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GP2 Monaco 2013: Lucky Bird escapes T1 pile-up to win

Haryanto learned that the hard way on lap 28 when he came under attack for 13th place from Daniel Abt down the inside into Rascasse and ended up being punted into the outside barrier with a shattered nose as a result. The race stewards decided that Abt's move had been too aggressive, and they duly handed the ART man a drive-thru for daring to try overtaking at Monaco; he also got a black-and-orange flag telling him to pit to have damage from the collision with Haryanto attended to, with a subsequent run-off at Mirabeau just compounding his misery.

Binder's turn in pit lane came on lap 29, and the #24 Venezuela GP Lazarus came out in seventh position behind Stefano Coletti having started the race in 22nd following his three-place grid penalty for blocking during qualifying - provisionally giving Binder a front row start for the Saturday sprint race under reversed grid rules alongside potential polesitter Richelmi. At the front, Bird continued to lead with a gap of 17s now over Ceccon who was just holding off a resurgent Evans in third who himself had Felipe Nasr and James Calado all over the back of him.

While Bird was safe at the top and led Ceccon and Evans to the chequered flag at the end of 42 laps, Richelmi was unable to hold on to the sprint pole after MP Motorsports' Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has a strong finish to the race, muscling his way past St├ęphane Richelmi in the final seconds of the race. That puts the Briton alongside Binder on the front row on Saturday afternoon's event.

In the championship, Coletti's somewhat lacklustre home race still helped him extend his lead over many of his accident-hit main rivals, his points haul now standing at 103 points with Nasr up to 88 points in second - and Sam Bird up into third place with 58pts just ahead of Fabio Leimer with Frijns, Calado and Palmer now a long way adrift.

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Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) crashes on the opening lap of the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) and Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) crash out of the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing), Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport), and Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) crash out of the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) and Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) crash out of the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Trident Racing) celebrate second place in the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory with Mitch Evans (NZL, Arden International) after the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium with Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Trident Racing) and Mitch Evans (NZL, Arden International). .World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series 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.)

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