Calado wins, Russian Time takes title
3 November 2013 – James Calado won the season-ending GP2 Sprint Race in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. The ART driver, who bolted into the lead from his second row grid slot, fended off the attention of Dani Clos, while title winner Fabio Leimer completed the podium. Sam Bird finished fourth to give Russian Time the Teams' title in its debut campaign.
As the final race of the 2013 championship got underway, Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Felipe Nasr endured poor getaways from the front of the grid, with the pair struggling for traction and allowing Calado to slip past on the short run down the first corner.
Drama then followed as Nasr attempted to regain some lost ground, the Carlin man clipping Arden's Cecotto Jr. into retirement. After pitting for a front wing change, he was then dealt another blow when the stewards dished out a drive-through penalty.
Despite two Safety Car periods, the first caused by Alexander Rossi's opening lap crash and the second for Jon Lancaster's terminal spin, ART driver Calado remained calm at the front of the order and held a lead of around three seconds over Clos.
Clos turned up the heat in the closing stages in a bid to unsettle Calado, but the Briton held on to achieve his second win of the season and secure third position, behind Sam Bird and newly-crowned Champion Leimer, in the Drivers' standings.
Bird bounced back from his Saturday woes to finish fourth, enough for Russian Time to seal the title. Daniel Abt and Marcus Ericsson followed in fifth and sixth, while Simon Trummer and Sergio Canamasas rounded out the points-paying positions.