Alex Lynn has sealed an almost effortless race victory in Budapest to secure his first victory in a Feature Race just one day after bagging his first pole position.
The Briton began the race from his first pole position and maintained the place ahead of his fast starting team mate Pierre Gasly. Stoffel Vandoorne started on the option tyres and dropped to P5 from second place before the first corner.
Hilmer driver Sergio Canamasas was the biggest winner on the first lap having jumped from P19 to P11. The Spaniard’s hard work was undone on only the second lap when contact with Nicholas Latifi led to him ending his race in the barrier which brought out the safety car.
Richie Stanaway was eager to make up places but contact with Alexander Rossi at the first corner saw him tumble down the order with a damaged front wing. The Status driver didn’t recover and ended the race in 21st place.
Vandoorne pitted at the first opportunity at the end of lap six but gained a five second time penalty for an unsafe release which almost caused contact with Julián Leal. Despite this, the Belgian soon began to stretch his legs and eat into the advantage the leaders were building up at the front.
Alex Lynn pitted from the race lead on lap 24 and was immediately the quickest driver on the circuit. The DAMS driver made easy work of Arthur Pic and Alexander Rossi and set his sights on Rio Haryanto for second place. Despite a slight mistake at turn four he got past the Indonesian driver with six laps to go.
The race lead and race win was secured by Lynn with an impressive move on Vandoorne at the first corner. Pierre Gasly ensured a DAMS 1-2 with a last gasp attack.
Sergey Sirotkin took the third place on the podium with an optimistic move on Rio Haryanto at the penultimate corner which gave the Campos driver front wing damage.
|4||R. Haryanto||Campos Racing||9.639|
|5||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||11.621|
|6||J. King||Racing Engineering||12.862|
|8||N. Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||16.785|
|10||D. De Jong||MP Motorsport||34.138|
|11||N. Nato||Arden International||36.874|
|12||A. Rossi||Racing Engineering||42.242|
|13||A. Pic||Campos Racing||43.345|
|14||N. Berthon||Daiko Team Lazarus||46.408|
|15||N. Latifi||MP Motorsport||51.732|
|17||M. Evans||RUSSIAN TIME||56.245|
|19||M. Stöckinger||Status Grand Prix||66.136|
|20||A. Negrão||Arden International||66.681|
|21||R. Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||1 LAP|
|22||A. Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1 LAP|
|23||R. Binder||Trident||4 LAPS|
|24||N. Yelloly||Hilmer Motorsport||DNF|
|25||S. Canamasas||Hilmer Motorsport||DNF|