GP3 – Felix Da Costa Wins Thrilling Season Finale

September 11, 2011

GP 3

Antonio Felix Da Costa took his first victory this season in what was a dramatic final race of the 2011 GP3 Series™. The Portuguese driver finished ahead of championship runner-up James Calado, but the Lotus ART driver was handed a 20-second penalty for failing to take a drive-through penalty after causing a collision with Mitch Evans. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was promoted to second and Nico Müller took the final podium spot.

Felix Da Costa took an early lead when the lights went out until poleman Evans fought back a lap later. Carlin’s Conor Daly held onto his third place at the start but the American was hit up the back into Ascari on the opening lap by champion Valtteri Bottas. Daly was out the race and the Finn was given a drive-through penalty. At the front Calado had put moves on both Felix Da Costa and Evans to take the lead.
With the top six drivers running nose-to-tail and covered by less than two seconds it was a fierce battle at the front. Behind the leading duo there was a three way battle for third between Evans, Muller and Simon Trummer. Evans took advantage diving up into P2 and then taking the lead from Calado. The Brit was straight back on the attack but three laps later when he tried to move ahead Calado went wide tapping Evans, putting the Kiwi out of the race.
Felix Da Costa took the lead and Calado was given a drive-through penalty on the penultimate lap, however he failed to come in and crossed the line in second place before being handed a 20-second post race penalty dropping him to fourteenth. Haryanto and Müller were promoted to the podium, and Trummer, Callum Macleod and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took the last points paying positions.
Calado could have tied with champion Bottas on points if he had won the race and set fastest lap, as the Finn scored no points. Bottas went on to snatch fastest lap as he crossed the line to seventeenth spot.
Despite not finishing the race Nigel Melker solidified third place in the drivers’ standings with 38-points, two more than Müller in fourth.
Race 2 results:
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
BEST
1
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
16
28:28.320
1:45.298
2
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
16
28:29.040
0.720
1:45.334
3
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
16
28:29.528
1.208
1:45.285
4
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
16
28:30.255
1.935
1:45.168
5
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
16
28:30.628
2.308
1:45.117
6
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
16
28:34.555
6.235
1:45.275
7
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
16
28:35.347
7.027
1:45.627
8
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
16
28:35.919
7.599
1:45.186
9
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
16
28:38.269
9.949
1:45.822
10
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
16
28:38.448
10.128
1:45.668
11
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
16
28:39.019
10.699
1:45.475
12
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
16
28:39.640
11.320
1:45.373
13
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
16
28:39.746
11.426
1:45.351
14
3
J. CALADO *
GBR
Lotus ART
16
28:48.717
20.397
1:45.516
15
29
D. MANCINELLI
ITA
RSC Mucke Motorsport
16
28:51.826
23.506
1:46.541
16
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
16
29:08.079
39.759
1:45.780
17
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
16
29:11.027
42.707
1:44.801
18
25
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Addax Team
16
29:32.908
64.588
1:45.987
19
1
R. STANAWAY
NZL
Lotus ART
16
29:33.748
65.428
1:44.968
20
9
C. HURNI
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
16
30:03.292
94.972
1:48.473
NC
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
13
23:08.242
DNF
1:45.603
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
9
16:13.369
DNF
1:46.179
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
9
16:15.651
DNF
1:44.928
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
6
10:53.122
DNF
1:45.918
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
5
9:21.605
DNF
1:48.029
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
3
5:39.400
DNF
1:47.785
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
3
5:56.101
DNF
1:52.699
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
1
2:18.317
DNF
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
1
2:20.723
DNF
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
0
DNF
FASTEST LAP
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
1:44.801
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