Marciello sings under the rain and wins first race

23/08/2014 18:34

Raffaele Marciello won this afternoon his first victory in Spa after a drenched race. Stoffel Vandoorne, poleman of the day, is second followed by Johnny Cecotto.

By: Elodie Redoulès

The first GP2 race happened under a lot of rain. After only three laps, the race had to be interrupted due to a heavy downpour that made the driving conditions very difficult. When the race was halted, Raffaele Marciello, (Racing Engineering) was 3d behind poleman Stoffel Vandoorne (ART) and Johnny Cecotto (Trident).

 

At the restart, Vandoorne lost the first place to Cecotto at la Source. But just a few moments later, the latter went too wide in the Combes and had to give Vandoorne his place back.

 

On lap 9,  Marciello passed Cecotto. With 4 seconds the leader, he chose to pit two laps later to catch up on Vandoorne. He then attacked many the first and was able to take the first time with only two laps to go. il a choisi de s’arrêter deux tours après son adversaire, ce qui lui a permis de rattraper son retard.

 

As they passed the checkered flag, Marciello was two seconds ahead of Vandoorne. Cecotto managed to maintain his 3d position. Brasilian driver Felipe Nasr was not able to worry him although he made a great race. He is followed by Mitch Evans, Joylon Palmer, Artem Markelov and Daniel Abt.

Jolyon Palmer is still the championship leader with 39 points ahead of Felipe Nasr.

 

 

Pos. Car Driver   Team Gap Diff
1 5 Raffaele Marciello (R) ITA Racing Engineering 25 Laps
2 10 Stoffel Vandoorne (R) BEL ART Grand Prix + 2,000 + 2,000
3 23 Johnny Cecotto VEN Trident + 35,300 + 33,300
4 3 Felipe Nasr BRA Carlin + 39,800 + 4,500
5 1 Mitch Evans NZ RT Russian Time + 50,500 + 10,700
6 7 Joylon Palmer GBR Dams + 60,100 + 9,600
7 2 Artem Markelov (R) RUS RT Russian Time + 61,100 + 1,000
8 11 Daniel Abt GER Hilmer Motorsport + 61,700 + 0,600
9 17 André Negrao (R) BRA Arden International + 62,800 + 1,100
10 20 Daniël de Jong NED MP Motorsport + 65,400 + 2,600
11 14 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs GBR Rapax + 71,200 + 5,800
12 19 Tom Dillmann FRA EQ8 Caterham Racing + 76,600 + 5,400
13 4 Julián Leal COL Carlin + 77,000 + 0,400
14 21 Marco Sørensen (R) DAN MP Motorsport + 78,300 + 1,300
15 26 Arhur Pic (R) FRA Campos Racing + 78,500 + 0,200
16 9 Takuya Izawa (R) JAP ART Grand Prix + 79,100 + 0,600
17 27 Kimiya Sato (R) JAP Campos Racing + 81,700 + 2,600
18 15 Simon Trummer CHE Rapax + 82,700 + 1,000
19 12 Jon Lancaster GBR Hilmer Motorsport + 92,000 + 9,300
20 22 Sergio Canamasas ESP Trident + 93,900 + 1,900
21 8 Stéphane Richelmi MON Dams + 94,500 + 0,600
22 24 Nathanaël Berthon FRA Venezuela GP Lazarus + 110,000 + 15,500
DNF 18 Rio Haryanto IND EQ8 Caterham Racing + 4 Laps -
DNF 6 Stefano Coletti MON Racing Engineering + 14 Laps -
DNF 16 Rene Binder AUT Arden International + 20 Laps -
DNF 25 Conor Daly USA Venezuela GP Lazarus + 25 Laps -