Ericsson claims pole in Abu Dhabi
1 November 2013 – Marcus Ericsson secured pole position for Saturday morning's GP2 Feature Race at the Yas Marina Circuit. The DAMS driver, whose time of 1:48.924 came after a late Red Flag period, beat Caterham's Alexander Rossi by seven thousandths of a second.
Title contender Sam Bird ended the session third fastest, with current leader Fabio Leimer two places adrift. As both drivers failed to pick up the four points on offer for pole position, the latter's seven-point lead remains in tact ahead of the opening race.
Rossi had set the pace for the majority of qualifying, until the Red Flags were brought out. Daniel Abt's ART machine was the cause, with his left-rear wheelnut working its way lose before the wheel itself came off and bounced along the run-off area.
As the action resumed with just six minutes left on the clock, the remaining drivers tried desperately to improve their grid positions. Ericsson surged to the front at this point, and Rossi's response was not quite enough to claim back the top spot.
Bird edged out Palmer – who abandoned a late flying lap after running wide – to give himself some protection over Leimer, while Tom Dillmann completed the top six. Other title contenders Felipe Nasr and Stefano Coletti wound up in ninth and 18th.
Saturday's Feature Race in Abu Dhabi begins at 12.10pm local time (GMT +4)