“GP2 Series: Ericsson flies to Barcelona pole”

© Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.
© Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.

Marcus Ericsson emphatically grabbed his first GP2 pole and points of the season thanks to a storming effort in the closing minutes of the sole qualifying session.

Having headed much of the session – helped in no small part by a stellar final sector – Ericsson lost out to teammate Stephane Richelmi in final moments, before retaking the top spot.

Initial fears of an incoming rainstorm proved false; however the threat did force the field into a series of early runs, with Ericsson setting the gauntlet before the first set of stops.
Come the final stints, no one could match Ericsson’s final time of 1:28.704, giving the Swede a one-and-half tenths advantage over Richelmi as the chequered flag waved.

Felipe Nasr slotted into 3rd spot in his Carlin machine. Like many of his rivals, the Brazilian matched Ericsson in the first two sectors of the lap, only to lose entire tenths in the final few turns.
It was a similar tale for Sam Bird (Russian Time, 4th), Stefano Coletti (Rapax, 5th) and Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering, 6th).
James Calado only completed five laps to claim 7th place; however that could put him in a nice position for the Feature Race, as times become a key factor. Robin Frijns took his Hilmer Motorsport Dallara to 8th, ahead of Kevin Ceccon (Trident, 9th) and Kevin Giovesi (Venezuela GP Lazarus, 10th).

Alexander Rossi pitted early in order to secure a free track, but struggled to improve, eventually lining up 17th. On his return to the GP2 Series, Jon Lancaster placed his Hilmer Motorsport machine 15th.

2013 GP2 Series round of Barcelona (Rd 3, Qualifying)
Pos  Driver               Team                Time       Gap
 1.  Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                1m28.706s
 2.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                1m28.871s  + 0.165s
 3.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin              1m29.152s  + 0.446s
 4.  Sam Bird             Russian Time        1m29.188s  + 0.482s
 5.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               1m29.213s  + 0.507s
 6.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering  1m29.293s  + 0.587s
 7.  James Calado         ART                 1m29.318s  + 0.612s
 8.  Robin Frijns         Hilmer              1m29.321s  + 0.615s
 9.  Kevin Ceccon         Trident             1m29.424s  + 0.718s
10.  Kevin Giovesi        Lazarus             1m29.425s  + 0.719s
11.  Jolyon Palmer        Carlin              1m29.609s  + 0.903s
12.  Daniel Abt           ART                 1m29.668s  + 0.962s
13.  Sergio Canamasas     Caterham            1m29.685s  + 0.979s
14.  Tom Dillmann         Russian Time        1m29.739s  + 1.033s
15.  Jon Lancaster        Hilmer              1m29.759s  + 1.053s
16.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax               1m29.792s  + 1.086s
17.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham            1m29.804s  + 1.098s
18.  Julian Leal          Racing Engineering  1m29.824s  + 1.118s
19.  Mitch Evans          Arden               1m29.936s  + 1.230s
20.  Rene Binder          Lazarus             1m29.956s  + 1.250s
21.  Nathanael Berthon    Trident             1m29.969s  + 1.263s
22.  Rio Haryanto         Addax               1m30.020s  + 1.314s
23.  Johnny Cecotto       Arden               1m30.025s  + 1.319s
24.  Simon Trummer        Rapax               1m30.025s  + 1.319s
25.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  MP                  1m30.763s  + 2.057s
26.  Daniel de Jong       MP                  1m30.773s  + 2.067s

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