Austria GP2: Haryanto denies Vandoorne a double victory

Rio Haryanto denied GP2 Series points leader Stoffel Vandoorne a rare double victory at the Red Bull Ring, round eight of the GP2 Series.

Haryanto drove a brilliantly-measured race under the most intense pressure, despite a damaged car due to a mid-race collision with Artem Markelov.

From reversed-grid pole position, Nick Yelloly made a poor launch and entered Turn 1 side by side with Haryanto and Alexander Rossi. Yelloly and Rossi touched, sending Rossi into a big huge slide that he did well to catch.

Haryanto led lap one from Markelov and the fast-starting Vandoorne, who went from eighth to third. Rossi dropped to 13th, while Yelloly was forced out of the race.

Nobuharu Matsushita held fourth from Sergey Sirotkin, Mitch Evans and Pierre Gasly.

Markelov got into DRS range on Haryanto from lap six, but the Indonesian’s pace through the sweeping turns of the middle sector gave him enough of an advantage to retain his lead.

Markelov made an audacious lunge at Turn 3 on lap 14, but clipped Haryanto during the overambitious move and sailed into the gravel trap, dropping initially to sixth and then to eighth.

That put Vandoorne right on Haryanto’s tail, who suffered right-front wing damage in the contact. But Vandoorne was unable to live with Haryanto’s traction exiting Turn 2 for his crucial, DRS-aided run to Turn 3.

Harynato clung tenaciously to his lead, winning by 0.4s with Vandoorne, Matsushita and Sirotkin right in his wake. Evans finished fifth, ahead of Gasly, Jordan King and Markelov.

Rossi recovered to ninth, after passing Arthur Pic on lap 12.

Yesterday’s star Alex Lynn stalled at the start and finished 21st with fastest lap. Having almost been lapped on the opening tour, he pulled well clear of the leaders in a case of what might have been.

PosDriverTeamTime/Gap
1 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 35:57.944 
2 S. Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 0.450
3 N. Matsushita ART Grand Prix 0.905
4 S. Sirotkin Rapax 1.368
5 M. Evans RUSSIAN TIME 3.395
6 P. Gasly DAMS 6.362
7 J. King Racing Engineering 6.722
8 A. Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 7.921
9 A. Rossi Racing Engineering 7.929
10 R. Visoiu Rapax 19.389
11 R. Marciello Trident 19.942
12 A. Pic Campos Racing 22.034
13 D. De Jong MP Motorsport 31.108
14 N. Nato Arden International 31.730
15 R. Binder Trident 34.330
16 R. Stanaway Status Grand Prix 36.352
17 M. Sorensen Carlin 37.945
18 N. Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 40.651
19 S. Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 42.119
20 M. Stockinger Status Grand Prix 59.175
21 A. Lynn DAMS 1:04.756
22 A. Negrao Arden International 1:14.124
23 J. Leal Carlin 1 lap
  N. Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport DNF
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Series FIA F2
Event Spielberg
Track Red Bull Ring
Drivers Rio Haryanto , Stoffel Vandoorne , Artem Markelov , Nobuharu Matsushita
Article type Race report