May 11

Frijns powers to maiden win in Barcelona

Dutchman storms to victory in feature race

GP2 - Felipe Nasr (Carlin), Robin Frijns (Hilmer Motorsport), Jolyon Palmer (Carlin)Robin Frijns has claimed his debut GP2 win as the Series returns to Europe, claiming victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Barcelona by utilising a sharp get away and smart race strategy to lead home a fast charging Felipe Nasr and Jolyon Palmer.

Poleman Marcus Ericsson made a super start when the lights went out to easily lead his rivals away, while behind him Sam Bird was not so sharp off the line: Fabio Leimer pushed left around him but James Calado was already there, and the inevitable contact pushed the pair backwards as Frijns got off the gas and followed Bird into turn one behind Ericsson, Stefano Coletti, Nasr and Stéphane Richelmi.

Lap 6 was the first time the pitlane opened for fresh tyres, and Frijns (P9), Palmer (P11) and Alexander Rossi (P14) jumped in to take advantage of the fresh air behind. Ericsson, Bird and Jon Lancaster were forced to respond next time by, with the Swede’s stop slow enough to drop him back into the pack and Bird re-emerging just behind Frijns, an early indication of the Dutchman’s speed, while Coletti and Nasr had little choice but to stop next time by.

Within a few laps everyone else had stopped apart from Johnny Cecotto, Tom Dillmann and Mitch Evans, all of whom were on hard tyres, and war had engaged behind them. Ericsson tried to squeeze by Kevin Giovesi but was stuck between the Italian and Bird, hit the latter before retiring with damage shortly afterwards, with nothing to show for his fine efforts yesterday.

Frijns continued to head the already-stopped field, with Palmer, Bird, and Coletti circulating right behind, and finally claimed the overall lead on lap 28 when Evans eventually pitted. Dillmann had taken on another set of hard tyres and was slicing his way through the field, while Nasr was doing the same up ahead, having preserved his tyres until there were only 5 laps to go.

Which was when the heat of battle became white hot. Nasr sliced up to teammate Palmer, clipped his rear but pushed through for P2 at turn 2, but when Bird looked to follow he was soon into the gravel trap and spinning into retirement. Lancaster made short work of points leader Coletti in a great showing for his Hilmer team’s abilities. Dillmann ran outside Coletti at turn 3, then inside Lancaster next time round, but then ran too wide around Palmer and undid his good work.

But out in front Frijns was supreme, delighted to be able to pull away from the war behind him to win by 3.3 seconds from Nasr, who ran out of laps to hunt the Dutchman down. Palmer held on for third with Lancaster, Coletti and Dillmann nose to tail behind him, while Rossi just held Kevin Ceccon back for P7, with Johnny Cecotto and Rio Haryanto filling the final points paying places.

Coletti retains the series lead on 74 points from Nasr on 66: Leimer’s disappointing race sees the Swiss driver drop to P3 on 54 points, ahead of Palmer on 37, Bird on 33, while today’s win pushes Frijns up to 25 points.

GP2 - Robin Frijns (Hilmer Motorsport)


Barcelona – Feature race
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
Felipe Nasr
Jolyon Palmer
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
Stefano Coletti
Tom Dillmann
Alexander Rossi
Caterham Racing
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
Mitch Evans
Arden International
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
Stéphane Richelmi
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
Simon Trummer
Rene Binder
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Sam Bird
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Kevin Giovesi
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Marcus Ericsson
Sergio Canamasas
Caterham Racing
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Simon Turmmer (Rapax) – 1:33.409 on lap 33

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Racing Eng.

First lap incidents ruin the day for Racing Engineering in today’s Barcelona Feature Race.

The weather for today’s 37 lap Feature Race was good with blue skies and a track temperature of 37°, much warmer than had been the case for Friday’s practice and qualifying. The two Racing Engineering drivers were starting 6th with Fabio Leimer and 18th for Julián Leal. Following qualifying the Spanish team had looked at the telemetry for Fabio’s car and made some changes to the setup and were confident that the young Swiss would be more competitive in race conditions.

As the lights went off Fabio made a good start but there was immediate contact between the Racing Engineering car and Calado who chopped across the front of Fabio’s car and the nose wing was ripped off causing him to run wide at the first corner and with his car now handling very badly he had no choice other than to pit at the end of the opening lap for a new nose and tyres, resuming in 24th place.

Fabio was determined to make up as many places as possible and he was immediately lapping as quickly as the race leader Ericsson, and, as the cars ahead took their pitstops, Fabio was soon 13th, just behind Richelmi with 11 laps gone. The young Swiss driver continued to lap very quickly and he was soon closing in on Richelmi and Lancaster who were just over three seconds ahead and by lap 17 the gap was down to one second with Fabio now 12th as all three cars had passed a slowing Quaife-Hobbs. As the race approached the final 12 laps Fabio was starting to suffer from tyre wear but contact between Dillmann and Richelmi allowed him to gain a place but he lost it again two laps later to continue in 12th.

With 9 laps remaining Fabio had to take his mandatory pitstop as the first lap stop was outside the window within which all stops have to be taken, the Racing Engineering car returned to the track in 20th place but with only a handful of laps remaining there was no chance for Fabio to finish any higher than 18th at the end of the 37 laps.

Julián also had problems on the opening lap when several cars ran wide delaying the Racing Engineering car and at the end of lap 1 the young Columbian was in 20th place 1.0 behind Evans. Julián took his mandatory pitstop on lap 7, resuming in 22nd place and he was now chasing the ART car of Abt. For the rest of the race Julián continued to chase the German driver and as cars ahead took their mandatory stops he moved up to 15th place. Although he continued to drive as quickly as possible he was unable to improve on 13th place at the flag.

With both cars starting from the bottom half of the grid in tomorrow’s Sprint Race, it will be a difficult day for both Racing Engineering drivers but Fabio and Julián will try their hardest to gain as many places as possible and score more points.

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

“Disappointing race results today. Fabio was squeezed between two cars when Calado closed the door on him. This completely damaged Fabio’s front wing and he was forced to immediately pit. This obviously ruined our strategy and his chances to finish on the podium, or at least in the points. Julian’s start wasn’t ideal either as he had to go wide to avoid debris on track. Then he fought well during the race, but we still need to improve to finish in the points and also work on better starting positions.”

Fabio Leimer:

“Today was very disappointing. I had a pretty good start, but Calado’s was even better. I was already next to Bird with Calado next to me, when James all of the sudden and without any reason, as he had no one ahead of him, moved over to my side. I went off the accelerator, but it was too late and he destroyed my front wing. I first thought I could stay on track long enough to make it to the pit stop window, but it was too dangerous so I needed to immediately pit. Therefore I needed to pit again towards the end. It’s a real pity as a lot was possible today because we were very fast on the primes, but Calado ruined my race for the second time this season.”

Julián Leal:

“I had a good start up to where I had to avoid debris on track and had to go wide. Therefore I lost many positions. I was able to recover a bit then, but starting on soft tyres meant we had to opt for an early tyre change. We then had a lot of laps to do on the hard compound, but the result was positive. I gained several positions although it could have been more. We will work hard on preparing for tomorrow’s race now.”

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A mixed bag for Caterham Racing

Circuit de Catalunya – GP2 Feature Race

  • Car #14 Sergio Canamasas – Retired
  • Car #15 Alexander Rossi – P7
  • Race length: 37 laps
  • Circuit Length: 4.655 km
  • Total Distance – Race 1: 172.109 km
  • Tyre use: Start: P Zero Yellow Pit stop: P Zero Orange hard

A disappointing Friday qualifying left both Caterham Racing drivers with a lot of hard work to do in today’s GP2 feature race.

Alexander had a stunning opening lap, moving from seventeenth to eleventh and then pitted early for the hard tyre on lap six which allowed him to gain an advantage over the cars around him. He then drove faultlessly, bringing the car home in an impressive seventh place which gives him the added bonus of starting the Sunday sprint race on the front row of the grid.

Sergio also made a good start and gained two places off the line but was then squeezed onto the grass at turn two as the field vied for position. He settled into 13th until Berthon drove over the back of his car, ripping the rear wing off and forcing him to pit and retire from his home race.

Team Manager Phill Spencer “Our first European race here in Barcelona was very mixed. We really feel for Sergio who had to retire through no fault of his own due to the damage incurred when he was hit from behind. We can only hope he has better luck tomorrow in front of his home crowd.

“Conversely we are very pleased for Alexander who finished seventh having started from seventeenth on the grid. The guys did a fantastic job, posting the fastest pit stop for the second race in a row which enabled Alexander to make up a few positions which he maintained as he nursed his tyres to the end of the race. It is great to have another points scoring finish and we hope he can make a good start from the front row tomorrow.”

Alexander Rossi “My start was decent, but most importantly I was happy with my first lap, picking up six positions.

“After qualifying we decided to be brave with the strategy, pitting as early as possible. This was a difficult call but we knew if we could gain enough in the first part of the race and manage tyre wear, we could hang on at the end. The team did an amazing job in my pitstop which helped me move forwards in the race and I had a great car underneath me so I am really pleased that we were able to recover from a difficult qualifying.

“To be on the front row of the grid for the sprint race tomorrow is perfect. We know that in equal conditions our pace is just as good as anyone else on track, so it should be a good race.”

Sergio Canamasas “I made a good start but then it all got a little bit messy and I was squeezed onto the grass at the second corner, losing three or four positions. The race settled down a bit but then I was hit from behind by Berthon and that was the end of my race as my rear wing was ripped off.

“I had good race pace, and avoided the startline incidents, so I think eighth was a reasonable target for me today. Now I will start from the back of the grid for the sprint race, which is always painful, but even more when you are racing at home in front of your fans and friends.

“There is nothing much to say but I need a little more luck for the next few races as unfortunately for me this year I have not had any luck. It has been a complicated start to the season but I will keep pushing and work hard tomorrow and every day.”

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