Stoffel Vandoorne took his first win since the opening race of the season by controlling the GP2 Series Sprint race at the Hungaroring. The Belgian took the lead at the start, and the ART Grand Prix driver was never seriously challenged to move up into third place in the championship.
Championship rivals Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr had an exciting and close battle for the other two podium positions, with the DAMS driver taking the honours by under a second from the Carlin driver. Both drivers were reluctant to give the other an inch on track, and the decisive overtaking manoeuvre was looked at by the stewards but was deemed to be clean, but fierce racing.
Pole sitter Nathanael Berthon had his best finish of the season in fourth for Venezuela GP Lazarus after losing out to the top three in the opening laps. The Frenchman, recently confirmed as part of the Caterham F1 Development Programme, held off the concerted challenge of German Daniel Abt, who had also had one of his best races of the year for Hilmer Motorsport in fifth.
Feature race winner Arthur Pic had a quiet race but picked up more points for Campos Racing in sixth, ahead of Conor Daly, who took his first points finish of the season for Venezuela GP Lazarus in seventh.
The final point of the day went to Rapax driver Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who was embroiled in a big battle with the EQ8 Caterham Racing machine of Frenchman Tom Dillmann that came to a head on the final lap when Dillmann attempted to overtake Quaife-Hobbs at the turn six chicane but clipped the kerb and spun into retirement.
Raffaele Marciello finished ninth after starting nineteenth due to a penalty from the Feature race, making a number of impressive overtaking manoeuvres in his Racing Engineering machine, while the top ten was rounded out by Mitch Evans, who left the Hungaroring having failed to score a point all weekend for Russian Time.
Hungaroring Sprint Race Result
|1||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||43m54.536s|
|4||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+17.211s|
|5||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+17.780s|
|6||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+25.326s|
|7||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+26.815s|
|9||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||+34.706s|
|10||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||+38.981s|
|11||Marco Sorensen||DEN||MP Motorsport||+40.368s|
|14||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||+55.027s|
|16||Jon Lancaster||GBR||Hilmer Motorsport||+57.709s|
|17||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||+57.896s|
|18||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+1m10.141s|
|19/RET||Tom Dillmann||FRA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+1 Lap|
|20/RET||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||+1 Lap|
|21/RET||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||+1 Lap|
|RET||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||24 Laps|
|RET||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||24 Laps|
|RET||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||16 Laps|
|RET||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||3 Laps|
|DNS||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||0 Laps|