Richie Stanaway has claimed his first win in the GP2 series after just three rounds at the Monaco Grand Prix. Stanaway graduated to the GP2 series from GP3 last year along with his team Status Grand Prix.
After bogging down at the start of the race from pole position, Raffaele Marciello had to settle for second position as he couldn’t claw the four-second gap Stanaway had made.
Sergey Sirotkin finished in third place to secure his first podium in the series.
The virtual safety car was brought out for the third time this weekend after multiple collisions on the opening lap. Rio Haryanto was caught in a sandwich between Norman Nato and Rene Binder, which left Haryanto with no room and was forced into the wall at the hairpin. Nato was found guilty of the incident and was handed a 10-second time penalty.
Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Zoel Amberg also made contact with each other on the opening lap, both drivers retired as their cars were too damaged to continue.
Feature Race winner Stoffel Vandoorne and runner-up Alexander Rossi didn’t make too many attempts to elevate themselves up the grid, they instead traded fastest laps to try and maximise their championship points haul without the risk of overtaking.
Julian Leal started the race in third, however, lost position to Sirotkin then didn’t have the pace to fend off an aggressive Sergio Canamasas who passed the Carlin driver at Turn One on the seventh lap.
The final retirement of the race was Racing Engineering’s Jordan King, who ran into the back of Pierre Gasly heading into the Turn 11 chicane.
Mitch Evans was again forced to watch the Sprint Race from pit lane for the second time in a row, after his Russian Time broke down on th eway to the grid.
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