Alex Lynn converted a first GP2 pole position into a dominant victory in the opening race of the weekend at the Hungaroring from DAMS teammate Pierre Gasly.
Starting on the medium tyre, Williams development driver Lynn was forced to carve his way through the field in the closing laps with the benefit of fresh soft rubber in the closing stages.
The Brit dispatched Arthur Pic and Alexander Rossi, who both swapped soft tyres for mediums early on, in successive laps at the first corner following his mandatory stop.
He then quickly caught and passed Rio Haryanto with a bold outside move at Turn 1, which was effectively the move for the win as points leader Stoffel Vandoorne picked up a five-second penalty for an unsafe release during his stop.
Nonetheless, on used rubber, Vandoorne could do nothing to hold back Lynn, who took his first feature race win and his second of the season following his Barcelona sprint race triumph.
Vandoorne was equally powerless to defend when Gasly – running the same strategy as his DAMS teammate – arrived on his tail at the start of the final lap, the Frenchman making the move at Turn 1 to secure his team’s first ever one-two finish in GP2.
Vandoorne hung on for the final podium position on the road, but was demoted to fifth behind Sergey Sirotkin and Haryanto after his penalty was applied.
Employing the same strategy as the DAMS duo, Sirotkin wrested what became third place in controversial style at the penultimate corner of the race, diving to the inside only for Haryanto to make a late defensive move.
The pair made contact, costing Haryanto, who was visibly struggling on his used tyres, his front wing – although Sirotkin was allowed to keep the place.
Behind, Jordan King took sixth ahead of Raffaele Marciello, both starting on the medium tyres and making up ground by switching to softs late on.
Nobuharu Matsushita, Robert Visoiu and Daniel de Jong completed the points scorers.
Rossi endured a difficult race – his tyres dropped off the cliff in the closing stages, the American having been among the first to pit, dropping him down to 12th ahead of Pic, who was hampered by a slow stop.
|4||Rio Haryanto||Campos Racing||9.639|
|5||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||11.621|
|6||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||12.862|
|8||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||16.785|
|10||Daniel de Jong||MP Motorsport||34.138|
|11||Norman Nato||Arden International||36.874|
|12||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||42.242|
|13||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||43.345|
|14||Nathanael Berthon||Daiko Team Lazarus||46.408|
|15||Nicholas Latifi||MP Motorsport||51.732|
|17||Mitch Evans||RUSSIAN TIME||56.245|
|19||Marlon Stockinger||Status Grand Prix||1'06.136|
|20||Andre Negrao||Arden International||1'06.681|
|21||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||1 Lap|
|22||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||1 Lap|
|23||Rene Binder||Trident||4 Laps|
|Ret||Nick Yelloly||Hilmer Motorsport||-|
|Ret||Sergio Canamasas||Hilmer Motorsport||-|