Félix da Costa wins dramatic season finale
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11 September 2011 – António Félix da Costa claimed victory during an action-packed season finale at Monza this morning, taking full advantage of the slipstreaming effect to jump into the lead late on. The Status GP driver disposed of James Calado to take the win, with the latter receiving a penalty and promoting Rio Haryanto and Nico Müller to the podium.
As the lights went out Félix da Costa stormed into the lead from his second place starting position, moving past pole-sitter Mitch Evans into the first corner. Drama ensued behind as newly-crowned Champion Valtteri Bottas slid into the back of Conor Daly, the Finn running out of road after a lightning start. New Zealander Evans set about reclaiming his lead a lap later, sparking battle at the front of the field.
With Bottas later receiving a drive-through penalty for the incident, his team-mate Calado found enough pace to move ahead of both Evans and Félix da Costa to take the lead. The Briton held onto his advantage for a few laps until Evans fought back, but the pair dramatically collided when battling for position. Evans was out of the race, while Calado was ultimately penalised after crossing the line in second.
Félix da Costa therefore went on to take the chequered flag ahead of his rivals, with Haryanto and Müller completing the rostrum. Simon Trummer and Callum Macleod were next up in fourth and fifth respectively, while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was the final points finisher, a man who has earned himself a half day test with the Marussia Virgin Racing Formula 1 squad for finishing as the highest placed Manor Motorsport driver in 2011.
The GP3 field will now enjoy a customary break until 2012 pre-season testing begins