Hungary GP2: Alex Lynn takes first feature race win in DAMS one-two

Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn pulled off a superb first GP2 feature race victory and helped secure a DAMS one-two with Pierre Gasly at the Hungaroring

Hungary GP2: Alex Lynn takes first feature race win in DAMS one-two

Lynn got a great start from pole and was almost a second clear of the field when they reached Turn 2.

Championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne, who also started on the front row, had an awful start, bogging down on the grid and falling down to fifth.

Lynn set about building a gap to his team-mate but was stopped in his tracks by the safety car, which was caused by Sergio Canamasas ending up in the barrier following contact with Nicholas Latifi.

On the restart Lynn was able to gradually increase the gap to Gasly and looked to have the race under control.

The shape of the race changed though when Vandoorne pitted on lap seven. The plan was for the McLaren protege to manage his tyres and mount a challenge for the win, this however didn't materialise as he picked up a five-second penalty for an unsafe release after almost colliding with Julian Leal.

Vandoorne carved his way through the field, setting several fastest laps on the way, and was within 21 seconds of leader Lynn before he pitted late on.

Lynn rejoined almost 10-seconds behind Vandoorne and Campos Racing driver Rio Haryanto but with fresh tyres he made light work of closing the gap before passing Haryanto on the outside of the first corner and Vandoorne on the inside on the following lap.

Red Bull junior Gasly followed the same strategy as his DAMS team-mate and like Lynn breezed past Haryanto and Vandoorne on consecutive laps to secure the team's one-two finish.

Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin completed the podium after making a bold move up the inside of the penultimate corner on Haryanto. The pair made contact and Haryanto damaged his front wing but Sirotkin wouldn't yield and secured third while Haryanto had to settle for fourth.

Vandoorne's penalty moves him down to seventh and promotes Racing Engineering's Jordan King and Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello up to fifth and sixth respectively.

Nobuharu Matsushita, who fought hard with several drivers throughout, was able to hold on to eighth, six tenths ahead of Robert Visoiu and well clear of Daniel de Jong, who rounded out the top 10.

Norman Nato enjoyed a strong race from the back of the grid to secure 11th place while fellow Frenchman Arthur Pic had a disappointing afternoon, finishing a lowly 13th from third on the grid.

RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Alex Lynn DAMS 37 1h00m10.078s
2 Pierre Gasly DAMS 37 3.707s
3 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 37 9.052s
4 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 37 9.639s
5 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 37 11.621s
6 Jordan King Racing Engineering 37 12.862s
7 Raffaele Marciello Trident 37 16.220s
8 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 37 16.785s
9 Robert Visoiu Rapax 37 17.460s
10 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 37 34.138s
11 Norman Nato Arden International 37 36.874s
12 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 37 42.242s
13 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 37 43.345s
14 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 37 46.408s
15 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 37 51.732s
16 Julian Leal Carlin 37 52.010s
17 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 37 56.245s
18 Sean Gelael Carlin 37 57.251s
19 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 37 1m06.136s
20 Andre Negrao Arden International 37 1m06.681s
21 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 36 1 Lap
22 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 36 1 Lap
23 Rene Binder Trident 33 4 Laps
- Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 31 Retirement
- Sergio Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 1 Retirement
- Zoel Amberg Daiko Team Lazarus 0 Withdrawn


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