Trident Racing’s Johnny Cecotto Jr held off the challenge of Stefano Coletti to take his second win of the season in an exciting GP2 Series Sprint Race in Austria. The Venezuelan made a good start from third on the grid to jump into the lead into the first corner ahead of the slow starting Alexander Rossi and Mitch Evans.
Cecotto first managed to hold off the challenge of Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello, who had climbed up to second by passing team-mate Coletti and Rossi before tyre issues caused him to lose some pace, and then from Coletti as the Monegasque driver conserved his tyres better. Coletti re-passed his team-mate and was closing on Cecotto but ran out of laps to make a move for the win.
Marciello held onto third after a good battle with Russian Time machine of Evans over the closing stages, the two swapping places a few times. EQ8 Caterham Racing’s Rossi dropped to fifth after starting on pole position, but stayed ahead of championship leader Jolyon Palmer who finished sixth for DAMS, having overtaken Carlin’s Julian Leal for that spot a few laps from the end. ART Grand Prix’s Takuya Izawa took the final point on offer in eighth.
There was only one retirement in the race, and it was a big one. Felipe Nasr was caught up in a battle in turn two on the opening lap and damaged the front wing of his Carlin machine. He remained on track but was told to pit by the stewards as they deemed the wing damage to be dangerous. He replaced the front wing but was unable to leave the pits when his clutch broke.
Nasr’s retirement and Palmer’s sixth place means the DAMS driver’s championship lead has extended to 33 points. Cecotto is now a clear third in the championship a further eight points back.
Red Bull Ring Sprint Race Result
|1||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||36m14.395s|
|2||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||+0.742s|
|3||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||+6.813s|
|4||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||+7.139s|
|5||Alexander Rossi||USA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+7.990s|
|8||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||+19.410s|
|9||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||+26.716s|
|11||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+27.625s|
|12||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||+28.381s|
|13||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+28.861s|
|14||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||+30.084s|
|15||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||+30.446s|
|16||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||+32.025s|
|17||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+36.046s|
|19||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||+37.901s|
|21||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||+43.754s|
|22||Tio Ellinas||CYP||MP Motorsport||+45.236s|
|23||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+45.606s|
|24||Facu Regalia||ARG||Hilmer Motorsport||+46.924s|
|25||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+50.361s|
|DNF||Felipe Nasr||BRZ||Carlin||2 Laps|