Stoffel Vandoorne has led from start to finish claiming his second feature race win in the GP2 series at Monza.
Arthur Pic pushed Vandoorne the entire race to finish second by two-tenths of a second, while Kiwi Mitch Evans rounded out the podium.
While Vandoorne’s drive was very impressive, holding off a pressing Pic, the story of the day goes to Jolyon Palmer’s drive from last to eighth, earning reverse grid pole for tomorrow’s sprint race.
His strong championship lead seemed to be in jeopardy as he was disqualified from qualifying after failing to produce the required fuel sample at the end of the session. Championship rival Felipe Nasr qualified seventh and was a real threat to close the gap to Palmer.
The Briton stormed through the field, out-braking many into the first chicane and passing with ease, setting multiple fastest laps in the process.
Nasr’s mediocre race saw him fail to capitalise on the situation before him, only finishing two places ahead of Palmer and reducing the gap by two points.
Vandoorne was able to do more damage to the championship table, reducing the gap to Palmer to 52 points.
Despite the busy start with Simon Trummer and Artem Markelov stalling on the grid, all drivers were able to steer clear and avoid contact with each other. It was the second lap where the tangles took place.
Kimiya Sato took too much speed heading into the first chicane and took himself out of the race, while Takuya Izawa was hit by René Binder, which saw the slow starting Raffaele Marciello forced off the track.
By this point Vandoorne had made a comfortable lead of three seconds, which was eventually wiped two laps later as Pic reeled the ART driver in.
Stéphane Richelmi and Nasr were the first lead drivers to pit on lap 11, which saw the rest of the leaders follow suit in the subsequent laps.
Daniel Abt had made an early pit stop which saw him jump a few positions into the top 10, but while fighting for position with Julian Leal he was forced off the track at Turn Seven and slid into the wall. Leal was deemed to be at fault and received a drive through penalty.
Rio Haryanto and debutant Pierre Gasly also received drive-through penalties for speeding in the pit lane, while Sergio Canamasas earned his for being out of position on the starting grid.
2014 GP2 Series Race of Italy – Feature Race Result (30 laps)
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||30||48:02.203|
|2.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||30||+ 0.673|
|3.||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||30||+ 4.102|
|4.||Stéphane Richelmi||DAMS||30||+ 9.502|
|5.||Andre Negrão||Arden International||30||+ 11.140|
|6.||Felipe Nasr||Carlin Motorsport||30||+ 11.605|
|7.||Marco Sørensen||MP Motorsport||30||+ 14.458|
|8.||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||30||+ 15.049|
|9.||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||30||+ 16.704|
|10.||Johnny Cecotto Jr||Trident Racing||30||+ 17.164|
|11.||Jon Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||30||+ 29.125|
|12.||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||30||+ 29.928|
|13.||Julián Leal||Carlin Motorsport||30||+ 44.529|
|14.||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs*||Rapax Team||30||+ 45.885|
|15.||Sergio Campana||Venezuela GP Lazarus||30||+ 49.032|
|16.||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||30||+ 57.081|
|17.||Pierre Gasly||EQ8 Caterham Racing||30||+ 57.868|
|18.||Sergio Canamasas||Trident Racing||30||+ 1:03.139|
|19.||Simon Trummer||Rapax Team||30||+ 1:10.746|
|20.||René Binder||Arden International||30||+ 1:13.478|
|21.||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||29||1 lap behind|
|DNF.||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||18||Accident|
|DNF.||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||1||Collision|
|DNF.||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||1||Collision|
|DNF.||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||1||Collision|
|DNF.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||1||Collision|
* Quaife-Hobbs had a 20-second post-race time penalty issued after being found guilty of leaving the track and gaining an advantage, overtaking Cecotto in the process.
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