Brazilian Felipe Nasr made a storming start from third on the grid to lead into the first corner in Austria, and the Carlin driver would not relinquish the lead to win his second GP2 Series race of the season.
Williams reserve driver Nasr managed to get past both front row starters Johnny Cecotto Jr and Jolyon Palmer into the first corner, and eventually won the race by 3.874s ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Stoffel Vandoorne. The two front-runners employed different tyre strategies around the Red Bull Ring, with Nasr starting on the harder tyre and switching to the soft at three-quarter distance, while McLaren junior driver Vandoorne stopped earlier to switch from the soft to the hard tyre.
Italian Raffaele Marciello scored his first points of the season with third place for Racing Engineering despite running wide at the first corner of the race and falling to tenth. The Ferrari junior driver managed to pass both Palmer and team-mate Stefano Coletti to grab the podium.
Monegasque driver Coletti finished fourth ahead of Palmer and Cecotto Jr, while Mitch Evans in the Russian Time machine finished seventh. Eighth place and reverse grid pole for tomorrow’s Sprint race went to the EQ8 Caterham Racing machine of American Alexander Rossi having been passed by Evans in the closing stages of the race.
The final two points finishers in the Feature race were Takuya Izawa for ART Grand Prix and Arthur Pic for Campos Racing.
Nasr’s win means he has cut Palmer’s championship lead down to 29 points having been 44 points behind before the race began.
Red Bull Ring Feature Race Result
|2||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||+3.874s|
|3||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||+4.573s|
|4||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||+7.210s|
|6||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||+10.319s|
|7||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||+14.924s|
|8||Alexander Rossi||USA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+20.994s|
|9||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||+28.182s|
|10||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+30.170s|
|11||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+31.941s|
|12||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||+36.021s|
|15||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||+47.388s|
|16||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||+48.070s|
|17||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+48.758s|
|18||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+49.656s|
|19||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||+59.859s|
|21||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||+1m09.877s|
|22||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+1m16.111s|
|23||Tio Ellinas||CYP||MP Motorsport||+1m21.369|
|24||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||GBR||Rapax||+2 Laps|
|RET||Facu Regalia||ARG||Hilmer Motorsport||28 Laps|
|RET||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||1 Lap|