GP2 Series

Vietoris Wins Rain-Hit Feature Race As Grosjean Seals Title

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Christian Vietoris won a rain-hit GP2 feature race at Spa-Francorchamps, as Romain Grosjean finished third to seal the championship with three races remaining.

German racer Vietoris got away well at the start of the race, which began in the dry – though some part of the track were damp from earlier rain. Fellow front row starter Luca Filippi got a poor start from the damp side of the circuit and fell down to fifth. Jules Bianchi moved up to second, while Grosjean climbed from seventh to fourth off the line before taking third from Marcus Ericsson on the Kemmel Straight.

A little further behind Giedo van der Garde was pushed wide by Esteban Gutierrez exiting La Source. This resulted in the Dutchman – who was Grosjean's nearest points rival coming into the race – losing control on the wet astro-turf, pitching him off to the left and nudging the tyre barrier with his front wing.

Things remained fairly static towards the front until rain began to fall on lap 13. The latter half of the field stopped first once the rain began, with the frontrunners coming in at the earliest opportunity on the following lap.

The safety car then came out after Julian Leal spun and stopped at the top of Eau Rouge. That wouldn't stop chaos ensuing, as a slow Mikhail Aleshin was collected by Stefano Coletti, sending the latter's car off the ground. The Monegasque driver needed medical assistance, which kept the safety car out for several laps.

During the safety car many cars, such as those of Michael Herck, Max Chilton and Rodolfo Gonzalez, slowed to a crawl. They caused chaos as they stayed on the track while getting caught by the safety car and its pursuing train, with cars struggling to slow down and stay in the correct order in the difficult conditions. Ericsson was another to suffer problems, bringing him to a stop before the bus stop, having already lost fourth place to Filippi before the safety car period.

Once the race got going again there was only time left for one final lap, with Vietoris, Bianchi and Grosjean keeping hold of their podium spots, enough to give the latter the title.

Behind Filippi in fourth came series returnee Brendon Hartley, who scored the Ocean team's first points of the season on his debut with them. He kept Dani Clos and Josef Kral at bay, but all the attention was on the battle for the final point in eighth and the pole position for the sprint race.

Johnny Cecotto took the position from Fairuz Fauzy at Fagnes, only to slow out of the final chiance. He was nearly collected by both Super Nova cars of Fauzy and Adam Carroll, but Fauzy was able to regain eighth place.

Feature race results – 24 laps:





1 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:00:55.099
2 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 2.862
3 Romain Grosjean DAMS 4.571
4 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 6.441
5 Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 11.614
6 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 12.471
7 Josef Kral Arden International 17.391
8 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing 18.906
9 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing 19.364
10 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 20.228
11 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 22.899
12 Sam Bird iSport International 23.358
13 Pal Varhaug DAMS 24.110
14 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 31.304
15 Max Chilton Carlin +1 lap
16 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni +1 lap
Ret Marcus Ericsson iSport International 18 laps
Ret Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team 18 laps
Ret Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 18 laps
Ret Jolyon Palmer Arden International 16 laps
Ret Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 16 laps
Ret Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 15 laps
Ret Julian Leal Rapax 14 laps
Ret Fabio Leimer Rapax 7 laps
Ret Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 1 lap
Ret Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team 1 lap
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