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GP2

Mitch Evans

Berthon cruises to Budapest sprint win – 
 
Frenchman leads from lights to flag
 
Nathanaël Berthon has claimed his maiden GP2 victory in fine style, leading his rivals from pole to flag with a mature drive to win this morning’s sprint race in Budapest by over two seconds from Mitch Evans and Fabio Leimer.
 
The result was set up at the start: when the lights went out Berthon made a solid start, with Evans pulling away from the other side of the front row in formation, while behind them Leimer made a great start from P6 to be third at the first corner. Marcus Ericsson renewed hostilities with Felipe Nasr from yesterday by jumping past the Brazilian, with the pair making short work of passing Simon Trummer and Stéphane Richelmi as the field headed down the hill from the front straight.
 
But there was chaos behind them as everyone looked for space, with Sergio Canamasas and Daniel de Jong coming together out of the first turn: the Dutchman spun into Johnny Cecotto while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs had nowhere to go but into the Spaniard, with the resulting damage leading to a safety car period to remove the stricken cars.
 
One lap later the race ran live, with Berthon making a strong restart to hold his lead before heading away as he set a string of fastest laps to build a lead to last all race. Behind him Evans’ engineer was pushing for caution, however, knowing that 28 laps at the Hungaroring is long, and hard on tyres.
 
With the race running down, everyone picked up the pace around lap 20, and the question on everyone’s lips was whether Berthon would be able to respond: Evans started to close the gap, but the Frenchman was able to pick up enough pace to offset some of the losses, and although the New Zealander cut a few seconds out of him lead, Berthon held on to easily win by 2.2 seconds, with Leimer 11 seconds further back in third.
 
Ericsson drove another mature race to pick up points for fourth, while Nasr fell away from the Swede in the second half of the race but hung on from James Calado for fifth, while Trummer had a lonely race for P7 when Sam Bird dropped away in the closing laps, but still clung on for the final point in eighth.
 
Despite a tough weekend with no hint of points on offer, Stefano Coletti will nevertheless be delighted to head into the August break with the lead in the championship in his pocket, on 135 points from Nasr on 129, while Leimer closed in on 110 points, ahead of Bird on 92 and Calado on 90. Carlin eased away from Rapax in the Teams’ title, 193 points to 153, with RUSSIAN TIME on 143 points, Racing Engineering on 132 and DAMS on 121 ahead of the next round in Spa-Francorchamps.
Budapest – Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
2.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
3.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
4.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
5.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
6.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
7.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
8.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
10.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
11.
Tom Dillmann
Rapax
12.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
13.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
14.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
17.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
18.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
19.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
20.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
21.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Not Classified
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) – 1:32.056on lap 8

GP2

Leimer GP2 04-2013

Leimer leads Sakhir GP2 free practice…
 
Racing Engineering driver sets quickest laptime in morning session
 
Fabio Leimer means business: the Swiss driver lost no time impressing the rest of the field after he set the pace in this morning’s free practice at Bahrain International Circuit in a laptime of 1:41.361, one second quicker than his closest rival Sam Bird.
 
The second round of the 2013 GP2 Series season opened in Sakhir today under grey skies with light spots of rain falling on the track. But the scorching temperatures meant the wet weather tyres remained safely tucked away in the garages. The twenty six drivers took to the track on the Hard compound and Leimer was quick to top the timesheets: on his second lap, he set the pace in 1:42.369. Series leader Stefano Coletti caught up with the Swiss but was two tenths slower.
 
Two laps later, Leimer delivered the ultimate hammer blow by re-enforcing his position at the top of the standings, lighting all purple sectors and leaving the rest of his rivals with the hard task to try and reduce the gap. Bird ended up closest, but remained a clear second behind the Swiss ace. At the fifteen minute mark, most of the drivers returned to the pitlane to assess their set up options. Robin Frijns, Kevin Giovesi and Pal Varhaug chose to stay out a bit longer on a clear track in order to come to grips with the layout.
 
With ten minutes left on the clock, all cars came back out. The remainder of the session was trouble-free and studious. At the chequered flag, Leimer remained untouchable ahead of Bird and Coletti. Behind the top 3, rookie Alexander Rossi seemed comfortable at the wheel of his Caterham car. Marcus Ericsson finished fifth ahead of Felipe Nasr, James Calado, Tom Dillmann, Johnny Cecotto and Daniel Abt.
 
The qualifying session will start today at 4pm local time.
 
Sakhir – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:41.361
8
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:42.421
10
3.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:42.628
12
4.
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
1:42.636
13
5.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:42.666
14
6.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:42.687
12
7.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:42.718
13
8.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:42.734
10
9.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:42.803
13
10.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:42.943
12
11.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:43.035
13
12.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:43.054
15
13.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:43.063
13
14.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:43.092
13
15.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:43.156
11
16.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:43.188
13
17.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:43.271
13
18.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:43.280
14
19
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:43.310
12
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:43.356
12
21.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:43.620
13
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:43.670
14
23.
Robin FRinjs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:43.875
14
24.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:44.002
13
25.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:44.200
12
26.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:44.915
11
 

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

GP2 Monaco

GP2 SERIES BACK ON TRACK IN JEREZ-

First three-day pre-season test session opens tomorrow in Spain
 
The 2013 GP2 Series officially kicks off tomorrow for the first test session of the year at Circuito de Jerez in Spain. Teams and drivers have gathered at the Spanish track for three days in order to prepare for the ninth season of the category which will open in twenty-four days in Sepang, Malaysia.
 
Fresh faces mix with familiar ones as the field reshuffles. Reigning champions DAMS will try and retain their crown and trust Marcus Ericsson and Stéphane Richelmi to help them in that challenge whilst last year’s rivals ART Grand Prix have bet on 2012 GP2 best rookie James Calado and 2012 GP3 Series runner-up Daniel Abt. Last season’s Monaco king Johnny Cecotto Jr has moved to Arden International and will be partnered with 2012 GP3 Series Champion Mitch Evans.
 
Local heroes Racing Engineering will start this new season with returnees Fabio Leimer and Julian Leal whilst Carlin have chosen to put their faith in Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer, and Barwa Addax Team have bet on Jake Rosenwzeig and Rio Haryanto. First driver to be signed for 2013, Stefano Coletti has moved to Rapax along with Simon Trummer. Newcomers MP Motorsport have announced they will be debuting in GP2 with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Daniel de Jong.
 
It will be a real test for Caterham Racing’s Sergio Canamasas and Ma Qing Hua in Jerez along with Nathanaël Berthon and Robin Frijns at Trident as both squads have yet to confirm their 2013 line up. Also new to the Series, Hilmer Motorsport will make their first appearance with returnees Tom Dillmann and Pal Varhaug at the wheel, whilst Venezuela GP Lazarus – who have already signed Rene Binder for the season – will test Kevin Giovesi this week.
 
Lastly, iSport International will not take part in this week’s session in the hopes of focusing on finding a new partner for the season and expect to be joining the rest of the field next week in Barcelona for the second and final pre-season test session.
 
Pirelli have selected two different compounds for these three days: Hard (Prime) and Medium (Option). Each driver will be supplied with five sets of Prime and two sets of Option.
 
The session will start tomorrow at 09:00 local time and will run until 12:00. After a two hour break, the proceedings will resume until 17:00.