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Bahrain - Race result (1)

Davide Valsecchi marched away to an unbeatable lead in Bahrain, leaving the rest of the field to an entertaining battle for the runners-up positions.
DAMS driver Davide Valsecchi got a flying start off the grid at the beginning of the feature race at the Bahrain International Circuit. He promptly disappeared into the haze, pulling out a gap of almost 12s before a safety car for a collision between Valsecchi's team mate Felipe Nasr and Barwa Addax's Johnny Cecotto Jr. brought out a mid-race safety car and closed the field back up again.

Lotus GP rookie James Calado was in second place by this point, having made the use of a strategically early mandatory pit stop to switch to fresh tyres. But the early stop cost him later on and a fierce battle with Arden's Luiz Razia exhausted his rubber and meant that he also then lost positions to his team mate Esteban Gutierrez and Carlin's birthday boy Max Chilton. However, Calado had enough left to hold off a strong surge from fellow rookie Tom Dillmann in the Rapax who had already bested Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer.

Coloni's Fabio Onidi finished in eighth position which means he inherits pole position for the Sunday sprint race under the reverse grid system.

Race results

1. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 59:31.115s (32 laps)
2. Luiz Razia Arden + 7.7s
3. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus GP + 13.5s
4. Max Chilton Carlin + 14.0s
5. James Calado Lotus GP + 16.2s
6. Tom Dillmann Rapax + 16.5s
7. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 17.2s
8. Fabio Onidi Coloni + 28.1s
9. Rio Haryanto Carlin + 32.8s
10. Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing + 36.0s
11. Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing + 37.3s
12. Julian Leal Trident Racing + 38.6s
13. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 40.6s
14. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus + 41.0s
15. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing + 44.0s
16. Simon Trummer Arden + 44.5s
17. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 47.7s
18. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus + 52.4s

Retirements

Dani Clos Addax 30 laps
Nigel Melker Ocean Racing 30 laps
Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 29 laps
Johnny Cecotto Addax 16 laps
Felipe Nasr DAMS 16 laps
Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 16 laps
Stefano Coletti Coloni 2 laps
Jolyon Palmer iSport 0 laps



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Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) celebrates his pole position during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Media Service.]
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) on the podium at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Sunday 20 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Mitch Evans (NZL, Russian Time), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrate at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Saturday 19 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Thursday 17 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany. Friday 18 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stephane Richelmi (MON) DAMS
Stephane Richelmi (MON) DAMS
Stephane Richelmi (MON) DAMS
Stephane Richelmi (MON) DAMS
Stephane Richelmi (MON) DAMS
Start of Race 2 Felipe Nasr (BRA) Carlin leads
Jolyon Palmer (GBR) DAMS
Jolyon Palmer (GBR) DAMS
Jolyon Palmer (GBR) DAMS

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