Marco Sorensen took his and his MP Motorsport team’s maiden GP2 Series win at Sochi, with the Dane dominating round twenty of the 2014 season from pole position.
Having finished ninth on the road during Saturday’s Feature race around the Russian track, Sorensen was promoted to eighth after Julian Leal was penalised for causing a collision with the Danish driver, and Sorensen never looked back on Sunday as he dominated proceedings.
And despite the late introduction of the safety car on Sunday to clear up the crash of Raffaele Marciello, Lotus F1 Team Junior driver Sorensen was able to hold on ahead of McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne and Williams Martini Racing third driver Felipe Nasr.
“I hope this win will not be the only one we get this year, I hope we can get one more in Abu Dhabi,” said Sorensen. “The only thing I focused on at the beginning was to get a good start, and I had a good getaway. The next thing was to manage the tyres, I didn’t really know what to expect – I still had a pretty good pace at the end of the race.”
Team-mate Daniel de Jong started twenty-fifth for Saturday’s Feature race and claimed fourteenth at the flag after a strong race, but fell down to nineteenth on Sunday after a slow start.
Team Principal Sander Dorsman reflected on the weekend in Russia with happiness after finally seeing his team reach the top step of the podium.
“This is an amazing result for everyone at MP Motorsport,” insisted Dorsman. “All of the guys have been working so hard to get us back on the podium, to do that with a win from Marco is incredible and shows the pace we have when everything goes to plan.
“We have to say thank you to many people – to Marco and the Lotus F1 Team, to Daniël, of course, and to all of the sponsors and partners in this project. We’re still quite a new team to GP2 but we knew this result would come. All of our engineers and mechanics have done a fantastic job.”