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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.]
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) after qualifying at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 21 November 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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 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.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates victory at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Newly-crowned 2014 GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in Parc Ferme at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action in practice at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series 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.)
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.)

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