Quaife-Hobbs takes maiden GP2 win
8 September 2013 – Adrian Quaife-Hobbs claimed his first GP2 victory in Sunday morning's Sprint Race at Monza. The Hilmer Motorsport driver led home Alexander Rossi and Julián Leal, while Sam Bird again closed in on the championship lead with a valuable fourth place.
As per the preceding GP3 race, there was another staller as the lights went out, with third-placed starter James Calado unable to move off the line. Meanwhile, pole-sitter Rossi struggled for traction and allowed Quaife-Hobbs to seize the early lead.
Further back, Racing Engineering driver Leal and Russian Time's Bird were lucky to escape without damage after being clipped at the first corner by DAMS rival Stéphane Richelmi, who was forced to complete a full lap before pitting for a new front wing.
With Quaife-Hobbs comfortably leading, a rain shower arrived on Lap 9, making for tricky track conditions. Leal and Bird both went straight on at the Rettifilo chicane, allowing Rossi to jump ahead of the pair at Roggia and recover some lost ground.
Although the spits of rain continued to cause difficulties, Quaife-Hobbs held on to triumph by nearly two seconds over Rossi, with Leal denying Bird another podium. Tom Dillmann finished fifth, just ahead of title leader Leimer. The Swiss collected an extra two points for the fastest lap, meaning his advantage over Bird stands at six.
Rio Haryanto and Johnny Cecotto Jr. rounded out the points-paying positions, with championship contenders Stefano Coletti and Felipe Nasr again failing to score.
The GP2 field returns to action in Singapore on the weekend of September 21-22