GP2 – Romain Grosjean wins in Budapest‏

July 31, 2011

GP 2

Series leader pockets fifth win after Marcus Ericsson gets a drive through
Dams driver Romain Grosjean has claimed a fifth victory this season in today’s feature race at Hungaroring. The Frenchman took the lead after race-long leader Marcus Ericsson was handed a drive through penalty in the closing stages. Charles Pic and Luiz Razia complete the podium.
As the lights went out, Ericsson made a perfect start and passed poleman Razia before turn 1. Behind the pair, Luca Filippi third on the grid made a poor gateway dropping down to P7 and allowing Pic and Grosjean to get past. The two Frenchmen battled for P3 in turn 1 and it was the Dams driver who managed to get ahead of the Addax man, his teammate Giedo van der Garde in tow.
Ericsson then worked to pull away from his closest rivals and stayed in control while Razia was busy trying to keep Grosjean at bay. Unable to pass, the Frenchman pitted one lap earlier than the Brazilian, a strategy that paid off since Razia lost a position to Grosjean after his own pitstop. Ericsson pitted on the same lap as the Caterham Team AirAsia man (lap 16) and was released just as Razia was coming down the pitlane. The stewards quickly investigated the incident and handed the iSport man a drive through penalty eight laps later. He rejoined the race in sixth.
After all the frontrunners had made their pitstops, the battle for seventh saw Sam Bird, Fabio Leimer, Dani Clos, Jules Bianchi and Christian Vietoris fight tooth and nail. Bird was soon out of the equation: the Brit who had pitted much earlier started to struggle on his tyres and was forced to make a second stop.
Grosjean who had come back 1.5s behind Ericsson before the Swede’s drive through was handed the lead and then on stayed in control. Behind, Filippi who had managed to fight his way back to P2 was struggling on his tyres. The Italian had pitted on lap 12, earlier than his closest rivals. The end of his race was all about trying to finish in the points, letting through a charging Pic, Razia and van der Garde. In the dying minutes, Ericsson also made a move and stole P5 from the Scuderia Coloni man.
Pic was then free to close in on Grosjean and put in an impressive string of quick laps, but he ran out of time before he could put pressure on the Dams driver. Grosjean thus won for the fifth time this season ahead of Pic and a recovering Razia. Van der Garde finished fourth ahead of Ericsson, Filippi, Bianchi and Vietoris. The German will start from tomorrow’s reverse pole.
Budapest – Feature race
Driver
Team
1.
Romain Grosjean
Dams
2.
Charles Pic
3.
Luiz Razia
Caterham Team AirAsia
4.
Giedo van der Garde
Barwa Addax Team
5.
Marcus Ericsson
iSport international
6.
Luca Filippi
Scuderia Coloni
7.
Jules Bianchi
Lotus ART
8.
Christian Vietoris
Racing Engineering
9.
Josef Kral
Arden International
10.
Dani Clos
Racing Engineering
11.
Fabio Leimer
Rapax
12.
Michael Herck
Scuderia Coloni
13.
Dams
14.
Kevin Mirocha
Ocean Racing Technology
15.
Mikhail Aleshin
Carlin
16.
Davide Valsecchi
Caterham Team AirAsia
17.
Sam Bird
iSport International
18.
Max Chilton
Carlin
19.
Adam Carroll
Super Nova Racing
20.
Julian Leal
Rapax
21.
Stefano Coletti
Trident Racing
22.
Jolyon Palmer
Arden International
Not Classified
Rodolfo Gonzalez
Trident Racing
Esteban Gutierrez
Lotus ART
Johnny Cecotto
Ocean Racing Technology
Fairuz Fauzy
Super Nova Racing
Fastest Lap : Sam Bird (iSport International) – 1:32.950 on lap 32
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