Time was fast running out for Lotus, with the race having switched from its ambitious 24-lap target and now become time-capped to 20 laps instead after the safety car period. That suited Giedo van der Garde just fine, with the Caterham cruising for the latter half of the race and comfortably ahead of Ericsson who was clearly struggling with tyre degradation as the race wore on. Still, Ericsson held on to second place ahead of Fabio Leimer, and all three were set to take the final podium of the 2012 GP2 Series season.
Luiz Razia came in ahead of the DAMS/Lotus/DAMS trip of cars: Gutiérrez decided not to try any last lap heroics and settled for sixth place in the DAMS sandwich after all. That confirmed DAMS as the championship team ahead of Lotus with Razia's efforts handing Arden third place; while Gutiérrez clinched third place in the drivers championship ahead of Max Chilton after the Carlin's poor Sunday showing.
And that was it: as the celebrations started in Singapore - particularly in the DAMS garage as they rejoiced in their double title success - the other teams were already starting to pack away the GP2 cars for the winter, job done for 2012. Despite being the longest-ever GP2 season it had flown by, and F1 Grand Prix weekends won't be quite the same again without the feeder series showing up in support.
Full sprint race results