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Abu Dhabi: GP2 Feature race results

Alexander Rossi secured his maiden win in the GP2 Series despite falling to third place off the line, after battling back to finish ahead of Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson at the chequered flag.
Alexander Rossi claimed his first race win in the GP2 Series on Saturday afternoon at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, while Fabio Leimer clinched this year's championship with a fourth place finish.

The start of the race was a bruising affair for the front row pair of Rossi and Sam Bird. The Briton stalled in the Russian Time car as the lights came out, effectively ending his title hopes despite a spirited fight back into the points over the course of the next hour.

Meanwhile Rossi dropped back into third place through the first corner behind Jolyon Palmer and Leimer, before gambling that Leimer would be more more interested in the title than in track position and therefore inclined not to risk a disastrous collision with the Caterham out of turn 1.

Rossi had to wait until the round of mandatory pit stops were complete before he regained the lead of the race from Palmer on lap 23, although he achieved it at the expense of running another set of the durable prime tyres for his second stint that will compromise his Sunday sprint outing. Not that it will really matter, since the gambit duly resulted in the Caterham driver's first win in the feeder series.

Palmer held on to second place while Marcus Ericsson bounced back from the disappointment of having his pole position lap on Friday disallowed (for exceeding track limits in the process) by passing Leimer for the final podium spot in the closing laps of the race.

Proceedings ended under a one-hour time cap after two safety cars, the first coming on lap 1 after a collision between Jon Lancaster (Hilmer Motorsport) and Tim Dillmann (Russian Time), and the second on lap 24 when ART's Mitch Evans made contact with Rossi's Caterham team mate Sergio Canamasas in the final corner.

Feature race results

1. #15 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 1:00:16.414s (29 laps)
2. #10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin + 2.130s
3. #1 Marcus Ericsson DAMS + 3.075s
4. #8 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 4.687s
5. #26 Dani Clos MP Motorsport + 5.218s
6. #3 James Calado ART GP + 6.370s
7. #9 Felipe Nasr Carlin + 8.873s
8. #5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Arden + 12.142s
9. #4 Daniel Abt ART GP + 13.102s
10. #11 Sam Bird Russian Time + 13.568s
11. #22 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport + 14.852s
12. #14 Sergio Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing + 15.896s
13. #19 Simon Trummer Rapax + 15.919s
14. #17 Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax + 19.021s
15. #24 Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus + 19.229s
16. #7 Julián Leal Racing Engineering + 21.039s
17. #21 GianMarco Raimondo Trident Racing + 23.308s
18. #20 Nathanaël Berthon Trident Racing + 1 laps
19. #27 Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport + 1 laps
20. #18 Stefano Coletti * Rapax + 1 laps
21. #16 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax + 3 laps

Retirements
#6 Mitch Evans Arden (retired on lap 22)
#25 Vittorio Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus (retired on lap 9)
#2 Stéphane Richelmi DAMS (retired on lap 1)
#12 Tom Dillmann Russian Time (retired on lap 0)
#23 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport (retired on lap 0)

Fastest lap
#10 Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:52.873 (110.070mph) on lap 22

* includes 20-second penalty in lieu of drive-thru for causing a collision

Championship standings

Drivers
1. Fabio Leimer 191pts
2. Sam Bird 173pts
3. Felipe Nasr 154pts
4. James Calado 142pts
5. Stefano Coletti 135pts
6. Jolyon Palmer 119pts
7. Marcus Ericsson 117pts
8. Stephane Richelmi 103pts
9. Alexander Rossi 92pts
10. Tom Dillmann 92pts
11. Jon Lancaster 73pts
12. Julian Leal 62pts
13. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 56pts
14. Mitch Evans 56pts
15. Robin Frijns 47pts
16. Johnny Cecotto Jr. 41pts
17. Kevin Ceccon 28pts
18. Rio Haryanto 22pts
19. Nathanaël Berthon 21pts
20. Simon Trummer 18pts
21. Daniel Clos 11pts
22. Rene Binder 11pts
23. Daniel Abt 5pts
24. Daniel de Jong 3pts
25. Conor Daly 2pts
26. Sergio Canamasas 2pts
27. Vittorio Ghirelli 1pts

Teams
1. Carlin 273pts
2. Russian Time 265pts
3. Racing Engineering 253pts
4. DAMS 220pts
5. Hilmer Motorsport 155pts
6. Rapax 153pts
7. ART Grand Prix 147pts
8. Arden International 97pts
9. EQ8 Caterham Racing 94pts
10. Trident Racing 49pts
11. MP Motorsport 37pts
12. Barwa Addax Team 22pts
13. Venezuela GP Lazarus 12pts



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The safety car leads Jolyon Palmer and Alexander Rossi following an accident on the first lap of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) is pushed off after stalling on the grid at the start of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) celebrates becoming the 2013 GP2 Champion following the conclusion of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) celebrates becoming the 2013 GP2 Champion following the conclusion of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
2013 GP2 Championship. Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 2nd November 2013. Saturday Race. Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) celebrates his maiden GP2 victory on the podium with Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Carlin) and Marcus Ericsson (SWE, Dams) following the conclusion of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) celebrates his maiden GP2 victory on the podium following the conclusion of the feature race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on Saturday, November 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Media Service.)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, Rapax) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) Photo: Charles Coates/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates his win on the podium with Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) and Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Hungaroring, Hungary 2014 GP3 Series Round 5. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) celebrates at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 26 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.

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