GP2 Series

Grosjean Wins Again After Ericsson Is Penalised In Hungary

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Romain Grosjean scored his fifth win of the GP2 Series season in Round 13 of the season at the Hungaroring after Marcus Ericsson was handed a drive-through penalty while on his way to the victory.

Starting from third on the grid, iSport driver Ericsson jumped front row starters Luiz Razia and Luca Filippi to take the lead into Turn 1. Razia held second, with Romain Grosjean jumping into third place ahead of the slow starting duo of Filippi and Charles Pic. Filippi fell all the way down to seventh on the opening lap, also dropping behind Giedo van der Garde and Fabio Leimer.

Ericsson opened up a decent gap over Razia during the first stint, and maintained his advantage through the pitstops. However in the closing stages he was found guilty of an unsafe release from his pit, after his crew let him go into the path of Razia who was coming down the pitlane on his way to his box at the time.

Razia emerged from his stop behind Grosjean, as well as Filippi and Pic. Filippi had earlier found a way back past Leimer into sixth during his opening stint, before stopping early. This worked in his favour initially as he moved into third place, which became second once Ericsson served his penalty and Grosjean inherited the lead.

Grosjean remained comfortably in the lead once he took it, as Filippi began to suffer from tyre wear as a result of his earlier stop. He was passed by Pic, Razia, van der Garde and the recovering Ericsson before the checkered flag.

Sam Bird had run in sixth place ahead of van der Garde after the pitstops having made an early tyre change from tenth place. Rather unsurprisingly, this move came back to bite him in the second half of the race as he struggled on worn tyres and fell backwards. He eventually chose to stop again which dropped him to the back of the field before recovering to 17th by the finish.

Jules Bianchi finished behind Filippi in seventh, having passed Leimer, Bird and Dani Clos in the second half of the race. In the process of passing Clos at Turn 1 he pushed the Spaniard wide, which dropped him behind his teammate Chrisitan Vietoris. This allowed the German to finish eighth and claim pole position for the sprint race.

Positions changed further back at the final turn on the last lap, after Davide Valsecchi ran over the front wing of Mikhail Aleshin while fighting over 12th. This allowed Michael Herck, Pal Varhaug and Kevin Mirocha through before the checkered flag.

Race results – 38 laps:





1 Romain Grosjean DAMS 1:00:36.334
2 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 2.641
3 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 8.107
4 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 15.161
5 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 18.864
6 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 21.636
7 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 24.891
8 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 35.059
9 Josef Král Arden International 43.516
10 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 46.289
11 Fabio Leimer Rapax 46.685
12 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 51.910
13 Pal Varhaug DAMS 52.107
14 Kevin Mirocha Ocean Racing Technology 52.826
15 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 53.120
16 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 53.335
17 Sam Bird iSport International 56.655
18 Max Chilton Carlin 56.776
19 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 57.839
20 Julian Leal Rapax 58.286
21 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 70.982
22 Jolyon Palmer Arden International +1 lap
Ret Rodolfo González Trident Racing 21 laps
Ret Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 4 laps
Ret Fariuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 0 laps
Ret Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 0 laps
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