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GP2 Spain 2013: Qualifying times

10 May 2013

DAMS' Marcus Ericsson is hoping that he's finally on the rebound from a dreadful start to the 2013 GP2 Series season after qualifying in pole position for the Saturday feature race in Spain.

Ericsson's laptime was 1:28.706s on the 2.892-mile Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, just 0.165s ahead of his team mate Stéphane Richelmi who put in his best qualifying performance of his career in the feeder series. The pair were the only two drivers with times in the 1:28 second bracket.

Ericsson had set the pace early and held it until the closing minutes when Richelmi briefly displaced him, forcing Ericsson to pull out all the stops on his final run to regain the top spot by the time the chequered flag came out at the end of a 30-minute session, which stayed dry despite dark skies and cooler conditions than the morning practice period.

The fastest man in that earlier practice, Felipe Nasr, was closest to the DAMS duo but the Carlin ultimately had to settle for third place on the grid alongside Russian Time's Sam Bird.

Qualifying times

1. #1 Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:28.706s 117.387mph (10 laps)
2. #2 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:28.871s 117.169mph + 0.165s (10 laps)
3. #9 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:29.152s 116.800mph + 0.446s (11 laps)
4. #11 Sam Bird Russian Time 1:29.188s 116.753mph + 0.482s (9 laps)
5. #18 Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:29.213s 116.720mph + 0.507s (10 laps)
6. #8 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.293s 116.615mph + 0.587s (11 laps)
7. #3 James Calado ART GP 1:29.318s 116.582mph + 0.612s (5 laps)
8. #22 Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.321s 116.579mph + 0.615s (11 laps)
9. #21 Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:29.424s 116.444mph + 0.718s (10 laps)
10. #25 Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.425s 116.443mph + 0.719s (10 laps)
11. #10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:29.609s 116.204mph + 0.903s (11 laps)
12. #4 Daniel Abt ART GP 1:29.668s 116.127mph + 0.962s (10 laps)
13. #14 Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:29.685s 116.105mph + 0.979s (10 laps)
14. #12 Tom Dillmann Russian Time 1:29.739s 116.035mph + 1.033s (10 laps)
15. #23 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:29.759s 116.009mph + 1.053s (11 laps)
16. #16 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax 1:29.792s 115.967mph + 1.086s (10 laps)
17. #15 Alexander Rossi Caterham Racing 1:29.804s 115.952mph + 1.098s (10 laps)
18. #7 Julián Leal Racing Engineering 1:29.824s 115.925mph + 1.118s (12 laps)
19. #6 Mitch Evans Arden 1:29.936s 115.781mph + 1.230s (11 laps)
20. #24 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.956s 115.756mph + 1.250s (11 laps)
21. #20 Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:29.969s 115.739mph + 1.263s (10 laps)
22. #17 Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax 1:30.020s 115.673mph + 1.314s (10 laps)
23. #5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Arden 1:30.025s 115.667mph + 1.319s (11 laps)
24. #19 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:30.025s 115.667mph + 1.319s (14 laps)
25. #26 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:30.763s 114.726mph + 2.057s (10 laps)
26. #27 Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1:30.773s 114.714mph + 2.067s (12 laps)

Total Laps: 270


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