Sochi GP2: Vandoorne crowned champion; Stanaway wins behind safety car

McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne became the 2015 GP2 champion after finishing fourth in the Sochi sprint race, which saw Richie Stanaway hold off Rio Haryanto to take his second win in the category.

Having made similar getaways off the line, front row starters Arthur Pic and Stanaway were side-by-side with Stanaway not giving up the inside line of Turn 1, which earned him the lead.

Committing to the outside line of Turn 2, Pic was unable to take the corner and allowed Campos teammate Rio Haryanto to sneak past.

Two separate incidents at the chicane brought out the safety car, when Marlon Stockinger’s car got stranded at the chicane with Rene Binder on the rear of his car.

Dean Stoneman retired at the same spot as he was hit by Sergey Sirotkin, the Russian turning the debutant, pitting with front wing damage and later on receiving a 10-second time penalty.

After the restart, the duo of Stanaway and Haryanto pulled away from Pic, who had to defend from Pierre Gasly.

The DAMS driver made an overtaking attempt on lap 5 only to run wide and lose two spots to Raffaele Marciello and Stoffel Vandoorne but not letting seventh-placed Alexander Rossi through.

It was then Marciello all over Pic and, although his first move proved to be unsuccessful, another one later on saw him passing the Frenchman with Vandoorne quickly finding his way past as well to start chasing Marciello for the final podium spot.

Following a fastest lap, he started to put massive pressure on the Ferrari junior but the Italian withstood the pressure and soon closed the gap behind Haryanto, who had a couple of slow laps.

However, Marciello was still forced to defend from Vandoorne as the Belgian continued to attack, allowing Haryanto to pull away once again.

Following 19 laps in the lead, Stanaway started to lose pace, and Haryanto was all over him for the final two laps.

Haryanto claimed the lead just as the safety car was deployed due to a massive crash for Johnny Cecotto, but Stanaway took the position back.

With no more laps left, Stanaway brought the car home to claim his second GP2 victory with Haryanto and Marciello completing the podium.

Vandoorne had to settle for fourth followed by Gasly, whose race is under investigation for overtaking Marciello behind the first safety car and Rossi, who had to keep Nobuharu Matsushita at bay.

Pic ended up eighth after missing a turn while running fifth as the top 10 was completed by Mitch Evans and Norman Nato.

Pos. Driver Team Time/Delay
1 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 40'30.089
2 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 0.579
3 Raffaele Marciello Trident 1.293
4 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 2.045
5 Pierre Gasly DAMS 2.459
6 Alexander Rossi Russian Time 4.498
7 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 4.780
8 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 5.187
9 Mitch Evans Russian Time 5.390
10 Norman Nato Arden International 5.796
11 Alex Lynn DAMS 6.923
12 Andre Negrao Arden International 7.696
13 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 7.825
14 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 10.927
15 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 11.954
16 Jordan King Racing Engineering 12.218
17 Dean Stoneman Carlin 13.749
18 Robert Visoiu Rapax 17.343
19 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 19.467
20 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 21.278
21 Sean Gelael Carlin 1 Lap
22 Johnny Cecotto Trident 2 Laps
Ret Rene Binder MP Motorsport  
Ret Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix  

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Series GP2
Event Sochi
Track Sochi Autodrom
Drivers Richie Stanaway , Stoffel Vandoorne
Article type Race report