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“Palmer tops Monza GP2 practice”

September 6, 2013

© GP2 Media Services

© GP2 Media Services

Joylon Palmer headed the sole GP2 Series practice ahead of today’s qualifying session at Monza.

Under searing sunshine, the Carlin racer secured the top spot with a best of 1:32.120 in the final ten minutes, displacing Racing Engineering’s Fabio Leimer who headed much of the session.

Sam Bird and Stephane Richelmi made it four different teams in the top four positions, placing their RUSSIAN TIME and DAMS machine 3rd and 4th respectively, while Bird’s teammate Tom Dillmann rounded out the top five, just one-thousandth off of Richelmi’s pace.

Series points leader Stefano Coletti recorded the 6th best time in his Rapax ahead of Julian Leal and Simon Trummer, while a confident Marcus Ericsson took, despite an apparent electrical issue that ended his session prematurely.. Alexander Rossi was the only Caterham in the top ten.

There was an early, but brief, red flag period when Johnny Cecotto Jr spun onto the circuit after running wide at the Parabolica. Coletti also experienced some woes when he clipped the rear of Cecotto Jr, breaking his from wing in the process, necessitating a lengthy stop.
Sergio Canamasas brought his session to an early conclusion when he spun off at the Ascari chicane.

2013 GP2 Series (Rd 9, Free Practice 1)
Pos Driver                 Team                  Time      Gap     Laps
 1. Jolyon Palmer          Carlin                1m32.120s   	    12
 2. Fabio Leimer           Racing Engineering    1m32.123s  +0.003  11
 3. Sam Bird               Russian Time          1m32.351s  +0.231  11
 4. Stefano Richelmi       DAMS                  1m32.501s  +0.381  13
 5. Tom Dillmann           Russian Time          1m32.502s  +0.382  10
 6. Stefano Coletti        Rapax                 1m32.532s  +0.412  12
 7. Julian Leal            Racing Engineering    1m32.586s  +0.466  11
 8. Simon Trummer          Rapax                 1m32.634s  +0.514  13
 9. Marcus Ericsson        DAMS                  1m32.711s  +0.591  12
10. Alexander Rossi        Caterham              1m32.743s  +0.623  12
11. James Calado           ART                   1m32.863s  +0.743  13
12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs    Hilmer                1m32.877s  +0.757  13
13. Mitch Evans            Arden                 1m32.951s  +0.831  12
14. Dani Clos              MP Motorsport         1m32.966s  +0.846  11
15. Felipe Nasr            Carlin                1m33.029s  +0.909  12
16. Jake Rosenzweig        Addax                 1m33.045s  +0.925  11
17. Jon Lancaster          Hilmer                1m33.067s  +0.947  12
18. Daniel Abt             ART                   1m33.092s  +0.972  13
19. Rio Haryanto           Addax                 1m33.172s  +1.052  10
20. Nathanael Berthon      Trident               1m33.174s  +1.054  13
21. Sergio Canamasas       Caterham              1m33.369s  +1.249  11
22. Johnny Cecotto Jr.     Arden                 1m33.389s  +1.269  11
23. Daniel de Jong         MP Motorsport         1m33.447s  +1.327  12
24. Vittorio Ghirelli      Lazarus               1m33.465s  +1.345  13
25. Rene Binder            Lazarus               1m33.943s  +1.823  12
26. Sergio Campana         Trident               1m34.448s  +2.328  12
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