GP2 Monza: Alexander Rossi passes Stoffel Vandoorne for win

Racing Engineering driver Alexander Rossi claimed his second successive GP2 win ahead of championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne in the feature race at Monza

GP2 Monza: Alexander Rossi passes Stoffel Vandoorne for win

Rossi, who started eighth, pitted early and capitalised on others' mistakes to find himself in a fight for the lead with title rival Vandoorne.

The pair fought side-by-side for long periods of the race but Rossi made the crucial move with the help of DRS at Turn 1 to take a net first place.

Vandoorne tried to fight back but Rossi was on fresher tyres and he held on to take his second win of the season.

Red Bull junior and polesitter Pierre Gasly led the field away and was increasing his lead before GP2 newcomer Meindert van Buuren hit the barrier on the outside of Ascari, bringing out the safety car.

On the restart Gasly continued to build a gap to the rest of the field, but he was soon forced out by a transmission failure.

This left his team-mate Alex Lynn in a battle for the net lead with Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin and Vandoorne.

The trio fought hard for several laps before Lynn tried to go up the inside of Vandoorne at the first chicane.

He was unable to make the corner though and collided with the helpless Sirotkin up ahead, leaving both of them with significant damage through which they later retired.

Russian Time's Mitch Evans was able to carve his way through the field to take his second successive podium, from 23rd on the grid.

Evans passed the struggling Arthur Pic, who appeared to have brake problems, on the final lap to finish fourth, but he was promoted to third due to Norman Nato's five-second penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

The penalty demoted Nato down to sixth, behind Richie Stanaway and Artem Markelov.

Stanaway and Markelov were locked in a frenetic battle for the majority of the race.

The New Zealander triumphed in the end and they were both able to pass the stricken Pic, who finished seventh, at the final few corners.

Jordan King secured reversed grid pole, ahead of Robert Visoiu and Rene Binder who completed the top 10.

RACE ONE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 30 49m32.084s
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 30 1.275s
3 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 30 15.094s
4 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 30 17.784s
5 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 30 18.198s
6 Norman Nato Arden International 30 18.382s
7 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 30 18.842s
8 Jordan King Racing Engineering 30 19.862s
9 Robert Visoiu Rapax 30 22.083s
10 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 30 22.556s
11 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 30 30.868s
12 Julian Leal Carlin 30 32.871s
13 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 30 36.041s
14 Andre Negrao Arden International 30 36.166s
15 Raffaele Marciello Trident 30 37.170s
16 Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 30 37.541s
17 Patric Niederhauser Daiko Team Lazarus 30 45.741s
18 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 30 46.250s
19 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 30 48.908s
- Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 15 Retirement
- Alex Lynn DAMS 13 Retirement
- Pierre Gasly DAMS 10 Retirement
- Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 9 Retirement
- Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 9 Retirement
- Meindert van Buuren MP Motorsport 2 Retirement


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