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Singapore: Sprint race results

After having worked hard on Saturday to secure the sprint race pole, Russian Time's Sam Bird didn't let the opportunity slide as he executed a flawless lights-to-flag Sunday strategy.
Sam Bird secured his fifth GP2 Series win with victory in the Sunday sprint race in Singapore, after starting from the front having pulled out all the stops on Saturday to secure pole position under the reverse grid rules by finishing eighth in the feature race.

DAMS' Marcus Ericsson kept Bird honest almost until the very end, at which point the Russian Time was finally able to pull away and win by almost six seconds. Bird's chief rival for the drivers' championship, Fabio Leimer, did what he needed to in order to keep the title battle finely balanced by finishing in third place, although he was involved in a bizarre post-race collision with a backmarker on the cool-down lap.

The race was dominated by tyre wear, with many drivers having compromised their Sunday outing by running prime-prime strategies in the feature event and now having to use worn tyres or short-lived supersofts for the sprint. In total, nine drivers were forced to make pit stops on Sunday for fresh rubber including the previous day's winning Carlin duo Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr, both of whom finished outside the points as a result.

Sprint race results

1. #11 Sam Bird Russian Time 40:36.444s (20 laps)
2. #1 Marcus Ericsson DAMS + 5.787s
3. #8 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 7.745s
4. #2 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS + 9.311s
5. #23 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport + 17.885s
6. #5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Arden + 34.140s
7. #27 Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport + 56.282s
8. #22 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport + 57.159s
9. #24 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus + 67.397s
10. #20 Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing + 67.997s
11. #17 Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax + 68.302s
12. #7 Julián Leal Racing Engineering + 69.052s
13. #19 Simon Trummer Rapax + 69.248s
14. #12 Tom Dillmann Russian Time + 71.366s
15. #6 Mitch Evans Arden + 75.458s
16. #9 Felipe Nasr Carlin + 75.990s
17. #10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin + 76.415s
18. #16 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax + 82.004s
19. #3 James Calado ART GP + 88.898s
20. #25 Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus + 97.714s
21. #26 Dani Clos MP Motorsport + 109.482s
22. #21 GianMarco Raimondo Trident Racing + 122.960s
23. #15 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing + 1 laps
24. #18 Stefano Coletti Rapax + 1 laps

Retirements
#4 Daniel Abt ART GP (retired on lap 9)
#14 Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing (retired on lap 2)

Fastest lap
#10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:57.368 (96.534mph) on lap 14

Championship standings

Drivers
1. Fabio Leimer 179pts
2. Sam Bird 172pts
3. Luiz Felipe Nasr 148pts
4. Stefano Coletti 135pts
5. James Calado 134pts
6. Stéphane Richelmi 103pts
7. Marcus Ericsson 102pts
8. Jolyon Palmer 99pts
9. Tom Dillmann 92pts
10. Jon Lancaster 73pts
11. Alexander Rossi 63pts
12. Julián Leal 62pts
13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 56pts
14. Mitchell Evans 56pts
15. Robin Frijns 47pts
16. Johnny Cecotto Jr. 37pts
17. Kevin Ceccon 28pts
18. Rio Haryanto 22pts
19. Nathanaël Berthon 21pts
20. Simon Trummer 18pts
21. Rene Binder 11pts
22. Daniel Abt 3pts
23. Daniel de Jong 3pts
24. Conor Daly 2pts
25. Sergio Canamasas 2pts
26. Daniel Clos 1pts
27. Vittorio Ghirelli 1pts
28. Jake Rosenzweig 0pts
29. Kevin Giovesi 0pts
30. Pål Varhaug 0pts
31. Sergio Campana 0pts
32. Fabrizio Crestani 0pts
33. Ricardo Teixeira 0pts
34. Gianmarco Raimondo 0pts
35. Ma Qing Hua 0pts

Teams
1. RUSSIAN TIME 264pts
2. Carlin 247pts
3. Racing Engineering 241pts
4. DAMS 205pts
5. Hilmer Motorsport 155pts
6. Rapax 153pts
7. ART Grand Prix 137pts
8. Arden International 93pts
9. EQ8 Caterham Racing 65pts
10. Trident Racing 49pts
11. MP Motorsport 27pts
12. Barwa Addax Team 22pts
13. Venezuela GP Lazarus 12pts



Related Pictures

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Start of the sprint race in Singapore on Sunday, September 22 2013. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the sprint race in Singapore on Sunday, September 22 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory after the sprint race in Singapore on Sunday, September 22 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, Rapax) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Hungaroring, Hungary 2014 GP3 Series Round 5. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) wins at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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