Sergey Sirotkin was able to secure his second consecutive win in 2016 at the German GP after a crazy feature race saw him make two pit stops and overtake Raffaele Marciello for the win.
Sirotkin started from pole and kept his lead despite Marciello running very close as the two started on the Option tyre and the Italian even making a move into Turn 8. However, the battle was cut short when the Virtual Safety Car was deployed after Artem Markelov collided with Jordan King into Turn 6.
The Russian then made his mandatory pit stop behind the VSC with minimal time loss and emerged just eight seconds behind Marciello who stayed out, prompting an investigation by the stewards. The Russian was back in the lead when Marciello pitted but the stewards deemed that he had to pit again as his first stop was made when the race was neutralised.
Sirotkin pitted again with 12 laps remaining, switching from prime tyres to used options. He managed to close the gap to Marciello who was struggling with his primes and eventually overtook him for the win into Turn 12.
The Italian continued to struggle, losing out to the recovering pair of Luca Ghiotto and Pierre Gasly and finishing fourth.
Series rookie Ghiotto started 13th on options and carved his way through the field to finish second, 13.1 seconds behind Sirotkin while Gasly started second on the prime tyre and after losing his position to Marciello at the start, he continued to plummet down the order to 12th position, he fought back to ninth before switching to the softer options and moving up the order, taking 3 rd from Marciello right at the finish line.
However, Gasly was excluded from the final results as his fire extinguisher went off mid-race, with the Stewards penalising the Frenchman for his car not complying with the safety regulations.
Arthur Pic crossed the line fifth ahead of MP Motorsport’s Oliver Rowland who struggled with tyre wear in the latter stages of the race.
The other Rapax of Gustav Malja finished seventh while Alex Lynn was penalised for clipping Norman Nato, the DAMS driver having to settle for eighth.
Gasly’s team mate, series rookie Antonio Giovinazzi recovered from the back of the grid to finish ninth while Sirotkin’s ART team mate, Nobuharu Matsushita nabbed the final point in tenth.
The GP2 sprint race starts Sunday at 10:35 local time (GMT +2)
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