Nasr controls GP2 Feature Race in Austria

Nasr controls GP2 Feature Race in Austria

21 June 2014 – Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr controlled proceedings to claim victory in Saturday's GP2 Feature Race at the feeder category's first visit to the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Carlin racer Nasr started the race on Prime tyres and took the lead into the first corner, retaining it after his mandatory stop for Options to triumph by 3.8 seconds.

McLaren edged out Ferrari in the youth stakes as Stoffel Vandoorne finished second, while Raffaele Marciello recovered from a poor start to take his first podium in GP2.

Nasr moved straight into the lead after poor getaways from pole man Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Jolyon Palmer.

Further back, Artem Markelov got some air after hitting the back of André Negrão, while Adrian Quaife-Hobbs headed to the pits after sustaining front damage in an incident with Kimiya Sato.

Nasr then began to extend his lead over Prime-starter Cecotto Jr., who soon slipped back into the clutches of his rivals. Stefano Coletti passed the Venezuelan at Turn 2 after a few laps, while Palmer got through on the following straight.

Palmer edged away from Cecotto Jr. but his tyres began to wear and he stayed out for a few laps before switching to Primes, losing a position to early-pitter Vandoorne.

Nasr continued to hold a small advantage over Coletti, with Cecotto Jr. and Evans 10 seconds further back. Vandoorne, Palmer and Marciello bunched together as they made their way through traffic, albeit with the caveat that all three were losing lap time to leader Nasr.

Cecotto Jr. was the first of the frontrunners to pit, coming out a few seconds behind Marciello and having to defend against Rossi. Evans pitted a lap later and slotted in front of Cecotto Jr., who was tagged by Alexander Rossi into Turn 2. As the trio approached Turn 3 Evans locked up and ran wide, ceding track position to Cecotto Jr. and Rossi.

Nasr and Coletti both pitted for Option tyres with 10 laps remaining and while the Brazilian retained the lead, Vandoorne was able to get through on Coletti into Turn 2. Behind them, Marciello usurped Palmer and started hounding the back of his Racing Engineering team-mate.

The Italian driver passed Coletti at his favoured Turn 1 on the next lap while Palmer was soon desperately trying to find a way past Coletti as well.

Nasr came under pressure briefly from Vandoorne but he set the fastest lap of the race to stretch his lead to over two seconds, with Marciello holding third. Behind them, Evans reclaimed seventh by going around the outside of Rossi into Turn 3.

Marciello repelled the threat from Coletti and began to hunt down second-placed Vandoorne, but he ultimately had to settle for third.

Coletti came home in fourth position, ahead of Palmer and Cecotto Jr.

Evans was seventh, with Rossi, Takuya Izawa and Arthur Pic, who lost time in the pits, completing the top 10.

Sunday's Sprint Race at the Red Bull Ring gets underway at 10.35am local time (GMT +2)

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Wednesday 22 October 2014

  2. Caterham F1 buyers threaten to quit 19:37

    Caterham F1 buyers threaten to quit

    Caterham's buyers have warned they could be forced to step away from the Formula 1 team, claiming that Tony Fernandes still...

    F1
  3. Haas: First five years revolve around survival 17:06

    Haas: First five years revolve around survival

    Gene Haas is under no illusions about the task his Formula 1 team faces when it joins the grid, stating that he will be...

    F1
  4. Background: The Toro Rosso candidates 15:57

    Background: The Toro Rosso candidates

    New Toro Rosso recruit Max Verstappen will become the youngest driver in F1 history when he takes to the grid aged 17 next...

    F1
  5. Video: Hamilton's Stars & Cars invitation 15:12

    Video: Hamilton's Stars & Cars invitation

    Mercedes-Benz will stage the once annual 'Stars & Cars' event at its Stuttgart museum on November 29. Lewis Hamilton, who...

    F1
  6. Sam Michael set to leave McLaren 13:15

    Sam Michael set to leave McLaren

    McLaren Sporting Director Sam Michael is to leave the team at the end of the season. A McLaren spokesperson has confirmed...

    F1
  7. Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015 11:12

    Lotus expects to keep Grosjean for 2015

    Lotus team owner Gerard Lopez says he expects to retain Romain Grosjean for the 2015 season, despite admitting that the...

    F1
  8. 09:43

    Photos: Márquez, Pedrosa visit Indonesia

    MotoGP
  9. Pérez on brink of new Force India deal 09:34

    Pérez on brink of new Force India deal

    Sergio Pérez says he is likely to sign a fresh Force India deal "in the next week", a move that would complete the outfit's...

    F1
  10. Video of the Day: Wolff on F1 title success 05:15

    Video of the Day: Wolff on F1 title success

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff discusses the brand's maiden Formula 1 Constructors' success.

    F1
  11. Tuesday 21 October 2014

  12. 16:03

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  13. Silverstone senior executives suspended 13:55

    Silverstone senior executives suspended

    The British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) has taken "a closer role" in the day-to-day running of Silverstone following the...

    F1
  14. Caterham insists team not threatened 12:25

    Caterham insists team not threatened

    Caterham has dismissed media reports suggesting that Caterham Sports Limited (CSL) being placed into administration will...

    F1
  15. Lotus mourns death of Total chief 11:08

    Lotus mourns death of Total chief

    Lotus says it has been left "shocked" and "deeply saddened" by the death of Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of team...

    F1
  16. Spa to fight Nissan's use of Eau Rouge name 09:50

    Spa to fight Nissan's use of Eau Rouge name

    The Spa-Francorchamps circuit says it will contest an application from car manufacturer Nissan to trademark "Eau...

    F1
  17. Video: Miami welcomes Formula E 09:30

    Video: Miami welcomes Formula E

    Watch as the track layout for the Miami ePrix, scheduled to take place on March 14 next year, is revealed.

    Formula E
  18. Miami reveals Formula E circuit layout 09:22

    Miami reveals Formula E circuit layout

    Miami has become the latest Formula E host to reveal its track layout for the electric championship. Produced by track...

    Formula E
  19. Pons retains Tunjo for 2015 FR3.5 season 09:07

    Pons retains Tunjo for 2015 FR3.5 season

    Pons Racing has confirmed that Óscar Tunjo will remain with the team in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series next year. The...

    FR 3.5
  20. Video of the Day: Nasr samples FW08C 05:11

    Video of the Day: Nasr samples FW08C

    Williams reserve Felipe Nasr sampled Keke Rosberg's 1983 FW08C at the team's Partner Day at Silverstone.

    F1
  21. Monday 20 October 2014

  22. Brawn, Domenicali on new Accident Panel 17:54

    Brawn, Domenicali on new Accident Panel

    Former Formula 1 team bosses Ross Brawn and Stefano Domenicali have joined the FIA's new Accident Panel, which has been put...

    F1
  23. Moscow Raceway earns licence for F1 races 17:14

    Moscow Raceway earns licence for F1 races

    Moscow Raceway has been granted an FIA Grade 1 licence, allowing it to stage Formula 1 races. The track, located some...

    Misc
  24. Wolff confirmed for Race Of Champions 15:04

    Wolff confirmed for Race Of Champions

    Susie Wolff will become the first female driver to compete at the Race Of Champions after signing up for this year's event...

    F1
  25. De Vries gets FR3.5 seat with DAMS 14:43

    De Vries gets FR3.5 seat with DAMS

    McLaren junior Nyck de Vries will compete in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with reigning champion team DAMS next...

    FR 3.5
  26. Lotus to trial new nose design at Austin 13:58

    Lotus to trial new nose design at Austin

    Lotus will test a new nose during practice for the United States Grand Prix, as the team looks to finalise its design for...

    F1
  27. Rossi says tyre choice crucial to victory 13:23

    Rossi says tyre choice crucial to victory

    Valentino Rossi says choosing the extra-soft Bridgestone front tyre was crucial to his second victory of the season at...

    MotoGP
  28. Force India retains Hülkenberg for 2015 10:08

    Force India retains Hülkenberg for 2015

    Force India has confirmed that Nico Hülkenberg will continue to race for the team next season. Hülkenberg, 27, returned t...

    F1
  29. Silverstone, Le Mans back on FR3.5 calendar 09:19

    Silverstone, Le Mans back on FR3.5 calendar

    The World Series by Renault package, which includes Formula Renault 3.5, will return to Silverstone and Le Mans next...

    FR 3.5
  30. Sainz Jr. elated by championship success 07:22

    Sainz Jr. elated by championship success

    Red Bull youngster Carlos Sainz Jr. hailed his "incredible" season after he succeeded Kevin Magnussen as Formula Renault 3.5...

    FR 3.5
  31. Video of the Day: Mercedes celebrates title 05:04

    Video of the Day: Mercedes celebrates title

    Mercedes celebrates its first Formula 1 Constructors' success at its bases in Brackley and Brixworth.

    F1
  32. Sunday 19 October 2014

  33. DTM champion Wittmann gets Toro Rosso test 20:39

    DTM champion Wittmann gets Toro Rosso test

    Marco Wittmann will receive a Formula 1 test with Toro Rosso as his reward from BMW for winning this year's DTM...

    DTM
  34. Verstappen ends F3 season in third place 17:11

    Verstappen ends F3 season in third place

    Future Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen has finished his sole FIA Formula 3 European campaign in third place after losing...

    F1
  35. Kubica: Formula 1 return would be a dream 14:30

    Kubica: Formula 1 return would be a dream

    Robert Kubica says he has not yet given up on the prospect of returning to Formula 1 at some point in the future and will...

    F1
  36. 13:38

    Latest FR3.5 photos: Sunday at Jerez

    FR 3.5
  37. Dominant Rowland wins FR3.5 finale at Jerez 13:37

    Dominant Rowland wins FR3.5 finale at Jerez

    Oliver Rowland claimed victory in the final race of the Formula Renault 3.5 season as he controlled proceedings throughout...

    FR 3.5
  38. 09:20

    Latest MotoGP photos: Sunday at Phillip Island

    MotoGP
  39. Márquez 'not on the limit' before crash 09:19

    Márquez 'not on the limit' before crash

    World Champion Marc Márquez says he was not riding on the limit when he crashed out of the lead in the Australian Grand Prix...

    MotoGP
  40. Rossi wins incident-packed race in Australia 06:50

    Rossi wins incident-packed race in Australia

    Valentino Rossi claimed his second win of the year in an incident-packed Australian Grand Prix after World Champion Marc...

    MotoGP
  41. Video of the Day: Pedrosa on Phillip Island 03:00

    Video of the Day: Pedrosa on Phillip Island

    Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa chose his fondest Phillip Island memory ahead of Sunday's race at the track.

    MotoGP
  42. Saturday 18 October 2014

  43. 13:52

    Latest FR3.5 photos: Saturday at Jerez

    FR 3.5
  44. Stevens wins, Sainz Jr. clinches title 13:51

    Stevens wins, Sainz Jr. clinches title

    Carlos Sainz Jr. clinched the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 championship at the very first corner of the final round in Jerez...

    FR 3.5
  45. Ecclestone: Las Vegas targeting Formula 1 race 09:32

    Ecclestone: Las Vegas targeting Formula 1 race

    Bernie Ecclestone says a Formula 1 race could be held on the streets of Las Vegas in the future. Ecclestone has long seen...

    F1
more news