Nasr takes Sprint Race Win at Silverstone

Brazilian Felipe Nasr took his third GP2 Series victory of the season after dominating the Sprint Race at Silverstone. The Carlin driver held off the advances of Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti for the win, with Trident Racing’s Johnny Cecotto Jr claiming the third spot on the podium.

Nasr made a good getaway to get ahead of pole sitter Stephane Richelmi, who also slipped down behind Coletti, Cecotto and Julian Leal into the first corner. The Brazilian was able to control the gap to the Monegasque driver for the victory.

Jolyon Palmer was able to get ahead of his DAMS team-mate Richelmi and Carlin driver Leal to take fourth place, finishing on the tail of Cecotto. Leal was fifth, with Richelmi holding onto sixth, with the second Monegasque driver in the field resisting the challenge of Feature race winner Mitch Evans of Russian Time to the flag. The Kiwi made a slow start but once his tyres were up to temperature was able to challenge Richelmi.

Danish driver Marco Sorensen of MP Motorsport took the final point, with the series debutant taking advantage of a mistake at Village Corner by ART Grand Prix driver Stoffel Vandoorne to take eighth.

Raffaele Marciello was the most high profile retirement from the race, having been turned around at the first corner breaking his suspension while trying to climb through the field. Rio Haryanto of EQ8 Caterham Racing and Sergio Canamasas also retired in the pit lane with issues. Haryanto’s team-mate Alexander Rossi stalled on the grid but lost a lap to finish a lowly twenty-first.

Silverstone Sprint Race Result

1 Felipe Nasr BRZ Carlin 36m12.279s
2 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering +4.384s
3 Johnny Cecotto Jr VEN Trident Racing +5.684s
4 Jolyon Palmer GBR DAMS +6.558s
5 Julian Leal COL Carlin +9.116s
6 Stephane Richelmi MON DAMS +12.275s
7 Mitch Evans NZL RT Russian Time +12.657s
8 Marco Sorensen DEN MP Motorsport +14.966s
9 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix +19.198s
10 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax +19.968s
11 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus +22.047s
12 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport +25.751s
13 Nathanael Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus +32.896s
14 Jon Lancaster GBR Hilmer Motorsport +39.002s
15 Daniel de Jong NED MP Motorsport +39.553s
16 Andre Negrao BRZ Arden International +41.043s
17 Artem Markelov RUS RT Russian Time +48.382s
18 Simon Trummer SWI Rapax +49.571s
19 Rene Binder AUT Arden International +49.837s
20 Kimiya Sato JAP Campos Racing +53.072s
21 Alexander Rossi USA EQ8 Caterham Racing +1 Lap
22/DNF Arthur Pic FRA Campos Racing +2 Laps
23/DNF Takuya Izawa JAP ART Grand Prix +2 Laps
RET Sergio Canamasas ESP Trident Racing 9 Laps
RET Rio Haryanto INO EQ8 Caterham Racing 7 Laps
RET Raffaele Marciello ITA Racing Engineering 0 Laps