Jul 04

GP2 Series Round 6 Preview – Nurburgring, Germany

The story so far…

GP2 Series

The sixth round of the 2013 GP2 Series™ takes place this weekend in Germany at the Nürburgring.

It was just a short week ago that the season saw another triumph for Sam Bird and RUSSIAN TIME in Silverstone: the Brit recovered from a slow start to take the lead at Turn 2. His perfect pit stop strategy meant that he’d pocket a third win this season. He is now lying third in the drivers’ standings whilst title rivals Stefano Coletti and Felipe Nasr had their worse race weekend of the season. Both men failed to see the finish line on Saturday. The following day, Nasr put his head down from P25 on the starting grid to seventh at the chequered flag. But Sunday’s race was all about Jon Lancaster who controlled the rest of the pack from start to finish and offered newcomers Hilmer Motorsport their second win of their maiden season. Rio Haryanto finished second and enjoyed his first ever GP2 podium, whilst James Calado finished third and thus offered ART Grand Prix their 100th GP2 podium.

GP2 is back to Nürburgring this year for the halfway mark of the 2013 season. The title race is heating up with Coletti comfortably leading on 120 points, but Nasr showed in Great Britain that he will never give up and will be looking for a long-awaited maiden GP2 win in Germany to reduce the gap of twenty-two points to the Monegasque driver. Bird of course seems to be the strongest man at the moment with two back-to-back Feature Race win. Will Germany see his hat trick? Fabio Leimer is currently fourth in the standings: the Swiss driver’s season had started brilliantly with two wins in the first two feature races, but since then, Leimer left every track empty-handed. He finally scored points last Saturday to keep his title hopes alive. Add to this list Calado whose season has been challenging so far, but whose fighting spirit is never down and you end up with what promises to be another GP2 classic!

Pirelli have selected Medium and Super Soft tyres for this round.

Nürburgring // Length 5.148 km
Race 1 34 laps – 174.775 km // Race 2 24 laps – 123.295 km

Lap record (2009)
Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix)
1:38.161 // 188.800 kph

Previous winners
2011 Filippi (Scuderia Coloni) // Grosjean (DAMS)
2009 Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix) // Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix)
2007 Glock (iSport International) // Villa (Racing Engineering)
2006 Hamilton (ART Grand Prix) // Hamilton (ART Grand Prix)
2005 Piccione (Durango) // Kovalainen (Arden International

// Friday 05th July 2013
12:00 // 12:30 Practice Session
15:55 // 16:25 Qualifying Session
17:30 Press Conference // GP2 Paddock
// Saturday 06th July 2013
15:25 Pit lanes opens
15:30 Pit lanes closes – Grid
15:40 Race 1 // Feature Race Start (34 laps / 60 mins.)
18:00 Press Conference // GP2 Paddock
// Sunday 07th July 2013
10:20 Pit lanes opens
10:25 Pit lanes closes – Grid
10:35 Race 2 // Sprint Race Start (24 laps / 45 mins.)

Drivers’ Standings

  1. Stefano Coletti 3M 120
  2. Felipe Nasr 98
  3. Sam Bird 2M 1M 89
  4. Fabio Leimer 2M 66
  5. James Calado 52
  6. Jon Lancaster 1M 44
  7. Tom Dillmann 43
  8. Jolyon Palmer 39
  9. Robin Frijns Rookie 1M 37
  10. Mitch Evans Rookie 36
  11. Stéphane Richelmi 33
  12. Kevin Ceccon 28
  13. Alexander Rossi Rookie 28
  14. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rookie 23
  15. Johnny Cecotto Jr. 23
  16. Julián Leal 22
  17. Rio Haryanto 20
  18. Rene Binder 11
  19. Marcus Ericsson 9
  20. Simon Trummer 8
  21. Daniel Abt Rookie 3
  22. Conor Daly Rookie 2
  23. Daniël De Jong 1
  24. Jake Rosenzweig 0
  25. Kevin Giovesi Rookie 0
  26. Sergio Canamasas 0
  27. Pål Varhaug 0
  28. Fabrizio Crestani 0
  29. Nathanaël Berthon 0
  30. Ma Qing Hua Rookie 0

Teams’ Standings

  1. Carlin 137
  2. RUSSIAN TIME 2M 1M 132
  3. Rapax 3M 128
  4. Racing Engineering 2M 88
  5. Hilmer Motorsport 1M 1M 83
  6. Arden International 59
  7. ART Grand Prix 55
  8. DAMS 42
  9. Trident Racing 28
  10. EQ8 Caterham Racing 28
  11. MP Motorsport 24
  12. Barwa Addax Team 20
  13. Venezuela GP Lazarus 11

source: GP2 Series

 GP2 - Nurburgring, Germany



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source: dams.fr

ART Grand Prix

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source: art-grandprix.com


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source: arden-motorsport.com

Racing Eng.

Nürburgring is the next challenge for the Racing Engineering team.

The half-way point in the 2013 GP2 Series has arrived, and with five race weekends completed, there are just five more to come after this weekend’s two races at the Nürburgring. It is two years since the GP2 cars last raced at the German circuit as the German GP alternates annually between here and Hockenheim.

One week ago the Racing Engineering team were competing at Silverstone in what proved to be a weekend of mixed fortunes for the Spanish team. Although Fabio Leimer and Julián Leal took 4th places in the Feature and Sprint races respectively, the team were disappointed not to come away with some podium finishes given the race pace shown by both men. However the Racing Engineering team has been very competitive at each of the preceding five race weekends and the whole team is looking forward to the challenges of the Nürburgring.

Whilst the current 5.148 km circuit is very different from the classic 22.8 km track that was the venue for the German GP up until 1976 it still offers a number of challenges with its combination of corners, some slow and some fast. There are overtaking opportunities on the final turn before the start/finish straight and the following hairpin and, as ever, the setup of the car will be critical to a fast lap.


  • Practice: Fri 05 Jul 2013, 12:00 (GMT+2)
  • Qualifying Session: Fri 05 Jul 2013, 15:55 (GMT+2)
  • Race 1: Sat 06 Jul 2013, 15:40 (GMT+2)
  • Race 2: Sun 07 Jul 2013, 10:30 (GMT+2)

source: racing-engineering.com


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source: carlin.co.uk

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Russian Time

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Caterham Racing

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source: caterham-racing.com

Barwa Addax

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source: addaxteam.com

Rapax Team


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source: rapaxteam.com

Trident Racing
Trident Racing

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source: tridentracing.it

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Hilmer Motorsport

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Venezuela GP Lazarus
Venezuela GP Lazarus

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source: teamlazarus.it

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MP Motorsport

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source: pirelli.com