Rossi dominates GP3 sprint race
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, May 9th 2010, 08:16 GMT|
ART's Alexander Rossi took a dominant win in this morning's GP3 Series sprint race at Barcelona.
Rossi started from pole and led the entire race, but the decisive move came on the lap four restart following an early safety car when the American took off early, and second-placed Lucas Foresti simply failed to follow him. By the time he crossed the start/finish line Rossi already had a 0.6-second lead, and a string of successive fastest laps extended that to 10.5s by the end of the race.
While Foresti did not have the speed to trouble Rossi, the Carlin driver had enough defensive nouse to make sure that no one else could do it either. ART's Esteban Gutierrez launched a series of attacks for second, culminating in a brave move around the outside of Turn 5 that ended with the Mexican running wide and dropping to fourth behind Tech 1's Jean-Eric Vergne.
Inexplicably though, Vergne was issued with a drivethrough penalty for forcing a rival off the track shortly afterwards, which promoted Gutierrez back up to third, although he had to see off a late challenge from Status' Robert Wickens to hold on to it.
Dean Smith finished fifth, with Pedro Nunes edging out James Jakes for the final point.
It was a disastrous morning for feature race winner Pal Verhaug, who was forced wide onto the grass by Wickens on the run down to the first corner. The Norwegian spun back onto the circuit and into the path of the unfortunate Mirko Bortolotti, whose miserable weekend was completed when he ploughed into the Jenzer car, putting both out of the race and prompting a safety car intervention to clean the mess up.
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Alexander Rossi ART 27m06.594s 2. Lucas Foresti Carlin + 10.535s 3. Esteban Gutierrez ART + 11.005s 4. Robert Wickens Status + 11.699s 5. Dean Smith Carlin + 14.154s 6. Pedro Nunes ART + 17.082s 7. James Jakes Manor + 17.537s 8. Simon Trummer Jenzer + 18.346s 9. Nico Muller Jenzer + 18.937s 10. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS + 24.906s 11. Daniel Juncadella Tech 1 + 28.248s 12. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden + 30.092s 13. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke + 30.625s 14. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke + 30.880s 15. Pablo Sanchez Addax + 31.398s 16. Josef Newgarden Carlin + 31.989s 17. Patrick Reiterer Atech CRS + 34.349s 18. Michael Christensen MW Arden + 34.685s 19. Ivan Lukashevich Status + 37.257s 20. Felipe Guimaraes Addax + 38.196s 21. Jean-Eric Vergne Tech 1 + 40.869s 22. Daniel Morad Status + 43.081s 23. Miki Monras MW Arden + 44.023s 24. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke + 48.749s 25. Rio Haryanto Manor + 56.584s 26. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor + 1 lap Retirements: Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 5 laps Pal Varhaug Jenzer 0 laps Mirko Bortolotti Addax 0 laps