A faultless drive by Trident’s Johnny Cecotto Jr has seen off immense pressure from both Racing Engineering drivers to win the GP2 sprint race in Austria.
The Venezuelan didn’t put a foot wrong the entire race as he jumped Alexander Rossi at the start to lead from start to finish.
Despite a poor start, Rossi was able to briefly challenge Cecotto until his tyres started to fade. This left the door open for Raffaele Marciello to surprise Rossi with a brilliant pass six laps into the race.
Marciello then went on a charge, taking on average three tenths a lap out of Cecotto’s lead. However after pushing so hard and being unable to pass Cecotto, he got caught in his turbulent air and ruined his tyres.
Like Rossi, Marciello started to fade as his team-mate Stefano Coletti disposed of the struggling Caterham and then went on to take second from Marciello.
Coletti then set his sights on race leader Cecotto, taking a few tenths out of his time like his team-mate before him.
Meanwhile championship leader Jolyon Palmer was fighting his way through the field and was the consistently fastest driver on the track.
He spent most of the racing fighting Rossi for fifth and fending off Julian Leal in the Carlin.
Russian Time’s Mitch Evans was another driver to suffer a poor start, dropping to fifth from second on the grid.
He made a good recovery and had a great battle for the final podium position with Marciello.
Feature Race winner Felipe Nasr encountered some bad luck as he was forced into the pits with a black and orange flag, after he had made contact in the first corner and a part of his front wing was loose.
Prior to pitting, Nasr mistakenly ran wide onto the gravel which tore the loose carbon fibre from his wing, however the flag was already out and he still forced to pit.
He became the only retiree from the race on lap two.
The heated battle of the leaders continued until the very end when Cecotto took the flag just 0.7 seconds ahead of Racing Engineering’s Coletti.
It was Cecotto’s second win of the season and put him eight points behind second placed Nasr in the championship.
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