Jolyon Palmer has rectified the results from Saturday’s Feature race and won Sunday’s Sprint race from sixth position, just edging out Simon Trummer and Julián Leal at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Starting from pole after finishing eighth in the Feature race, Felipe Nasr struggled off the line just as Palmer did the day before, and once the lights went green he was swamped by the top half of the grid. To his credit, the Brazilian drove exceptionally well to regain lost positions and finished the race in fourth, 8.7 seconds down on the victorious Palmer.

Trummer reaped the rewards of a hard weekend’s work, which all started by stalling on the grid and being forced to start from pit lane in the Feature race.

The Swiss driver had recovered to seventh yesterday, and by doing so he lined up on the grid in second place alongside Nasr, quickly disposing of the sluggish-starting Brazilian. After failing to fend off Palmer, Trummer stayed hot on his rear end hoping that the chance would present itself to regain the lead.

A bit further down the grid, yesterday’s winner Stoffel Vandoorne ran out of luck this weekend after making contact with the rear of Daniël de Jong’s MP Motorsport entry. Vandoorne had made a poor getaway from eighth on the grid and was fighting to get back into a points paying position. After he passed team-mate Takuya Izawa, ran too deep trying a move on De Jong. He ended the race in 22nd after a pit stop was required to change his front wing.

The race then set itself into autopilot, with not too much happening until the last seven laps where tyres starting to wear out and a group battle emerged for fifth place. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs’ Rapax racer led a train of five cars, with the Englishman struggling with fading grip. Stéphane Richelmi eventually snuck past, but not with the greatest of ease as the Briton tried to fight back on degrading tyres.

Richelmi made the move stick a few corners later as the rest behind him all jostled for position, which even saw minor contact between René Binder and Arthur Pic, which allowed Mitch Evans to slip through into seventh, a solid result after a troubled Feature race where he finished fourteenth. After putting up a good fight, Pic just missed out on the final points paying position; nevertheless it was still a good showing on his first weekend of GP2 Series competition.

Conor Daly was the sole retirement of the race when he was forced out on Lap 15 after running over a turning vane that fell of Binder’s Arden. His compatriot, Alexander Rossi, had a terrible weekend, which continued into the Sprint Race after he was forced to make a pit stop when he suffered a puncture early in the race on Lap 3.

2014 GP2 Series Race of Bahrain – Sprint Race Result (23 laps):


Driver Team / Entry Laps Result
1. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 23 41:02.484
2. Simon Trummer Rapax Team 23 + 0.809
3. Julián Leal Carlin Motorsport 23 + 1.430
4. Felipe Nasr Carlin Motorsport 23 + 8.719
5. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 23 + 16.416
6. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs Rapax Team 23 + 17.680
7. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 23 + 18.012
8. René Binder Arden International 23 + 19.791
9. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 23 + 19.977
10. Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 23 + 20.678
11. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 23 + 21.086
12. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 23 + 21.713
13. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 23 + 29.171
14. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident Racing 23 + 33.500
15. Jon Lancaster MP Motorsport 23 + 34.017
16. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 23 + 35.778
17. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 23 + 38.028
18. André Negrão Arden International 23 + 38.524
19. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 23 + 39.439
20. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 23 + 44.065
21. Axcil Jefferies Trident Racing 23 + 48.583
22. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 23 + 49.324
23. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 23 + 1:20.944
24. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 22 1 lap behind
25. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 22 1 lap behind
Not Classified
DNF. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 16 Retired

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