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Razia takes simple win over Berthon

As the leaders came to the chequered flag, Razia had by now built up an unassailable 5s lead over Berthon, who was relieved to have avoided any late race pressure from Valsecchi after all, given that the Italian had his hands full with Calado.

Behind them, Max Chilton was 6.5s back but had managed to salvage that poor race start to deliver a decent fifth place ahead of Giedo van der Garde, who had himself come under late pressure from Esteban GutiƩrrez after the Mexican had found his way past a flagging Stefano Coletti to finish in seventh place.

New boy Victor Guerin ran foul of the stewards with a jump start and Marcus Ericsson got done for ignoring yellow flags while running in 11th place, while Serenelli's day ended early after his pit lane start with a self-inflicted spin into the turn 4 gravel trap on the third lap.

The result meant that once again, the top two men in the GP2 drivers championship shared a podium, with Nathanael Berthon the guest star on this occasion. But it confirmed that the title is very much a two horse race at this stage between Davide Valsecchi and Luiz Razia - although with only four weekends out of 12 complete, there's still plenty of time for the balance of power to change in 2012.

Full sprint race results and GP2 driver and team championships positions available.




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Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) during Round 1. Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
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Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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Gorbachov - Unregistered

May 14, 2012 2:38 AM

F. Nasr qualified 22th and after two race ended up in 9th place with no inverted grid help. the rookie is looking strong and learning quickly and I'm very impressed with both Razia and Valsecchi these two guys are dominating GP2 and as we see with Maldonado these 2 GP guys have pace for F1!



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