GP2 – Sam Bird sets the pace in Monte Carlo

//GP2 – Sam Bird sets the pace in Monte Carlo

GP2 – Sam Bird sets the pace in Monte Carlo

GP2 logoBritish driver leads RUSSIAN TIME 1-2 in Round 4 free practice

Sam Bird set the tone in this morning’s free practice in the streets of Monaco: the Brit’ from RUSSIAN TIME clocked a laptime of 1:21.512 in a trouble free session, five hundredths quicker than teammate Tom Dillmann. Rookie Mitch Evans finished third.

Under clear blue skies, the pitlane opened and the twenty-six cars fed onto the track on Soft Pirelli tyres. Evans set the early pace, but it was Bird who was on a mission and topped the timing sheets in the first ten minutes of the session with a laptime of 1:23.402. Marcus Ericsson improved the Brit’s time by four tenths, but Dillmann put his head down and found the extra pace to break under the 1m23s barrier and bettered the DAMS’ man’s time by six tenths. Evans and Felipe Nasr also went under 1m23s, with Fabio Leimer moving up to second, one tenth slower than Dillmann.

Halfway through the session, Bird edged his teammate out of the top spot by four hundredths. Dillmann was then on a flyer and looked set to improve again, but Stéphane Richelmi spun and stopped at Rascasse ruining the Frenchman’s efforts, Dillmann having to settle for P2 ahead of Leimer.

With today’s qualifying session being divided into two groups of fifteen minutes each, most of the teams chose to switch to Super Soft tyres for the second part of the free practice in order to evaluate the level of grip with the option tyres. The laptimes improved again and Bird, Dillmann and Evans dipped under 1m22s. At the chequered flag, Bird remained top ahead of his teammate and the Arden driver. Last year’s sprint race winner Jolyon Palmer finished fourth ahead of Ericsson, Johnny Cecotto, Leimer, Nasr, Rio Haryanto and James Calado, the latter who in an effort to find his car’s limits concluded his session going off track at Ste Devote in the dying minutes.

The Qualifying session will start at 16:15 local time with Group A gathering all odd numbered cars (including Bird, Ericsson, Nasr, Haryanto and Calado). After a ten minute break, Group B with all even numbered cars will start their session at 16:40 local time.

Monte Carlo – Free Practice

Driver Team Laptime Laps
1. Sam Bird RUSSIAN TIME 1:21.512

15

2. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:21.569

18

3. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:21.754

17

4. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:22.059

19

5. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:22.290

18

6. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:22.391

15

7. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:22.499

13

8. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:22.516

17

9. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:22.578

16

10. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:22.647

18

11. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:22.795

18

12. Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:22.872

18

13. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:22.979

18

14. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:23.251

16

15. Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:23.365

19

16. Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:23.369

18

17. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:23.527

17

18. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:23.633

17

19 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:23.648

10

20. Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:23.702

19

21. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:23.854

19

22. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:23.905

19

23. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:24.223

19

24. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:24.600

11

25. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:24.755

19

26. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:24.916

19

2018-07-17T23:29:42+00:00May 23rd, 2013|GP 2 series|