Antonio Giovinazzi had a strong drive on his way to winning the Belgian GP sprint race, his third win of his rookie GP2 season.
Giovinazzi started third on the reverse grid and overtook compatriot Luca Ghiotto on the first lap as pole-sitter Gustav Malja led the opening stage of the race with Giovinazzi hot on his heels. Mid-way through the race, the PREMA driver decided to pounce and made light work of the Swede as he overtook him on the Kemmel straight for the lead, which he kept until the chequered flag.
Malja finished second to claim his first podium finish in the series ahead of Ghiotto who finished third for Trident.
Giovinazzi’s team mate Pierre Gasly lost a place on the start and had to fight back from ninth, which he did with style as he overtook Oliver Rowland in Eau Rouge on his way to fourth ahead of Raffaele Marciello in fifth, Alex Lynn in sixth and Jordan King in seventh.
Sergey Sirotkin’s torrid weekend came to a fitting end when he overshot a final lap move on ninth-place Oliver Rowland, running deep and colliding with Artem Markelov who was running eighth. Markelov spun and Rowland was left to take the final point for eighth ahead of Sirotkin, who was later given a 10-second time penalty for causing the collision, dropping to 15th in the final classification.
Sirotkin went into the weekend as the Series leader, tied with Pierre Gasly on points but has now dropped to fourth, 31 points behind Gasly as the Frenchman extends his lead in the standings to 17 points ahead of his team mate who moves up to second with this win.
GP2 continues next week with the Italian GP taking place in Monza between September 2-4.
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