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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.)
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: 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.)
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.)

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