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Gutiérrez eases to Hungary sprint win

That set up a terrific three-way battle for seventh place between Coletti, Nasr and Haryanto as they went into the final lap: Nasr had been the one making up all the places during the race, but in this last duel he found himself outwitted by Haryanto who passed them both in the final run into turn 1 as Nasr himself had been dispatching Coletti for eighth. That was some small compensation for Carlin, who after the highs of the rest of the weekend had to rely on Haryanto for their only point in the sprint race after Chilton's supersoft tyres failed to last the distance and saw him slide down to 11th place immediately behind the similarly afflicted van der Garde by the end of the race.

There was no doubt about the winners - Gutiérrez and Berthon had been safely cruising almost since the very first lap, and Razia was safely ahead of Valsecchi by almost ten seconds thanks to the time that Valsecchi had lost trying to get past the slower cars. Palmer had stuck with him for fifth place ahead of James Calado.

There was a sting in the tail, however, when Venezuela GP Lazarus' new boy Sergio Canamasas managed to tap the back of Simon Trummer's Arden as the two charged toward the finish line. That put Trummer's wheel onto the wet grass and the car snapped into a crunching encounter with the metal barrier that was entirely unnecessary and seems bound to see Canamasas handed a penalty for the next feature race.

That won't be for a while, however: with GP2 joining F1 in its summer slumbers for August, the drivers won't be back in action until the weekend of September 1-2 when the action moves to Spa-Francorchamps for the tenth weekend of the 2012 GP2 Series.

Full sprint race results available.




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Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Hungary sprint race with Nathanael Berthon ( FRA, Racing Engineering) and Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International). (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) celebrates his victory in the Hungary sprint race. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
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Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) leads Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) and Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) at the start of the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Colleti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Arthur Pic (FRE, Campos Racing) celebrate on the podium after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrates after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at the start of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) in the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrate after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) on the podium after the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 22 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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