Vandoorne wins record breaking 11th GP2 race

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Stoffel Vandoorne has become the all time leader of GP2 race victories in the ten year history of the Series, wrapping up his 11th win in Abu Dhabi.

Pierre Gasly started from pole for the third time this season and defended his position superbly from a fast starting Vandoorne who attempted to pass on the inside.

After leading for three laps Gasly’s tyres lost performance almost instantly and he lost the lead to Vandoorne and then second place to Mitch Evans in the space of just five corners.

Pit stops got underway as soon as the pit stop window opened and Gasly’s day got worse when he was handed a five second time penalty for speeding in the pit lane.

The virtual safety car made an appearance after Nicholas Latifi crashed into the side of Norman Nato at the penultimate corner and the pair were unable to get going again.

Raffaele Marciello stayed out for a long first stint and pitted on lap 26 after leading for 19 laps. The Trident driver’s strategy paid off as he rejoined the race in second place behind Vandoorne. Artem Markelov tried the same strategy but retired on track just laps before his scheduled stop.

Sean Gelael provided an embarrassing moment in the closing laps when he crashed in the pit lane exit after locking up both front wheels. The Indonesian driver was well out of contention.

Stoffel Vandoorne was untouchable after he took the lead in the opening laps and crossed the line to win his seventh race of the season. Raffaele Marciello sealed second place and just his fourth podium of the season and Mitch Evans rounded out the top three.

Position Driver Team Gap
1 S. Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1:03:32.405
2 R. Marciello Trident 9.404
3 M. Evans RUSSIAN TIME 10.327
4 A. Rossi Racing Engineering 12.105
5 P. Gasly DAMS 22.621
6 J. King Racing Engineering 25.817
7 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 26.406
8 A. Lynn DAMS 26.988
9 A. Negrão Arden International 30.412
10 N. Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 36.974
11 N. Matsushita ART Grand Prix 41.939
12 S. Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 43.105
13 S. Sirotkin Rapax 44.058
14 R. Binder MP Motorsport 45.982
15 O. Rowland Status Grand Prix 54.566
16 G. Malja Rapax 60.592
17 A. Pic Campos Racing 62.596
18 M. Stöckinger Status Grand Prix 80.398
19 S. Gelael Carlin DNF
20 D. Stoneman Carlin DNF
21 D. De Jong Trident DNF
23 N. Nato Arden International DNF
24 N. Latifi MP Motorsport DNF

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