Felipe Nasr has finally picked up his first GP2 Series win in his three-year career in the sprint race in Spain.
Nasr, who started from sixth position, had a great start and took the lead from Tom Dillmann on the second lap.
Then the race started for the Williams test driver; as he failed to pull away from the field, he came under threat from a charging Jolyon Palmer who seemed much faster in the DAMS. Palmer surged to second position after starting from seventh, including putting a gutsy move on Dillmann through Turn 7, catching the Frenchman by surprise.
Nasr managed to see off the challenge from Palmer and maintained a gap of around two seconds for the rest of the race, until Palmer locked up into Turn 1 allowing Nasr to cruise the last few laps to victory.
The drivers were faced with a vastly different track due to overnight rain and an earlier start time, meaning the track had little grip and was much cooler than the previous race.
Rio Haryanto and Palmer made contact on the second lap, which saw Haryanto veer off into the gravel and into the wall at Turn 7.
Artem Markelov didn’t have as much luck in this race as in yesterday’s Feature Race. The Russian tipped Simon Trummer into a spin at Turn 2, leaving poor Conor Daly with nowhere to go other than into the Swiss driver’s sidepod. All three cars retired, with Markelov limping back to the pits. The incident is still to be investigated.
A few laps later Daniël de Jong, who was making up positions after starting from pit lane, made an ambitious move on Nathanaël Berthon by diving up the inside at Turn 10. The pair made contact and saw a frustrated Berthon slide into the gravel, raising his hands in the air in disgust. De Jong was later hit with a drive through penalty.
After losing positions at the start, Arthur Pic challenged Dillmann for the final spot on the podium with three laps remaining; the more experienced Dillmann ultimately denied his compatriot his maiden GP2 podium.
Mitch Evans’ race was a tale of two halves; he started magnificently from fourteenth position and got himself up to seventh after two laps, however, the last ten laps saw his tyres completely fall off the cliff and he was swamped by a line of drivers. RT Russian Time decided to retire the car with two laps to go.
2014 GP2 Series Race of Spain – Sprint Race Result (26 laps)
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Felipe Nasr||Carlin Motorsport||26||41:01.901|
|2.||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||26||+ 7.635|
|3.||Tom Dillmann||Arden International||26||+ 13.814|
|4.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||26||+ 14.172|
|5.||Julián Leal||Carlin Motorsport||26||+ 14.732|
|6.||Johnny Cecotto Jr||Trident Racing||26||+ 18.842|
|7.||Stéphane Richelmi||DAMS||26||+ 19.236|
|8.||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||26||+ 22.993|
|9.||Andrew Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax Team||26||+ 30.744|
|10.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||26||+ 31.379|
|11.||Tio Ellinas||MP Motorsport||26||+ 31.839|
|12.||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||26||+ 32.142|
|13.||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||26||+ 33.313|
|14.||Alexander Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing||26||+ 34.189|
|15.||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||26||+ 37.025|
|16.||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||26||+ 38.689|
|17.||Facu Regalia||Hilmer Motorsport||26||+ 39.975|
|18.||Sergio Canamasas||Trident Racing||26||+ 44.122|
|19.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||26||+ 1:14.656|
|20.||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||24||Handling|
|DNF.||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||2||Collision|
|DNF.||René Binder||Arden International||2||Collision|
|DNF.||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||2||Collision|
|DNF.||Simon Trummer||Rapax Team||1||Collision|
|DNF.||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1||Collision|
|DNF.||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||0||Collision|
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