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Monza - Race results (2)

Davide Valsecchi took what could prove to be a crucial victory in the Monza sprint race on Sunday morning, while Luiz Razia failed to score any points this weekend.
Victory for Davide Valsecchi in the Monza sprint race handed the DAMS driver a 25pt lead in the 2012 GP2 drivers' championship with one round to go over Luiz Razia, who failed to score a single point this weekend in Italy.

A flying start from the second row allowed Valsecchi to split the front row cars of Stefano Coletti and Jolyon Palmer and take the lead, pulling Fabio Leimer through with him to the front. Leimer pushed hard to take the position from Valsecchi over the following 21 laps but the Italian was in no mood to let the prize slip through his fingers after having done all the hard work.

Marcus Ericsson also had a good start but overran the first chicane putting him into a race-long battle with Coletti for fourth place that was finally determined by the last run through Ascari, which saw Ericsson run wide and lose multiple positions before the chequered flag.

Coloni's comeback kid Luca Filippi's dream return ended with a bump: he sustained front wing damage at the start and ended up last of the cars still running at the end of the race after pitting for a new nose.

Sprint race 2 results

1. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS 33:06.731s (21 laps)
2. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 0.444s
3. #8 Jolyon Palmer iSport + 7.873s
4. #21 Stefano Coletti Rapax + 10.787s
5. #1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax + 10.953s
6. #26 Max Chilton Carlin + 11.418s
7. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport + 11.606s
8. #17 Julián Leal Trident Racing + 12.661s
9. #16 Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing + 13.383s
10. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing + 14.540s
11. #18 Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus + 15.013s
12. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin + 15.711s
13. #19 René Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus + 15.934s
14. #9 James Calado Lotus GP + 16.667s
15. #6 Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering + 20.179s
16. #23 Luiz Razia Arden + 20.484s
17. #22 Simon Trummer Arden + 25.436s
18. #20 Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 29.051s
19. #2 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax + 30.292s
20. #11 Rodolfo González Caterham Racing + 34.034s
21. #4 Felipe Nasr DAMS + 74.092s
22. #14 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni + 86.253s

Retirements

DNF #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology (on lap 2)
DNF #25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology (on lap 2)
DNF #15 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni (on lap 2)
DNF #10 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP (on lap 2)



Related Pictures

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Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the race. Action. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Davide Valsecchi (ITA, Dams) leads Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) and Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International) through the chicane. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 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.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in pit lane at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) in action at the Autodromo di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 7 September 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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