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GP2

Rossi lights up Abu Dhabi qualifying

American grabs top spot in dramatic session—
 
Alexander Rossi has dominated this evening’s qualifying session in Abu Dhabi with an educational display of driving under lights to claim pole position from Sam Bird and Jolyon Palmer, leading for most of the session to annex the front of tomorrow afternoon’s feature race grid.
 
With lights blazing all around the circuit, the darkness beyond had at least taken the sting out of the extreme heat from this morning’s practice session as Stefano Coletti set the early pace, but it didn’t take long before Palmer and then Rossi took over the running, with the American sawing away at his own times as his rivals tried in vain to keep up.
 
With six minutes remaining in the session most of the field were about to start their fast laps for another shot at the top spot, led on track once again by Rossi, as Daniel Abt slowed as first a wheelnut and then his left rear wheel detached from his car, prompting a red flag period much to the annoyance of his rivals.
 
The marshals made quick work of removing the stricken vehicles, and the field was soon out again and trying to get their tyres up to temperature: Marcus Ericsson looked to have done his job the best as he took the top of the timesheets, with Rossi pushing hard and finishing just 0.007 seconds behind the Swede and Palmer looking faster still until he missed his braking at the chicane and Bird slowing on his final run, but Ericsson’s time was soon cancelled for exceeding the track limits, promoting the others.
 
Title leader Fabio Leimer will line up in P4, immediately behind championship rival Bird on the grid but ahead of Johnny Cecotto, Jon Lancaster, Felipe Nasr, Stephane Richelmi and Dani Clos, with the closeness of the grid promising a scorching feature race.  
Abu Dhabi – Qualifying Session
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:48.931
11
2.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.241
10
3.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:49.376
10
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:49.485
11
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:49.672
9
6.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:49.680
10
7.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
1:49.827
10
8.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:49.829
11
9.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:49.835
10
10.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:49.846
10
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:49.864
10
12.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:49.910
10
13.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:49.951
10
14.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:50.002
9
15.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.334
10
16.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
1:50.446
10
17.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:50.510
10
18.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:50.534
10
19
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:50.553
11
20.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:50.634
13
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:50.809
10
22.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:50.884
10
23.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:50.906
11
24.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:50.907
6
25.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:51.493
10

GP2

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 Spa win

Bird soars to Spa victory—
 
Briton on top as title rivals crumble—
 
Sam Bird has claimed a dominant victory as his title rivals fell away in dry but overcast conditions, easily dispatching the competition as he picked up his fourth win of the season in this afternoon’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Alexander Rossi.
 
The Englishman’s win was set up at the start, when a solid start from pole allowed him to lead James Calado, who made a faster getaway but was on the outside of Bird at La Source, Fabio Leimer, who was slow to get off the front row, and Rossi, who made a great start and picked up a spot when Ericsson went wide at the corner.
 
Behind them Jolyon Palmer also squeezed past Ericsson, who soon lost out to a fast charging Felipe Nasr at La Source, just before a safety car period for Daniel De Jong, who hit the wall at Eau Rouge: when the race went live Nasr tried to dive inside his teammate at La Source but the pair came together, with the Brazilian out on the spot and losing his chance to take the championship lead.
 
Meanwhile, Stefano Coletti had put his puncture blues from yesterday behind him to push up into the points: the Monegasque driver had a great start and was setting fast times to push up to P3 when he stopped on lap 12: a slow stop dropped him back down the order, and damage picked up when Dani Clos ran into his back out of Eau Rouge meant his hopes of extending his points lead were over.
 
With Bird well ahead of his rivals after a solid stop and just waiting for the last drivers to make their own pitstops, all eyes were on the fierce fight between Ericsson and Rossi: the American was fast everywhere, but the Swede had all the answers, easing home just over a second to the good, but seven seconds behind a cruising Bird when the chequered flag dropped. Fabio Leimer minimised the damage by coming home a quiet fourth, with Tom Dillmann and Julian Leal slotting home behind the Swiss driver. Stéphane Richelmi held off a late challenge from James Calado, who was undoubtedly disappointed with his slow stop but at least salvaged P8 and tomorrow’s pole position, with Hilmer duo Robin Frijns and Adrian Quaife Hobbs picking up the last points of the race.
 
With the title leaders failing to score there is no change at the top of the championship table, with Coletti still holding on from Nasr by 135 points to 129, while Leimer closes up on 122 points, one ahead of Bird, and Calado is in P5 on 94 points ahead of Ericsson on 82 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
 
Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
3.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
8.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
9.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
10.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
12.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
13.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
15.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
16.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
17.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
18.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
20.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
21.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
 
Not Classified
 
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
 
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
 
 
 
Fastest Lap: Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:59.644 on lap 19

GP2

SamBird

Bird bags pole in Spa—

RUSSIAN TIME driver quickest in qualifying– 

Sam Bird is a happy man: the Brit was quickest in today’s qualification in Spa pocketing his first pole position of the season with a laptime of 1:56.957 set in the first ten minutes of the session. Fabio Leimer and James Calado completed the top 3.

The session opened under blue skies and on a dry track which meant all twenty-six drivers could put their Pirelli Soft tyres to the test of the Belgium track. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but Marcus Ericsson bettered the Venezuelan’s time to claim top spot. Calado improved as well and went four tenths quicker than the Swede. It was then Leimer’s turn to go fastest, one tenth better than the Brit 

However, Bird put his head down and found the extra pace to sit pretty at the top of the timing sheet with a laptime two tenths quicker than the Swiss. At the mid-session and as the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of rubbers, Bird, Leimer and Calado were still top three ahead of Alexander Rossi and Jolyon Palmer. 

When the action resumed, Leimer improved slightly, but not enough to dethrone Bird who bagged pole at the chequered flag. Calado was unable to better his personal best and remained third. In the final stages of the session, Marcus Ericsson managed to move up to P4 ahead of Rossi. Nathanaël Berthon, Palmer Stéphane Richelmi, Sergio Canmasas (who will be dropped ten places following a grid penalty picked up in Budapest Sprint Race) and Felipe Nasr completed the top ten.

 

Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying

  Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:56.957 9
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:57.156 9
3. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:57.404 9
4. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:57.538 9
5. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:57.578 11
6. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:57.588 10
7. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:57.691 9
8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:57.802 10
9. Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:57.804 11
10. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:57.839 10
11. Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:57.881 10
12. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:57.924 9
13. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:57.950 10
14. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:58.271 11
15. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:58.384 11
16. Dani Clos MP Motorsport 1:58.385 11
17. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:58.419 10
18. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:58.463 10
19 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 1:58.534 8
20. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:58.618 10
21. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:58.789 9
22. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:58.803 10
23. Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:58.831 10
24. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:59.022 13
25. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:59.253 10
26. Ricardo Teixeira Trident Racing 2:17.528 3

 

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

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