Jolyon Palmer won the Sprint Race and is now leading the Championship after getting the pole on Friday and a 3rd place yesterday. Simon Trummer and Julián Leal joined him on the podium.
Nasr (Carlin) was on pole today, but he made a very bad start and lost several positions before the first corner, even though he was able to get some positions back and finish the first lap on 5th. Both Racing Engineering, Coletti and Marciello, got stuck in the grid and had to go back to the pits. Meanwhile, Trummer (Rapax) got the lead of the race followed by Palmer (DAMS) and Leal (Carlin), but he’d be soon overtaken by Palmer on lap 2. Stoffel Vandoorne (ART), winner yesterday, made contact with Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport) and broke his front wing trying to overtake him, so he had to pit and his options for today were ruined.
In the last 10 laps, we saw a great battle for the last positions of points. Quaife-Hobbs (Rapax) had been 4th all race, but he started losing time and Nasr got close to him until he was able to overtake the Briton. The group behind also catched Quaife-Hobbs. Pic (Campos Racing), Richelmi (Dams), Evans (RUSSIAN TIME) and Binder (Arden) fought until the end, but finally Richelmi was 5th, Quaife-Hobbs 6th, Evans 7th, Binder 8th and Pic 9th after a contact with Richelmi which is being investigated by the stewards.
The 3 first positions remained unchanged since lap 2 even though they’d been very close together all the time, so Palmer got the victory ahead of Trummer and Leal.
|1||#7||Joylon Palmer||Dams||23 Laps||15|
|7||#1||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||18||2|
|8||#16||Rene Binder||Arden International||19,7||1|
|9||#26||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||19,9|
|10||#2||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||20,6|
|11||#20||Daniel De Jong||MP Motorsport||21|
|12||#9||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||21,7|
|13||#11||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||29,1|
|15||#21||Jon Lancaster||MP Motorsport||34|
|16||#18||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||35,7|
|17||#24||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||38|
|18||#17||André Negrao||Arden International||38,5|
|19||#27||Kimiya Sato||Campos Racing||39,4|
|20||#12||Facu Regalia||Hilmer Motorsport||44|
|22||#10||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||49,3|
|23||#6||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||80,9|
|24||#5||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||1L|
|25||#19||Alexander Rossi||EQ8 Caterham Racing||1L|
|#25||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||7L|