Reigning Japanese F3 champion Nobuharu Matsushita has won his first race in the GP2 Series, easing to a lights-to-flag victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix Sprint Race. Stoffel Vandoorne came in second to complete an ART Grand Prix one-two.
Rapax’s Sergey Sirotkin continued his brilliant form finishing the race in third position to make his second visit to the podium this weekend. The Russian spent the last portion of the race pressing Vandoorne for second, however couldn’t make it past the championship leader.
Vandoorne looked promising for the win early in the race, as he looked to be alternating between fast and slow laps in order to stay clear of Matsushita and save his tyres. Mid-race, the Belgian reported that his tyres were starting to grain and he was unable to close the two-second gap to his team-mate.
It was a race to forget for Racing Engineer as both of their drivers failed to make an impact on the race. Alexander Rossi and Jordan King seemed to struggle early with their tyres, causing them to slip down the grid. Rossi, who started in twelfth position, ended the race in noneteenth after having enough of the Medium tyre and making an unscheduled pit stop for the Soft tyre. King started the race in third position, but he too struggled with the life of the Medium tyre and finished in twelfth place.
A weekend of no points scored sees Rossi drop to third in the Drivers’ Championship standings, with Rio Haryanto moving ahead into second.
Raffaele Marciello didn’t have the pace to challenge for the lead after he was another driver to lose places at the start dropping from second to fourth.
Down towards the end of the grid, Sergio Canamasas started the race in last position, but by the end of the first lap he was up to tenth after making an incredible start. That was as high as Canamasas got in the race, as he destroyed his tyres on the opening few laps, he ended the race in sixteenth.
|2015 GP2 Series Hungary – Sprint Race Final Classification (28 laps)|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||28||43:43.229|
|2.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 1.961|
|3.||Sergey Sirotkin||Rapax||28||+ 2.560|
|4.||Raffaele Marciello||Trident||28||+ 16.243|
|5.||Rio Haryanto||Campos Racing||28||+ 17.821|
|6.||Norman Nato||Arden International||28||+ 18.899|
|7.||Robert Vișoiu||Rapax||28||+ 19.605|
|8.||Pierre Gasly||DAMS||28||+ 24.504|
|9.||Alex Lynn||DAMS||28||+ 29.572|
|10.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||28||+ 30.380|
|11.||Nathanaël Berthon||Daiko Team Lazarus||28||+ 39.819|
|12.||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||28||+ 43.666|
|13.||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||28||+ 46.223|
|14.||Nicholas Latifi||MP Motorsport||28||+ 47.244|
|15.||Julián Leal||Carlin||28||+ 47.869|
|16.||Sergio Canamasas||Hilmer Motorsport||28||+ 50.050|
|17.||Nick Yelloly||Hilmer Motorsport||28||+ 51.211|
|18.||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||28||+ 1:00.570|
|19.||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||28||+ 1:04.855|
|20.||Sean Galeal||Carlin||28||+ 1:07.304|
|21.||André Negrão||Arden International||28||+ 1:10.407|
|22.||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||28||+ 1:18.968|
|23.||Marlon Stöckinger||Status Grand Prix||27||1 lap behind|
|24.||René Binder||Trident||27||1 lap behind|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|DNF.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||16||Mechanical|
|WD.||Zoël Amberg||Daiko Team Lazarus||unwell|
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