Red Bull Ring GP2: Williams F1 reserve Felipe Nasr wins for Carlin
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, June 21st 2014, 14:48 GMT|
Felipe Nasr won round seven of the GP2 Series at the Red Bull Ring, the Williams Formula 1 reserve driver leading from lights to flag after a super start.
It was Nasr's second victory in the series, and it owed much to a lightning start from the second row as he bisected poleman Johnny Cecotto Jr and Jolyon Palmer away from the startline.
Despite using the hard tyre for the first stint, he pulled out a 3.7-second lead in the first six laps before easing off his pace and then making his pitstop at three-quarter distance.
He resumed in the lead, chased by ART's Stoffel Vandoorne, who employed an opposite soft/hard strategy to great effect to lift him up from sixth to second.
Raffaele Marciello was another star of the race, storming through from 10th on the opening lap after running wide at the first corner.
He stopped early and would pass both Palmer's DAMS car and Racing Engineering team-mate Stefano Coletti to claim a brilliant third during an epic recovery drive.
Behind Coletti and Palmer, Mitch Evans passed Alexander Rossi in the closing stages to finish seventh.
Series dominator Palmer now has 113 points to Nasr's 84.
Results - 40 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Felipe Nasr Carlin 52m32.096s 2. Stoffel Vandoorne ART +3.874s 3. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering +4.573s 4. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering +7.210s 5. Jolyon Palmer DAMS +8.902s 6. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident +10.319s 7. Mitch Evans Russian Time +14.924s 8. Alexander Rossi Caterham +20.994s 9. Takuya Izawa ART +28.182s 10. Arthur Pic Campos +30.170s 11. Rio Haryanto Caterham +31.941s 12. Rene Binder Arden +36.021s 13. Julian Leal Carlin +36.210s 14. Stephane Richelmi DAMS +39.181s 15. Sergio Canamasas Trident +47.388s 16. Andre Negrao Arden +48.070s 17. Daniel Abt Hilmer +48.758s 18. Conor Daly Lazarus +49.656s 19. Tio Ellinas MP +56.369s 20. Daniel de Jong MP +59.859s 21. Simon Trummer Rapax +1m03.480s 22. Artem Markelov Russian Time +1m09.877s 23. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus +1m16.111s 24. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax -2 laps Retirements: Facu Regalia Hilmer 28 laps Kimiya Sato Campos 1 lap