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Mar 22

Coletti flies to Malaysia maiden pole

GP2 Series qualifying report

GP2 - Stefano Coletti (Rapax)The Monegasque driver puts Rapax on top in closely fought qualifying session.

Stefano Coletti put the record straight in today’s qualifying in Malaysia: the Monegasque driver snatched his first GP2 pole position with a blazing laptime of 1:44.280 in an extremely close session which saw him end up on top over James Calado and Felipe Nasr by four hundredths and eight hundredths respectively.

The session opened in scorching temperatures. All twenty-six drivers opted for soft tyres. Coletti was the first man to feed onto the track, but it was Sam Bird who set the early pace, closely followed by Marcus Ericsson. Nasr improved on the Brit’s laptime and went top although he hit traffic in sector 3.

Ten minutes into the session, both ART cars took to the track whilst Fabio Leimer edged Nasr out lapping the track one tenth quicker. Calado was finally on a flying lap and looked set to go top, but a small mistake in the third sector had him settle for P2. Halfway through the session, the drivers made their way back into the pits for a fresh set of option tyres. Coletti went back on track and found some extra pace to secure top spot. Having gotten the best out of his set of tyres, he made his way back to the pits, got out of his car and waited to see if he had done enough to retain pole.

GP2 - James Calado (ART Grand Prix), Stefano Coletti (Rapax), Felipe Nasr (Carlin)

At the chequered flag, and in spite of Calado and Nasr’s best efforts to reduce the gap to Coletti by a hair’s breadth, the Monegasque driver could enjoy his maiden pole position and pocket four points on the board early on. Behind the trio, Leimer secured fourth ahead of Bird who had an incident with Johnny Cecotto during the session (under investigation). Rookie Mitch Evans finished in sixth place ahead of Rio Haryanto, Rene Binder, Simon Trummer and Tom Dillmann.

With fourteen drivers running again within one second, a close battle with the top three, unpredictable weather, and new tyre strategies, the first race of the 2013 GP2 Series season will definitely be a race to watch!

Kuala Lumpur – Qualifying Session

 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:44.280
8
2.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:44.284
8
3.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:44.288
11
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:44.463
8
5.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:44.598
9
6.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:44.618
12
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:44.681
10
8.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:44.687
9
9.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:44.692
14
10.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:44.731
11
11.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:44.732
11
12.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:44.761
12
13.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:44.766
10
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:44.788
10
15.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:45.191
14
16.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:45.262
11
17.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:45.289
12
18.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:45.378
11
19
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:45.491
12
20.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
1:45.497
10
21.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:45.522
13
22.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:45.593
9
23.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:45.662
10
24.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:45.708
11
25.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:45.830
12
26.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:45.985
12

source: gp2series.com

Dams

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Lotus ART GP2 team

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Arden

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Racing Eng.

Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering start 4th in the Sepang Feature Race.

The weather was hot as the GP2 drivers took to the Sepang track for the Free Practice session with the teams using the new Hard compound Pirelli tyres. Most of the teams were using the 30 minute session to setup their cars for the track as well as learning about tyre degradation in the high temperatures. It was difficult to draw any conclusion from the times as many of the cars were running different fuel levels.

The Racing Engineering drivers both concentrated on setting up their cars without attempting to set any fast laps and Fabio Leimer finished the session with a time of 1:46.140s for 12th fastest time with his teammate Julián Leal right behind him in 13th with a best lap of 1:46.193s. Both men were less than 0.8 seconds slower than the fastest time.

The track temperature was 40° C as the Qualifying session began as the most of the cars left the pits to begin the 30 minute session; the cars were now running the softer Pirelli compound. Both Fabio and Julián were immediately on the pace with their first flying laps putting then in the top ten. Fabio immediately began some very quick sector times and with 12 minutes gone he jumped to the top of the timing list with a lap of 1:44.463s.

Many of the cars, including both of the Racing Engineering drivers, now returned to the pits for last minute adjustments before the final ten minutes of Qualifying began. Julián was immediately one of the fastest on the track taking the 8th fastest time with a time of 1:44.732s. With Fabio opting to save his tyres the young Swiss driver finished the session with the 4th fastest time with Julián finishing 11th in his first race weekend with the Racing Engineering team.

Tomorrow’s Feature Race will see Fabio starting from the second row and his proven race pace must make him one of the favourites for victory. With Julián less than half a second slower than the pole position time the young Colombian will be looking to move up into the point scoring positions and gain a good grid position for Sunday’s Sprint Race.

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

“Today was an intense and interesting day for the team in Malaysia with the first qualifying of the 2013 season. We finished qualifying in P4 and P11 with Fabio and Julián respectively. We had some quite positive track time as were able to see and test different aspects on the car. We were also able to play a bit with the strategy. There is a lot to prepare for tomorrow’s race, which will be even more interesting than today’s qualifying as we will see how the tyres degrade and affect the race pace of the cars. We will keep working on the preparation for tomorrow.”

Fabio Leimer:

“Today was actually the first time to really see where everyone is as it was the first qualifying of the season. The pre-season tests didn’t help us a lot as the temperatures back then were so different to what we encountered here. As it was the first time we were able to really push in qualifying mode, I think we did a pretty good job as I immediately took P1 at the beginning of the session. In the end 3 other drivers improved and I think we took the right decision to have an eye on tomorrow’s race. Therefore I am happy with today’s P4; we will see what tomorrow brings.”

Julián Leal:

“I think the first track day here in Sepang was quite positive. When I was on my fast lap with the first set of tyres, I made a mistake in the last corner. This cost quite some time, so I was not able to be as fast as I could have been. When we put the second set, I was able to improve a lot even though I found some traffic on track. But I think the car is quite competitive, so we wait for tomorrow’s race.”

source: racing-engineering.com

Carlin
Carlin

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source: carlin.co.uk

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Russian Time

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Caterham Racing logo

Caterham Racing

GP2 Qualifying – Sepang

  • Sepang International Circuit 22/03/13
  • Car # 14 – Sergio Canamasas – P12 – 1.45.497
  • Car #15 – Ma Qing Hua – P19 – 1.44.761

At 15.55, track temperatures hit 40 degrees and the first GP2 qualifying session of 2013 got underway. The entire field took to the track on the Pirelli soft tyre and with a two lap window per set to achieve a time, the pressure was on.

Ma built up his speed gradually and came alive on his second set of tyres, putting everything together and improving by over 0.5s on his final run, claiming P19 on the grid for tomorrow’s race.

Canamasas set the fastest first sector of the session and proved he had a quick car, his flying laps on the second set of tyres were hampered by a yellow flag and a slow car, but he managed to place himself P12 on the time sheets.

With just under five tenths separating the top twelve, the field is tight and the season opener promises to be a closely contested race.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer “We are exceptionally pleased with the performance of both drivers in qualifying today and the team have worked extremely hard in this heat. Ma has improved massively throughout the day, as he learnt the circuit and Sergio has shown that he has good pace from the word go. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “I am happy with the result following a standard dry qualifying session. Neither drivers put a foot wrong and were happy with the balance of the car. It was a shame that Sergio encountered traffic on his final fast lap as he could have been further up the grid and Ma learnt so much, improving just over half a second on his final lap. We feel that we have got a good race car for the drivers and will see what the conditions hold tomorrow”

Sergio Canamasas: “This was my first qualifying at this circuit following a short free practice, so at the start of the session I was building up my speed. I did the fastest first sector in both runs and we have a quick car. The problem was that I had a yellow flag on my first push lap and then I was blocked on my second lap, which is a shame as I feel we had the potential to be top six. It will be interesting to see how the car reacts in the race on a long run and I look forward to it.”

Ma Qing Hua “This is my first time in the car at a GP2 race weekend and I had a thirty minute practice session to learn the circuit this morning. I looked through the data before qualifying and felt focussed going into the session. It was difficult as there is only really one lap on the soft compound tyres to get a quick time. I didn’t get the best out of my first run due to traffic but I took one push lap and put everything together on my second set of tyres and qualified 19th. I am very happy to be working with the team and now I will relax and focus on tomorrow’s race.”

source: caterham-racing.com

Barwa Addax

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Rapax Team

Rapax

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Trident Racing
Trident Racing

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Hilmer Motorsport logo
Hilmer Motorsport

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Venezuela GP Lazarus
Venezuela GP Lazarus

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MP Motorsport logo
MP Motorsport

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Pirelli

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