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Hulkenberg unable to double up

Nico Hulkenberg found himself unable to fight for a double win in Dubai after traffic hit his hopes in the latest sprint race of the GP2 Asia Series season.

The ART Grand Prix driver had won the first ever GP2 race under lights with his victory in the feature race but made a number of errors early in the second race of the weekend – including running wide across the grass while fighting for position.

Despite battling his way up to fourth place, he was stuck behind Arden's Edoardo Mortara and by the time he managed to battle past his former F3 Euroseries rival, the chance for victory had gone with Sergio Perez and Vitaly Petrov clear by nearly ten seconds.

“It was pretty tricky out there today,” he said. “For me, there was more sand and more dirt on the track tonight which made it a little bit more difficult. I was also struggling from my front left tyre. Especially, I was really close to Mortara in the high speed parts that made it even more difficult. That's why I was struggling a bit and running a bit wide onto the grass.

“But finally, I passed him and got into P3. The Campos guys were quite far away and I wasn't seeing anyone in my mirrors. It was a quiet race for me from then on.

“The difficult thing with Mortara is that he had quite a good traction in the last corner that is followed by a really long straight. There you need to find a way to actually fight this and it took me a couple of laps to do it. It's too bad, but it is still a good result.”


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2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Rio Haryanto (INA, Campos Racing) & Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), crosses the line to win the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Saturday 18 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), leads Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS), Norman Nato (FRA, Arden International), Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Trident) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Friday 17 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Friday 17 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), celebrates pole position in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Friday 17 April 2015. Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 1 - Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. Friday 17 April 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Nobuharu Matsushita (JPN, ART Grand Prix) & Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
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2015 GP3 Series Test 2 - Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia, Spain. Thursday 9 April 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.

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