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Your 2013 GP2 Driver of the Year: 1st - Sam Bird

You voted Sam Bird into 1st place in Crash.net's GP2 Driver of the Year 2013 poll!
Top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2013:
1. Sam Bird

Birthplace: Roehampton, England
Birthdate: January 9, 1987
Team: Russian Time
2013 starts: 22
Poles: 2
Wins: 5
Podiums: 6
Fastest laps: 3
Championship points: 181
Championship position: 2nd
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2011 position: 7th
Crash.net GP2 Driver of 2012 position: N/A

Season summary:

Agonisingly close, but sadly it wasn't to be Sam Bird's championship year after all following that fateful stall on the front row of the grid in the final feature race at Abu Dhabi. In the end Fabio Leimer's consistency just pipped the Brit to the title, but it's been an impressive year nonetheless for Bird with five race wins (at Bahrain, Monaco, Silverstone, Spa and Singapore) and a further second place at Monza. All of these successes helped to boost Russian Time toward clinching the team trophy in their maiden season of GP2 competition, which no one saw coming when they signed up to the series just a few weeks before the first race of the year in Sepang in March.

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The complete top 10 GP2 Driver of the Year 2013 results:

1. Sam Bird
2. Fabio Leimer
3. Felipe Nasr
4. Robin Frijns
5. Alexander Rossi
6. James Calado
7. Jolyon Palmer
8. Mitch Evans
9.Tom Dillmann
10. Marcus Ericsson


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Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates with the team after helping them to clinch the GP2 Series teams championship at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Sunday November 3 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) during Friday practice at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on November 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory after the Spa feature race on Saturday August 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) during qualifying in Monza - Friday, September 6 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) takes the flag as he wins race 1 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) celebrates winning pole position at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) celebrates winning pole position at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) & Takuya Izawa (JPN, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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