Davide Valsecchi had a comfortable win in the second feature race of the year at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. He slotted into second place at the start behind polesitter Giedo van der Garde and then relied on the DAMS being kinder to its tyres than the Caterham to allow him to wait until just before the mandatory pit stops before time his move to the front to perfection. After that, there was nothing to stop him pulling out an ever-increasing lead.

Starting on the harder option tyres, Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer was able to pass van der Garde for second place just a few minutes after Valsecchi took the lead, although he could do nothing about the Italian's domination.

There was much more entertaining action further back, which saw Arden's Luiz Razia get the better of a slow-starting Max Chilton for fourth place, and Rio Haryanto recover from a poor getaway from the starting grid to finish just behind his Carlin team mate. Valsecchi's rookie DAMS team mate Felipe Nasr once again shone over the closing laps, making the move of the race when he passed Esteban Gutierrez (Lotus GP) and Fabrizio Crestani (Lazarus) in a single move on lap 19 on his way to seventh place. However he lost a provisional front row start in the sprint race after receiving a 20s drive-thru penalty for ignoring yellow flags during today's action.

Pole for the sprint race will now go to Tom Dillmann. Alongside him on the front row will be iSport's Marcus Ericsson, who had a brilliant start to fly into fourth place but struggled on excessively worn tyres in the final stages of the feature race and slid down the order before the end.

Race results

1. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 57m35.088s
2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 7.711s
3. Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing + 14.824s
4. Luiz Razia Arden + 24.142s
5. Max Chilton Carlin + 24.705s
6. Rio Haryanto Carlin + 40.965s
7. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 50.645s
8. Tom Dillmann Rapax + 52.522s
9. Johnny Cecotto Addax + 55.578s
10. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus GP + 56.211s
11. Felipe Nasr DAMS + 1m05.772s *
12. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 1m06.906s
13. Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing + 1m07.254s
14. Simon Trummer Arden + 1m15.486s
15. Julian Leal Trident Racing + 1m16.363s
16. James Calado Lotus GP + 1m20.506s
17. Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing + 1m21.441s
18. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham + 1m29.206s *
19. Nigel Melker Ocean Racing + 1m29.955s
20. Fabio Onidi Coloni + 1m47.146s
21. Stefano Coletti Coloni +1 lap
22. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus +1 lap
23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax +1 lap


Jolyon Palmer iSport after 30 laps Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus after 24 laps ** Dani Clos Addax after 8 laps

* = includes 20s post-race penalty for ignoring yellow flags ** = handed five place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags