GP2 cancelled after extensive barrier damage


The final GP2 Series race of the 2015 Season was cancelled after an incident between a number of drivers caused damage to the barrier at Turn 2 of the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi.

Alex Lynn started on Pole Position for Sunday’s Sprint Race but only lead for one lap ahead of Rio Haryanto and Jordan King before the Red Flag was waved to signal a pause in the session.

The incident began to unfold when Lynn’s DAMS teammate Pierre Gasly lost his car on entry at the second corner in an attempt to get past the Trident of Rafaelle Marciello. Gasly was clipped by his fellow Frenchman, Norman Nato who then proceeded to hit the barrier, taking Nicholas Latifi, Daniel de Jong and Sean Gelael with him.

Drama began to unfold beforehand though when Series Champion and ART Grand Prix’s Stoffel Vandoorne stalled on the grid and failed to make it off the line.

There were also problems for Arthur Pic in the Campos Racing car when he seemingly ran wide into Turn 1. Pic ran wide once again at Turn 2 in order to avoid being caught up in the tangle which caused five of his rivals to come together before the Frenchman himself came together with Sergey Sirotkin.

The decision to cancel the race came after Charlie Whiting was seen inspecting the scene and taking photographs of the damage caused to the barriers.

Time was a clear factor with the schedule for Formula One slowly getting closer the longer drivers and teams were left to sit in the pitlane with hope that the race would continue, before receiving the call from the FIA that the race would be cancelled after one lap.

Sirotkin was granted third place in the Championship Standings behind Alexander Rossi who was confirmed series runner-up after Saturday’s Feature Race.