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Monza - Race results (1)

8 September 2012

Luca Filippi nearly claimed the lead into the very first corner at the start of the Monza feature race after Giedo van der Garde's struggled to get away from the front row of the grid, but ultimately had to wait until after the first round of pit stops before he was able to blast his way past polesitter Max Chilton at Ascari on lap 10.

Johnny Cecotto Jr. overcame a five place grid penalty left over from Spa and made a later pit stop strategy work for him to claim second place, while Marcus Ericsson picked up third place after demoting Chilton on lap 23.

Fabio Leimer was involved in two collisions into the turn 4 Variante della Roggia chicane, the first with Luiz Razia on lap 8 and the second with Felipe Nasr on lap 13. The Racing Engineering car survived both incidents and finished in fifth place, but both the other cars retired. Razia's exit coupled with sixth place for Valsecchi hands the Italian an eight point lead in the drivers' title battle.

Stefano Coletti - ousted from Coloni in favour of Filippi and now racing for Rapax - had his own small compensation when he claimed eighth place and the provisional sprint race pole for Sunday morning under the reverse grid rules.

Feature race 1 results

1. #14 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni 48:03.604s (30 laps)
2. #1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax + 4.028s
3. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport + 5.377s
4. #26 Max Chilton Carlin + 7.631s
5. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 9.413s
6. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS + 16.057s
7. #8 Jolyon Palmer iSport + 17.600s
8. #21 Stefano Coletti Rapax + 18.532s
9. #10 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP + 19.293s
10. #17 Julián Leal Trident Racing + 20.025s
11. #25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology + 20.464s
12. #9 James Calado Lotus GP + 26.027s
13. #16 Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing + 27.890s
14. #18 Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus + 31.193s
15. #6 Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering + 31.910s
16. #22 Simon Trummer Arden + 35.375s
17. #19 René Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus + 38.769s
18. #2 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax + 40.226s
19. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin + 42.638s
20. #20 Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 43.152s
21. #15 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni + 44.769s
22. #11 Rodolfo González Caterham Racing + 56.350s
23. #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology + 61.984s

Retirements

DNF #4 Felipe Nasr DAMS (on lap 13)
DNF #23 Luiz Razia Arden (on lap 8)
DNF #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing (on lap 0)


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