Abu Dhabi GP2: Coletti wins, McLaren junior Vandoorne seals second

Stefano Coletti won the final GP2 race of the season in Abu Dhabi as McLaren Formula 1 junior Stoffel Vandoorne sealed second in the championship

Abu Dhabi GP2: Coletti wins, McLaren junior Vandoorne seals second

A quick start from Coletti drew him past poleman Arthur Pic on the outside of Turn 1, and the Monagasque maintained the position comfortably to the end.

The race's main point of interest came from the battle between Sauber F1-bound Felipe Nasr and Vandoorne to be second in the standings.

Vandoorne went into the race ahead by nine points, but Nasr looked to have the early advantage as he charged from fifth to second on the opening lap.

With the Belgian stuck in seventh for most of the race, unable to get past Mitch Evans in front, the final laps became all about who could set the fastest lap for the additional two points.

Nasr was quick and maintained second on-track with ease but Vandoorne set the fastest lap in the closing stages, and then took sixth as Johnny Cecotto fell back to secure second in the championship with 227 points to Nasr's 224.

Already-confirmed champion Palmer went out on opening lap after a spin in the braking zone of Turn 8, the Briton stalling after nearly collecting the back of Evans.

Pic finished in third ahead of Stephane Richelmi, Evans in fifth and Vandoorne in sixth. Cecotto and Ferrari F1 protege Raffaele Marciello completed the points.

Richelmi was later given a penalty for a track limits infringement, which will drop him to ninth.

RESULTS - 22 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 41m37.752s
2 Felipe Nasr Carlin 3.787s
3 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 5.357s
4 Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 12.701s
5 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 13.764s
6 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 18.708s
7 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 19.217s
8 Sergio Canamasas Trident 24.383s
9 Stephane Richelmi DAMS 29.288s
10 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 29.345s
11 Julian Leal Carlin 29.608s
12 Rio Haryanto Caterham Racing 30.191s
13 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 30.561s
14 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 36.411s
15 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 36.817s
16 Simon Trummer Rapax 37.962s
17 Nicholas Latifi Hilmer Motorsport 41.580s
18 Pierre Gasly Caterham Racing 42.156s
19 Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 44.492s
20 Kevin Giovesi Rapax 46.210s
21 Marco Sorensen MP Motorsport 47.308s
22 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 47.687s
23 Rene Binder Arden International 48.331s
24 Andre Negrao Arden International 53.145s
- Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport Retirement
- Jolyon Palmer DAMS Retirement

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jolyon Palmer 276
2 Stoffel Vandoorne 229
3 Felipe Nasr 224
4 Mitch Evans 174
5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. 140
6 Stefano Coletti 136
7 Arthur Pic 124
8 Raffaele Marciello 74
9 Stephane Richelmi 73
10 Julian Leal 68
11 Marco Sorensen 47
12 Andre Negrao 31
13 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 30
14 Sergio Canamasas 29
15 Rio Haryanto 28
16 Daniel Abt 27
17 Simon Trummer 26
18 Takuya Izawa 26
19 Tom Dillmann 18
20 Nathanael Berthon 17
21 Alexander Rossi 12
22 Tio Ellinas 7
23 Jon Lancaster 6
24 Artem Markelov 6
25 Rene Binder 3
26 Conor Daly 2
27 Kimiya Sato 2
28 Daniel de Jong 2
29 Pierre Gasly 0
30 Sergio Campana 0
31 Facu Regalia 0
32 Nicholas Latifi 0
33 Kevin Giovesi 0
34 Axcil Jefferies 0

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