For the first time in the history of the championship, a GP2 race has been called off without a race winner after a seven-car crash on the opening lap caused extensive damage to the tech-pro barriers.
Alex Lynn started the race on reverse grid pole and fought off second-placed Rio Haryanto into Turn One, but it was Lynn’s teammate Pierre Gasly who triggered the multi-car pileup.
The Red Bull junior was battling Raffaele Marciello through Turn One then lit up his rear tyres on the exit of Turn Two, spinning his DAMS and letting it roll back into the line of traffic, leaving Norman Nato nowhere to go but straight into Gasly’s rear.
Nato’s Arden then collected Nicholas Latifi, Sean Gelael and Daniel De Jong on its way into the barrier at Turn Three, with Gelael’s Carlin wedging itself over De Jong’s Trident. Artem Markelov also found himself caught up in the collision, while Sergey Sirotkin managed to take evasive action by running off the track, although upon re-entering he was collected by Arthur Pic.
As a result of the cancellation, no points were awarded as the race failed to reach 25% distance leaving Sirotkin to hold on to third position in the championship standings.
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