Nasr dominates Race 1
Felipe Nasr has secured a sensational victory for Carlin in the GP2 Feature race this afternoon as the championship held its first race around the Red Bull Ring track. The Brazilian racer, and Williams F1 Team reserve driver, snatched the lead of the race off the line and didn’t look back – leading every lap and setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.
Off the line Nasr took full advantage of the slow reactions from pole sitter Johnny Cecotto and Jolyon Palmer – breezing past the pair the Brazilian clinched the lead of the race for his own. Cecotto tried to close the gap however was unable to do so and as a result Nasr began to pull away from those behind him in the early stages of the race.
Over the next few laps Nasr continued to lead the race however found Stefano Coletti beginning to take some time out of him, Nasr continued to set solid laps and kept the Racing Engineering driver well at bay. By the mid-point of the race attentions turned to the drivers who had pitted in the very early stages – on fresher tyres they were picking their way through the field in an attempt to get an advantage over the race leaders. In response, Nasr began to put in a series of quick laps in order to keep them at bay before he then took to the pit lane in the latter stages of the race for his stop.
Nasr came out ahead of the fighting pack to keep his place at the very front of the order however had Stoffel Vandoorne too close for comfort behind. However a series of fastest laps from Nasr ensured that he maintained the lead of the race and even pulled a healthy gap. Brazilian held his nerve well and continued with his solid and consistent lap times; having led every single lap of the debut Austrian GP2 Series race, Nasr came home to take the victory and the fastest lap.
Vandoorne finished second in front of the Racing Engineering duo Raffaele Marciello and Coletti. Nasr took a bite out of Palmer’s championship lead, with the Briton who managed to score the fifth place that let him to lead by 113 points to 84, with Cecotto – sixth at the chequered flag – in third on 61 points ahead of Julian Leal on 48, Vandoorne on 43 and Arthur Pic on 41, with more points on offer in what promises to be a thrilling sprint race tomorrow morning.
GP2 Series - Red Bull Ring - Race 1
|2||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix|
|3||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering|
|4||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering|
|7||Mitch Evans||RT RUSSIAN TIME|
|8||Alexander Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing|
|9||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix|
|10||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing|
|11||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing|
|12||Rene Binder||Arden International|
|16||André Negrao||Arden International|
|17||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport|
|18||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus|
|19||Tio Ellinas||MP Motorsport|
|20||Daniiel De Jong||MP Motorsport|
|22||Artem Markelov||RT RUSSIAN TIME|
|23||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus|