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Mar 22

James Calado leads in Free Practice

GP2 Series round 1 free practice report

GP2 - ART Grand Prix - James CaladoART Grand Prix driver sets the pace in opening round of the 2013 season in Malaysia.

The 2013 season kicked off in the best possible way for title hopeful James Calado: the ART driver set the fastest laptime of the free practice session this morning at Sepang International Circuit with a 1:45.403. Simon Trummer ended a hundredth shy behind the Brit.

The first free practice session of the ninth GP2 Series season opened in hot temperatures as the twenty-six drivers took to the track on Hard Pirelli tyres. Stefano Coletti was the first one out of the pitlane and was quick to set the pace, but his teammate Trummer improved on his flying second lap and moved up to P1.

The Swiss did not enjoy his time at the top for too long however as James Calado found some extra pace to improve on Trummer’s laptime by a hair’s breadth. Behind the pair, Tom Dillmann was quickest in the first two sectors, but a slower third sector put him in P3 ahead of rookie Mitch Evans.

The session was trouble free as the drivers came to grips with the track. Julian Leal took a short trip to the gravel bed at turn 4 before rejoining safely whilst Kevin Ceccon made one to the run-off area in a close call with Sergio Canamasas.. As the minutes dropped down, the standings remained unchanged at the top, and at the chequered flag, Calado could enjoy sitting pretty at the top of the standings for the first session of the season. Marcus Ericsson, Felipe Nasr, Johnny Cecotto, Stefano Coletti, Rio Haryanto and Stéphane Richelmi completed the top ten.

With fourteen drivers running within one second of each other and the weather being unpredictable in Malaysia, today’s qualifying session promises to deliver some big surprises as the 26 drivers will be eager to kick-start their campaign in the best possible way.

Kuala Lumpur – Free Practice
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:45.403
11
2.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:45.422
13
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:45.589
13
4.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:45.668
13
5.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:45.750
12
6.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:45.784
13
7.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:45.796
12
8.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:45.846
13
9.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:45.850
13
10.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:45.865
13
11.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:46.000
14
12.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:46.140
10
13.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:46.193
7
14.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:46.357
13
15.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:46.374
12
16.
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:46.590
14
17.
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
1:46.595
13
18.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:46.635
13
19
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:46.694
14
20.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:46.695
11
21.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:46.737
12
22.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
1:46.934
13
23.
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
1:47.303
13
24.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
1:47.355
9
25.
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
1:48.550
14
26.
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racign
1:48.829
13

source: GP2 Series



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