Esteban Gutierrez takes a dominant sprint race victory in Hungary

Gutierrez completes a lights to flag drive at Budapest

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29 July 2012 - 12:05
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Esteban Gutierrez has taken his third victory of the GP2 season, after a dominant lights to flag drive for the Lotus driver. Frenchman Nathaniel Berthon came home 2nd, taking only his second podium finish of the season with Championship leader Luiz Razia 3rd just over a second ahead of Davide Valsecchi in 4th.

After the earlier rain shower which created a wet start for the GP3 race, the GP2 drivers were lucky to have a dry track to race on. At the start Esteban Gutierrez stormed into the lead ahead of Berthon, as the rest of the field safely negotiated the opening few corners. iSport International suffered a torrid start to the race, as Jolyon Palmer dropped from 3rd to 5th and Marcus Ericsson retired after a collision with Fabio Onidi.

The Italian driver was then involved in another collision several laps later, this time with the Barwa Addax driver of Johnny Cecotto jr. The Venezuelan driver tried to overtake Onidi around turn 5, and the inevitable happened as the two came together. Cecotto jr. subsequently retired, whereas Onidi continued on back to the pits.

Whilst the usual jostling for position ensued throughout the pack, Esteban Gutierrez was enjoying a commanding lead at the front. Further back, Davide Valsecchi, Giedo van der Garde, Jolyon Palmer and Stefano Coletti were immersed in a stupendous battle for 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. Eventually, after many laps of battling for position, Davide Valsecchi emerged in front of Jolyon Palmer as Giedo van der Garde plummeted down the order as his tyres began to wear.

In the end, however, it was Esteban Gutierrez who crossed the line to take victory in what was an uneventful 28 laps in comparison to the usual incident-filled melee which ensues on a Sunday morning. As the field crossed the start finish line to bring an end to the race, Spaniard Sergio Canamasas tipped Simon Trummer into the wall as the pair exited the final corner. This utterly destroyed Trummer’s race, will undoubtedly see Canamasas pick up a post race penalty.

The GP2 fraternity will now join the Formula 1 summer recess, before preparing for what is arguably the most challenging race weekend of all at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

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PosDriverTeamTime
01 E. Gutiérrez Lotus GP 28 laps - 43m58.301
02 N. Berthon Racing Engineering + 3.565
03 L. Razia Arden International + 15.733
04 D. Valsecchi DAMS + 29.352
05 J. Palmer iSport International + 30.237
06 J. Calado Lotus GP + 30.493
07 R. Haryanto Carlin + 32.336
08 F. Nasr DAMS + 33.578
09 S. Coletti Scuderia Coloni + 39.475
10 G. Van Der Garde Caterham Racing + 41.928
11 M. Chilton Carlin + 44.868
12 S. Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus + 45.399
13 S. Trummer Arden International + 45.417
14 F. Leimer Racing Engineering + 46.221
15 J. Leal Trident Racing + 46.937
16 R. González Caterham Racing + 49.087
17 J. Král Barwa Addax Team + 50.058
18 N. Melker Ocean Racing Technology + 51.753
19 D. De Jong Rapax + 54.037
20 R. Teixeira Rapax + 54.870
21 S. Richelmi Trident Racing + 55.887
22 G. Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus + 1:04.537
23 V. Guerin Ocean Racing Technology + 1:09.900
24 F. Onidi Scuderia Coloni + 1 lap
25 J. Cecotto Barwa Addax Team DNF
26 M. Ericsson iSport International DNF

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