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GP2 Monaco 2013: Practice times

Sam Bird and his Russian Time team mate Tom Dillmann dominated the practice timesheets on Thursday at the prestigious and historic street circuit in Monaco.
A largely trouble-free GP2 Series practice session on Thursday saw Sam Bird (Russian Time) quickly take the top spot from Arden's Mitch Evans before Marcus Ericsson went fastest ten minutes in to the 30-minute session for DAMS with a 1:23.049s.

Bird's team mate Tom Dillmann took the honours back with a lap almost two-thirds of a second faster and Bird then shaved another five hundredths off that next time around.

After the mid-session pause in proceedings, a swap to super-soft tyres allowed Bird to lower the bar dramatically to 1:21.512s, still just edging Dillmann who was ahead of Evans and Carlin's Jolyon Palmer. Last year's feature race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr. finished in sixth place for Arden while championship leader Stefano Coletti could manage only 17th for Rapax.

Stéphane Richelmi's session came to a premature end when he spun his DAMS in the final sector at Rascasse before the midway point. Although he was able to get the car pointed back in the right direction he stalled the car in the process and needed recovering by the marshalls. Other incidents were the usual lock-ups and overruns that were quickly addressed.

Qualifying for this weekend's GP2 Series race takes place on Thursday afternoon at 3.15pm following F1 Free Practice 2; the 26 cars will be split into two 15-minute groups from 4.15pm local time (3.15pm BST). The 42-lap feature race is on Friday morning at 11.15am local time (10.15am BST) and the 30-lap sprint race on Saturday afternoon at 4.10pm local time (3.10pm BST) after F1 qualifying.

Practice times

1. #11 Sam Bird Russian Time 1:21.512s 91.660mph (15 laps)
2. #12 Tom Dillmann Russian Time 1:21.569s 91.595mph + 0.057s (18 laps)
3. #6 Mitch Evans Arden 1:21.754s 91.388mph + 0.242s (17 laps)
4. #10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:22.059s 91.048mph + 0.547s (19 laps)
5. #1 Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:22.290s 90.793mph + 0.778s (18 laps)
6. #5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Arden 1:22.391s 90.682mph + 0.879s (15 laps)
7. #8 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:22.499s 90.563mph + 0.987s (13 laps)
8. #9 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:22.516s 90.544mph + 1.004s (17 laps)
9. #17 Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax 1:22.578s 90.476mph + 1.066s (16 laps)
10. #3 James Calado ART GP 1:22.647s 90.401mph + 1.135s (18 laps)
11. #7 Julián Leal Racing Engineering 1:22.795s 90.239mph + 1.283s (18 laps)
12. #21 Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:22.872s 90.155mph + 1.360s (18 laps)
13. #15 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:22.979s 90.039mph + 1.467s (18 laps)
14. #16 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax 1:23.251s 89.745mph + 1.739s (16 laps)
15. #20 Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:23.365s 89.622mph + 1.853s (19 laps)
16. #14 Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:23.369s 89.618mph + 1.857s (18 laps)
17. #18 Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:23.527s 89.448mph + 2.015s (17 laps)
18. #19 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:23.633s 89.335mph + 2.121s (17 laps)
19. #2 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:23.648s 89.319mph + 2.136s (10 laps)
20. #22 Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:23.702s 89.261mph + 2.190s (19 laps)
21. #4 Daniel Abt ART GP 1:23.854s 89.100mph + 2.342s (19 laps)
22. #24 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:23.905s 89.045mph + 2.393s (19 laps)
23. #27 Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1:24.223s 88.709mph + 2.711s (19 laps)
24. #23 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:24.600s 88.314mph + 3.088s (11 laps)
25. #25 Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:24.755s 88.152mph + 3.243s (19 laps)
26. #26 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:24.916s 87.985mph + 3.404s (19 laps)

Total Laps: 442



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Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) in action during practice at Monaco on Thursday May 23 2013. (World Copyright: Charles Coates/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) in action during practice at Monaco on Thursday May 23 2013. (World Copyright: Charles Coates/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) at Monaco on Thursday May 23 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR) DAMS
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