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Abu Dhabi GP2 Final - Race results (2)

Polesitter James Calado survived strong pressure from Marcus Ericsson to win the GP2 Final sprint race in Abu Dhabi and prove just why Lotus ART have signed him up for 2012.
Britain's James Calado led from lights-to-flag to win the sprint race component of the GP2 Final Abu Dhabi weekend, holding up under pressure first from fellow GP3 graduate António Félix da Costa and later from GP2 series regular Marcus Ericsson to claim the chequered flag.

In a solid, entertaining race, all drivers seemed determined to show their race craft and professionalism throughout and there were few incidents - at least not until a suddenly wild and chaotic last lap that started with Fabio Leimer and Alexander Rossi tussling over fifth, and ended with Leimer colliding with Stefano Coletti and the whole of the lower top ten running order getting a last minute shake-up before the finish.

That will doubtless mean post-race investigations playing a part in deciding the final results.

Race results

1. #5 James Calado Lotus ART 41:26.194s + 176.761s (22 laps)
2. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 41:27.964s + 1.770s (22 laps)
3. #9 Tom Dillmann iSport International 41:33.889s + 7.695s (22 laps)
4. #4 Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 41:39.234s + 13.040s (22 laps)
5. #6 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 41:53.206s + 27.012s (22 laps)
6. #18 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 41:54.219s + 28.025s (22 laps)
7. #26 Alexander Rossi Caterham AirAsia 41:56.103s + 29.909s (22 laps)
8. #27 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 41:56.216s + 30.022s (22 laps)
9. #1 Dani Clos Rapax 41:56.333s + 30.139s (22 laps)
10. #7 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 41:56.764s + 30.570s (22 laps)
11. #17 Fabio Onidi Super Nova Racing 41:59.260s + 33.066s (22 laps)
12. #14 Josef Král Arden International 42:06.711s + 40.517s (22 laps)
13. #23 Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean 42:10.545s + 44.351s (22 laps)
14. #3 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 42:11.718s + 45.524s (22 laps)
15. #15 Simon Trummer Arden International 42:12.115s + 45.921s (22 laps)
16. #24 Max Chilton Carlin 42:13.040s + 46.846s (22 laps)
17. #25 Jan Charouz Carlin 42:14.541s + 48.347s (22 laps)
18. #21 Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 42:14.896s + 48.702s (22 laps)
19. #8 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 42:15.295s + 49.101s (22 laps)
20. #12 Nigel Melker DAMS 42:15.972s + 49.778s (22 laps)
21. #20 Julian Leal Trident Racing 42:16.593s + 50.399s (22 laps)
22. #22 Nicolas Marroc Ocean 42:19.592s + 53.398s (22 laps)
23. #16 Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 42:25.737s + 59.543s (22 laps)
24. #11 Rio Haryanto DAMS 42:38.836s + 72.642s (22 laps)
25. #19 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni + 1 lap (21 laps)

Retirements

#2 Mihai Marinescu Rapax after 10 laps



Related Pictures

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Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain. Wednesday 19th October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Tom Dillmann, (FRA, iSport) signs up for the GP2 Final with iSport, after a season in GP3 with Addax. [Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service ref:
Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International) on track in practice for the GP2 Final at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 11th November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.
GP2 Final sprint race winner James Calado (GBR, Lotus ART) on track in Abu Dhabi. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) 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.)

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