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Nurburgring: Practice times

A quiet and chilly Friday morning practice session saw Robin Frijns and Sam Bird vie for the top spot on the timesheets heading into round 6 of the 2013 GP2 championship.
The half hour GP2 practice session at the Nürburgring in Germany got underway in overcast conditions, with drivers struggling to get their tyres up to temperature in the unseasonably chilly conditions and Mitch Evans having to return to pit lane to get a minor issue with the steering of his Arden sorted out.

Felipe Nasr (Carlin), Robin Frijns (Hilmer Motorsport) and Stefano Coletti (Rapax) all briefly topped the times early in the session before Silverstone feature race winner Sam Bird became the first driver under 100 seconds with a lap of 1:39.962s in the Russian Time #11 ten minutes into practice which was edged by an eighth of a second by Frijns just before the mid-session break.

Surprisingly given that the session remained dry and track temperatures crept up slightly, there was little improvement in times in the second half and Frijns' benchmark of 1:39.838s stood to the chequered flag. Frijns and Bird finished ahead of Evans who was third fastest after addressing his early issues, with Fabio Leimer in fourth. Leimer's Racing Engineering team mate Julian Leal appeared to have problems stalling at pit exit, but was duly recovered.

Coletti finished fifth just ahead of ART's James Calado, who had the biggest off-roading experience of the morning across the gravel and grass at turn 9. His team mate Daniel Abt also had problems, needing to take to the run-off after a massive lock-up into the chicane, ending up bottom of the times and looking very off the pace.

Practice times

1. #22 Robin Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1:39.838s 115.344mph (14 laps)
2. #11 Sam Bird Russian Time 1:39.962s 115.201mph + 0.124s (13 laps)
3. #6 Mitch Evans Arden 1:40.165s 114.967mph + 0.327s (12 laps)
4. #8 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:40.304s 114.808mph + 0.466s (12 laps)
5. #18 Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:40.340s 114.767mph + 0.502s (13 laps)
6. #3 James Calado ART GP 1:40.425s 114.670mph + 0.587s (13 laps)
7. #10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:40.457s 114.633mph + 0.619s (13 laps)
8. #12 Tom Dillmann Russian Time 1:40.509s 114.574mph + 0.671s (13 laps)
9. #26 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:40.533s 114.547mph + 0.695s (13 laps)
10. #24 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:40.652s 114.411mph + 0.814s (14 laps)
11. #1 Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:40.782s 114.263mph + 0.944s (14 laps)
12. #9 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:40.797s 114.247mph + 0.959s (13 laps)
13. #5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Arden 1:40.813s 114.228mph + 0.975s (15 laps)
14. #2 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:40.830s 114.209mph + 0.992s (14 laps)
15. #21 Kevin Ceccon Trident Racing 1:40.883s 114.149mph + 1.045s (13 laps)
16. #7 Julián Leal Racing Engineering 1:40.941s 114.084mph + 1.103s (12 laps)
17. #20 Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing 1:40.949s 114.074mph + 1.111s (14 laps)
18. #15 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.951s 114.073mph + 1.113s (12 laps)
19. #14 Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:40.982s 114.037mph + 1.144s (13 laps)
20. #19 Simon Trummer Rapax 1:41.096s 113.908mph + 1.258s (15 laps)
21. #17 Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax 1:41.230s 113.758mph + 1.392s (13 laps)
22. #27 Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 1:41.356s 113.616mph + 1.518s (13 laps)
23. #25 Fabio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:41.500s 113.456mph + 1.662s (14 laps)
24. #23 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 1:41.709s 113.222mph + 1.871s (14 laps)
25. #16 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax 1:41.805s 113.116mph + 1.967s (12 laps)
26. #4 Daniel Abt ART GP 1:42.324s 112.541mph + 2.486s (12 laps)

Total Laps: 343



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Robin Frijns (NED, Trident Racing) testing at Jerez, Spain. Wednesday 27th February 2013. (Photo Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport) (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport). (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/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.)
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.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) & Takuya Izawa (JPN, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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JJJ

July 05, 2013 12:37 PM

Frijns is the real deal. His 2nd weekend in GP2 was really impressive (1st and 2nd) in what isn't exactly regarded to be the best team. Hope he can score big points again this weekend after some disappointments in Monaco and Silverstone. 2010, champion Formula BMW, 2011 champion Formula Renault 2.0, 2012 champion WSBR...wins 2nd GP2 feature race he enters...I mean you can't be not impressed. Excited at the prospect to finally see a countryman with the potential to win races (championships?) in F1 for the 1st time in...uhm...ever. Go on Sauber, relieve Guttierez from his misery and put Frijns in the car.



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