GP2 Monza: Giovinazzi storms from back to win with last-lap pass

Antonio Giovinazzi came from the back of the grid for a home GP2 win at Monza, helped by a confused safety car period

GP2 Monza: Giovinazzi storms from back to win with last-lap pass

Giovinazzi denied Raffaele Marciello a long-awaited second victory with a final-lap pass, while frustrated long-time leader Pierre Gasly had to settle for fourth behind Gustav Malja.

Championship leader Gasly had looked set for a comfortable win having established a three-second after resisting early attacks from Artem Markelov and Arthur Pic.

Markelov clipped Gasly as he locked up into the first chicane after the start, and forced Pic off the road in the process.

Pic rejoined from the escape road alongside Gasly and then launched multiple bids to take first place in the opening laps before getting embroiled in an extremely fraught fight with Markelov instead.

Then after the pitstops Pic ended up tussling with Sergio Canamasas in a battle that ended with the Spaniard being launched into a roll on the exit of the Lesmos as he turned in from the outside with Pic sideways over the inside kerb.

While Canamasas was unhurt, the safety car the crash prompted changed the face of the race.

Those who had started on medium tyres had yet to pit, led by Nobuharu Matsushita, Malja and Giovinazzi - who had lost his front row start to a tyre pressure infringement on Friday.

ART brought Matsushita in instantly, but the other three were handed a huge advantage as the safety car erroneously picked up Gasly as the race leader.

Marciello, Malja and Giovinazzi were then able to get around and make their pitstops while the pack that should have returned to the front was held back at safety car pace, rejoining in front and on soft tyres for the final eight-lap sprint.

Giovinazzi attacked in the closing moments, pulling off DRS passes on Malja and then Marciello to move from third to first in the final two laps and seal an unlikely win.

Gasly was left in fourth ahead of Norman Nato, Luca Ghiotto, Jordan King and Mitch Evans.

Markelov lost ground going off the road battling with Pic and ended up 10th behind Oliver Rowland.

Alex Lynn was forced to start from the pitlane at the last moment and ended up 12th, with Sergey Sirotkin sliding down the order through the race to end up 15th.

FEATURE RACE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 30 52m28.474s
2 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 30 1.457s
3 Gustav Malja Rapax 30 1.988s
4 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 30 2.294s
5 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 30 2.809s
6 Luca Ghiotto Trident 30 2.823s
7 Jordan King Racing Engineering 30 3.896s
8 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 30 6.311s
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 30 7.898s
10 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 30 9.416s
11 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 30 10.277s
12 Alex Lynn DAMS 30 11.013s
13 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 30 17.807s
14 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 30 18.524s
15 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 30 22.201s
16 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 30 22.555s
17 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 30 22.833s
18 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 30 23.109s
19 Philo Paz Armand Trident 30 23.482s
- Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 29 Disqualified
- Sergio Canamasas Carlin 15 Retirement
- Arthur Pic Rapax 15 Retirement

SPRINT RACE GRID

Pos Driver Team
1 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing
2 Jordan King Racing Engineering
3 Luca Ghiotto Trident
4 Norman Nato Racing Engineering
5 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing
6 Gustav Malja Rapax
7 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME
8 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport
10 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME
11 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix
12 Alex Lynn DAMS
13 Nabil Jeffri Arden International
14 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix
15 Nicholas Latifi DAMS
16 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport
17 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin
18 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International
19 Philo Paz Armand Trident
20 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing
21 Sergio Canamasas Carlin
22 Arthur Pic Rapax

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