After qualifying an impressive third, Campos Racing’s Arthur Pic has won his first GP2 Series race at the Hungaroring.
Pic started on the option tyre and was one of six drivers to dive into the pits whilst the safety car was on track, after a nasty crash involving his team-mate Kimiya Sato and Stephane Richelmi.
Richelmi was trying to pass Sato on the outside of the track when he ran into the back of the Japanese driver. Richelmi ended up plowing into the tyre barrier while Sato retired a few laps later.
Series leader Jolyon Palmer made a fantastic start from seventh, jumping straight into third on the first lap. He then passed Tom Dillmann for second on lap two and the battle between Felipe Nasr and Palmer commenced.
The pair drove away from the field thanks to Dillmann, who struggled to get to grips with his tyres. They were not fast enough, however, to make their strategy work as both Palmer and Nasr started on the prime tyre to have a long first stint.
Johnny Cecotto Jr. was on the same strategy and a few places down when he decided to pit with 15 laps remaining, however his car stalled in the pit box and was forced to retire, throwing his steering wheel in frustration.
With 12 laps to go Nasr was the first to make a move and make his mandatory pit stop for the option tyre, coming out in the middle of the pack.
Palmer followed suite, pitting a lap later and re-joining just ahead of Nasr. Although the Brazilian was on warmer tyres, and was able to take back the position a few corners later.
The battle went on for a couple more laps with Palmer and Nasr scrapping for position, when Sergio Canamasas and Nathaniel Berthon collided just after Turn One, sending Canamasas straight into the barrier.
The safety car was brought out again after Canamasas’ heavy hit, allowing Stoffel Vandoorne and Simon Trummer to pit from the front. Both drivers weren’t able to make their strategy work as they were caught out by a slow running Dillmann.
The lead then fell to Pic, and still under the safety car the race went to a time finish.
With just 90 seconds to go the safety car peeled into the pit lane, and after a strategic restart of bunching up the field to make sure there would only be a lap left, Pic wasted no time in planting his foot down to secure his win over Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti.
Pic has been incredibly consistent in his rookie GP2 year, scoring points in almost every race this season.
Adrian Quaffe-Hobb finished third for Rapax while Takuya Izawa scored his best finish of the season in fourth, but the pair were subsequently promoted to second and third after Coletti and teammate Raffaele Marciello were hit with post-race time penalties that dropped them all the way down the order.
Jolyon Palmer also had a great restart after the safety car. He managed to pass Nasr before Canamasas’ crash, so once racing resumed he quickly disposed of Daniel Abt for fifth place. Nasr was unable to clear Abt and had to settle for sixth.
2014 GP2 Series Race of Hungary – Feature Race Result (38 laps)
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||35||1:00:18.627|
|2.||Andrew Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax Team||35||+ 3.151|
|3.||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||35||+ 3.661|
|4.||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||35||+ 3.828|
|5.||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||35||+ 5.111|
|6.||Felipe Nasr||Carlin Motorsport||35||+ 5.190|
|7.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||35||+ 6.213|
|8.||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||35||+ 7.038|
|9.||Tom Dillman||EQ8 Caterham Racing||35||+ 7.605|
|10.||Marco Sørensen||MP Motorsport||35||+ 8.102|
|11.||Simon Trummer||Rapax Team||35||+ 8.398|
|12.||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||35||+ 8.756|
|13.||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||35||+ 11.641|
|14.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||35||+ 13.436|
|15.||Andre Negrão||Arden International||35||+ 14.224|
|16.||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||35||+ 15.944|
|17.||Jon Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||35||+ 16.066|
|18.||Stefano Coletti*||Racing Engineering||35||+ 22.787|
|19.||Raffaele Marciello*||Racing Engineering||35||+ 25.594|
|20.||René Binder||Arden International||34||1 lap behind|
|DNF.||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||30||1 lap behind|
|DNF.||Sergio Canamasas||Trident Racing||29||+ 49.996|
|DNF.||Johnny Cecotto Jr||Trident Racing||22||+ 30.583|
|DNF.||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||10||Steering|
|DNF.||Stéphane Richelmi||DAMS||5||+ 36.857|
|DNF.||Julián Leal||Carlin Motorsport||5||+ 58.217|
* Coletti and Marciello were awarded Drive-Through penalties (applied as 20-second post-race time penalties): Coletti was found guilty of forcing Julian Leal off-track, while Marciello was found guilty of overtaking Stoffel Vandoorne before the Safety Car control line.
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