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Pic and Leimer claim wins in Barcelona

Unfortunately Grosjean would finish in ninth place - much effort for no reward - and the final lap saw him bang wheels with his team mate Pal Varhaug, pushing the youngster out wide off track. Vargaug was able to use the run-off area and sweep back onto the track ahead of Grosjean, no love being lost between them even though the position didn't carry any points with it - merely pride.

It was an easy win in the end for Fabio Leimer by some ten seconds over Dani Clos, but that's not to undermine how well deserved it was after all that hard work on Saturday to put himself at the head of the reverse grid for Sunday's sprint race. It's Leimer's second consecutive sprint race win at Barcelona.

"I just thought to get a good start and get away," he said. "I made a quite good start, and then it was quite easy because you can manage the tyres, watch in the mirrors for Dani Clos, and I actually drove the first 15 laps quite slowly to save the tyres. Later when I saw he was struggling I pushed a little bit, I tried to be very consistent, and I think it was perfect!"

"There was a bit of trouble at the start," said Dani Clos. "I got hit from behind, something small, and then the safety car: I think it was good that we had the safety car for the tyre wear, because we had 2 or 3 extra laps at the end! Now with the tyres it's really difficult to make a show: at the end we can only maintain and try to drive as smooth as possible, and it's really tricky to keep the car at the track and not have a big drop off."

Marcus Ericsson made good on that start and circulated in third without incident ahead of his iSport team mate Sam Bird - which didn't worry him, Ericcson insisted, despite some previous history between them. "Not at all, to be honest. We've had some incidents in the beginning of the season but we're good mates, I think we trust each other now, and what happened before is put behind us, so not at all: it was just like anyone else."

The disastrous weekend for Grosjean (despite that impressive recover drive in the last ten laps of the sprint race) drops him to fourth in the points standings, while Sam Bird remains in the join lead only now his companion on 21pts is Giedo van der Garde. His Barwa Addax team mate is in third on 15pts.

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2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 20th May 2011. Friday Qualifying. Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Barwa Addax Team). [Picture credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory - 2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 21st May 2011. Saturday Race. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team) - 2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 20th May 2011. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax Team) - 2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 20th May 2011. [Picture credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Giedo Van der Garde, (NED, Barwa Addax Team) [World Copyright: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Fabio Leimer (SWI, Rapax) celebrates his victory. 2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 22nd May 2011. Sunday Sprint Race. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Rapax) celebrates his victory on the podium.  2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 22nd May 2011. Sunday Sprint Race. [Picture credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Rapax) leads the field into turn 1 while as Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Barwa Addax Team) and Jules Bianchi (FRA, Lotus ART) collide (right) and Charles Pic (FRA, Barwa Addax) shows front wing damage (left) from flying debris. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 22nd May 2011. GP2 Round 2 - Sunday Sprint Race. [Picture credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Rapax) crosses the line to take victory. 2011 GP2 Series. Round 2. Circuit de Catalunya, Spain. 22nd May 2011. Sunday Race. [Picture credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
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