Rosberg Annihilates Rivals in France

Nico Rosberg has destroyed his competition in race two at Magny Cours, running almost a second a lap faster than fellow podium finishers Hiroki Yoshimoto and Heikki Kovalainen to take an easy victory in France

Rosberg Annihilates Rivals in France

The win will go some way towards making up for yesterday's dramas, where his ART team failed to call either Rosberg or teammate Alex Premat into the pits during a safety car period, effectively handing the race to Kovalainen.

The win was decided at the start, when polesitter Clivio Piccione was slow off the line, handing the lead to fellow front row starter Rosberg, who was followed through into the first turn by Yoshimoto from third on the grid.

Piccione dropped to fifth place, headed by Neel Jani and Adam Carroll and being pushed hard from behind by Jose Maria Lopez and Heikki Kovalainen.

At the front Rosberg was tearing away from Yoshimoto, four seconds to good after just three laps while a train was forming behind Jani. Three laps later Kovalainen made the first of many overtaking moves - Lopez ran wide and the Finn was through for sixth place.

Just one lap later he was by Piccione and adding to his points tally. Piccione looked very slow and was clearly unhappy with the handling of his car, having dropped six places in seven laps.

With his teammate clearly the fastest man on track Premat decided to show that he had some speed as well - he took both Lopez and Piccione to get into the points on lap 11, with Lopez following him through.

Five laps later the moment that everyone was waiting for had arrived - Championship leader Kovalainen was all over the tail of his closest challenger Carroll, and their fight was epic.

Out of the chicane Carroll ran slightly wide and Kovalainen slipped up the inside before running wide himself and putting two wheels in the dirt. Carroll hit back and the pair were side by side for a number of corners, sliding in tandem before Kovalainen just put his nose ahead and was able to take fourth place.

A lap later Premat tried to repeat the move on Carroll but locked up and slid into the Ulsterman, spinning at the hairpin and allowing Lopez to sail by and into the points. Ahead of them Kovalainen had easily caught Jani and was through into a podium finish at the final corner.

On lap 23 a moment of madness disposed of two drivers, with Lopez making a run at a sliding Carroll into the hairpin, locking his brakes and sliding himself, with Premat running into him and tapping Lopez into a spin. Lopez was out on the spot, while Premat limped back to the pits and retirement with broken suspension, handing sixth place to Nicolas Lapierre.

Over the closing laps Kovalainen hunted down Yoshimoto, who had driven a solid but lonely race in second, but time was not on his side - Rosberg crossed the finish line more than 25 seconds ahead of Yoshimoto, who just held onto second with Kovalainen on his tail.

Jani did enough to claim fourth place, while Lapierre found a way by Carroll with a lap to go to claim fifth place. Nelson Piquet Jr took the fastest lap on his final trip around, with Ferdinando Monfardini running off the track and solidly hitting the wall and Ernesto Viso tapping Olivier Pla into a spin at the final chicane to take eight place behind Giorgio Pantano.

On the podium Rosberg acknowledged the cheers for his dominant performance, beaming and clearly thrilled - no one else had an answer for his performance today.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Rosberg ART Grand Prix 41:30.173 2. Yoshimoto BCN Competicion + 25.366 3. Kovalainen Arden International + 25.884 4. Jani Racing Engineering + 35.059 5. Lapierre Arden International + 39.406 6. Carroll Super Nova International + 42.259 7. Pantano Super Nova International + 46.210 8. Viso BCN Competicion + 1:02.230 9. Pla DPR + 1:05.821 10. Fauzy DAMS + 1:06.424 11. Bruni Coloni Motorsport + 1:07.819 12. Garcia Racing Engineering + 1:10.005 13. Negrao Hitech Piquet Sports + 1:11.753 14. Hernandez Campos Racing + 1:20.316 15. Lauda Coloni Motorsport + 1:28.595 16. Artam iSport International + 1:31.786 17. Monfardini Durango + 1 Lap 18. Piquet Jr. Hitech Piquet Sports + 1 Lap 19. Piccione Durango + 2 Laps 20. Speed iSport International + 2 Laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Premat ART Grand Prix 23 Alvarez Campos Racing 23 Lopez DAMS 22 Sharp DPR 6 Fastest lap: Piquet Jr., 1:27.263 on lap 26 Championship Standings, Round 5 (race 9): Drivers' Championship Teams' Championship 1. Kovalainen 52 1. Arden International 64 2. Carroll 34 2. Super Nova International 44 3. Bruni 29 3. ART Grand Prix 43 = Rosberg 29 4. Coloni Motorsport 32 = Speed 29 5. iSport International 31 6. Lopez 25 6. DAMS 25 7. Piquet Jr. 20 7. Hitech Piquet Sports 21 = Jani 20 8. Racing Engineering 20 9. Premat 14 9. Durango 10 10. Lapierre 12 = BCN Competicion 10 11. Pantano 10 11. DPR 4 12. Piccione 9 12. Campos Racing 3 13. Yoshimoto 8 14. Hernandez 3 = Lauda 3 16. Pla 2 = Artam 2 = Viso 2 = Sharp 2 20. Monfardini 1 = Negrao 1 
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