whilst Kevin Mirocha tested at iSport and Rio Haryanto moved to Lotus GP. Yesterday’s fastest man Marcus Ericsson was at the wheel of a Scuderia Coloni car for this second day, Sergio Canamasas moved to Trident, and Ramon Piniero to Carlin. Finally, Fabio Leimer returned to Racing Engineering.
 
Cecotto was quick to set the early pace with a 1:26.457 in the first thirty minutes of the session which opened under clear blue skies. Alexander Sims (Addax) also dipped under 1m27s to take P2, followed by Ericsson. By mid-session, Felipe Nasr (Carlin) went top, but his laptime was bettered by Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Arden). The Brit was soon edged out though when Cecotto broke the 1m26s barrier and sat pretty at the top of the timesheets for the remainder of the morning session.
 
The proceedings were briefly halted after Daniel Juncadella (Rapax) spun and stopped on track. At the restart, Nasr improved his personal best and also set a laptime in the 1m25s, a clear three tenths from Quaife-Hobbs in P3, but a shy 0.02s slower than Cecotto. A second red flag interrupted the session with thirty minutes left on the clock as Simon Trummer (Caterham) spun and stopped on track as well. At the chequered flag, Ericsson, Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus), Richelmi, Haryanto, Sims, Stefano Coletti (Rapax) and Alexander Rossi (Caterham) completed the top ten.
 
After a one hour lunch break, the track was live again and Cecotto continued to display his good form by setting the early pace ahead of Sims and Evans. Nigel Melker (Racing Engineering) found extra pace to sneak into P2. The session was red flagged as Giovesi stopped on track following what looked like mechanical gremlins. When the proceedings resumed, Leimer moved up to P2 but his time was bettered by Richelmi, Rene Binder (Lazarus) and Jolyon Palmer (iSport). As the clock ticked down, most drivers improved – with the majority focusing on race distances. At the chequered flag, the Arden driver lead Richelmi, Binder, Coletti, Palmer, Leimer, Julian Leal, Nigel Melker (Racing Engineering), Giovesi and Canamasas.
 
This marks the final outing of the GP2/11 car in 2012. The GP2 Series takes a breather and will be back on track for the first pre-season testing of the 2013 season on February 26th, 27th and 28th at Jerez. A second pre-season test session will be held on March 5th 6th and 7th at Barcelona.