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Jun 29

Bird storms to victory in home GP2 feature race

Briton delights Silverstone fans in dramatic event

GP2 - Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME)Sam Bird brought more cheer to the already ecstatic home fans with a dominant run to victory in this afternoon’s feature race in Silverstone.

The Englishman looked unstoppable as he eased away from his rivals to take an emotional win from Stephane Richelmi and teammate Thom Dillman.

The one moment which didn’t go to plan for Bird was the start, when he was slow off the line and could only watch as Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr tore away as the lights went out. But it was only a few corners before the pair tripped over each other, which cleared the way for Bird to lead Stefano Coletti past the pair, with Richelmi, Mitch Evans and James Calado following behind them.

Ericsson was all over the back of Coletti as the latter headed into the pits on lap 6, along with Nasr and Calado, forcing the Swede and Bird to come in next time by to cover: the Briton was easily out ahead, while Ericsson saw Coletti blast by upon his return to the circuit on his way to the fastest lap of the race so far, 1 second faster than Bird and closing fast.

The problem for Bird was that he had to overtake drivers who hadn’t yet stopped, drawing attention to the battle behind them which made the Monegasque driver’s job substantially easier, and when Richelmi finally pitted from the lead, he emerging right behind his countryman on fresher tyres and looking for more. But he wasn’t the only one with his eye on a podium.

Evans emerged from his late stop into the same battle, and looked to have come out on top when he blasted by the Monaco pairing, only to have to give way for a stop go penalty for speeding in the pitlane. Richelmi’s fresher tyres showed when he blew past his countryman at Club on lap 19 and headed off in a futile chase after Bird, just as Thom Dillmann finally pitted from the lead.

With fresher rubber than anyone, the Frenchman made mincemeat of his rivals and was soon hounding Coletti for the final podium spot: the points leader made a brave attempt at holding on, confounding Dillmann until just two laps to the end, when a huge lock up in Club saw Coletti run deep and the Frenchman through and, to rub salt into the wound, a coming together with Fabio Leimer a few corners put Coletti out of the race entirely.

With everything shaken out, all eyes turned back to race winner Bird, who eased off to cross the line 2.4 seconds ahead of Richelmi, with teammate Dillmann leading Leimer, John Lancaster and Jolyon Palmer across the line, with Rio Haryanto claiming P7 from Julian Leal, an embattled James Calado and Alexander Rossi back to the pitlane, with Bird reflecting Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton’s earlier pole position in F1 to make it an all English Saturday at Silverstone.

 

Silverstone – Feature race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
3.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
6.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
7.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
8.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
9.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
10.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
11.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
12.
Adiran Quaife-Hobbs
MP Motorsport
13.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
14.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
15.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
16.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
17.
Johnny Cecotto
Ardent International
18.
Fabrizio Crestani
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
20.
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
21.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
22.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
23.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
24.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
 
Not Classified
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Kevin Ceccon
Trident Racing
     
Fastest Lap : Mitch Evans (Arden International) – 1:41.832 on lap 22

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Racing Eng.

A battling 4th for Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering at today’s Silverstone Feature Race.

The Silverstone weather had greatly improved for today’s 29 lap Feature Race following yesterday’s rain affected practice and qualifying with the track temperature at 32°, the hottest it had been all weekend.

As the lights went off Fabio initially made a good start holding onto 6th place but he lost several positions on the opening corners dropping back to 9th but he quickly passed Cecotto to lie 8th at the end of the opening lap. The Racing Engineering car was soon on the gearbox of Calado and looking for a way past but as the two cars fought for position Dillmann began to close on both of them.

The mandatory pitstops began on lap 6 and Fabio, who was now lying 4th as the cars ahead stopped, was in two laps later resuming the track in 13th. The young Swiss was now 2.2 seconds behind Nasr and 3.6 seconds ahead of Palmer and Fabio very quickly closed the gap to the Carlin car and was soon ahead. By lap 17, as the cars ahead made their stops, Fabio was lying 6th which by lap 20 was 4th as Richelmi made a late stop and Evans received a drive-through penalty.

With 7 laps to go Fabio was under heavy pressure from Dillmann who had made a late pitstop and, as a result, was on much fresher tyres and the Russian Time driver found a way past the Racing Engineering car on its older rubber. As the race entered the closing laps Fabio closed in on Coletti and Dillmann who were slowing each other down as they fought for 3rd and, as Dillmann passed Coletti, Fabio closed in on the Rapax car and on the final lap the Racing Engineering car dived up the inside of Coletti and although he made contact he took the 4th position he held to the flag.

Julián lost two places to drop to 13th on the opening lap; he quickly regained a place but was in turn passed by Frijns and Palmer to be 14th on lap 3. The Racing Engineering driver now began to increase his pace; taking his pitstop on lap10 he dropped to 16th, but he was soon making up places as the cars ahead stopped and by lap21 he was lying 10th almost two seconds behind Frijns.

The young Colombian now began to close on and apply pressure to the Hilmer Motorsport car and he was soon ahead to move up to 9th place, which became an excellent 8th as Coletti retired on the final lap.

Following the race Fabio received a penalty of 10 grid positions although he keeps his 4th place and the points scored from today’s race. Starting at the front Julián will be looking to score his first GP2 podium finish tomorrow, for Fabio it will be a hard task to get up into the points but he will try his hardest as always.

Timetable:

Race 2: Sun 30 Jun 2013, 09:35 (GMT+1)

 

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

 

“We scored points with both cars today, which was the goal given their respective starting positions. The start and first laps of both drivers didn’t work out too well, but they were able to recover positions during the race thanks to some overtaking and good strategies. Unfortunately Fabio received a 10 position grid penalty for tomorrow’s race following his contact with Coletti on the final lap. As for Julian, after a slower start to the race, he showed a strong pace as the race continued. After some nice overtaking manoeuvres and a good race strategy, he was able to finish in a good 8th position. This allows Julian to start tomorrow’s race from the front and we really hope he will be able to translate this starting position into his first GP2 podium.”

Fabio Leimer:

“I had a pretty bad start today and lost quite a lot of ground through being too slow. In turn 1 I had a slower Calado ahead of me and in turn 3 I was almost squeezed between two other cars. I really wanted to finish today’s race, so I lost some positions. On my first set of tyres I was stuck behind Calado, who had some problems. When he pitted I set some fast laps before I came in for my pit stop and I was able to pass Calado in the pits and when I rejoined the race, I had no one ahead of me, which allowed me to save tires and drive at my own rhythm. This allowed me to still be in a position to attack towards the end of the race. Unfortunately I collided with Coletti, who visibly struggled with his car, which resulted in a penalty for me. Starting further back is not at all good as in the sprint race it is more difficult to recover positions. But we will see and hope that in the end we are able to achieve a good result.”

Julián Leal:

“Today’s race was quite difficult because at the start I told my engineer that I wanted a change of the balance to the car and this decision was not the best one and I struggled during the beginning of the race. But towards the end the car felt better and the balance improved quite a lot. From then on I had some good laps and I had a good pace. I overtook some cars and was able to finish in P8, which gives me the chance to start tomorrow’s race from the front. We have a good car for tomorrow and I really hope that everything falls into place and I can achieve a really good result.”

source: racing-engineering.com

Carlin
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Caterham Racing

Silverstone Circuit – GP2 Feature Race

Car #14 Sergio Canamasas – P23

  • Car #15 Alexander Rossi – P10 (P20 following stewards enquiry)
  • Race length: 29 laps
  • Silverstone Circuit Length: 5.891Km
  • Total Distance: 170.705Km
  • Tyre use: start: P Zero White (medium) pit to: P Zero Orange (hard)
  • Weather: Air temp 22˚C / track temp 32˚C

The sun shone for the GP2 feature race at Silverstone and despite disappointing qualifying positions both drivers entered the race with confidence in their cars and strategy for the dry conditions.

After a great launch for Alexander, unfortunately he had to check up for two stalled cars only gaining one position at start. Sergio struggled to pull away; stalling and leaving the rest of the field to dodge his stranded car. Sergio was promptly pushed to the pitlane and started the race one lap down.

Alexander made good progress and despite a coming together with Ceccon he managed to take the chequered flag in tenth position.

Sergio showed some great pace and was fastest on track for much of the second half of the race, but already a lap down he could do no more and finished twenty third.

Alexander Rossi “My initial launch off the line was great, but with two stalled cars in front of me I had to back off to avoid hitting them, which killed my momentum. I came out of the first lap seventeenth. I passed two more cars and we took the decision to pit early on lap six, which allowed us to leapfrog additional cars.

“I drove my own race from then on and conserved my tyres to the flag.

“We’re still struggling with understeer since Barcelona, we have a bit of work to do before tomorrow’s race. The post race ten place grid penalty is difficult for me to understand, but I have to accept the stewards decision and treat tomorrow’s race as a test session. I am hopeful this will yield answers and aid us in our setup for the Nurburgring.”

Sergio Canamasas “I stalled the car at the start which pretty much ended my race and when I restarted the field was too far ahead for me to catch.

“The car was much better than yesterday and I’m quite sure after looking at my lap chart that we could have had a good result.

“The best I can do is forget today’s race and look forward to tomorrow where I will try my best for myself and my team.”

Chief Engineer Humphrey Corbett “I think that the demons that have haunted us at Silverstone remain.

“Sergio stalled on the line and his race was effectively over from that time, although he consistently posted some very impressive lap times which we are very pleased about.

“Alexander made a reasonable start and made his way from nineteenth to finish a very respectable tenth, once again putting in some impressive lap times.

“Following the race Alexander has sadly been issued with a ten place grid penalty, which we think is a strange decision but we have to accept it and move on.

“We will try something a little different strategy wise tomorrow as we are starting towards the back of the field and hope to gain some vital setup information for future races.”

N.B Following a steward’s decision Alexander Rossi was handed a ten place grid penalty for the contact with Ceccon and will start the sprint race 20th on the grid.

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Barwa Addax

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Rapax Team

Rapax

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Trident Racing
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Hilmer Motorsport

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Venezuela GP Lazarus
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MP Motorsport logo
MP Motorsport

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Pirelli

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