Stefano Coletti has led from the first corner all the way to the chequered flag to win the final race of the 2014 GP2 season ahead of Felipe Nasr and Arthur Pic.
Pic started the race from pole position, but after a poor start and aggressive defending, found himself trailing Coletti after Turn One.
Nasr made a brilliant getaway from fifth position, slotting into third position then passing Pic for second to try and regain second in the championship from Stoffel Vandoorne.
Vandoorne, who started in eighth position after winning yesterday’s Feature Race, ran most of the race in seventh position after Jolyon Palmer spun on the first lap which led to his retirement.
In order to finish the season second in the championship, Vandoorne had to finish in sixth position or higher, as Nasr was running in second.
The running order of the top ten remained the same for a good 15 laps, as drivers were faced with track temperatures 17 degrees hotter than the Feature Race which was contested at night.
With six laps left to run, Vandoorne posted the fastest lap of the race. Drivers who post the fastest lap of the race earn themselves two points in the championship, which meant that the Belgian didn’t need to pass Mitch Evans ahead of him to secure second place.
Johnny Cecotto Jr. was running in fourth place when his tyres started to fade dramatically in the last few laps of the race. Heading into Turn 11 he was passed by both Evans and Stéphane Richelmi, both drivers ran wide and didn’t technically complete their moves.
Evans handed the position back while Richelmi powered on to try snatch a podium finish. The Stewards are investigating Richelmi for exceeding track limits.
One lap later Evans passed Cecotto at the same corner, although, this time made the move stick.
Cecotto continued to drop down the order as Vandoorne demoted him to seventh position, confirming his spot as runner up in the GP2 championship.
Nasr did all he could to maximise points scoring by attempting a fastest lap of the race, however it wasn’t to be as Vandoorne’s time of 1:52.088 was too fast for the Brazilian.
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