Malaysia GP2: James Calado fastest in first practice of 2013

James Calado lived up to his billing as GP2 championship favourite by setting the pace in the season's opening practice session in Malaysia

Malaysia GP2: James Calado fastest in first practice of 2013

Calado's early 1m45.403s lap put his ART entry a scant 0.019 seconds ahead of Rapax's Simon Trummer.

Newcomer team Russian Time got off to an encouraging start with Tom Dillmann going third quickest.

His team-mate Sam Bird was only 19th, but was driving a GP2 car for the first time since the end of 2011 and focusing on heavy-fuel runs.

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GP3 champion Mitch Evans was the quickest rookie in fourth place.

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr completed the top six.

Most of the field kept things tidy through the half hour. Julian Leal took a trip through the Turn 7 gravel, while Kevin Ceccon resorted to the run-off area in a close call with Sergio Canamasas.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. James Calado ART 1m45.403s 2. Simon Trummer Rapax 1m45.422s + 0.019s 3. Tom Dillmann Russian Time 1m45.589s + 0.186s 4. Mitch Evans Arden 1m45.668s + 0.265s 5. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1m45.750s + 0.347s 6. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1m45.784s + 0.381s 7. Johnny Cecotto Jr Arden 1m45.796s + 0.393s 8. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1m45.846s + 0.443s 9. Rio Haryanto Addax 1m45.850s + 0.447s 10. Stephane Richelmi DAMS 1m45.865s + 0.462s 11. Daniel de Jong MP 1m46.000s + 0.597s 12. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1m46.140s + 0.737s 13. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1m46.193s + 0.790s 14. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1m46.357s + 0.954s 15. Rene Binder Lazarus 1m46.374s + 0.971s 16. Kevin Giovesi Lazarus 1m46.590s + 1.187s 17. Sergio Canamasas Caterham 1m46.595s + 1.192s 18. Daniel Abt ART 1m46.635s + 1.232s 19. Sam Bird Russian Time 1m46.694s + 1.291s 20. Nathanael Berthon Trident 1m46.695s + 1.292s 21. Jake Rosenzweig Addax 1m46.737s + 1.334s 22. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP 1m46.934s + 1.531s 23. Conor Daly Hilmer 1m47.303s + 1.900s 24. Kevin Ceccon Trident 1m47.355s + 1.952s 25. Pal Varhaug Hilmer 1m48.550s + 3.147s 26. Ma Qing Hua Caterham 1m48.829s + 3.426s 
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