Sprint Race cancelled after multi car pileup

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

The final Sprint Race of the 2015 season was cut short after just one lap of racing due to a huge crash involving a third of the field.

The race was only two corners old before carnage ensued. Pierre Gasly spun unassisted at turn three and rolled backwards onto the track. He was collected by Norman Nato which left the Arden driver as well as Nicholas Latifi, Daniël de Jong and Sean Gelael nowhere to go except head on into the outside barrier.

Sergey Sirotkin was hit by Arthur Pic who was avoiding the accident and the Russian retired along with Artem Markelov who was involved in another collision. The red flags were brought out almost immediately after the crashes happened.

Attempts were made to repair the heavily damaged barriers but the process was taking too long to be able to squeeze the race in afterwards and the stewards cancelled the race for the first time in GP2’s history. Because at least two laps had not been completed, no winner was declared and no points were awarded.

As a result, Sergey Sirotkin keeps third in the Drivers’ Championship, just one point ahead of Rio Haryanto who finishes fourth.

Mitch Evans has his best season in GP2 to date with fifth while Alex Lynn, Raffaele Marciello and Pierre Gasly finish on 110 points each behind the New Zealander.

More to follow

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