Hungary GP2: Lynn leads DAMS one-two in feature race

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.

Race results:

 Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
Alex Lynn DAMS 1:00'10.078
Pierre Gasly DAMS 3.707
Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 9.052
Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 9.639
Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 11.621
Jordan King Racing Engineering 12.862
Raffaele Marciello Trident 16.220
Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 16.785
Robert Visoiu Rapax 17.460
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
16  Julian Leal Carlin 52.010
17  Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 56.245
18  Sean Gelael Carlin 57.251
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 -

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Series GP2
Event Hungaroring
Track Hungaroring
Drivers Rio Haryanto , Alex Lynn , Sergey Sirotkin , Stoffel Vandoorne , Pierre Gasly
Teams DAMS
Article type Race report