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.

Like yesterday, the race wasn’t without carnage with seven retirements and a few pending investigations.De Jong

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 cy 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 es Trident Racing 26 + 44.122
19. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 26 + 1:14.656
20. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 24 Handling
Not Classified
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

Images via GP2 Series Media

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