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|
|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|
|DNF.||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||16||Retired|
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