Alexander Rossi GP2 pole and win in Abu Dhabi

“We finally did it - what can I say!"

A delighted Alexander Rossi crossed the line to take his maiden GP2 victory after an action packed Feature Race at the final round of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Race winner Alexander Rossi
Race winner Alexander Rossi

Photo by: GP2 Media Service

The win by no means was simple as Alexander lost the lead to Palmer into the first corner and with two safety cars it was difficult to gauge the tire strategies of the other front runners.

The risk to run on the medium compound prime tire from the start and only change the rears paid off and when Palmer pitted Alexander was asked to push hard - he responded with the fastest lap, allowing him to jump Palmer and take the lead.

The race became a little close for comfort after the second safety car but Alexander kept his head to take the first win. The team is overjoyed with their first win of the season. They have been getting closer and closer during the last few rounds and converting pole position to a win is a great reward for all their hard work.

Alexander Rossi “We finally did it - what can I say! The team did an amazing job and although the pit stop strategy was tricky we did the right thing changing just the rear tyres which meant we gained some time on Palmer.

“The second safety car was not great for us because the cars around me had changed to super-softs and we needed them to run out of rubber, but we held on and I am delighted with the win.

“At this point I feel we have a Championship winning car and I would like to thank everyone in the team for giving me this opportunity today.”

Alexander Rossi Press

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Alexander Rossi
Article type Race report
Tags abu dhabi, gp2, rossi