For once blue skies graced the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain for the Feature Race but damp patches were still dotted around the track in some places.
Raffaele Marciello got a tremendous start from pole position and was never going to come under pressure in the early stages. Mitch Evans started from third on the grid and displaced Jolyon Palmer in P2 at Village corner. Big winners off the start were Conor Daly who gained eleven positions on the first lap alone from P21 while Artem Markelov gained ten positions from last on the gird.
Despite being overtaken by Evans in the very early stages, Palmer found extra pace and took the Kiwi back again at the same corner two laps later.
Pit stops began as soon as the pit window opened at the start of lap six. Richelmi, Abt, Quaife-Hobbs, Pic, Rossi and Izawa were the first to scrap the option tyres. Marciello pitted after eight laps and dropped to P13 but all the Italian’s hard work came undone when he lost drive six laps later and was forced to retire from the race when a podium looked a certainty.
Simon Trummer struggled off the start line having stalled and later in the race he couldn’t find the balance; the Swiss driver had a couple of off-track excursions, notably at Luffield. Things went from bad to worse for Trummer in later laps when he, along with Jon Lancaster and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs were shown a black and white flag for abusing track limits.
The race leaders pitted on lap 20 and a two horse race between Evans and Palmer began as Felipe Nasr suffered a faulty wheel nut at his stop. Palmer hunted Evans down for nine laps but to no avail. The New Zealander took his first ever race win in the GP2 Series and RT RUSSIAN TIME’s first victory since Singapore last season.
The surprise of the race was Marco Sørensen’s finish in ninth place The Danish driver was just 0.2 seconds off reverse grid pole position which was won by Stéphane Richelmi.
|1||M. Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME||50:56.307|
|3||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||25.680|
|5||S. Coletti||Racing Engineering||32.077|
|9||M. Sørensen||MP Motorsport||35.055|
|10||D. Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||40.275|
|11||A. Pic||Campos Racing||43.017|
|12||A. Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing||44.568|
|14||C. Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||47.455|
|16||T. Izawa||ART Grand Prix||56.175|
|17||N. Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||57.811|
|18||A. Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME||60.948|
|19||D. De Jong||MP Motorsport||61.667|
|20||A. Negrão||Arden International||63.906|
|21||R. Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||64.778|
|22||J. Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||65.083|
|23||K. Sato||Campos Racing||78.405|
|24||R. Binder||Arden International||2 LAPS|
|25||S. Trummer||Rapax||3 LAPS|
|26||R. Marciello||Racing Engineering||DNF|