Vandoorne takes GP2 Sprint Race victory
27 July 2014 – McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne came out on top in the GP2 Sprint Race at the Hungaroring after taking the lead at the start and driving to an uncontested win.
Vandoorne even set the fastest time on the last lap of the race as he beat championship leader Jolyon Palmer and Williams reserve Felipe Nasr.
Pole man Nathanaël Berthon bogged down at the start and lost out to Vandoorne and Nasr, while behind Daniel Abt retained fourth and Palmer stayed fifth.
Palmer soon started his charge as he pounced on Abt into the first corner on the next lap, before moving into third after displacing Berton around the outside of Turn 3.
Palmer quickly moved onto the back of Nasr and dived up the inside of Turn 1, edging Nasr wide in the process. Nasr voiced his disapproval on the radio and while the stewards investigated the move, they deemed that no further action was required.
The race soon settled down, with Vandoorne maintaining a lead of 1.5 seconds over Palmer, who in turn kept a two-second gap to title rival Nasr.
Stefano Coletti tried to fight his way through the field but sustained damage when he was hit by Johnny Cecotto Jr. at the chicane. Cecotto Jr. retired, but Coletti continued with wonky steering and was slapped with a penalty after forcing André Negrão wide at Turn 1, leading to an angry radio message from Coletti about the quality of stewarding.
Negrão later came to grief when he caused terminal damage to his Arden after colliding with Simon Trummer into Turn 2. Further contact occurred outside of the points-paying positions when Daniël de Jong misjudged his braking while trying to pass Stéphane Richelmi and spun Julián Leal.
Up front Vandoorne pumped in the fastest lap on his way to a second victory of the season, while Palmer collected second and Nasr took third.
Berthon grabbed a solid haul of points for Venezuela GP Lazarus in fourth, ahead of Abt, Arthur Pic, Conor Daly and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.
Ferrari youngster Raffaele Marciello made progress and finished ninth despite starting from 18th, while Mitch Evans rounded out the top 10.
The next round of the GP2 season takes place at Spa Francorchamps from August 22-24