Valsecchi takes another win in Bahrain

Valsecchi takes another win in Bahrain

22 April 2012 – Davide Valsecchi has taken another GP2 win this weekend, winning the Bahrain Sprint Race on Sunday morning. In a last lap move, the Italian dramatically passed Esteban Gutiérrez. Earlier, Fabio Leimer was forced to lose his lead and take a penalty for ignoring yellow flags, leaving James Calado to complete the podium.

Action-packed seemed to have been the key word again this morning as the twenty-six GP2 cars made their way to the grid for the Sprint Race. The start was aborted when Felipe Nasr who was last on the grid stopped a few meters away from his starting position. More drama occurred when Tom Dillmann stalled from P3 for the second formation lap. Both men were pushed back into the pitlane and had to settle for a start from there.

When the lights went off, Calado made the perfect gateway from P4 to take the lead. Fabio Leimer and Gutierrez also made their way to P2 and P3 respectively, but the Mexican quickly found a way round the Swiss and after just one lap into the race, both Lotus GP cars were in control of the rest of the pack. The teammates started a battle of their own with Gutierrez putting immense pressure on Calado. As they were busy fighting off each other, Leimer snuck past Gutierrez and then easily overtook the Brit for the lead on Lap 5.

Calado started to struggle and was unable to keep his teammate at bay. Gutierrez took P2 and tried to close in on Leimer, but the Racing Engineering driver maintained a good pace to build a comfortable gap. Behind the top three, Max Chilton set his sights on Calado. Valsecchi in sixth overtook Luiz Razia and started to pick up the pace. He first passed Chilton and then closed in on a slower Calado before overtaking him for P3.

Leimer was enjoying a 2.3s lead on Gutierrez when he was given a drive through penalty for ignoring yellow flags which handed the lead back to Gutierrez and put Calado on the podium. Further down the pack, the battle intensified between Chilton and Razia, the latter eventually getting rid of the feisty Brit for P4. At the front, Valsecchi reduced the gap from 2.4s to one second with Gutierrez, and on the last lap he inevitably got past the Mexican to cross the finish line just three tenths ahead of Gutierrez.

Calado managed to retain P3 ahead of Razia, Chilton, Nasr (who made an incredible come back from last), Jolyon Palmer and Simon Trummer. Valsecchi now leads the drivers’ standings on 70 points with Razia on 57. Gutierrez stands in third place six points ahead of his teammate Calado whilst Chilton is fifth on 35 points.


GP2 continues with two more races in Bahrain next weekend

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 24 August 2016

  2. 17:22

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  3. Hamilton engine penalty 'likely' in Belgium 16:52

    Hamilton engine penalty 'likely' in Belgium

    Mercedes has stated that Lewis Hamilton is "likely" to suffer a grid drop at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, for taking on…

    F1
  4. Mercedes set to run halo in Spa practice 16:31

    Mercedes set to run halo in Spa practice

    Mercedes is planning to run the 'halo' on Nico Rosberg's car during Friday practice at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, a…

    F1
  5. Wolff: Mercedes taking nothing for granted 15:02

    Wolff: Mercedes taking nothing for granted

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has insisted that the team is taking nothing for granted as the second half of the 2016 season gets…

    F1
  6. Enstone 'refreshed' after Renault return 13:48

    Enstone 'refreshed' after Renault return

    Renault technical chief Bob Bell says the manufacturer's long-term plan is in progress, commenting that facilities at its…

    F1
  7. Video: Conor Daly quizzed on career so far 11:31

    Video: Conor Daly quizzed on career so far

    IndyCar quizzes Dale Coyne Racing's Conor Daly in the latest instalment of its 'test drive' series.

    Indy
  8. Boullier: 2016 gains will aid 2017 package 10:40

    Boullier: 2016 gains will aid 2017 package

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says there will be "no let-up" from the team in terms of its development as anything it…

    F1
  9. Symonds expects Belgian GP to suit Williams 09:24

    Symonds expects Belgian GP to suit Williams

    Williams Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds says he expects the upcoming Belgian Grand Prix to suit the team, as it bids to…

    F1
  10. Vettel set to defend RoC crown in Miami 08:42

    Vettel set to defend RoC crown in Miami

    The Race of Champions will head to the United States for the first time in its history in early 2017, with Sebastian Vettel set…

    Misc
  11. Laverty to leave MotoGP for World Superbikes 08:16

    Laverty to leave MotoGP for World Superbikes

    Eugene Laverty has confirmed that he will leave MotoGP at the end of the season after signing a deal to race for Aprilia in the…

    MotoGP
  12. Preview: Belgian Grand Prix - Round 13 07:32

    Preview: Belgian Grand Prix - Round 13

    Formula 1 returns to action with the Belgian Grand Prix this weekend, following its now traditional summer break. GPUpdate.net…

    F1
  13. Video of the Day: ABC Supply 500 highlights 05:26

    Video of the Day: ABC Supply 500 highlights

    Watch highlights of IndyCar's ABC Supply 500, won by Will Power after a scary crash for Hélio Castroneves.

    Indy
  14. Tuesday 23 August 2016

  15. Rosberg: Belgian GP marks 'clean slate' 17:02

    Rosberg: Belgian GP marks 'clean slate'

    Nico Rosberg has described the second half of the campaign as a "clean slate", as he looks to overhaul Mercedes team-mate Lewis…

    F1
  16. Sauber signs Verstappen's former engineer 15:17

    Sauber signs Verstappen's former engineer

    Sauber has confirmed the appointment of Xevi Pujolar as its new Head of Track Engineering. Pujolar has worked for several…

    F1
  17. Hamilton expecting more 'ups and downs' 14:51

    Hamilton expecting more 'ups and downs'

    Lewis Hamilton says he expects more "ups and downs" over the second half of the season, though is entering this weekend's…

    F1
  18. Pirelli reveals Italian GP tyre selections 12:15

    Pirelli reveals Italian GP tyre selections

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has revealed the driver-by-driver compound selections for the Italian Grand Prix, with the…

    F1
  19. Vasseur: Renault must focus on 'small details' 10:08

    Vasseur: Renault must focus on 'small details'

    Renault can deliver more performance over the second half of the 2016 season by focusing on the "smaller details", according to…

    F1
  20. NextEV retains Piquet Jr., Turvey for 2016/17 09:10

    NextEV retains Piquet Jr., Turvey for 2016/17

    NextEV has retained Nelson Piquet Jr. and Oliver Turvey for the 2016/17 Formula E season. Piquet Jr. and Turvey first teamed…

    FE
  21. In photos: Spa-Francorchamps' iconic moments 08:22

    In photos: Spa-Francorchamps' iconic moments

    As Formula 1 gears up for the second half of the 2016 season, GPUpdate.net looks back at some of the most memorable moments at…

    F1
  22. Video of the Day: Racing a Formula E car 05:22

    Video of the Day: Racing a Formula E car

    Nelson Piquet, Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna and more discuss the skills required to race a Formula E car.

    FE
  23. Monday 22 August 2016

  24. Power wins, Pagenaud crashes at Pocono 20:22

    Power wins, Pagenaud crashes at Pocono

    Will Power and Team Penske denied Mikhail Aleshin his first IndyCar win at Pocono on Monday, craftily taking the lead through…

    Indy
  25. Video: Hülkenberg's Belgian GP preview 15:02

    Video: Hülkenberg's Belgian GP preview

    Force India's Nico Hülkenberg looks ahead to this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

    F1
  26. Alonso: McLaren can surprise in Belgium 14:18

    Alonso: McLaren can surprise in Belgium

    Fernando Alonso hopes that McLaren will be able to score some more points at the Belgian Grand Prix, despite admitting the…

    F1
  27. Lorenzo left to rue tyre 'mishap' at Brno 12:44

    Lorenzo left to rue tyre 'mishap' at Brno

    MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo was left to rue further "bad luck" as his chances of defending his crown took a hit at the Czech…

    MotoGP
  28. Mallya: Force India 'in the fight' for fourth 10:38

    Mallya: Force India 'in the fight' for fourth

    Force India team boss Vijay Mallya feels that the outfit is "in the fight" with Williams for fourth in the standings, as Formula…

    F1
  29. Márquez pleased with points after wrong call 10:32

    Márquez pleased with points after wrong call

    Marc Márquez labelled third position a "good result" at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, though accepted responsibility for the…

    MotoGP
  30. Rosenqvist joins Heidfeld at Mahindra in FE 09:19

    Rosenqvist joins Heidfeld at Mahindra in FE

    Mahinda has announced that 2015 European Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist will partner Nick Heidfeld for the third season of…

    FE
  31. Interview: Honda chief on playing catch-up 08:32

    Interview: Honda chief on playing catch-up

    Yusuke Hasegawa arrived as Honda's new F1 chief at the start of the year, replacing Yasuhisa Arai, after a demanding reunion…

    F1
  32. Video of the Day: Jordan's simulator attempt 05:10

    Video of the Day: Jordan's simulator attempt

    Former Formula 1 team owner and TV personality Eddie Jordan takes part in Red Bull's simulator challenge.

    F1
  33. Sunday 21 August 2016

  34. ABC Supply 500 delayed until Monday 20:09

    ABC Supply 500 delayed until Monday

    Heavy rain in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, forced the ABC Supply 500 to be delayed until Monday, IndyCar officials announced…

    Indy
  35. 16:40

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Brno

    MotoGP
  36. Rossi felt 'desperate' during initial laps 16:22

    Rossi felt 'desperate' during initial laps

    Valentino Rossi revealed he was "desperate" during the early stages of the Czech Republic Grand Prix before his tyre choice…

    MotoGP
  37. Crutchlow revels in first MotoGP triumph 15:10

    Crutchlow revels in first MotoGP triumph

    Cal Crutchlow revelled in his maiden MotoGP victory after he triumphed for LCR Honda during tricky conditions at Brno, courtesy…

    MotoGP
  38. Crutchlow takes maiden win at wet Brno 13:51

    Crutchlow takes maiden win at wet Brno

    LCR Honda rider Cal Crutchlow claimed his maiden MotoGP victory during a thrilling Czech Republic Grand Prix at a wet but drying…

    MotoGP
  39. Video: IndyCar's different circuit challenges 10:04

    Video: IndyCar's different circuit challenges

    How do IndyCar drivers adapt to racing on a variety of circuit types, such as short ovals, permanent road courses, super…

    Indy
  40. MotoGP tweaks bike swap rules for safety 08:51

    MotoGP tweaks bike swap rules for safety

    MotoGP mechanics will have to wear helmets in the pit lane during bike changes in flag-to-flag races, as part of safety…

    MotoGP
  41. Video of the Day: Art of a Formula 1 pit-stop 05:22

    Video of the Day: Art of a Formula 1 pit-stop

    McLaren-Honda presents the 'Art of a Formula 1 pit-stop' in this mechanic-by-mechanic demonstration.

    F1
  42. Saturday 20 August 2016

  43. Aleshin earns first career pole at Pocono 20:20

    Aleshin earns first career pole at Pocono

    Mikhail Aleshin secured his first career IndyCar pole position on Saturday with a two-lap average of 220.445mph at Pocono.…

    Indy
  44. Video: Hunter-Reay suffers practice crash 16:31

    Video: Hunter-Reay suffers practice crash

    Watch as Ryan Hunter-Reay walks away uninjured following a hefty crash during IndyCar practice at Pocono.

    Indy
  45. 14:00

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Brno

    MotoGP
more news