GP2 »

Silverstone: Bird claims home win in feature race

Coletti appeared to be able to survive everything that Dillmann could throw at him, but on his penultimate run through the final complex he made an error that undid all his good work and allowed Dillmann to finally pounce decisively and take third place relatively easily. Coletti was left somewhat flustered and unprepared for how close the threat from Leimer now was, and two corners later he drifted slightly wide which encouraged the Swiss driver to poke his nose down the inside of a left-hander. Contact ensued, and Coletti ended up off in the gravel at the side of the track banging his steering wheel in frustration, the late retirement dropping him from a battle over third to a final result of 21st in a matter of seconds - a big blow for the championship leader, although at least his closest rivals in the points standings were also having a less than stellar time of it.

Dillmann was by now far too far off the back of Bird and Richelmi who headed him to the line some nine seconds up the road. However, in a Keystone Kops moment of confusion the top three ended up parking in the old Silverstone pit lane complex halfway around the circuit rather than at the new facility where the podium presentations were due to be held. That meant that the medical car had to be dispatched to ferry the top three to where they were meant to be, while everyone was left tapping their feet waiting for the guests of honour to show up.

Leimer survived his clash with Coletti to claim fourth place ahead of Hilmer Motorsport's Jon Lancaster, with Jolyon Palmer finishing in sixth ahead of Barwa Addax driver Rio Haryanto. Further back, James Calado's home feature race did not go according to plan after he was forced off-track on lap 9 while trying to ward off Hilmer's Robin Frijns, and he then clashed with fellow Brit Lancaster mid-race which had tipped the ART into a spin at turn 6. Calado rejoined and battled his way back into the points in ninth place by the finish, but he missed out on the reverse grid pole which went instead to Racing Engineering's Julian Leal after Coletti's late retirement boosted him up a place to eighth at the line.

However, the Calado/Lancaster collision along with the Coletti/Leimer incident were both marked for post-race review by the stewards, along with an early incident between Kevin Ceccon and EQ8 Caterham Racing's Alexander Rossi who finished in tenth place just behind Calado. The adjudications could yet rewrite the race results and final outcome of the Silverstone feature race.

However it shapes out, all will be known by Sunday morning when the 21-lap sprint race gets underway at 9.35am.

Full race results are available.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium - Silverstone feature race, Saturday June 29 2013. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium - Silverstone feature race, Saturday June 29 2013. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium with Stephane Richelmi (MON, Dams) - Silverstone feature race, Saturday June 29 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium - Silverstone feature race, Saturday June 29 2013. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium with Stephane Richelmi (MON, Dams) and Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) - Silverstone feature race, Saturday June 29 2013. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jordan King (GBR, MP Motorsport) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Palou (ESP, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Palou (ESP, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Palou (ESP, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Palou (ESP, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.