Pierre Gasly has returned to the head of the GP2 Series standings with his third win of the season at Spa-Francorchamps.

A fairly trouble free afternoon for the Red Bull junior, Gasly settled into second behind the fast-starting Gustav Malja initially before easing by once DRS had been enabled and holding his advantage to the chequered flag.

His third win of the season - and a fifth for the Prema Racing team -, Gasly returns to the top of the standings at the expense of Sergey Sirotkin, who attempted to use a long first stint to play him into contention having qualified down in 13th, but would only rise to ninth.

Instead, Gasly would share the podium with British pair Jordan King and Alex Lynn, the latter benefiting from the late retirement of Norman Nato, the Frenchman halted by technical issues having been running third.

Raffaele Marciello crossed the line a distant fourth to keep his slim title hopes alive, ahead of Russian Time team-mate Artem Markelov, who stayed out long and then used fresh tyres to rise from tenth to fifth in the closing laps.

Paying the price for a slow start from pole position, Antonio Giovinazzi struggled to recover as he came home sixth, ahead of Italian counterpart Luca Ghiotto and Malja, the Swede unable to make his early lead count as he slipped back to eighth. Even so, he starts the sprint race from pole.

Sirotkin and Oliver Rowland completed the top ten, albeit only after a final corner clash with Sergio Canamasas, the ailing Spaniard's robust defence causing him to collide with Rowland and push him into Sirotkin. Despite significant damage, Rowland limped over the line for the final point.


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