Ericsson grabs GP2 pole at Silverstone
28 June 2013 – Marcus Ericsson claimed a dominant pole position during GP2's qualifying session at Silverstone on Friday afternoon. The DAMS driver, who clocked a best time of 1:40.716, led Russian Time rival Sam Bird by 0.371 seconds, while Felipe Nasr and championship leader Stefano Coletti secured places on the second row of the grid.
With rain beginning to fall as the session got underway, drivers rushed onto the circuit in a bid to post a lap in dry conditions. Hilmer Motorsport driver Robin Frijns was the initial leader, before Bird, Nasr and Coletti began to trade fastest lap times.
There was misfortune to follow for Coletti, however, who was forced to abort a flying lap when Daniël de Jong slid across the track after a mistake at Stowe. Moments later, Ericsson stormed to the front before a shower curtailed any improvements.
Stéphane Richelmi completed a strong day for DAMS in fifth, edging out practice pace-setter Fabio Leimer. Rio Haryanto and Mitch Evans were next up, while Tom Dillmann and home favourite James Calado rounded out the top ten positions.
Saturday's Feature Race at Silverstone begins at 2.40pm local time (GMT +1)