Stoffel Vandoorne headed an ART one-two ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, to gift ART the teams’ title for 2015. Russian Time’s Mitch Evans finished the race in third position.
Stoffel Vandoorne headed an ART one-two ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita to gift ART the teams’ title for 2015. Russian Time’s Mitch Evans finished the race in third position.
Pole sitter Pierre Gasly was slow to get away in his DAMS which left Vandoorne to inherit the lead. The Belgian then pulled out a two-second gap to the rest of the field before adding another three seconds to his lead before the compulsory pit stops. Once he made the switch from the medium tyre to the soft, Vandoorne left the field for dead as he extended his lead to 13 seconds.
Alexander Rossi – who currently sits second in the championship – wasn’t able to make up for a poor qualifying session yesterday, slumping out of the top ten at the start of the race. The American found his pace and started to put pressure on Rio Haryanto, passing the Campos racer at Turn 10.
Further up the grid, Raffaele Marciello demoted Gasly down to fourth position behind Norman Nato on the main straight with help from DRS. Gasly put up a fight the following lap, attacking Marciello through Turns One and Four, although wasn’t able to retake the position.
Alex Lynn also seemed to struggle for pace along with his team-mate Gasly, as Rossi had made up another position by passing the Briton for eighth position on the seventh lap of the race.
Halfway through the race and Nato was struggling to hold onto third position, Matsushita was able to make an easy pass on the Arden driver who was soon also passed by Gasly.
Rossi was one of the first drivers to make his compulsory pit stop and emerged lapping the track three seconds quicker than Vandoorne in the lead.
Gasly and Nato were fighting for position again, as both driver exited the pits in the thick of drivers who had already made their stops. Nato made a move on Gasly with seven laps remaining, but Gasly was quick to take his position back before a right-rear puncture ended Nato’s hopes of a points finish.
Evans and Rossi were quickly catching a slow Nathaniel Berthon in second position, as Berthon was running the race on an alternate strategy of starting with the soft compound tyre. The pair easily disposed of the Lazarus driver before Rossi ran into the back of Evans who was slow to exit Turn Four. This took off half of Rossi’s front wing and he was forced to make a second pit stop.
Matsushita then inherited third position which left him hounding Evans for second position. With two laps left to run Matsushita made a move on Evans on the main straight with the help of DRS while Sergey Sirotkin was passed by Marciello behind them for fourth.
The other battle further down the grid was between Lynn and Jordan King for eighth position and reverse grid pole for tomorrow’s race. Lynn was able to hold off King to secure Sprint Race pole.
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