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Dominant Victory For Nasr In Austria
Posted by: newsla on Jun 21, 2014 - 03:15 PM
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Dominant Victory For Nasr In Austria


Felipe Nasr has secured a sensational victory for Carlin in the GP2 Feature race this afternoon as the championship held its first race around the Red Bull Ring. The Brazilian racer, and Williams F1 Team reserve driver, snatched the lead of the race off the line and didn’t look back – leading every lap and setting the fastest lap of the race in the process. Team mate Julian Leal suffered opposite fortunes as he was squeezed off the line and forced wide off track in the opening lap. Leal pushed hard to gain positions throughout the race and took the flag in 13th.

 

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Off the line Nasr took full advantage of the slow reactions from pole sitter Johnny Cecotto and Jolyon Palmer – breezing past the pair the Brazilian clinched the lead of the race for his own. Cecotto tried to close the gap however was unable to do so and as a result Nasr began to pull away from those behind him in the early stages of the race.

However fortunes were the opposite for Leal who found his first lap ruined. As the lights went out he was squeezed off the line which saw him lose a couple of places from his 12th place start. Next, the Colombian racer had to take avoiding action only a few corners later to avoid an incident caused by Markelov. Taking to the run off area as a result he found himself falling down the grid and in 19th.

Over the next few laps Nasr continued to lead the race however found Stefano Coletti beginning to take some time out of him, Nasr continued to set solid laps and kept the Racing Engineering driver well at bay. Meanwhile Leal took to the pit lane on lap eight for his early stop – as he exited this put him back out on track in 23rd position overall however he soon moved up the order due to those around him pitting and also by overtaking the Trident car of Sergio Canamasas.

By the mid-point of the race attentions turned to the drivers who had pitted in the very early stages - on fresher tyres they were picking their way through the field in an attempt to get an advantage over the race leaders. In response, Nasr began to put in a series of quick laps in order to keep them at bay before he then took to the pit lane in the latter stages of the race for his stop.

Nasr came out ahead of the fighting pack to keep his place at the very front of the order however had Stoffel Vandoorne too close for comfort behind. However a series of fastest laps from Nasr ensured that he maintained the lead of the race and even pulled a healthy gap. Meanwhile Leal, whose early misfortunes effectively ruined his race, was unfortunately out of the points in 14th position – however a late pit stop for Simon Trummer moved him up to his eventual finishing position of 13th.

Back at the front Nasr held his nerve well and continued with his solid and consistent lap times; having led every single lap of the debut Austrian GP2 Series race, Nasr came home to take the victory and the fastest lap.

Nasr said of his win, ‘It was a perfect win for us today. Everything started off the line and I was able to take advantage of those around me. I knew that I had to hold the position in the opening corners and take it from there. We did that and kept the lead and the car felt perfect – it felt so good to drive and did everything I asked of it.

‘After that I made sure to set the quick laps that I needed before we came in for our pit stop to put us in a good position for the rest of the race. [Stoffel] Vandoorne got close but we were able to hold him off and take the victory. The team did a brilliant job again today and I’m very happy to be on the top step again.’


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