Tag Archives: van der Garde

Motorsports Mondial

Cecotto storms to Monaco pole

Venezuelan steals top spot on last lap

Johnny Cecotto crushed his rivals’ dreams of glory with a stunning last lap in the first ever split GP2 qualifying session this afternoon in Monaco to take the top spot in Group B, along with pole position, ahead of Group A leader Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson.

The Venezuelan’s best lap of 1:21.195 was set as he crossed the line to close out the second session, pipping his Swedish rival’s formerly quickest lap by just 0.054 after a restart for a single lap following a red flag period for a spin by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

The first session saw local rivals Stefano Coletti and Stéphane Richelmi swapping fastest laptimes with Giedo van der Garde, but as the session ran down the Dutchman kept going faster, looking certain to claim at least a front row start as his rivals struggled to keep up until the chequered flag dropped, when Chilton put together an astonishing lap of 1:21.320 to steal provisional pole by a tenth from van der Garde and Jolyon Palmer.

A few minutes later session two was underway, with Tom Dillmann, Gonzalez and Fabio Leimer setting the pace until Ericsson stepped up with a string of astounding laps to lead the session by over six tenths and claim pole position. When Gonzalez spun there were only 3 minutes remaining on the clock as the red flags came out, and it looked as though the Swede had claimed his prize.

Cecotto, however, had other ideas, and against the odds managed to find the space to repeat this morning’s performance and take the top spot on the timesheets from Ericsson, with Luiz Razia also improving on his last tour to pinch third in the session from Davide Valsecchi.

With the grid to be formed in two rows in order from the sessions, Cecotto takes pole from Chilton with Ericsson, van der Garde, Razia, Palmer, Valsecchi, Josef Kral, Leimer and Esteban Gutiérrez, lining up behind them: it is a grid that promises fireworks in tomorrow’s feature race in the principality.

Motorsports Mondial

Maiden Monegasque at Yas Marina

Photo: GP2series.com

Man from Monaco, Stefano Coletti, collects the spoils of victory in Abu Dhabi

Day after Jules Bianchi scored his first GP2 victory in the feature race of the new 2011 GP2 Asia series, Stefano Coletti of Monaco scored his maiden win in Saturday’s sprint race. After starting from pole position, thanks to GP2’s reverse grid of top eight finishers from feature race, the Trident Racing driver led from start to finish.

Sam Bird, driving for iSport International, looked set to land a podium finish but spun out only few laps from the finish. Romain Grosjean, driving for DAMS and runner-up in Friday’s feature race, was spun out earlier in the race by Michael Herck of Scuderia Coloni.

Saturday Sprint. A clean start but for the Dutch fan.

Not a fan-tastic day for Dutchman Giedo van der Garde. The Barwa Addax driver moved into second place after a great start from fourth on the grid. He was to serve a drive through penalty as, shortly before the start, one of his mechanics crossed the grid to collect a forgotten fan left by the side of his car. The team’s only consolation was fastest lap of the race from their second driver; Frenchman Charles Pic, who would finish 10th.

Arden International’s Czech pilot Josef Kral recorded his first podium in GP2 competition after finishing second. Swede Marcus Ericsson was third, the iSport driver was fourth in yesterday’s event.

Bianchi is best. Man from Brignoles is the championship leader

Feature race winner Jules Bianchi of Lotus ART was fourth after making an all-wheels-of-the-track move on AirAsia pilot Davide Valsecchi.

Michael Herck, after hurting Grosjean’s chances of points scoring finish, was able to continue and collected  the final point from his sixth place finish.

— Nasir Hameed

Greetings and GP2 game on regards.

P.S. French Correction. Jules Bianchi, Charles Pic and Nathaniel Berthon have all been penalized by the stewards for not respecting yellow flags, and handed twenty second penalty. Bianchi drops down to 8th, Berthon 14th and Pic also loses his point for fastest lap as he is now classified 21st. The fastest lap point is for top-ten finish only, which now goes to Bianchi, helping him retain his championship lead by a solitary point over Grosjean.

Bahrian International Circuit will host round two next weekend.

All photos GP2 Media