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Valencia - Race results (1)

Esteban Gutiérrez put Lotus GP on the top of the Valencia feature race podium, after a cruelly timed safety car wrecked the hopes of his team mate James Calado.
For a circuit often seemingly widely despised in F1 circles as being dull and boring, the GP2 feature race on the same Valencia waterside streets proved unexpectedly incident-packed and eventful.

What looked to be a dominating lights-to-flag run by pole sitter James Calado came unstuck when a safety car was called for midrace due to debris, before Calado had come in for his mandatory pit stop.

That left his Lotus GP team mate Esteban Gutiérrez competing with Marcus Ericsson, Luiz Razia and Fabio Leimer for the win through two more safety car periods - including one for Fabrizio Crestani being rolled by impact from Jolyon Palmer - before the time-capped race was ended early two laps before the scheduled race distance had been completed.

A number of penalties modified the result, and two ten-place grid penalties will be served by Jolyon Palmer and Rodolfo Gonzalez on Sunday for causing accidents.

Race results - updated

1. #10 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:00:31.895s 28 laps
2. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport + 1.615s
3. #23 Luiz Razia Arden + 6.064s
4. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 6.403s
5. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin + 6.928s
6. #6 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 7.605s
7. #26 Max Chilton Carlin + 8.384s
8. #9 James Calado Lotus GP + 11.099s
9. #14 Stefano Coletti Coloni + 15.404s
10. #22 Simon Trummer Arden + 15.782s
11. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing + 15.962s
12. #17 Julian Leal Trident Racing + 16.869s
13. #15 Fabio Onidi Coloni + 17.715s
14. #16 Stephane Richelmi Trident Racing + 18.338s
15. #11 Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham Racing + 22.983s +
16. #18 Daniël de Jong Rapax + 23.456s
17. #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing + 1 lap
18. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS + 10.573s *

Retirements

#19 Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus (21 laps)
#4 Felipe Nasr DAMS (18 laps)
#8 Jolyon Palmer iSport (17 laps) +
#18 Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus (17 laps)
#20 Tom Dillmann Rapax (11 laps)
#25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing (1 lap)

Excluded for technical infringment

#2 Josef Král Addax + 19.580s
#1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Addax + 39.627s

* plus 20s penalty for overtaking under safety car
+ denotes ten place grid penalty for sprint race



Related Pictures

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Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) during practice and qualifying for the GP2 feature race at Bahrain International Circuit in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX, Lotus GP) in action on day 2 of 2012 GP2 Series Testing. Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday 7th March 2012. [World Copyright: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Series Media Service.]
James Calado (GBR, Lotus GP) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the race. Round 6. Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia, Spain. June 23 2012 (Photo: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.)
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Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Race One Press Conference. Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
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Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) crosses the line to take the win. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) Oliver Rowland (GBR, MP Motorsport) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) leads Oliver Rowland (GBR, MP Motorsport), and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service

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