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Double podium sees Coletti start on top

Stefano Coletti leads the GP2 drivers championship and Rapax tops the team standings after a successful opening weekend to the season in Malaysia.
A double podium for Stefano Coletti and two finishes in the points for his team mate Simon Trummer means that Rapax heads the team championship after the opening weekend of the 2013 GP2 Series at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia.

Coletti looked on course to win the opening feature race after claiming pole position in qualifying on Friday, but in the end had to settle for third place when his tyres faded in the closing laps.

“After performing so good in qualifying we hoped to stay on the front at the end of the race too," he said. "I managed to hold first place for most part of the race, but I knew that [Fabio] Leimer had a slight advantage in terms of tyre wear.

"I tried to hold onto the lead as long as possible but it was meaningless to take too big risks," he continued. "In the last five laps the tyre performance dropped quite a lot and I had to settle for third."

That did at least give him a slight boost for the Sunday sprint race, as the reverse grid system put him on sixth place on the grid which he immediately took advantage of sweeping down the outside line into turn 1 to take second place, which enabled him to pull off a pass on pole man Stéphane Richelmi for the lead shortly afterwards.

"The engine dropped revs in the right way and I was able to take-off without the slightest wheelspin," Coletti said of his perfect start. "I saw some space on the left side of the track so at the first braking zone I was already second.

"When we hit the throttle again I saw I had a chance in turn 2 and I took the lead by braking late and passing on the inside line," he continued. "Once in the lead, I managed the race well and did not suffer from the tyre wear that slowed us down yesterday."

Coletti went on to claim the chequered flag, which together with his third place on Saturday means that he leads the drivers standings by 11 points from Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer.

"This win is a well-deserved reward for the work done by the whole team since the autumn," said the 23-year-old from Monaco. "It's great to see these efforts repaid and I'm looking forward to keep having the same satisfactions all-day."



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Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax) during qualifying at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia - March 22 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) leads Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory in Sunday`s sprint race in Malaysia on the podium. March 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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