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2013, MARCH 22-24

KUALA LUMPUR

ROUND 1

COLETTI CONQUEROR
Rapax driver makes title intentions clear in season opener

GP3 SERIES™

2013 SEASON

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Sainz Jnr and Niederhauser top testing
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16. This short compilation video shows the best moments from another memorable year in the series. In a season which saw the title go down to the wire. but the perfect tune to listen to before jumping into their beast. started from the pitlane and sliced his way up to P9. 7. 11. BAD WEEK . Mitch Evans has become the youngest GP2 podium finisher ever with a 3rd place in Round 1 Sprint Race. 8. 24. win and bonus points for fastest lap. He then stalled on the grid. 13. Rookie Mitch Evans was also a victim of the phenomenon earlier in the race having to pit on lap 6. 6. We also added a feature with all the best bits of the race weekend. CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE RESULTS Drum roll please! We are pleased to present to you. in the pitlane or on the pitwall as the lights go off. podium. 6. with race leader Coletti having to surrender to both Fabio Leimer and James Calado in the final stages. Series leader Stefano Coletti could not even stand at the end of the podium ceremony – the Monegasque driver sat on the top step. But as everyone likes to say: “The season is long” and we’re only at the beginning! READY FOR THE OSCARS First video up and running: the highlights of the 2012 season. Lesson learned. 26. everything is put to the test and the number one rule is to drink. 5. With the high temperatures and humidity levels off the scale. That’s a total of 36 points scored in one race weekend and the Series lead ahead of Round 2 for the Rapax driver. it brings you all the fresh news and gossip straight from the GP2 and GP3 paddock. 23. 9. 12. DRIVERS’ STANDINGS 1. 20. this video is a must-see for any GP2 fan. As expected. 13. TEAMS’ STANDINGS 1. more features and more fun! We have tweaked the design shooting for a more vivid. trying to collect himself before getting interviewed.008s. 22. 5. 7. And tell your friends to check it out too – once they have seen what GP2 has to offer. 17. Relive all the heart-stopping action and drama from last season now available online for your viewing pleasure at gp2series. Simon Trummer Conor Daly Rookie Rene Binder Kevin Giovesi Rookie Tom Dillmann Marcus Ericsson Daniel De Jong Pål Varhaug Sergio Canamasas Daniel Abt Rookie Kevin Ceccon Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rookie Jake Rosenzweig Rio Haryanto Ma Qin Hua Rookie Nathanaël Berthon 36 25 24 18 12 11 10 8 8 6 6 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 BRAND NEW ME “What’s new?” you ask. 10. our loyal fans: a brand new video module on the GP2 Official website. That’s close racing! GOOD WEEK STEFANO COLETTI Pole. The heat also puts a lot of strain on the mechanical aspects of the car. Rapax 1M Racing Engineering 1M Carlin ART Grand Prix Arden International DAMS RUSSIAN TIME Hilmer Motorsport Venezuela GP Lazarus MP Motorsport Caterham Racing Trident Racing Barwa Addax Team 42 35 32 18 17 12 8 2 1 0 0 0 0 MP MOTORSPORT Probably not the outcome the newcomers had expected for their first round. Welcome! JAMES CALADO Second in qualifying and in the feature race. they too will become firm GP2 supporters! IN THE HEAT OF THE TRACK Is there a tougher place to open a season than Kuala Lumpur? The weather conditions are one of the trickiest of the year for both men and machines. But no matter how well-prepared they were. a social media centre where you can play a part but we have kept fan favourites too such as good/ bad week. 25. However. We have also added some news chronicles. Managing tyres was of course key to success – even more than usual: Saturday’s race saw drivers struggling with high degradation. A strong drive in Race 1 led to victory and relief. Stefano Coletti 1M Fabio Leimer 1M Felipe Nasr James Calado Stéphane Richelmi Mitch Evans Rookie Julián Leal Jolyon Palmer Sam Bird Johnny Cecotto Jr. FABIO LEIMER A well-deserved win in the feature race thanks to a mature drive and a great strategy. hunting down a third win since Barcelona 2011. starting with “A day in the life”. Who can forget the magical fight between Luiz Razia and James Calado during the final lap in Valencia? One of many races which truly captured the ferocity and skills of the best young drivers in the world on their path to the pinnacle of motorsport: Formula 1™. You are now fully part of our world. The drivers will also reveal their favourite track – not the one to race on. Ever wondered what we were all doing on a race day at the circuit? It’s not just about being on the track. 10. 2. 4. 19. We don’t want to spoil too much. 2013 CLASSIFICATIONS #Finally Fabio Leimer felt as though he was cursed. 15. head in hands.com. Just see for yourself. 3. with the top three drivers covered by 0. 8. 12. #ComebackKid Jolyon Palmer fought his way from P22 to 6th in Race 1. 3. 14. But lesson learned: on Sunday. colourful and user-friendly magazine. drink and drink some more water for the drivers. 9. The ever-growing number of readers however called for more pages.NEWS ROUND 1 RACE REPORTS // CLICK HERE BEST BITS #Close Fifteen drivers running within 1 second in practice and qualifying. the Brit made a mistake in Race 2 that led to three cars retiring prematurely and the ART man penalised for Bahrain feature race. 21. 18. both men adapted their set-up and driving style to grab P1 and P3 respectively. An unfortunate incident in Race 1 involving both cars ruined their weekend. The true essence of The Insider remains: since 2008. the Racing Engineering man adds his name to the list of title contenders. 4. 11. 2. one look at them in parc-ferme at the end of both races it was obvious that they had all had gone beyond their strengths to cross the finish line. You are no longer a fly on the wall. DAMS A difficult first round for the reigning champions with only Stéphane Richelmi scoring points for the French outfit. they came prepared to Malaysia: James Calado for instance trained for hours in a heat acclimatisation room whilst Jake Rosenzweig chose to arrive a week prior to the event to get his body used to the conditions. #OhBaby At eighteen years old and nine months.

............................................................................................................................................................. while Perez brought home his first McLaren points with a long run to P9............................................... but the Frenchman finally sliced past and was soon chasing down the Japanese driver: the gap was too big........................................................................... One place behind him Sergio Pérez could be forgiven for expecting more: his McLaren was a handful all weekend.......... Dinner at the Japanese restaurant (NOTHING SPECIAL…) 21:00 ...................................... but Grosjean was soon back in the pits after a tap from Pavlovic for a damage check.... Post race administration.................................................................................... Meeting with Allsport about Paddock Club for the season 9:00 ........................ The Marussia vs Caterham continued apace.................................. Finally some good food :-) 13:00 ...............A DAY IN THE LIFE RAIN AND RUBBER RESTRICT GP2 RUNNERS IN MELBOURNE Tyre wear was the key to success in the first F1 race of the 2013 season in Melbourne: an aggressive choice of compounds by Pirelli gave the teams a challenge to solve......................................... Wake up call (one eye open…) 7:00 ............................................................................... GP2 Race 1 is over..................... A battling drive from the Frenchman saw him come home in P6........................................................................................................................................... I watch from the Safety car 11:15 .............................. Debrief with GP2 race director and stewards 14:00 . The rest of the grid................................................ Nico Hülkenberg looked to be the best placed driver to take advantage of the Q3 runners................................................................. PETROV SLOWS GROSJEAN’S MARCH TO TITLE Romain Grosjean arrived in Malaysia determined to wrap up the 2008 GP2 Asia Series™ early....................................................................................................................... while Maldonado was left on the side of the road once again after retiring on lap 45............................................................................................ however...................................................................... It’s SUPER HOT TODAY 10:30 ....................... however................ Arrive at the circuit and have a real espresso (second eye open) 8:30 ................................. with Esteban Gutiérrez..... STEFANO COLETTI Thrift Shop Macklemore and Ryan Lewis GP2 pit lane opens 11:00 .................................................. Lewis collects his first Mercedes trophy.....5 secs to lay down a marker............................................... Back to our hotel 23:00 ......................................................................................... We take the Bentley (PROTON) back to the hotel 19:00 ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ We (AQ/DP/RS/MC) leave the hotel for dinner with our boss! 20:30 ......................................... but the rain saw the race red flagged for crashes on the first lap........................................ switching strategy but never finding clear air: he limped home 10th................................................................................................................................... with Grosjean’s lead in the title down to 11 points over his Russian rival............. T ell the teams to move their equipment to the pit lane................................................................................................................................................................................................................. HAMILTON ON THE PODIUM IN KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia saw an upturn in the fates of the former GP2 drivers............................. Safety car leaves the grid 11:05 .... handily outperforming his world champion teammate (who finally held off Hülkenberg in a race long fight for P7) with a solid drive to P6.............. Romain Grosjean on pole position with ART Grand Prix...... The Russian held on for the win.......................... Put Safety Car overalls on for Race1....................................................................................................................... had other plans......................................... and P11 was probably the best he could do given the conditions.............................................................................................................. GP2 administration… 17:00 ............ resuming the fight which was cut short the day before............ Further back Romain Grosjean was struggling with a poorly handling car throughout the race........................................................... check-in online (we go home tomorrow!) 18:30 ................................................................................... but the German was forced into retirement with an electrical issue.......................................................................... Up ahead Lewis Hamilton made a storming start to third.. with champions Hamilton and Rosberg finishing nose to tail behind the lead pairing of Red Bull............................................................ zzzzzz… GOOD NIGHT 00:00 ....................... the Venezuelan demonstrated his point by beaching himself in the gravel midway through the race................................................................................................... but the Mexican made a strong race debut by calmly slicing up the order to a P13 finish............................................... It was still better than what Pastor Maldonado managed to bring home: after complaining that his Williams was “undriveable”............................... Grosjean made a mess of the feature start............................................................................ Vitaly Petrov takes the lead at the start of the race.................................................. SATURDAY (03) MARCH Codello.................................................................................................................................... albeit with a point for the fastest lap................................. Petrov put up his usual robust defence.. and then restarted behind the safety car.......... starting from P11 in a handy looking Sauber..................... but a fuel system problem relegated the former GP2 champion to a disappointed spectator.......................................................................................................................... Visit Caterham Racing in order to organize grid access for some of their VIP guests (home race for Caterham) 9:30 ......................................................................................................... with Pic eventually splitting Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton for P16.................................. The new drivers had a torrid baptism in torrential conditions in qualifying....... .. The Caterham pair were stuck in a race long battle with Marussia rivals.......................................................... Try a short cut to enter into the stewards’ room… Almost made it before running into PASQUALE! I had to go back and find another way around the building 15:30 .......... Leave the hotel with my Bentley NOT!!!! We have a crappy PROTON 8:00 ................... Gutiérrez solidified his growing reputation in the top paddock with a strong run to P12...... with teammate Nico Rosberg sliding into P5......................................... Racing cars will follow… 10:20 .. with Grosjean fighting his way forward to put himself on the Russian’s tail once again... and Kobayashi held on for his first GP2 victory............................................................ Meeting with Race director and stewards 16:00 .......................................................................................................... war the stay P14 Lunch and debrief with Bruno Michel and Didier Perrin at Pirelli............................. but their races were now reliant on how well their Mercedes dealt with the abrasive surface of the Albert Park circuit: the Briton struggled on to finish fifth....................................................................................................... Breakfast 7:30 ........... but this time Caterham pair were both able to ahead of Chilton: the trio finished to 16................................................. with the championship leader limping home to finish 9th........................................ A slow start from the front row saw Kobayashi and Petrov jump to an early lead in the sprint race..... dropping back to fifth as the lights went out.................................................. Grosjean improved too................ No safety car deployed............................ posting results and stewards decisions 15:00 ......................................................................................... GP2 Race 1 formation lap… And lights are off for the first race of the season.............................................................. GP2 Series ™ Head of Operatio Marco ns 23 Shush…sleeping 6:00 ...................... and claimed a scorching pole position in qualifying by over 0.............................................................................................................................. Giedo van der Garde and even Charles Pic all finding the wall in Q1.................................................. The Frenchman fought back to challenge Vitaly Petrov for the lead..................................................... while his Dutch teammate had to make do with a P18 finish...... NOT A BUSY RACE FOR US TODAY 12:30 ....................

but for this season all the compounds and constructions have been revised. The changes brought by Pirelli to the GP2 tyres this year are the most comprehensive since Pirelli entered the category. this time with 400hp #nonstop #grinning Esteban Gutierrez @EstebanGtz 2012 STAND ALONE Race 1 Valsecchi (DAMS) Race 2 Dillmann (Rapax) All the best to my friends @ARTGP and @GP3_Official in Estoril! #GP3Estoril 2012 Race 1 Valsecchi (DAMS) Race 2 Valsecchi (DAMS) CLICK HERE TO ACCESS GP2 PADDOCK @gp2_official @gp3_official . So all the ingredients are in place for another exciting season!” @HuskerF1 Fantastic first race of the @GP2_Official 2013 season. Rushing to prep for Estoril! 4 days til I’m back in a car. the difficult track conditions of Malaysia showed that there is an impressive degree of durability as well. which are designed to offer more performance than ever before. the GP2 tyres are now produced at Pirelli’s cutting-edge competition tyre factory in Slatina. Romania.twitter.Social media centre #yoursay @hannahjepson @gp2_official time! Keeping me awake at 4am #loveit #shutupanddrive @Kateafan Deciding if I can get up at 3am for @GP2_Official first race. Knowing how to get the best out of the tyres is designed to form an integral part of the overall race strategy. In fact. the new tyres are already set to help provide another championship thriller this year. But while the tyres themselves are brand new. Each car has to return one set of the harder compound after free practice.. where tyre management is an essential skill. However.. Every car has five sets of dry tyres and three sets of wet weather tyres available for the race weekend. Only the hard compound was changed last year. that’s what!! Who’s with me? #shutupanddrive SAKHIR BAHRAIN Max Chilton @ ‫ ‏‬maxchilton Just popped into say hi to my old team @CarlinRacing in the @GP2_Official paddock! Top blokes and wish @JolyonPalmer & @FelipeNasr good luck PIRELLI GETS 2013 GP2 SEASON UNDERWAY IN MALAYSIA This year. Pirelli is entering its third season as official tyre supplier to the GP2 Series™. In another change for 2013. Tyre management had a key influence on how the action unfolded in both races. Beauty Sleep verses Real Racing?? #ShutUpAndDrive @Rachi16 PREVIEW @felipenasr @jjwebster954 Dang! What time is it? 03:10? What am I doing up? Watching the 1st @GP2_Official race of 2013. Pirelli’s racing manager Mario Isola commented: “We’re all very excited about the new GP2 tyres for this year.com/vUpElYL2 @trident_team @nickcassidy_ PAST WINNERS Melville McKee @melvillemckee Back in the UK. Tyre research and development is carried out by specialists based at Pirelli’s headquarters in Milan. the basic tyre rules in GP2 are the same as those of last year. Well done @fabioleimer ! #ShutUpAndDrive Giovanni Venturini @VenturiniGio @jamescalado @conordaly22 APRIL. the premier feeder category to Formula One™. meaning that the drivers are left with two sets of each nominated compound for qualifying and the race. while the company’s motorsport logistics facility is located in Didcot.543 km TYRES CHOICE Prime Option I love u #love #car #gp3 #macchina #auto #motorsport http://instagr.am/p/ V9iWs7HLZo/ Hard Soft Dino Zamparelli @DinoZamparelli Great first day at Estoril! Love my new #GP3 car! Learning and improving all the time. Judging by all the action in the first two races of the season at Malaysia. together with driving style and car set-up. The new tyres – a successful hallmark of Pirelli’s philosophy in Formula One™ – will also prepare the drivers for the demands they face at the very pinnacle of the sport. Can’t wait for tomorrow!#POWER pic. The five sets of dry tyres comprise three sets of the harder compound and two sets of the softer compound. designed to mirror the characteristics of the latest Formula One tyres. The aim is to make sure that the emphasis is always on high performance. with the drivers rapidly beginning to understand what is needed to unlock the best performance from them. the lap times in free practice were actually quicker than we saw in qualifying at Sepang last year. United Kingdom. 19-20-21 Bahrain International Circuit 5. The 2013 GP2 tyres are all new when it comes to compound and construction.

When March. Barcelona Who Emanuele Zonzini . Rapax. Racing Engineering What Canon EOS 1-D X EF50mm f/1. 12 _ 16:58 Where Circuit de Catalunya. Fabio Leimer .0 CLICK HERE FOR MORE GP2 SERIES™ PHOTOS When March.4 USM 50 ISO • 50mm 1/10 @ F14. Trident What Canon EOS 1-D X EF200mm f/2L IS USM 160 ISO • 200mm 1/500 @ F6. Kuala Lumpur Who Stefano Coletti . 23 _ 11:56 Where Sepang International Circuit.0 CLICK HERE FOR MORE GP3 SERIES™ PHOTOS .

Former GP3 victors Stefano Coletti and James Calado qualified on the front row for the Feature Race.” Mighty Mitch on podium in Malaysia Valtteri Bottas made a great start to his F1 campaign becoming the only rookie to progress to Q2 in Melbourne in treacherous and challenging conditions. New GP3 car 4. He is very fun to watch and I always want to give my maximum too. Not only did the cars look even better with their revised nose. GP3/13 machine 4.750 was a mammoth 4. Nick Yelloly (Carlin) has driven both generations of the GP3 car and explained the differences: “The GP3/13 car is more challenging to drive and great fun with so much power. In higher temperatures I believe the car can go even quicker. the Brit finished second with the Monegasque driver third. This season will be vital learning about tyre degradation in order to progress up the ranks to GP2 and Formula 1. The Finn also out-qualified his teammate Pastor Maldonado. sidepods and engine cover. Bottas missed out on scoring his first point in F1 by a mere 1. The second test at Barcelona saw Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser wow everyone: his laptime of 1:33.486s to come home in 11th.81. he’s a very cool guy. He’s got a great sense of humour too! #CARLIN British squad Rookie Luis Sa Silva and his feed onto the ld wou Carlin won the war of who car.PRE-SEASON TEST REPORTS CLICK HERE #HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Up to Speed: Sainz Jnr leads the way in Estoril. ion erat gen ond track first in the sec #WELCOME Finnish outfit Koiranen GP join the GP3 Series™ along with Bamboo Engineering who replaced Atech CRS GP. HEAR ME Bottas best rookie in F1 qualifying in season opener. the roar of the 400hp engine was immense. NOTHING BUT THE BITS #EARPLUGS The thunderous roar of the new 400hp GP3/13 car wowed everyone and signaled the start of 2013 pre-season testing. We are back! All eyes (and ears) were on the GP3/13 car at the first official pre-season test in Estoril as the full grid of 27 drivers fed onto the circuit. GP3 broke the previous Patric Niederhauser ve ssi a testing by a ma lap record in Barcelon . Hot and sticky Sepang hosted Round 1 of the GP2 Series™ season which featured 11 drivers graduated from GP3.2s faster in Barcelona MW Arden rookie Carlos Sainz Jnr topped the timesheets for two successive days in Portugal. Fast corners are much trickier to manage in the new car. Race day saw the 2011 GP3 Series™ Champion finish 14th just one place behind our inaugural GP3 title winner Esteban Gutiérrez in 13th also making a strong debut. Therefore I think you need to be braver driving this machine.2 seconds quicker than the former GP3 lap record. I don’t really have any heroes but I like Ari’s TV persona. WHERE ARE THEY NOW? KEVIN KORJUS On Ari Gold He’s a character from the TV show Entourage played by Jeremy Piven. with Gutiérrez 12th in their second race of the season. Challenge Accepted: Yelloly enjoys more focus on driver skill. Rookie Conor Daly finished a brilliant seventh. .2 seconds in the new #FOUR PATRICK KUJALA On Mika Häkkinen I think there is something very unique about him and his personality. Coletti & Evans all smiles in Sepang. Coletti took a lightsto-flag victory in the Sprint race with Kiwi Evans in a fantastic third place. three seconds quicker than its previous generation on the same track. Reigning GP3 Champion Mitch Evans pocketed a point in his maiden race despite a bout of food poisoning. recording a best lap of 1:26. WHAT’S UP! AARO VAINIO On Ari Vatanen Ari is a Finnish rally driver and I like the fact he is always going sideways and gives maximum attack. meaning driver skill is even more important.

but Gutiérrez had made the most of a poor hand by moving up from tenth on the grid to P4 when the flag dropped. but it was to no avail: a small mistake in the stadium handed Gutiérrez his fourth win of the season. I wanted to revamp my lid so I have added some silver sparkle to make it look special. but a lengthy safety car period meant he had to bide his time. The Hockenheim weekend was a case in point: with 22 drivers handed penalties by the race stewards after practice it would have been easy to lose focus and allow events to dictate results. Red Bull features strongly in the design thanks to the backing I receive from them. I wanted a unique design and stand out amongst the field this season so I have chosen a very glittery design with lots of circles which I think looks really funky. And then Sunday happened. The Spaniard set a string of fastest laps when they were released. I of course wanted the Spanish flag to be displayed on my helmet for my fans. Gutierrez glides towards title glory While Esteban Gutiérrez’s GP3 title looked a fait accompli in hindsight. but the Mexican is not a driver known to give in so easily. I really like matt colours so that’s what I have used along with the Red Bull Sponsor logos. It was important to represent my country Venezuela with the flag and of course my principal sponsors. For 2013. at the time the championship battle was a knockdown fight all season: with so many drivers in a position to win races. it was clear that the smartest. SAMIN GOMEZ I have kept a similar helmet design from my karting days but I always play with colours/lines to see how I can enhance it.MOMENT 4 LIFE “The Chosen One” celebrates victory at Hockenheim in 2010. Daniil Kvyat . I hope everyone likes it! CARLOS SAINZ JR. Robert Visoiu Don’t You Worry Child Swedish House Mafia SHAKE YO HELMET As a proud Spaniard. He suffered another blow in the feature race when title rival Robert Wickens claimed a dominant win. The Mexican made a storming start and was soon all over leader Daniel Juncadella. and set him up for championship glory. I like a traditional but fierce look with the design. most consistent driver was going to have an advantage over his rivals.