Felipe Nasr has seen off the challenge from Johnny Cecotto Jr. to win the sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps and his fourth win of the year. Championship leader Jolyon Palmer rounded out the podium for DAMS.
Nasr, who started the race from fifth position, made a fantastic getaway and was in the lead by the first corner. Cecotto also benefitted from a great start, going from sixth to second in the same fashion.
It was the second time in as many races where Cecotto made an appearance on the podium, finishing third in yesterday’s feature race.
The race started with all drivers starting on the slick tyres, with some drivers reporting difficulties in getting heat in the tyres due to the cool and damp nature of the track.
Reverse grid pole sitter Daniel Abt suffered a poor start and dropped to fourth by the Les Combes chicane. He remained there for the most part of the race until a charging Mitch Evans passed him on the penultimate lap.
Feature race winner Raffaele Marciello was back to his unlucky ways, spinning his car on the first lap at Les Combes sending him down the order to 24th. He made a respectable recovery and ended the race in 14th.
Artem Markelov, who was a star of yesterday, had a dreadful start to the sprint race. Starting from second position, the Russian Time driver bogged down at the start, dropping 10 places to 12th position on the first lap after making too many rookie mistakes.
By the third lap he had dropped to 19th position. The team decided to pit him for what everyone thought would be a retirement, however he returned to the track five laps later to gain some more experience.
After a good 15 laps of pushing Nasr at a distance of less than a second, Cecotto started to fade away with three laps remaining. Nasr took advantage of Cecotto’s lack of speed, crossing the finish line with five seconds to spare.
2014 GP2 Series Race of Belgium – Sprint Race Result (18 laps)
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Felipe Nasr||Carlin Motorsport||18||36:14.575|
|2.||Johnny Cecotto Jr||Trident Racing||18||+ 5.157|
|3.||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||18||+ 7.157|
|4.||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||18||+ 7.598|
|5.||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||18||+ 10.019|
|6.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||18||+ 10.648|
|7.||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||18||+ 14.038|
|8.||Andre Negrão||Arden International||18||+ 20.391|
|9.||Tom Dillman||EQ8 Caterham Racing||18||+ 21.675|
|10.||Julián Leal||Carlin Motorsport||18||+ 22.486|
|11.||Marco Sørensen||MP Motorsport||18||+ 26.510|
|12.||Stéphane Richelmi||DAMS||18||+ 28.491|
|13.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||18||+ 27.790|
|14.||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||18||+ 36.284|
|15.||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||18||+ 40.238|
|16.||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||18||+ 51.786|
|17.||Simon Trummer||Rapax Team||18||+ 54.342|
|18.||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||18||+ 54.604|
|19.||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||18||+ 54.874|
|20.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||18||+ 55.574|
|21.||Andrew Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax Team||18||+ 59.175|
|22.||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||18||+ 59.423|
|23.||René Binder||Arden International||18||+ 1:16.688|
|DNF.||Sergio Canamasas||Trident Racing||13||Mechanical|
|NC.||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||7||– 11 laps|
|DNF.||Jon Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||3||Mechanical|
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