At the front, though, Charles Pic has calmly piled on the speed as the laps went by and pulled away from the pack, finishing the last lap with a 3.3s over Kral, who was facing a furious challenge from Romain Grosjean who was also doing his level best to claim the extra bonus point for the fatest lap by alternating fast laps with slow ones to give him some track room. In the end the Frenchman couldn't pull off the pass against a determined Kral, and he ran out of time before the chequered flag came out at the end of lap 30 leaving him having to be satisfied with third place after all.
Pic took the flag to take his second win in just over a week for Barwa Addax: "Starting the weekend was tough but we made a good race one, finished eighth and so that means starting from pole in the second race, and we won today, so it's very good!," he enthused at the post-race press conference. "We reacted quite well, very positively, and now we have one month to work very hard and find some new things for Valencia to be stronger and fight for the wins there."
Josef Kral was on the podium for the first time in GP2, and couldn't be more delighted. "It's like a dream!," he said. "Yesterday's race was just holding in place and I finished P6 and I thought okay, I can go for this one, and I finished P2 which is really like a dream! I had a brilliant start from third and I nearly got P1: it was really close! I was just pushing Charles hard for most of the race, the car was brilliant, and in the end Romain was catching me up but he wasn't a problem ... I'm just so happy to finish second here."
For Romain Grosjean it was important to get his GP2 title campaign back on track after a troubled few outings - especially as the championship leader coming into today's race, Sam Bird, finished pointless back in 13th place after a dismal time on the Mediterranean coast for iSport. Ironically the two of them leave Monaco back in the join lead, as they arrived, but now with Charles Pic and Davide Valsecchi breathing right down their necks.
Filippi came fourth ahead of Valsecchi and Chilton after those late overtaking moves, while Leimer was unable to make the same sort of progress and finished outside the points.
The next GP2 race is back in Spain, on the street course at Valencia in three weeks time.
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