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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.)
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 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: 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.)
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 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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium 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), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) 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.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) heads to the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) on the podium 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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