Following the Qualifying session in Austria yesterday, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Daniel Abt were penalised for gaining an advantage by leaving the track at turn eight. Their position drops didn’t trouble the top ten which was headed by Johnny Cecotto on pole position.
A poor getaway from pole sitter Cecotto saw the Venezuelan drop to fourth by the first corner. Felipe Nasr exploited Cecotto’s mistake and took the race lead ahead of Stefano Coletti. Conor Daly was a winner off the start line gaining five positions to sit in P20. Artem Markelov took damage on the first lap and had to endure an impromptu pit stop which dropped him to last place.
Stoffel Vandoorne and Mitch Evans provided excitement in the opening laps with their battle for P5 but it was the Belgian who came out on top after some attempts at an overtake. Raffaele Marciello dropped back to P9 after the start but he made up for his early errors by taking Arthur Pic and Alexander Rossi unawares into turn one.
At the halfway point of the race, Felipe Nasr led the race ahead of Stefano Coletti while Stoffel Vandoorne headed the battle between himself, Palmer and Marciello, the drivers who had pitted early in the race. As the three fought on the track, Conor Daly felt he was impeded, claiming “I got pushed off, I got pushed off” on the team radio – no investigation took place.
Away from the lead battles, Mitch Evans was trying to defend on cold tyres but Johnny Cecotto was having none of the Kiwi’s antics and stayed ahead. Caterham’s Alexander Rossi tried to take advantage of Evans’ cold tyres but failed in his attempt.
With ten laps to go, Nasr and Coletti finally pitted. The Carlin driver maintained the lead of the race but Coletti lost out to Vandoorne and his team mate Marciello as he left the pit lane.
The fall of the checkered flag came after 40 laps of racing and Felipe Nasr held off the attack from several others to claim his second GP2 race victory. Stoffel Vandoorne bagged his first points since winning the Bahrain Feature Race with second place while Raffaele Marciello finally showed his true potential by holding off Coletti to get third place.
|2||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||3.874|
|3||R. Marciello||Racing Engineering||4.573|
|4||S. Coletti||Racing Engineering||7.210|
|7||M. Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME||14.924|
|8||A. Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing||20.994|
|9||T. Izawa||ART Grand Prix||28.182|
|10||A. Pic||Campos Racing||30.170|
|11||R. Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||31.941|
|12||R. Binder||Arden International||36.021|
|16||A. Negrão||Arden International||48.070|
|17||D. Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||48.758|
|18||C. Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||49.656|
|19||T. Ellinas||MP Motorsport||56.369|
|20||D. De Jong||MP Motorsport||59.859|
|22||A. Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME||69.877|
|23||N. Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||76.111|
|24||A. Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax||2 LAPS|
|25||F. Regalia||Hilmer Motorsport||DNF|
|26||K. Sato||Campos Racing||DNF|