Stoffel Vandoorne converted pole position in Monza into his third victory of the GP2 Series season as he held off Arthur Pic throughout for the Feature race win.
ART Grand Prix driver Vandoorne and Campos Racing driver Pic have been the outstanding drivers of the weekend so far, with the duo having topped both the free practice session and the qualifying at Monza, and they comfortable held the top two positions throughout the race, aside from the few laps when the mandatory pit stops were taken.
Vandoorne eventually took the chequered flag first, finishing six tenths of a second clear of Pic, while Mitch Evans of Russian Time completed the podium, albeit four seconds behind the leading duo up front.
Stephane Richelmi scored points for DAMS for the first time in six races in fourth, ahead of Andre Negrao of Arden International, who kept his Brazilian counterpart Felipe Nasr behind him, with the Carlin driver only finishing sixth.
Marco Sorensen finished seventh for MP Motorsport ahead of the impressive Jolyon Palmer, who climbed from the back of the field to take eighth and reverse grid pole position for tomorrow’s Sprint race, and took the bonus points on offer for fastest lap. Sorensen and Palmer were the main beneficiaries of using the harder Pirelli tyre for their first stint before switching to the Medium compound at their pit stops.
Palmer overtook Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti for eighth, with the Monegasque driver being forced to settle for ninth, while the final point went to Johnny Cecotto Jr of Trident Racing.
Daniel Abt of Hilmer Motorsport was on course for a good result, but the hard charging German was forced into retirement in a collision with Julian Leal of Carlin that was adjudged to be the Colombian drivers fault, and Leal tumbled out of the top ten after a drive-through penalty was applied.
At least he got further than Raffaele Marciello of Racing Engineering, who had a bad start from the second row and ultimately ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time and was eliminated on the second lap after being forced into the gravel while avoiding an accident involving Kimiya Sato, Daniel de Jong, Takuya Izawa and Rene Binder.
Monza Feature Race Result
|1||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||48m02.203s|
|2||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+0.673s|
|3||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||+4.102s|
|5||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||+11.140s|
|7||Marco Sorensen||DEN||MP Motorsport||+14.458s|
|9||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||+16.704s|
|10||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||+17.164s|
|12||Jon Lancaster||GBR||Hilmer Motorsport||+29.125s|
|13||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+29.928s|
|15||Sergio Campana||ITA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+49.032s|
|16||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+57.081s|
|17||Pierre Gasly||FRA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+57.868s|
|18||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||+1m03.139s|
|20||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||+1m13.478s|
|21||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||+1 Lap|
|RET||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||18 Laps|
|RET||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||1 Lap|
|RET||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||1 Lap|
|RET||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||1 Lap|
|RET||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||1 Lap|