Mar 23

Racing Engineering driver wins first event of the 2013 season in Kuala Lumpur

Leimer lights up Malaysia feature race

GP2 - Fabio leimer (Racing Engineering)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.


GP2 - James Calado (ART Grand Prix ), Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering), Stefano Coletti (Rapax(

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
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
Stefano Coletti
Felipe Nasr
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Jolyon Palmer
Sam Bird
Stéphane Richelmi
Simon Trummer
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Conor Daly
Hilmer Motorsport
Tom Dillmann
Pal Varhaug
Hilmer Motorsport
Kevin Giovesi
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Ma Qing Hua
Caterham Racing
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Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Marcus Ericsson
Fastest Lap : Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:48.777 on lap 16

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Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering win the first race of the 2013 GP2 season.

In a determined and skilful drive Fabio Leimer took the win in today’s Feature Race at Sepang and to make the day even better Julián Leal finished 5th in his first race for the Spanish team.

It was very hot once again as the cars completed their warm and as the lights went off Fabio made a superb start from the second row to challenge pole man Coletti for the lead into the first corner and he moved into second place ahead of Nasr as the cars began their opening lap. Fabio was clearly determined to push Coletti hard and over the next five laps the young Swiss driver was running right on the gearbox of the Rapax car moving alongside the Monegasque driver on several occasions but a yellow flag at the end of the long straight hampered Fabio’s efforts.

On lap 10 Fabio made his pit stop to switch to the hard Pirelli compound as the Soft compound he had started on were now wearing badly in the Malaysian heat. A typically fast stop from the Racing Engineering pit crew saw Fabio resume the track in 7th place which as five of the cars in front had yet to stop was effectively 2nd. Fabio was now running about 1.5 seconds behind Coletti, who had stopped four laps before the Racing Engineering driver, preserving his tyres for the end of the race.

As the race entered its 20th lap Fabio closed right in on Coletti and began looking for a place to pass, it was clear the tyres of the Racing Engineering car were in better condition and, although Coletti was driving very well, it seemed it was only a matter of time before Fabio made his move. With just 5 laps to go Fabio ran side by side with Coletti as both cars raced down the long straight and as the cars exited the following corner the Racing Engineering car made a much better exit and passed the Rapax car on the outside.

Fabio quickly moved away from Coletti who then lost another place to Calado and as the cars crossed the finishing line at the end of 31 laps the Swiss driver took a superb win 2.045 seconds ahead of Calado.

Julián Leal made a good start from 11th place on the grid and as he raced around the first lap contact with Haryanto saw some damage to the front wing of his car, however despite this problem at the end of the first lap Julián had moved up to 10th chasing Bird with Palmer right behind. The young Colombian had, like his teammate, started on the Soft compound Pirelli which meant an early pitstop to switch to the hard tyre.

By lap 14 Julián was running 12th just behind Evans and ahead of Richelmi but with four cars ahead still to stop the Racing Engineering car was effectively in 8th place and on the following lap a good overtaking move at the end of the straight on Evans saw Julián gain a place. Within four laps Julián was now lying 8th and chasing Cecotto and with two cars still not pitting he was now an excellent 6th.

Lap 24 saw Julián ahead of Cecotto and he was now 5th but with a big gap to Nasr in 4th and a comfortable lead over Palmer the Racing Engineering driver concentrated on bringing the car home with only seven laps remaining and as he crossed the finishing line after 31 laps he was able to celebrate an excellent first race with his new team.

Tomorrow’s Sprint race will see Fabio start from 8th on the reverse grid and his race pace today means he a favourite for victory whilst Julián will start 4th and will be looking for a podium finish and more points.

Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón, president of Racing Engineering:

“I am so proud of the team today. Everyone did an absolutely fantastic job in all aspects. The drivers were fantastic and Julián is showing the amazing potential he has. Two drivers in the top 5 is a good start of the season. But let’s not rest on our laurels and prepare for tomorrow properly. There is still a lot or work to do.”

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

“A very good result for the team today with Fabio’s victory and Julian’s 5th place, this really is the result of the work of everyone. Technically, strategy and the driving, it all went well. Parts of today’s results are based on the strategy chosen in yesterday’s qualifying. Both drivers had good starts today, being aggressive, but not taking too high risks. Julian could have been even higher up, but was pushed to the outside, which damaged his front wing. We adapted our strategy to the situation and kept our cool. Both drivers did a good job from the beginning to the end. Our put stop went well; I think we were even the fastest. That Fabio lost a bit of time on the last lap before pitting was anticipated. It’s great to have results like these in race 1 and show the potential of the drivers and the team. The conditions were very difficult and I would like to thank everyone in the team for the work done.”

Fabio Leimer:

“I am really happy as in the end our strategy worked just as planned. The start went really well and I almost made it to P1. But then I saw that Nasr was braking so late and to avoid contact I backed off. I saw that Coletti had problems with his tyres really early. I tried to push so he might make a mistake and also tried to pass him twice, but it was not possible. When he pitted really early, we decided to stay on track a bit longer to have better tyres towards the end of the race. And this was exactly the right strategy. We had really, really good tyres towards the end of the race and I was just waiting for Coletti to have problems with his. I saw Calado was closing in, but continued to wait and finally overtook Coletti on the outside. This was actually easy as I had good traction. From that moment on I just drove to bring this win home. I think this was the hardest race ever, but this was the same for everyone. I ! am really happy with this win and also for the team. We had a perfect strategy and it’s great to start the season like this.”

Julián Leal:

“This was a very good race for me. The car was fantastic from the very beginning of the race on. I did have contact with another car at the start going into corner 1 and damaged my front wing. This resulted in some understeer in fast corners, but it was not too bad. After the pit stop the car and pace were quite good, so I was able to overtake several other cars, which allowed me to finish in this position.”

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GP2 Race One – Sepang, Malaysia

Sepang International Circuit – 23.03.13

  • Car #14 Sergio Canamasas – P19
  • Car #15 Ma Qing Hua – P21
  • Race length: 31 laps
  • Lap Length: 5.543 km
  • Tyre use: Start: P Zero Yellow Pit stop: P Zero Orange hard
  • Weather: Air temp 31˚ / track temp 39˚

Race one of the GP2 season at our home track got underway at 11.15 and Sergio Canamasas made a blistering start, gaining four places before the end of the first lap. Sergio felt strong on lap two and attempted to make a pass for seventh place, however contact was made which damaged his steering and his front wing. As a result of the damage he lost most of the front grip of his car, effectively ending his race and he was forced to nurse the car home to take the flag in 19th place.

Rookie Ma Qing Hua, unfortunately starting the race suffering from a stomach bug, also made a good start and challenged the cars around him for position, running a consistent first race and finishing 21st.

Caterham Racing Team Manager Phill Spencer: “Our first race didn’t quite go according to plan. After Sergio’s excellent start he had a small coming together with another car and we assessed the damage at the pit stop but could not repair it so he did a good job to complete the race.

“Ma was running well in his first GP2 race, but he has been suffering from a stomach bug and had to visit the medical centre following the race due to dehydration. We hope he will be fighting fit tomorrow.”

Caterham Racing Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett: “Ma found his first race in GP2 demanding and having been unwell overnight he struggled with the heat. All credit to him for completing the race without incident and gaining vital track time.

“Sergio made up four places off the line but was unfortunately tagged as he tried to overtake Dillmann at the last corner, bending a track rod and damaging his front wing. We decided to leave him out on track and pit him early to change tyres and check the car. He suffered with major understeer for the remainder of the race and at the finish the carcass of the tyre was showing. It must have been incredibly difficult to drive so credit to him for bringing the car home to the flag.”

Sergio Canamasas: “The start was very good and I was quickly up to eighth place. I saw a gap to overtake the car in front of me, but at the apex of the last corner we touched and it was very difficult to drive the car after that as the steering was damaged and I was being passed by everyone around me. After the pitstop I decided to continue so I could experience how the tyres and car would react towards the end of the race. It was pretty tough as the car was very difficult to drive with the damage but at least I finished the race.”

Ma Qing Hua: “My first GP2 race was always going to be a challenge, but it was even harder as I did not feel well. I am happy to have completed the race and learnt lots about the car and circuit. I really did enjoy the racing and I know that I can find more time with experience. I would like to say thank you to the team and the medical staff who have looked after me very well this afternoon and hopefully I’ll be back feeling much better tomorrow.”

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