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GP2 Hungaroring: Gasly wins again as Prema take control

Pierre Gasly leads Antonio Giovinazzi home for a second win in three races at the Hungaroring as the Prema drivers move to the top of the standings.
Pierre Gasly has returned to the top of the GP2 Series standings after leading home a dominant Prema Racing 1-2 in the Hungaroring feature race.

Having broken his long awaited duck last time out at Silverstone, Gasly produced a flawless drive from pole position to keep team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi at bay to the chequered flag and win by 1.3secs.

Indeed, though disparate tyre strategies – which would see most of the leaders pit early – meant Gasly only led a relatively small portion of the race itself, his win was never in doubt as he kept his closest rivals at bay from the lights.

In a race of relatively little action, Gasly's second win in three races sees him leapfrog Oliver Rowland to take over the lead in the overall standings, with rookie Giovinazzi up to second place as Prema continued to stamp its mark on the competition.

Sergey Sirotkin followed Giovinazzi home for a welcome podium in third place, ahead of Raffaele Marciello – who went longest of the leaders by starting on the hard tyre - and Arthur Pic, the latter securing his and Rapax's best result of the season.

Nobuharu Matsushita maintained his points' scoring run to finish sixth, ahead of Norman Nato, the French running third early on only to drop back.

Jordan King, meanwhile, will start on reverse grid pole position for the third race in a row after finishing eighth, the Racing Engineering driver no doubt looking to convert it into a win as he did at the Red Bull Ring and Silverstone.

Even so, he was dealt a big dose of luck after he inherited the position at the expense of Jimmy Eriksson, whose strategy of running a first stint all the way to lap 33 of 36 had seemingly done enough to secure him points and pole when he returned to the track. However, technical issues would intervene on the final lap, forcing him out.


Tagged as: Spa , GP2 Series , Pierre Gasly

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