Nelson A. Piquet took a lights-to-flag victory in race one of GP2 Series on the Istanbul Park circuit in Turkey and was followed by his title rival and standings leader Lewis Hamilton, who now leads by just six points. Third was Alex Premat in the second car of ART Grand Prix, giving the team second and third on the podium.
As he did in Hungary three weeks ago, the Brazilian is dominating the weekend so far after leading the Friday free practice, the qualifying session and today's race, fastest lap included.
Piquet led from the pole with a steady pace from the beginning that allowed him to keep the first place even during the mandatory pitstop in the race.
"I'm happy. It wasn't easy as Lewis was pushing very fast. I couldn't make any mistakes and the pitstop had to go perfectly. Everything had to be right and that's how it happened", the winner commented.
It is the fourth victory of the season for Piquet, after the season opener round in Valencia and both races in Hungary.
British racer Hamilton started from fifth and quickly proved his car was for bigger stuff as the 21 year-old driver used it pushing hard in good moves over rivals like Giorgio Pantano.
"To come from fifth was really good for us. We needed the points as Nelson is getting close and we had good race pace. Nelson and I are yet to have a wheel to wheel battle so I hope we get that tomorrow," Hamilton said.
However, Hamilton wasn't able to reach Piquet's position and now the gap in the championship between both is just six points and tomorrow's sprint race will have the two drivers starting from eighth for Piquet and seventh for Hamilton.
Frenchman Premat was able to reach another podium this season and was followed by Timo Glock, Luca de Grassi, Adam Carroll, Andreas Zuber and Alexandre Negrao, who will lead the field in Sunday`s grid.
"I made a really good start, but the car was hard to drive on the first set of tyres. I stopped early and the car was better. It wasn't easy to keep Timo behind, but I'm happy with third and I'll push tomorrow," Premat stated.
Indeed fourth place belonged to Timo Glock, and he was followed by Luca de Grassi, Adam Carroll, Andreas Zuber and Alexandre Negrao, who will lead the field in Sunday`s grid.
Sunday's sprint race will start at 10.00 local time and drivers must complete 23 laps (123 km).