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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

GP3

MW Arden’s Kevin Ceccon fastest on day one in Spain…
 
Italian driver Kevin Ceccon posted the fastest laptime on the opening day of the Jerez test with a 1:35.451, nearly half a second quicker than Lotus GP’s Robert Visoiu in the morning. Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas topped the timesheets in a very wet afternoon session.
 
After a six week break since the 2012 GP3 Series season finished in dramatic style, the GP3/10 cars roared back into action for the first of two winter tests. The GP3 circus arrived in Jerez, Spain for a two day test with many new faces hoping to impress to secure a potential drive for the 2013 season.
 
Six drivers from this year’s season were testing today but not all were competing with the same outfit they had raced with. Ceccon took the reigns of the MW Arden machine whilst Visoiu and Giovanni Venturini switched to the black and gold of the Lotus GP car.
 
The morning session started off in cool conditions with rain threatening over the Circuito de Jerez. The drivers made their way onto the track to set the installation laps with the experienced drivers of Ceccon, David Fumanelli (MW Arden) and Ellinas setting the early pace. Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) headed the timings after the first hour with debutants Melville McKee (MW Arden), Roman De Beer (Trident Racing) and Jack Harvey (Lotus GP) in the top eight.
 
Australian Jordan Oon spun his Atech CRS GP car which caused the morning session to be briefly red flagged whilst  Ceccon got to grips with the MW Arden car to go P1 with a best laptime of 1:35.451. Visoiu jumped up to P2 in the final thirty minutes to finish ahead of Ellinas, Fumanelli, McKee, Fontana, Nick Cassidy (Status Grand Prix) and Nicolas Costa (Marussia Manor Racing).
 
Heavy rain fell as the afternoon session commenced and Polish rookie Patryk Szczerbinski (Marussia Manor Racing) set the marker in the early stages until his teammates Ellinas and Costa posted P1 and P2 as the rain came down even harder. This gave the drivers the opportunity to test the GP3 car in full wet conditions after the earlier dry session.
 
Fontana rose to P3 ahead of Miki Monras (Atech CRS GP) whilst Harvey and Ceccon climbed up to P2 and P3 respectively in the final thirty minutes. However the rest of the pack were unable to beat the Cypriot’s fastest laptime of the afternoon of 1:47.520. Harvey, Ceccon, Costa, Fontana, Monras, Visoiu and Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) rounding out the top eight.

GP3

Niederhauser reigns supreme in Hockenheim-
 
Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser wins in tricky weather conditions-
 
Once again, the rain fell on GP3 but one man wasn’t complaining about that, Patric Niederhauser! The Swiss driver claimed his second win of the 2012 season and once again showed his liking for tricky and changeable weather conditions.
 
After qualifying was run in the dry, the heavens opened upon the Hockenheimring as the drivers were sat on the grid and it was strategic calls that were going to decide this race. With a mad dash on the grid whilst mechanics rushed to change tyres, poleman and local fans favourite Daniel Abt decided to start on slicks as did Series leader Mitch Evans. As the formation lap began, monsoon style rain engulfed the circuit and the race was started behind the safety car.
 
The drivers who had started in slicks all made their way into the pits to change to wets which included Abt, Evans, Antonio Felix Da Costa, David Fumanelli and Silverstone Race 2 winner William Buller. At this point Conor Daly held the lead of the race ahead of Niederhauser and Kevin Ceccon. Evans and Felix Da Costa who had both lost places due to pit stops were down in P17 and P18 at this stage. The red flag was brought out due to the conditions and the drivers waited on the start/line grid for around 15 minutes while the sunshine reappeared and racing could get underway.
 
Robert Visoiu and Alex Brundle both received ten second stop/go penalties as their wheels had not been fitted on the grid three minutes before the race commenced. The race resumed behind the safety car and on lap 8 the action began. Niederhauser was the man on the move as he weighed up Daly’s Lotus GP car and the two raced wheel to wheel through the spray. The Swiss driver grabbed his opportunity and passed the American on the inside to take the lead of the race. Ceccon remained in third with Trident Racing’s newcomer Giovanni Venturini in fourth. Felix Da Costa’s race was brought to an abrupt end with a damaged front left wheel after contact and the Portuguese driver finished in the gravel.
 
Aaro Vainio keen to make up points in the championship was all over the back of Matias Laine’s MW Arden whilst Tio Ellinas fought his way through from the back row of the grid to finish an eventual 11th and set the fastest lap but will not collect two points since he finished outside of the top ten. Series leader Evans also clawed his way through the pack to pick up valuable points.
 
When the chequered flag came out, Niederhauser celebrated his win and a large points haul which moves him up to third place in the standings and places him as the highest rookie. Daly was in second close behind, with Ceccon securing the final spot on the rostrum for Ocean Racing Technology. Venturini achieved his best result of his early GP3 career in P4, ahead of Laine, Vainio, Tamas Pal Kiss, Abt, Evans and Buller.
 
Reverse Pole tomorrow goes to Abt which may be of some consolation to the German after starting from pole today and having hopes for a win in front of his fans.
 
Evans still leads the Drivers Standings but the points advantage have been cut to just 5 points over Vainio. Lotus GP control the Teams Standings over MW Arden.