Razia was able to make modest gains during the race and picked up ten positions over the 21 laps, but he was never looking likely to get into the points and ended up in a lowly 16th place by the time the chequered flag came out. Nasr wasn't able to even achieve that, and ended up in 21st as the last but one of the cars to finish.
The surprise final man on track was Saturday's winner Luca Filippi: his dream comeback to Coloni ended with a bumpy return to reality on Sunday when a first lap coming together with Esteban Gutiérrez left him with damage to his front wing, leaving him with seriously compromised braking into the fast Monza corners. Filippi tried toughing it out and stayed on track but eventually had no option but to pit at the end of lap 6 for a replacement, which left him resolutely running at the back for the remainder of the race nearly a full lap down from the leaders.
Given the stranglehold that Valsecchi now seems to have in the drivers' title fight, the fiercest fight in Singapore will likely be on the team front. Valsecchi's strong showing at Monza had the side-effect of pushing DAMS ahead of Lotus GP in the teams championship, albeit by a slender 2pts in the standings. That's because Lotus had a shocker of a time in Italy this week, with neither Esteban Gutiérrez nor James Calado finishing in the points in either race.
On Sunday, Gutiérrez started with contact with Johnny Cecotto Jr. as he tried to avoid hitting Max Chilton. The Lotus car survived and Gutiérrez was able to continue to battle through the opening lap, before his race ended prematurely on lap 2 when he damaged his front wing pulling out of the slipstream in an overtaking move on Giedo van der Garde. He instantly paid for the lack of front downforce by sailing off into the gravel trap at Parabolica. By contrast, Calado had another anonymous race even finishing behind Venezuela GP Lazarus' newcomer René Binder who ended up in 13th place. It seemed that the Lotus team had never really managed to get to grips with the high downforce setup needed for Monza, and thereby ending any hopes their drivers might have had of a late charge for the drivers' title.
Two further retirements had come seconds before Gutiérrez's exit. In a scary incident at the start of lap 2, Fabio Onidi came in way too hot into the first chicane, locked up his brakes and slewed to the right which sent him flying out of control into the back of Nigel Melker, whose Ocean car was innocently making the corner up ahead. Melker's team mate Victor Guerin joined them watching from the sidelines after also becoming the victim of collision damage on the same lap.
All of them will be hoping for better fortunes in the final race weekend of the 2012 GP2 Series season at Singapore in a fortnight, when all the titles will be decided and those out of the running in the championship will have their last chance to end their year in glory with a podium finish or two.
And even though Valsecchi looks odds on for the drivers' championship, it's worth remembering that coming into Monza he'd been dead level with Razia, and that the current 25pt gap between them had opened up in a single weekend. Any gap that can open up that quickly can also get turned around in just the same short order: Valsecchi can't and won't be taking anything for granted.
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