PREMA driver and Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly has ended an almost three-year drought with a brilliant drive in the GP2 Series Feature Race at Silverstone. Antonio Giovinazzi came in second to make it a PREMA one-two after he demoted Oliver Rowland to third in the dying stages of the race.
Gasly’s last win dated back to his Formula Renault 2.0 days in 2013, but the Frenchman put a stellar drive from second on the grid to win his first race in GP2 and lead home a PREMA 1-2.
Gasly started in second position on the option tyre, but pitted early for primes and came out 32 seconds behind pole sitter rival Norman Nato who was on the opposite strategy.
As Nato struggled on the prime tyre, Gasly managed to narrow the gap to just 16 seconds when Nato went in for his stop, handing the lead to Gasly who had a comfortable enough cushion to cruise home and win by a margin of nine seconds.
Gasly’s teammate Giovinazzi and MP Motorsports’ Oliver Rowland ran a similar strategy and finished on the podium with Giovinazzi overtaking Rowland on the very last lap to claim second.
Mitch Evans had a bad start but fought back to finish fourth with a prime/option strategy while rookie Luca Ghiotto continued to impress by finishing fifth after starting from the back of the grid.
Series returnee Nobuharu Matsushita finished sixth for ART while Norman Nato’s difficult race culminated in a seventh place finish.
Mitch Evans endured a slow stop and finished eighth, giving him reversed-grid pole for tomorrow’s sprint race, behind him were the Russian Time pair of Raffaele Marciello and Artem Markelov in ninth and tenth.
The points lead again changes hands with Gasly’s win as he now leads the Series with 72 points, with four points covering Giovinazzi, Evans, Rowland and Marciello.
Sunday’s Sprint Race starts at 09:25 local time (GMT +1).
|2016 GP2 Series Great Britain – Feature Race Final Classification (29 laps)|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Pierre Gasly||PREMA Racing||29||51:39.383|
|2.||Antonio Giovinazzi||PREMA Racing||29||+ 9.422|
|3.||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||29||+ 11.090|
|4.||Mitch Evans||Pertamina Campos Racing||29||+ 21.667|
|5.||Luca Ghiotto||Trident||29||+ 24.591|
|6.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||29||+ 25.165|
|7.||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||29||+ 25.474|
|8.||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||29||+ 25.651|
|9.||Raffaele Marciello||RUSSIAN TIME||29||+ 31.757|
|10.||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||29||+ 33.115|
|11.||Nicholas Latifi||DAMS||29||+ 34.220|
|12.||Marvin Kirchhöfer||Carlin||29||+ 34.409|
|13.||Sergio Canamasas||Carlin||29||+ 37.898|
|14.||Arthur Pic||Rapax||29||+ 41.610|
|15.||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||29||+ 55.205|
|16.||Alex Lynn||DAMS||29||+ 56.604|
|17.||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||29||+ 57.490|
|18.||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||29||+ 1:02.096|
|19.||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||29||+ 1:23.661|
|20.||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||29||+ 1:39.764|
|21.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Campos Racing||28||1 lap behind|
|22.||Gustav Malja||Rapax||28||1 lap behind|
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