Yesterday’s first ever GP2 night race saw Stoffel Vandoorne dominate and take the race victory. His rival Felipe Nasr got some solid points himself finishing fourth which meant the battle for the Vice-Championship went into today’s Sprint Race.
Pole sitter Arthur Pic suffered a scare before the formation lap began when he stalled and couldn’t get of the line. The Frenchman eventually got going and managed to retake his position at the front of the grid. The race start itself saw Pic relinquish his first place to a fast starting Coletti from second on the grid while Nasr was able to jump three places to sit P2. 2014 Champion Jolyon Palmer spun into retirement when a move on Mitch Evans went wrong at turn eleven.
Jon Lancaster held up a train of five cars in P14 and the frustration of Conor Daly in P15 was evident as he screamed over the radio to his engineer. Lancaster managed to hold off the men attacking his position until the end of the race.
Vandoorne’s assault for second place in the championship was halted by Evans in the early stages of the race as the Belgian couldn’t get any higher than seventh. ART asked their man to get the fastest lap of the race and it was something he duly did; this would make him Vice-Champion as it stood.
Stéphane Richelmi, Johnny Cecotto and Mitch Evans fought for fourth place together and when all three missed the chicane at T11, Vandoorne was able to catch up and move past Cecotto who lost out the most. With fastest lap points and points for sixth place already in his pocket, all Vandoorne had to do was finish the race.
Nasr was unable to challenge Stefano Coletti for the race victory and it was the Racing Engineering driver who took the 15 points for first place. Nasr came home in second place while Arthur Pic finished third.
2014 GP2 Vice-Champion Stoffel Vandoorne beat Nasr by just three points.
|1||S. Coletti||Racing Engineering||41:37.752|
|3||A. Pic||Campos Racing||5.357|
|4||M. Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME||12.701|
|5||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||13.764|
|7||R. Marciello||Racing Engineering||19.217|
|10||T. Izawa||ART Grand Prix||29.345|
|12||R. Haryanto||Caterham Racing||30.191|
|13||N. Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||30.561|
|14||J. Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||36.411|
|15||C. Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||36.817|
|17||N. Latifi||Hilmer Motorsport||41.580|
|18||P. Gasly||Caterham Racing||42.156|
|19||A. Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME||44.492|
|21||M. Sørensen||MP Motorsport||47.308|
|22||K. Sato||Campos Racing||47.687|
|23||R. Binder||Arden International||48.331|
|24||A. Negrão||Arden International||53.145|
|26||D. De Jong||MP Motorsport||DNF|