Carlin’s Felipe Nasr has closed the gap to championship leader Jolyon Palmer by taken his second GP2 win and his first feature race win.

Nasr becomes the first driver to win at the Red Bull Ring, as he held off the likes of Stoffel Vandoorne and Raffaele Marciello, who makes his first visit to the podium in GP2.

The race began beautifully for Nasr as pole sitter Johnny Cecotto had a poor getaway off the line. Palmer was another to have a poor start, dropping from second to fourth.

The top 10 varied on strategy, with some electing to start on the soft compound tyres and run a short stint first, while others like Nasr opted to start on the medium compound.

Stoffel Vandoorne

Stoffel Vandoorne

The soft tyre lasted around 10 laps as Vandoorne was the first of the leading cars to pit for a new set of tyres. The move to pit early paid off as he came out ahead of Palmer who chose to stay out a few more laps on his ailing soft tyres. In hindsight it was a bad choice for Palmer, as he ended up losing a second a lap to the leaders by staying out.

However, Palmer was thrown a lifeline as Vandoorne encountered traffic. He struggled to pass Simon Trummer who was yet to pit and didn’t have to yield his position as he was on the lead lap.

This set the tone for the early-stoppers mid-way during the race as they were catching the long running cars quickly on their new soft tyres.

With 13 laps left to run, Cecotto was the first of the leaders on medium tyres to pit. Evans pitted a lap later and came out in front of the Venezuelan; however his cold tyres made him an easy target for Cecotto to regain his position.

Nasr pitted with 10 laps to go with Stefano Coletti following him in a few seconds behind. Nasr re-joined the race still in first position while Coletti lost a spot to Vandoorne and Marciello a lap later.

The podium was overdue for Vandoorne and ART, as they had failed to score a point since Bahrain prior to Austria.

Coletti finished the race seven seconds behind in fourth ahead of Palmer and Cecotto. Mitch Evans had a good race finishing in seventh which will see him start on the front row of tomorrows sprint race. Alexander Rossi, who finished the feature in eighth, will start from pole.

2014 GP2 Series Race of Austria – Feature Race Result (40 laps)

Driver Team / Entry Laps Result
1. Felipe Nasr Carlin Motorsport 40 52:32.096
2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 40 + 3.874
3. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 40 + 4.573
4. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 40 + 7.210
5. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 40 + 8.902
6. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident Racing 40 + 10.319
7. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 40 + 14.924
8. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 40 + 20.994
9. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 40 + 28.182
10. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 40 + 30.170
11. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 40 + 31.941
12. René Binder Arden International 40 + 36.021
13. Julián Leal Carlin Motorsport 40 + 36.210
14. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 40 + 39.181
15. Sergio Canamasas es Trident Racing 40 + 47.308
16. Andre Negrão Arden International 40 + 48.070
17. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 40 + 48.758
18. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 40 + 49.656
19. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 40 + 59.859
20. Simon Trummer Rapax Team 40 + 1:03.480
21. Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 40 + 1:09.877
22. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 40 + 1:16.111
23. Tio Ellinas cy MP Motorsport 40 + 1:26.369
24. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs Rapax Team 38 2 laps behind
Not Classified
DNF. Facu Regalia Hilmer Motorsport 28 Gearbox
DNF. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 1 Collision

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