GP2 Series

Coletti Leads Lights To Flag Victory In Abu Dhabi

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Stefano Coletti stormed to a dominant lights to flag victory in Abu Dhabi to take his second win of the year in the final race of the 2014 GP2 season.

Coletti got a pretty poor start off the line and was forced wide by pole man Arthur Pic, who was defending from Stephane Richelmi. Coletti capitalised on this and was able to make a move wide around the outside of turn one.

Pic also lost a place to Sauber-bound Felipe Nasr who went past Pic at the end of the main straight with ease.

2014 champion Jolyon Palmer retired early from the race after he spun out under braking trying to avoid smashing into the back of Mitch Evans.

This helped Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne move up a place to 6th. Vandoorne,who was fighting for the runner-up spot in the championship with Nasr, couldn’t find a way past the Russian Time car of Evans and began to fall back slightly to preserve tyres.

Knowing he needed to pick up points desperately and with no way round Evans, Vandoorne posted the fastest lap in the hope the extra point gained for that would be enough to clinch 2nd in the standings.

Vandoorne however didn’t need the extra point. Johnny Cecotto, who was 4th at the time, was struggling massively with tyre degradation, fell into the path of Richelmi and Evans.

Cecotto was passed by both at the same time but Richelmi and Evans ran over the following chicane. Evans let Cecotto back through to avoid a penalty but Richelmi raced off into the distance which resulted in him receiving a 20-second-penalty in lieu of a drive-thru.

Vandoorne also found his way past the struggling Cecotto and due to Richelmi’s penalty the Belgian was now on course to secure 2nd place in the championship in his rookie year.

Out in front Coletti crossed the line 3.7 seconds clear of Nasr in 2nd. Pic crossed the line only a second behind Nasr while the penalised Richelmi came home 4th.

Due to his penalty Richelmi fell out of the points down in 9th place. This promoted Raffaele Marciello to 8th to claim the final point of the 2014 season.

1. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 41:37.752s (22 laps)
2. Felipe Nasr Carlin + 3.787s
3. Arthur Pic Campos Racing + 5.357s
4. Mitch Evans Russian Time + 12.701s
5. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix + 13.764s
6. Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident + 18.708s
7. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering + 19.217s
8. Sergio Canamasas Trident + 24.383s
9. Stéphane Richelmi * DAMS + 29.288s
10. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix + 29.345s
11. Julian Leal Carlin + 29.608s
12. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing + 30.191s
13. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus + 30.561s
14. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport + 36.411s
15. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus + 36.817s
16. Simon Trummer Rapax + 37.962s
17. Nicholas Latifi Hilmer Motorsport + 41.580s
18. Pierre Gasly EQ8 Caterham Racing + 42.156s
19. Artem Markelov Russian Time + 44.492s
20. Kevin Giovesi Rapax + 46.210s
21. Marco Sorensen MP Motorsport + 47.308s
22. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing + 47.687s
23. Rene Binder Arden International + 48.331s
24. André Negrao Arden International + 53.145s

Jolyon Palmer DAMS (retired on lap 0)
Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport (retired on lap 0)

Drivers Championship
1. Jolyon Palmer 276pts
2. Stoffel Vandoorne 229pts
3. Felipe Nasr 224pts
4. Mitch Evans 174pts
5. Johnny Cecotto Jr. 140pts
6. Stefano Coletti 136pts
7. Arthur Pic 124pts
8. Raffaele Marciello 74pts
9. Stéphane Richelmi 73pts
10. Julian Leal 68pts
11. Marco Sorensen 47pts
12. André Negrao 31pts
13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 30pts
14. Sergio Canamasas 29pts
15. Rio Haryanto 28pts
16. Daniel Abt 27pts
17. Simon Trummer 26pts
18. Takuya Izawa 26pts
19. Tom Dillmann 18pts
20. Nathanaël Berthon 17pts
21. Alexander Rossi 12pts
22. Tio Ellinas 7pts
23. Jon Lancaster 6pts
24. Artem Markelov 6pts
25. Rene Binder 3pts
26. Conor Daly 2pts
27. Kimiya Sato 2pts
28. Daniel De Jong 2pts
29. Axcil Jefferies 0pts
30. Facu Regalia 0pts
31. Pierre Gasly 0pts
32. Sergio Campana 0 pts

Team championship
1. DAMS 349pts
2. Carlin 292pts
3. ART Grand Prix 255pts
4. Racing Engineering 210pts
5. Russian Time 180pts
6. Trident 169pts
7. Campos Racing 128pts
8. MP Motorsport 56pts
9. Rapax 56pts
10. Arden International 48pts
11. EQ8 Caterham Racing 42pts
12. Hilmer Motorsport 33pts
13. Venezuela GP Lazarus 19 pts

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