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D’Ambrosio wins Monaco sprint race

Jerome d'Ambrosio wins the Monaco sprint race - his maiden success in the GP2 series
Jerome d'Ambrosio has taken his maiden GP2 victory in the streets of Monaco, defying intense, race long pressure from behind to win the sprint race ahead of Giedo van der Garde and Jules Bianchi.

The Belgian driver made a solid start from pole, moving across to secure the top spot from fellow front row starter Luiz Razia, which handed van der Garde the inside line to squeeze past the Brazilian into Ste Devote, with Alberto Valerio, Pastor Maldonado and Bianchi following the trio up the hill to Casino Square.

The tight, twisty nature of the circuit meant the positions didn't change until a number of drive through penalties were handed down, for jump starts and for cutting the first corner, with Maldonado the most high profile on the men to come in early.

Back on track Valerio was pushing with all his might to claim a podium in the high profile event, finally slicing his way inside and through Razia at the chicane.

The Brazilian clearly felt he hadn't been correct in the move, however, and volunteered the position back to his countryman soon after. While reapplying the pressure two laps later disaster struck: Valerio lost the front of his car under braking for the same corner and found the wall instead.

With Rodolfo Gonzalez suffering an even heavier impact at Casino Square at the same time there was no choice but to bring out the safety car.

D'Ambrosio had a solid restart to hold off van der Garde, but Razia soon found himself under more pressure as Bianchi pushed hard from the restart: the Frenchman making an audacious move from the outside on the front straight to cut inside Razia and through at Ste Devote, with the Brazilian left stranded in his wake.

D'Ambrosio broke clear to easily take the chequered flag ahead of van der Garde, who now had Bianchi filling his mirrors, with Johnny Cecotto making a similarly astonishing move to cut inside a clearly struggling Razia at the final corner on the penultimate lap for fourth place.

Feature race winner Sergio Perez picked up another point for sixth place to extend his championship lead.



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Jerome d`Ambrosio - DAMS   [pic credit: GP2 Series]
Jon Lancaster (GBR, Hilmer Motorsport) during qualifying at Monaco - Thursday, May 23 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, MP Motorsport) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the race after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory on the podium with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, MP Motorsport) and Mitch Evans (NZL, Arden International) after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) celebrates his victory after the Monaco sprint race on Saturday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) before qualifying for the Monaco feature race - Thursday May 23 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) ahead of the Monaco GP2 Series weekend - Wednesday May 22 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) ahead of the Monaco GP2 Series weekend - Wednesday May 22 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the Monaco practice session - Thursday May 23 2013. (World Copyright: Charles Coates/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the Monaco feature race - Friday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) during the Monaco feature race - Friday May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Trident Racing) celebrate second place in the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) heading into turn 1 on the opening lap of the Monaco feature race on Friday, May 24 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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