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Van der Garde wins, DAMS claim title

Giedo van der Garde had a relatively easy time of it in the Singapore sprint race, leading from lights to flag while Davide Valsecchi and Felipe Nasr delivered the team title to DAMS.
An overcast late afternoon Sunday sprint race saw a slightly understrength field lining up for the start, with Luca Filippi absent after his car was too badly damaged in a late-race accident on Saturday. However, James Calado had recovered from his debilitating bout of food poisoning that had forced him to retire from the feature race, and he was back in the seat for the sprint.

Polesitter Giedo van der Garde and fellow front row man Marcus Ericsson got good starts off the grid for the Sunday sprint race, while a poor getaway for Felipe Nasr saw him drop to ninth place by the first corner. Beneficiaries to Nasr's problems were Luiz Razia and Fabio Leimer who slotted into third and fourth ahead of Nasr's team mate, newly-crowned 2012 GP2 champion Davide Valsecchi

Valsecchi was in fifth ahead of Esteban Gutiérrez, a key factor in the battle for the still-unresolved teams championship between DAMS and Lotus GP. Gutiérrez was also in a three-way fight for third place in the drivers championship, but with Max Chilton down in eighth and James Calado out of the points in 15th, it was looking good for the Mexican.

Nathanaël Berton ended up with front wing damage on the first lap and got handed a black-and-orange flag to come in to the pits for repairs, but the first retirement was that of Jolyon Palmer on lap 3, after an encounter with Johnny Cecotto Jr. saw him end up running into the wall: Cecotto got handed a drive-thru for causing the collision.

Meanwhile Sergio Canamasas received a drive-thru penalty after his Venezuela GP Lazarus mechanics were amazingly lackadaisical walking off the grid before the formation lap: for some reason, the #18 didn't appear in pit lane within the required three laps, and so on lap 7 the black flag came out with Canamasas' number shown blow it, excluding him from the race.

While the Venezuela GP Lazarus team battled to get the message through to Camamasas whose radio comms had either failed or been switched off, a spin for René Binder through the final corner on lap 9 left their second car stalled broadside on the start-finish straight leaving the race stewards with no option but to bring out the safety car, cancelling the lead that van der Garde and Ericsson had built up

The safety car came in at the end of lap 11, with Camamasas initially still refusing to come in but then dropped down the running order with a technical problem with the car rather than because he'd finally noticed the pit wall messages. Van der Garde set about pulling away from Ericsson, Razia, Leimer and Valsecchi as the green flags came out.

Further back James Calado pulled off moves on both Carlins of Rio Haryanto and Max Chilton to move up to 11th, while Johnny Cecotto was on the charge in his attempt to recover from the early penalty having taken on fresh tyres to aid him and then been fortunate when the safety car closed up the field and negated the time lost in the pit lane. He was soon also past the Carlins and right on the heels of the Lotus of James Calado. Even when Calado tried to find some safety by overtaking first Stephane Richelmi and then Nigel Melker for ninth, there was no relief from Cecotto who followed him through.

Calado's progress was no mere academic matter of driver pride: finishing in the points would mean that he contributed to the DAMS/Lotus team championship battle. Valsecchi was still in front of Gutiérrez, and his DAMS team mate Nasr had also worked his way back into the points and on lap 18 passed Stefano Coletti for seventh place to put himself just a second off the back of Gutiérrez. The advantage was definitely in the hands of the DAMS duo, especially when the still-flying Cecotto got the better of Calado and demoted the Briton back down to tenth place, where he ultimately finished.




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The Dams team celebrate winning the 2012 GP2 Series teams title after the Singapore sprint race . (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) celebrates his Singapore sprint race victory on the podium. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
The car of Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) is retrieved after a first lap accident 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.)
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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) crosses the line at the end of race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in parc ferme after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with team mate Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) celebrates after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates with his father Jonathan after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Race winner Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & runner-up Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) celebrate with champagne after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) sprays champagne on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) on the podium after race 2 at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sergio Campana (ITA, Venezuela GP Lazarus) at Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 6th September. Thursday 4 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, EQ8 Caterham Racing) at Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. 6th September. Thursday 4 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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