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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)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme 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) 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.)
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.)
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), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates victory at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Newly-crowned 2014 GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in Parc Ferme at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Rio Haryanto (INA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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