Edoardo Mortara aided his hopes of securing a drive in the main GP2 Series this season with another run to the points in Qatar.
The Formula 3 Euroseries runner-up made his GP2 debut for Arden International last time out in Bahrain, scoring a podium in his debut race.
Although he wasn't quite able to repeat that feat this time around under the floodlights at Losail, he did evoke memories of his Euroseries battles with arch-rival Nico Hulkenberg during the sprint race.
Starting second after finishing seventh in the feature race, Mortara's tardy start dropped him to third, into the clutches of race one winner Hulkenberg. However, despite suffering from a lack of front end grip, Mortara provided Hulkenberg with a stern challenge for the final podium position, giving it up only at the start of lap 16 when the German got a better exit out of the last turn.
Nonetheless, despite missing out on the chance of a second rostrum finish in as many events, Mortara was pleased with his performance.
"After achieving third place on my debut in Bahrain three weeks ago, I was really hoping to step on the podium again this weekend," he said, "but it was a good clean fight with Nico. He just proved too fast to hold back, and I'm disappointed about that. I have struggled with my tyres throughout the weekend, particularly in the middle part of this race.
“Ironically, after Nico got passed, my tyres came back and my lap times improved significantly. This is my second GP2 event and behind the wheel I am developing in confidence. I didn't make any major mistakes in either this or the feature race yesterday, in which I finished seventh."