Alexander Rossi scored his first points of the season in yesterday’s Feature Race and that eighth place position gave him reverse grid pole position for today’s Sprint Race. Daniel Abt had to start the race from the pit lane having suffered a technical issue earlier this morning.
Johnny Cecotto launched into the lead by the first corner ahead of Rossi, Raffaele Marciello and Stefano Coletti. Julián Leal was a big winner off the start line by gaining six places from P13 on the gird. Turn two caused a small calamity as Takuya Izawa let his car get ahead of him slightly and hit Evans and Nasr. The Brazilian had to stop in the pits to repair damage but a terminal clutch issue was found. The other drivers came out unscathed.
Marciello found some extra confidence after his first podium finish yesterday and pushed his way past Rossi to start chasing down Cecotto for the race lead. Rossi soon suffered tyre issues and tumbled behind Coletti and Evans. Jolyon Palmer was looking to capitalise on his rival Nasr’s retirement and his four successive fastest laps proved he had the hunger to mount a charge from P6.
Away from the lead battle, Artem Markelov was gaining places from P21 but got a little too aggressive when it came to passing Quaife-Hobbs into turn three. Both cars were undamaged but the Briton exclaimed his displeasure at the RT RUSSIAN TIME driver’s maneuver.
Just as Alexander Rossi had been struggling with tyres earlier in the race, the problem hit Raffaele Marciello later when he was just about fighting to win. The Italian came under pressure from his team mate Stefano Coletti and the Monegasque took P2 for himself.
Despite a valiant attack from Coletti, Johnny Cecotto held off the Racing Engineering drivers to secure his second race win of the season. Coletti’s second place marked his first podium finish since the Germany Feature Race back in 2013 while Marciello still looked disappointed to only finish in third place.
Jolyon Palmer’s sixth place finish helped him stretch his legs over Felipe Nasr in the standings.
|2||S. Coletti||Racing Engineering||0.742|
|3||R. Marciello||Racing Engineering||6.813|
|4||M. Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME||7.139|
|5||A. Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing||7.990|
|8||T. Izawa||ART Grand Prix||19.410|
|11||C. Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||27.625|
|12||R. Binder||Arden International||28.381|
|13||A. Pic||Campos Racing||28.861|
|14||A. Negrão||Arden International||30.084|
|15||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||30.446|
|16||A. Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME||32.025|
|17||R. Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||36.046|
|19||K. Sato||Campos Racing||37.901|
|21||D. De Jong||MP Motorsport||43.754|
|22||T. Ellinas||MP Motorsport||45.236|
|23||D. Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||45.606|
|24||F. Regalia||Hilmer Motorsport||46.924|
|25||N. Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||50.361|