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Silverstone - Race results (1)

Jules Bianchi finally delivered on all of that promise that has been so frustrated during the first half of the 2011 GP2 season, in a race heavily affected by early rainfall.
A heavy rain shower just before the scheduled start of the Silverstone GP2 feature race saw the event start ten minutes late and behind a safety car for three laps, but it didn't stop Lotus ART's Jules Bianchi from converting pole to a commanding lead by the mid-point of the race once things did get underway.

The changing conditions meant that cars that fared well early on were struggling as the race approached mid-distance leading to a number of great on-track overtaking battles. Finally everyone came in for their mandatory pit stops and changed to slicks, which once again shifted the balance of power among the cars.

It also eliminated Jules Bianchi's lead and left in an extended multi-corner knife fight with Racing Engineering's Christian Vietoris for the lead on lap 16. Vietoris finally got ahead but then out-braked himself into the next left-hander, allowing Bianchi to immediately strike back and tear back the lead again and slowly he started rebuilding his earlier lead and ultimately won the race by over 4.1s.

Race results

1. #5 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART 58:40.010s (29 laps)
2. #8 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 58:44.187s + 4.177s (29 laps)
3. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport 58:44.945s + 4.935s (29 laps)
4. #11 Romain Grosjean Dams 58:45.637s + 5.627s (29 laps)
5. #9 Sam Bird iSport 58:51.434s + 11.424s (29 laps)
6. #7 Dani Clos Racing Engineering 59:03.303s + 23.293s (29 laps)
7. #21 Stefano Coletti Trident Racing 59:11.969s + 31.959s (29 laps)
8. #4 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax 59:13.721s + 33.711s (29 laps)
9. #25 Alvaro Parente Carlin 59:14.404s + 34.394s (29 laps)
10. #6 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART 59:21.771s + 41.761s (29 laps)
11. #3 Chares Pic Barwa Addax 59:21.981s + 41.971s (29 laps)
12. #23 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology 59:26.891s + 46.881s (29 laps)
13. #17 Luca Filippi Super Nova 59:27.858s + 47.848s (29 laps)
14. #27 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia 59:29.622s + 49.612s (29 laps)
15. #1 Fabio Leimer Rapax 59:30.727s + 50.717s (29 laps)
16. #12 Pal Varhaug Dams 59:36.970s + 56.960s (29 laps)
17. #26 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 59:38.342s + 58.332s (29 laps)
18. #20 Romain Gonzalez Trident Racing 59:45.337s + 65.327s (29 laps)
19. #19 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 59:46.261s + 66.251s (29 laps)
20. #15 Jolyon Palmer Arden International 59:21.173s + 71.163s (29 laps) *
21. #16 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova 1:00:00.999s + 80.989s (29 laps)
22. #2 Julian Leal Rapax 1:00:06.262s + 86.252s (29 laps)
23. #14 Josef Kral Arden International 1:00:13.475s + 93.465s (29 laps)
24. #18 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni 59:34.095s + 1 laps (28 laps)

Retirements

#24 Max Chilton Carlin Lap 15

* = after 30 second post-race penalty applied for causing a collision



Related Pictures

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Jules Bianchi (FRA,Lotus ART) out on a wet Silverstone to set the pole position time. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) takes the flag as he wins race 1 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) celebrates winning pole position at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) celebrates winning pole position at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) & Takuya Izawa (JPN, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) after qualifying at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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