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Monaco GP2: Sam Bird leads Russian Time 1-2 in practice

Sam Bird, Russian Time, Monaco GP2 2013Sam Bird set the fastest time in the half-hour practice session for the fourth race weekend of the GP2 Series season on the streets of Monaco.

Using the super-soft tyre, Bird lapped the Principality in 1m21.512s, leading a Russian Time one-two ahead of team-mate Tom Dillmann, who was 0.057s slower.

Bird rates the Monaco track as his favourite on the calendar, and won here in Formula Renault 3.5 last season.

Mitch Evans was best of the rest for Arden in third, almost a quarter of a second off Bird's pace. Jolyon Palmer was fourth fastest for Carlin, but was unable to break into the 1m21s bracket.

Barcelona poleman Marcus Ericsson was fifth fastest for DAMS, ahead of Johnny Cecotto Jr, Fabio Leimer, Felipe Nasr, Rio Haryanto and James Calado, who suffered an overshoot at Ste Devote near the end of the session.

The drivers were very well behaved in the session, with only a couple of moments to report. Local hero Stephane Richelmi spun at Rascasse, and then stalled as he attempted to recover, ending the session 19th.

Nasr had the nearest of misses at the Swimming Pool, while championship protagonists Leimer and Stefano Coletti suffered overshoots; Leimer at Ste Devote, Coletti at Nouvelle Chicane. Kevin Giovesi also slid to a halt at Rascasse.

Championship leader Coletti, who hails from Monaco, ended the session down in 17th. Barcelona feature race winner Robin Frijns was even slower, down in 20th and 2.1s off the pace.

Pos Driver               Team                  Time      Gap       Laps
 1. Sam Bird             Russian Time          1m21.512s            15
 2. Tom Dillmann         Russian Time          1m21.569s  + 0.057s  18
 3. Mitch Evans          Arden                 1m21.754s  + 0.242s  17
 4. Jolyon Palmer        Carlin                1m22.059s  + 0.547s  19
 5. Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                  1m22.290s  + 0.778s  18
 6. Johnny Cecotto Jr    Arden                 1m22.391s  + 0.879s  15
 7. Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering    1m22.499s  + 0.987s  13
 8. Felipe Nasr          Carlin                1m22.516s  + 1.004s  17
 9. Rio Haryanto         Addax                 1m22.578s  + 1.066s  16
10. James Calado         ART                   1m22.647s  + 1.135s  18
11. Julian Leal          Racing Engineering    1m22.795s  + 1.283s  18
12. Kevin Ceccon         Trident               1m22.872s  + 1.360s  18
13. Alexander Rossi      Caterham              1m22.979s  + 1.467s  18
14. Jake Rosenzweig      Addax                 1m23.251s  + 1.739s  16
15. Nathanael Berthon    Trident               1m23.365s  + 1.853s  19
16. Sergio Canamasas     Caterham              1m23.369s  + 1.857s  18
17. Stefano Coletti      Rapax                 1m23.527s  + 2.015s  17
18. Simon Trummer        Rapax                 1m23.633s  + 2.121s  17
19. Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                  1m23.648s  + 2.136s  10
20. Robin Frijns         Hilmer                1m23.702s  + 2.190s  19
21. Daniel Abt           ART                   1m23.854s  + 2.342s  19
22. Rene Binder          Lazarus               1m23.905s  + 2.393s  19
23. Daniel de Jong       MP                    1m24.223s  + 2.711s  19
24. Jon Lancaster        Hilmer                1m24.600s  + 3.088s  11
25. Kevin Giovesi        Lazarus               1m24.755s  + 3.243s  19
26. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  MP                    1m24.916s  + 3.404s  19

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