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Palmer tops opening Singapore GP2 practice
Jolyon Palmer
Jolyon Palmer wasted no time to put pressure on his rivals: the Brit set the best lap time in today’s free practice in Singapore in 1:55.912, two tenths faster than Series leader Fabio Leimer. Marcus Ericsson finished third.

The session opened in high temperatures and humidity. James Calado was the first driver to feed onto the track on Pirelli soft tires as soon as the pitlane opened. The ART man set the early pace, but Felipe Nasr bettered the Brit’s lap time and sat at the top of the standings until his teammate set a time of 1:56.607 ten minutes into the session.

American Alexander Rossi  was 4th for the backmarker Caterham team
Leimer was on a mission and lit the first two sectors in purple, but a little bit of traffic ruined the Swiss’ efforts. He had to settle for second best, two tenths slower than Palmer. The drivers returned to the pits and when the action resumed on track, Ericsson enjoyed a clear lap and put his DAMS car at the top of the standings with a lap time of 1:56.509. However, shortly after that, Palmer was able to find the extra pace to light all three sectors in purple and reclaimed the top stop going half a second quicker than the Swede.

In the dying minutes, Leimer put his head down and finally found a clean lap and a quick sector 2. He improved enough to promote himself to P2, but not enough to deny Palmer of the top spot. At the checkered flag, Palmer (who escaped from a huge slide towards the closing stages) led Leimer. Ericsson remained third ahead of Alexander Rossi, Mitch Evans, Calado, Sam Bird, Nasr, Johnny Cecotto and Stephane Richelmi.


1 10 J. Palmer Carlin 13 1:55.912 0.000s 0.000s
2 8 F. Leimer Racing Engineering 12 1:56.165 0.253s 0.253s
3 1 M. Ericsson DAMS 12 1:56.509 0.597s 0.344s
4 15 A. Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 12 1:56.758 0.846s 0.249s
5 6 M. Evans Arden International 12 1:56.885 0.973s 0.127s
6 3 J. Calado ART Grand Prix 13 1:57.067 1.155s 0.182s
7 11 S. Bird RUSSIAN TIME 13 1:57.089 1.177s 0.022s
8 9 F. Nasr Carlin 12 1:57.089 1.177s 0.000s
9 5 J. Cecotto Arden International 12 1:57.297 1.385s 0.208s
10 2 S. Richelmi DAMS 13 1:57.755 1.843s 0.458s
11 17 R. Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 12 1:57.822 1.910s 0.067s
12 20 N. Berthon Trident Racing 12 1:57.919 2.007s 0.097s
13 12 T. Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 12 1:58.017 2.105s 0.098s
14 24 R. Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 12 1:58.135 2.223s 0.118s
15 14 S. Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 12 1:58.358 2.446s 0.223s
16 23 J. Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 12 1:58.376 2.464s 0.018s
17 7 J. Leal Racing Engineering 11 1:58.377 2.465s 0.001s
18 26 D. Clos MP Motorsport 12 1:58.495 2.583s 0.118s
19 4 D. Abt ART Grand Prix 12 1:58.518 2.606s 0.023s
20 16 J. Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 12 1:58.916 3.004s 0.398s
21 25 V. Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 12 1:58.939 3.027s 0.023s
22 27 D. De Jong MP Motorsport 12 1:59.063 3.151s 0.124s
23 19 S. Trummer Rapax 12 1:59.213 3.301s 0.150s
24 18 S. Coletti Rapax 12 1:59.375 3.463s 0.162s
25 22 A. Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 12 1:59.559 3.647s 0.184s
26 21 G. Raimondo Trident Racing 13 2:00.990 5.078s 1.431s

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