Russian Time GP2 team boss passes away

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Igor Mazepa, the team boss of the GP2 Series’ Russian Time organization, has passed away unexpectedly at age 40. An official series statement said Mazepa died earlier this week.

In its first season in the championship, the Russian Time team won the Teams’ Championship with drivers Sam Bird and Tom Dillmann. Bird finished second to Fabio Leimer in the Driver’s Championship.

Here’s the official GP2 statement:

 

It is with deep sadness that GP2 Series organisers confirm the untimely passing of RUSSIAN TIME’s Team Principal Igor Mazepa earlier this week.

Mazepa who joined the GP2 paddock in 2013 led the Russian’s squad to the crown in their first year. His passion, kindness and enthusiasm will be truly missed.

GP2 organisers send their thoughts and condolences to his family and loved ones.

Additionally, Bird and Dillmann tweeted their thoughts and condolences.

Formula 1: Ricciardo on Monaco pole, Verstappen to start last

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Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo has dominated all weekend long at the Monaco Grand Prix, leading every single practice session prior to qualifying.

And qualifying was more of the same for the Australian driver, whose quick lap in Q3 came in at 1:10.810, a new track record, to take the pole by more than two tenths of a second over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Meanwhile, Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen endured a much more difficult day, which started with a hard crash in FP3.

Verstappen’s Red Bull RB14 suffered extensive damage to the right side, and even more damage was later found in the car’s gearbox. Such repairs ultimately proved too time consuming, and Verstappen will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from last.

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton filled out the top three by qualifying third, with Ferrari and Mercedes also taking the fourth and fifth spots on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and Valtteri Bottas in fifth.

Force India’s Esteban Ocon, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, and Renault’s Carlos Sainz Jr. take up spots six, seven, and eight on the grid. Sergio Perez made it two Force Indias in Q3, qualifying ninth, while Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly qualified tenth.

Full qualifying results are below. Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET.

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