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Aug 23

Bird bags GP2 pole in Spa

RUSSIAN TIME driver quickest in qualifying

GP2 - Sam Bird (RUSSIAN TIME)Sam Bird is a happy man: the Brit was quickest in today’s qualification in Spa pocketing his first pole position of the season with a laptime of 1:56.957 set in the first ten minutes of the session. Fabio Leimer and James Calado completed the top 3.

The session opened under blue skies and on a dry track which meant all twenty-six drivers could put their Pirelli Soft tyres to the test of the Belgium track. Johnny Cecotto set the early pace, but Marcus Ericsson bettered the Venezuelan’s time to claim top spot. Calado improved as well and went four tenths quicker than the Swede. It was then Leimer’s turn to go fastest, one tenth better than the Brit.

However, Bird put his head down and found the extra pace to sit pretty at the top of the timing sheet with a laptime two tenths quicker than the Swiss. At the mid-session and as the drivers returned to the pits for a fresh pair of rubbers, Bird, Leimer and Calado were still top three ahead of Alexander Rossi and Jolyon Palmer.

When the action resumed, Leimer improved slightly, but not enough to dethrone Bird who bagged pole at the chequered flag. Calado was unable to better his personal best and remained third. In the final stages of the session, Marcus Ericsson managed to move up to P4 ahead of Rossi. Nathanaël Berthon, Palmer Stéphane Richelmi, Sergio Canmasas (who will be dropped ten places following a grid penalty picked up in Budapest Sprint Race) and Felipe Nasr completed the top ten.

Spa-Francorchamps – Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
1:56.957
9
2.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
1:57.156
9
3.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
1:57.404
9
4.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
1:57.538
9
5.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:57.578
11
6.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
1:57.588
10
7.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
1:57.691
9
8.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
1:57.802
10
9.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
1:57.804
11
10.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
1:57.839
10
11.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
1:57.881
10
12.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
1:57.924
9
13.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
1:57.950
10
14.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
1:58.271
11
15.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
1:58.384
11
16.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
1:58.385
11
17.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
1:58.419
10
18.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
1:58.463
10
19
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
1:58.534
8
20.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
1:58.618
10
21.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
1:58.789
9
22.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:58.803
10
23.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
1:58.831
10
24.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
1:59.022
13
25.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
1:59.253
10
26.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
2:17.528
3
 

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Racing Eng.

Fabio Leimer and Racing Engineering qualify second at Spa Francorchamps today.

The weather for the 30 minute Free Practice session, held in the morning, was cool with a track temperature of just 19° and overnight rain had left the circuit damp and slippery in places. Both Racing Engineering cars took to the track as the session began and Julián Leal was the first to register a quick time when he set a lap of 2:01.286s to go 3rd and he was quickly followed by Fabio Leimer who set a 2:00.258s lap to take over Julián’s place.

Lap times continued to fall as the track dried out and with 16 minutes of the session remaining Julián moved up to second with a time of 1:59.168s and two minutes later Fabio went to the top of the timing sheets, nearly half a second faster than anybody had achieved so far, with a lap of 1:58.581s. With both drivers concentrating on setting up their cars for Qualifying neither man improved on their times in the remaining laps leaving Fabio 3rd and Julián 9th at the end of the 30 minutes.

The track temperature had substantially increased to 34° by the time the afternoon qualifying got underway and all the GP2 cars were out on track as soon as the 30 minutes session began. Fabio was immediately on the pace and with eight minutes gone the Racing Engineering driver jumped to the top of the times with a 1:57.255s on his first flying lap and Julián was right behind him in 9th with a time of 1:57.924.

All the cars returned to the pits after about 12 minutes of the session to fine tune the set ups of their cars and with eight minutes left the Racing Engineering cars were back on the track but the car of Quaife-Hobbs was moving slowly around the track with a loose front wheel preventing any quick laps until it returned to the pits. Fabio improved his time on his first flying lap with a time of 1:57.156s to lie 2nd just 0.2 seconds away from pole position. However Julián was unable to improve on his earlier time leaving him in 12th but a 10 grid penalty given to Canamasas in Hungary will promote the young Colombian to 11th.

Tomorrow’s 25 lap Feature race will see Fabio, starting from the front row, having an excellent chance of winning the race and closing the gap to the two drivers ahead of him in the Championship as Coletti and Nasr only qualified 20th and 10th respectively. For Julián it will be a case looking to move up into a points scoring position and maximise his grid position for Sunday’s Sprint race.

Timetable:

  • Race 1: Sat 24 Aug 2013, 15:40 (GMT+2)
  • Race 2: Sun 25 Aug 2013, 10:35 (GMT+2)

Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering:

“Overall this was a good qualifying session for both our cars today. While free practice took place on a damp track, we had a completely dry track in qualifying. So everyone used the option compound of the slick tyres. Today there was only one push lap to get a fast time as the tyres were then fading away. The top drivers are really close today so starting from the front row is very positive for Fabio. We saw quite an improvement from Julian today and this means he will start tomorrow’s race form 10th place, leaving him with plenty of options for a good result.”

Fabio Leimer:

“I think qualifying was great. It was definitely not easy to find the perfect set up today as the track was still damp in the morning session. But we were already really fast in free practice and were able to reproduce this in qualifying. Sure I would have preferred pole position, but the starting position is quite good on the front row. I think for tomorrow a lot is possible and the goal is to have a good race to score as many points as possible. Now we will work on finding a good set up for tomorrow, and then I am sure it will be a good race.”

Julián Leal:

“The car was behaving quite well today even though there are a few things we can still improve and I could also improve from a driving point of view. But even like this we start from a quite a favourable position given the fact that our race pace is usually very good. Therefore, if I have a race weekend without mistakes, I am sure we can bring home good points.”

source: racing-engineering.com

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Caterham Racing

Spa Francorchamps Circuit – 23/08/13

Practice - 12.00 – 12.30
Car # 14 – Sergio Canamasas – P14 – 1:59.500
Car #15 – Alexander Rossi – P11 – 1:59.405
Weather: Air temp 20˚C / Track temp 21 ˚C – Drying

Qualifying - 15.55 – 16.25
Car # 14 – Sergio Canamasas – P9 – 1:57.804
Car #15 – Alexander Rossi – P5 – 1:57.578
Weather: Air temp 25˚C / Track Temp 35˚C – DryThe rain subsided just in time for the morning GP2 practice but the final sector of the 7.004 km track remained damp and the drivers worked hard to adapt to the varying conditions.

By 15.55 the track was fully dry for qualifying, with both Sergio and Alexander putting in first-rate performances to achieve our best qualifying positions this season, remaining in the top ten for the duration of the session.

Sergio will unfortunately start nineteenth for Saturday’s Feature Race, following a ten place grid penalty carried forward from Hungary but this encouraging start to the weekend is just what the team was looking for.

Alexander Rossi “I am feeling very pleased and to be honest a little relieved. Budapest was a step forwards for us in qualifying and to take another step today is very welcome for all of us.

“The session was a little strange as I don’t think anyone expected the tyres to go off as quickly as they did and therefore the majority of us set our fastest time on the first flying lap. The first lap is always a little scrappy as you try and find your way on the soft tyre, so there was probably more time to be found but this was the same for everyone.

“The car was good and the work we have done over the summer has paid off which is really positive.

“Tomorrow it looks like it will rain, which is fine as I love driving in the rain, especially here. Starting in the top five and knowing that we always have a good race car makes me think that we have an opportunity to win tomorrow and that is what I will be going for.”

Sergio Canamasas “Qualifying was positive for us and 9th is my best result this season. I did this time on the first push lap which is a little weird and virtually nobody improved on the second lap.

“Alexander also did a good job so I am pleased for the team and this is a good day.

“Tomorrow for me it is obviously a shame to have the grid penalty, but I have good pace so if I can have a strong race it could still be very positive for Sunday.”

 

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