Coletti takes brilliant win at wet-dry Hockenheim

Coletti takes brilliant win at wet-dry Hockenheim

20 July 2014 – Stefano Coletti claimed his first GP2 win of the season in a thrilling Sprint race at a wet-dry Hockenheim.

The Monegasque driver started on dry tyres despite the circuit having been drenched by a heavy rain shower but fought back to beat Carlin's Felipe Nasr and ART's Stoffen Vandoorne. 

The race started in wet conditions but several frontrunners opted to start on slicks, including Coletti. As a result, they tumbled down the order on the opening lap while wet-shod rivals leapt ahead.

Nathanael Berthon maintained his advantage as Feature Race winner Mitch Evans surged from eighth to second by Turn 1, at the end of the lap, the Safety Car was deployed as Stephane Richelmi's DAMS car caught fire following contact with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs and Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Evans pounced immediately at the restart as Berthon lacked the pace to run with the frontrunners and was overhauled by Vandoorne and the fast-starting Marco Sørensen.

Evans' lead lasted less than a lap, however, as he slid wide at the first corner and dropped behind Vandoorne, Sørensen and Raffaele Marciello. The latter picked off several rivals across the opening few laps and harried Sørensen before his Racing Engineering car became stuck in sixth gear, forcing him out of the race.

The wet-shod runners all dived into the pit lane for slick tyres as the race approached the halfway mark while Andre Negrao briefly led as the Safety Car was deployed to recover the stricken Campos machine of Arthur Pic.
Negrao soon pitted and handed the lead to Vandoorne, but he slid wide at the hairpin and on colder tyres lost out to Coletti, who was one of the drivers to start on slicks and stay out of trouble. Vandoorne also had to concede a spot to Nasr, who was another driver to bide his time on slicks earlier in the race.

The leading trio of Coletti, Nasr and Vandoorne continued comfortably clear of the rest of the field, with Coletti taking a brilliant victory – his first in GP2 in over a year.

Nasr was just over a second behind, while Vandoorne rounded out the podium. Sørensen claimed an excellent fourth place for MP Motorsport, with Hilmer substitute Jon Lancaster fifth.

Jolyon Palmer salvaged sixth place after he stopped for slicks early and lost track position. He passed Campos' Alexander Rossi with a few laps remaining, while Quaife-Hobbs took the final point in eighth.

The next round of the GP2 season takes place at the Hungaroring from July 25-27

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