Kral picks up maiden victory in Belgium

Kral picks up maiden victory in Belgium

2 September 2012 – Josef Kral has claimed his maiden GP2 victory with a storming start and mature drive to claim the win in this morning's sprint race in Spa Francorchamps, winning by five seconds from Felipe Nasr, who stole second from James Calado at the final corner.

The Czech driver's victory was set up at the start: front row starters Nasr and Julian Leal were slow to get off the line and had no response to Kral's flying getaway, with Calado following him inside and through at turn one. They stayed ahead of the mayhem behind when Johnny Cecotto spun Max Chilton into Nathanaël Berthon's path, while Giedo van der Garde was squeezed by Davide Valsecchi and Leal at the exit.

Up the hill and Calado was lucky to stay on track when he and Luiz Razia came together: the Series leader spun and his title rival Valsecchi had to take to the grass to avoid him, with the pair soon back in the pits for a check up, along with most of the first corner incident drivers.

Further back and Esteban Gutiérrez was determined to make up for yesterday's bad luck as he worked his way through the field: P8 at the end of the first lap, he soon disposed of Marcus Ericsson, Rio Haryanto and Stéphane Richelmi, but a run up the inside of Leal ended in heartbreak for the pair as they came together and spun, undoing all their good work.

Ericsson and Fabio Leimer were there to pick up the pieces, with Leimer in particular looking very committed as he ran around the outside of Stefano Coletti at Blanchimont in one of the braver moves of the season. As the laps ran down Ericsson put himself right on the back of a late developing squabble between Calado and Nasr, and was clearly hoping for his second podium of the weekend.

When the flag dropped it was Kral who took all the plaudits for a mature drive to victory, but all eyes were looking behind the Addax to see what would happen. Into the bus stop Calado held position, but Nasr got inside him at the exit and outdragged the Lotus driver to the line, with Ericsson following them home in fourth. Leimer finished a lonely fifth ahead of Richelmi and Haryanto, with Coletti mugging Leal on the last lap for the final point.

The result means that it is all even at the top of the title standings, with Razia and Valsecchi both on 204 points, ahead of Calado on 160 and Gutiérrez on 150, with van der Garde on 141 points and Chilton on 124, while Lotus GP tops the team's title race on 310 points from DAMS on 289 and Arden International with 208 points as they all look towards the Monza event in just one week's time.


GP2 continues at Monza next weekend

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Friday 29 July 2016

  2. GPDA chief Wurz surprised by halo delay 08:34

    GPDA chief Wurz surprised by halo delay

    Grand Prix Drivers' Association Chairman Alexander Wurz says that he is "surprised" by the decision to delay the introduction of…

    F1
  3. Hülkenberg confirms Force India stay 08:00

    Hülkenberg confirms Force India stay

    Nico Hülkenberg has formally confirmed that he will remain with Force India into 2017, for what will be his fifth season with…

    F1
  4. Formula V8 3.5 to link up with WEC in 2017 07:44

    Formula V8 3.5 to link up with WEC in 2017

    Formula V8 3.5 will act as the support category to the World Endurance Championship from the start of the 2017 season…

    FV8 3.5
  5. Video of the Day: Being a race engineer 05:22

    Video of the Day: Being a race engineer

    Former Olympic rower Tom Stallard talks about his switch to F1 to become Jenson Button's race engineer.

    F1
  6. Thursday 28 July 2016

  7. 19:02

    Latest F1 photos: Thursday at Hockenheim

    F1
  8. Formula 1 agrees to free up radio rules 18:45

    Formula 1 agrees to free up radio rules

    Formula 1 has agreed to relax its much-criticised radio communication restrictions from this weekend's German Grand Prix…

    F1
  9. Formula 1 votes against halo for 2017 18:02

    Formula 1 votes against halo for 2017

    Formula 1 will delay the introduction of increased head protection until the 2018 season, with it agreed at the latest meeting…

    F1
  10. Hamilton feels he is 'still behind' in standings 16:45

    Hamilton feels he is 'still behind' in standings

    Lewis Hamilton says he feels as though he is "still behind" Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in the championship standings…

    F1
  11. Gutiérrez: Hamilton deserved penalty for gesture 16:17

    Gutiérrez: Hamilton deserved penalty for gesture

    Haas driver Esteban Gutiérrez reckons rival Lewis Hamilton should have been sanctioned for his "disrespectful gesture" during…

    F1
  12. Haryanto: Summer break crucial for future 14:23

    Haryanto: Summer break crucial for future

    Manor driver Rio Haryanto has stated that Formula 1's traditional summer break will be crucial if he is to complete his rookie…

    F1
  13. Sauber takeover has accelerated development 13:33

    Sauber takeover has accelerated development

    Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson says the team's takeover has enabled the squad to increase its development programme, as it bids…

    F1
  14. Formula E presents new-look 2016/17 car 12:36

    Formula E presents new-look 2016/17 car

    Organisers of the Formula E championship have presented a new-look single-spec car for the 2016/17 season. Formula E has used…

    FE
  15. Pérez: I will decide on Formula 1 future 12:19

    Pérez: I will decide on Formula 1 future

    Sergio Pérez says that it is up to himself and sponsors to decide where he will be racing next year, going against Force India…

    F1
  16. Stoneman gets IndyCar test with Andretti 11:11

    Stoneman gets IndyCar test with Andretti

    Dean Stoneman will sample IndyCar machinery with Andretti Autosport at Watkins Glen next month, with the team handing test runs…

    Indy
  17. 10:18

    Photos: Schumacher charity football match

    F1
  18. In photos: Ricciardo hits the F1 century 09:04

    In photos: Ricciardo hits the F1 century

    Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo will make his 100th appearance in Formula 1 at this weekend's German Grand Prix. GPUpdate.net…

    F1
  19. Mercedes must accept driver 'idiosyncrasies' 08:32

    Mercedes must accept driver 'idiosyncrasies'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says he and the squad must deal with the "idiosyncracies" of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, and…

    F1
  20. Binder replaces Canamasas at Carlin 07:59

    Binder replaces Canamasas at Carlin

    René Binder will return to the GP2 Series at Hockenheim this weekend in place of Sergio Canamasas at Carlin. Canamasas…

    GP2
  21. Video of the Day: Vettel on home Grand Prix 05:42

    Video of the Day: Vettel on home Grand Prix

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel looks ahead to his home race, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

    F1
  22. Wednesday 27 July 2016

  23. 16:02

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  24. Haas looks to overhaul McLaren in Germany 15:04

    Haas looks to overhaul McLaren in Germany

    Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says the squad wants to enter Formula 1's summer break having gained a position in the…

    F1
  25. Bradl to exit MotoGP at the end of 2016 13:42

    Bradl to exit MotoGP at the end of 2016

    Stefan Bradl has confirmed that he will leave MotoGP at the end of the season, with a switch to the World Superbike Championship…

    MotoGP
  26. Pirelli: Hockenheim 'an unknown quantity' 12:50

    Pirelli: Hockenheim 'an unknown quantity'

    Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery says this weekend's German Grand Prix will be "a bit of an unknown quantity" tyre-wise…

    F1
  27. Mercedes: 'Pressure on' at home event 12:02

    Mercedes: 'Pressure on' at home event

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is wary that the pressure will be on the team as it bids to deliver a strong result at its home event…

    F1
  28. Abiteboul: Renault must convert potential 11:12

    Abiteboul: Renault must convert potential

    Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says the manufacturer must convert its opportunities into points after making a…

    F1
  29. Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace 10:28

    Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace

    Fernando Alonso says he is not expecting McLaren to repeat its Hungary form at this weekend's German Grand Prix, having been…

    F1
  30. Ocon set for another FP1 run in Germany 09:15

    Ocon set for another FP1 run in Germany

    Renault test driver Esteban Ocon will receive another outing in free practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, his fourth…

    F1
  31. Ferrari parts company with James Allison 09:04

    Ferrari parts company with James Allison

    Ferrari has confirmed that James Allison has departed the team, with Mattia Binotto installed as Chief Technical…

    F1
  32. Enerson gets IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne 08:05

    Enerson gets IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne

    RC Enerson will make his IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio this weekend after penning a deal to race for Dale Coyne. Enerson, 19…

    Indy
  33. Preview: German Grand Prix - Round 12 07:36

    Preview: German Grand Prix - Round 12

    Formula 1 heads to the German Grand Prix with a new championship leader, after Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to victory in…

    F1
  34. Video of the Day: Decoding race strategies 05:22

    Video of the Day: Decoding race strategies

    Mercedes' Chief Strategist, James Vowles, explains the 'Pure Pit Wall' which helps decode race strategies.

    F1
  35. Tuesday 26 July 2016

  36. Smedley: Williams must be 'introspective' 15:34

    Smedley: Williams must be 'introspective'

    Williams performance chief Rob Smedley has urged the team to "knuckle down" and be "introspective" in an attempt to recover from…

    F1
  37. Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi compounds 14:07

    Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi compounds

    Pirelli has outlined its compound nominations for the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. For the Interlagos round, the…

    F1
  38. Wehrlein: Mercedes to decide 2017 plans 13:13

    Wehrlein: Mercedes to decide 2017 plans

    Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein says it will be up to the German manufacturer where he races next year, as he focuses on the…

    F1
  39. Video: Mercedes' Hungarian GP podium 12:02

    Video: Mercedes' Hungarian GP podium

    Mercedes Sporting Director Ron Meadows shares his podium story from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    F1
  40. Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped' 10:24

    Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped'

    Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil, with a ransom of 120 million Brazilian Reals (£28m) demanded by…

    F1
  41. Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Fighting hard 10:02

    Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Fighting hard

    Williams development driver and GP2 racer Alex Lynn will write a regular column for GPUpdate.net this year, charting his on and…

    F1
  42. Snetterton honours Wilson with corner name 09:28

    Snetterton honours Wilson with corner name

    UK racing circuit Snetterton has honoured the late Justin Wilson by renaming a corner after him, active from this weekend's…

    Misc
  43. In photos: Hamilton's Hungaroring record 08:22

    In photos: Hamilton's Hungaroring record

    Lewis Hamilton set a new outright record by winning his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend, moving clear of Michael…

    F1
  44. Video of the Day: MotoGP's Red Bull Ring test 05:37

    Video of the Day: MotoGP's Red Bull Ring test

    Suzuki duo Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró reflect on last week's MotoGP test at the Red Bull Ring.

    MotoGP
more news