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Coletti wins thrilling wet-dry-wet sprint race

Grosjean will be disappointed to lose out on the position at the last minute, but he can't be too troubled: for the second weekend in succession he's been on both podiums of the weekend and finished ahead of his key rivals in the championship battle (in this case, Giedo van der Garde finished a place behind him in fourth) so that he extends his points lead in the title fight.

Adam Carroll's race was compromised early on by a drive-thru penalty for a clear jump start, while Marcus Ericsson fell foul of the stewards for a second race in succession when he was ruled to have the safety car during the second SC period and handed a late-race drive-thru that left him no time to fight back from his eventual 15th place.

But the real star of the show was Stefano Coletti, who showed stunning ability in the conditions first in keeping the Trident car on the road on slicks in the wet early laps, then seizing the opportunity to make up positions when everyone else was still getting used to new tyres, and then keeping a level head to press home his opportunity to a race win by a hugely impressive margin of 7.2s over that thrilling battle for second.

Hungary really should be cold and wet more often if that's what it needs to deliver such an exciting and entertaining race - at least for the benefit of the race, if not for the cold and damp teams, drivers and spectators.

Full race results and times available.


by Andrew Lewin



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Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus ART) leads Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) over the finish line for second place at the sprint race at the Hungaroring, Hungary in July 2011. [Photo: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) during practice at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), takes the flag to win at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates in parc fermé at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates in parc fermé at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Thursday 17 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Stefano Coletti (MON) Racing Engineering
Stefano Coletti (MON) Racing Engineering
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Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) celebrate on the podium at Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Sunday 6 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alfonso d`Orleans-Borbon with Racing Engineering drivers Stefano Coletti and Raffaele Marciello
Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident), wins ahead of Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) at the Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria. Sunday 22 June 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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