Giedo van der Garde takes final GP2 sprint race win at Singapore
The Dutchman takes his fifth career victory as DAMS are crowned Champions
Giedo van der Garde has taken victory at the final GP2 sprint race of the season, after yet another sensational chapter of the 2012 GP2 Series season. The Dutchman was followed home by the iSport International of Marcus Ericsson, with Fabio Leimer just fending off Luiz Razia for 3rd.
After his heavy incident yesterday, the Coloni of Luca Filippi failed to start the final race of the season. This meant only 25 cars lined up on the grid at the start, which was led away at the front by the dominant Caterham of Giedo van der Garde. The DAMS of Felipe Nasr endured a torrid getaway from the grid, dropping through the order as van der Garde led from Ericsson.
After the opening lap of the race, the Venezuela GP Lazarus of Sergio Canamasas was under investigation from the race stewards after one of his mechanics remained on the grid prior to the start of the race. Whilst Canamasas’ race slowly deteriorated, Nathaniel Berthon was forced to pit with a damaged front wing after a frenetic opening lap around the Marina Bay street circuit.
Jolyon Palmer became the first retirement of the race, after the Briton was pitched into the wall by the Barwa Addax of Johnny Cecotto jr. The Venezuelan driver was subsequently issued a drive-thru penalty for the incident, as was Sergio Canamasas due to his mechanic remaining on the grid after the specified time prior to the race.
However, as Johnny Cecotto jr. pitted for his drive-thru penalty, Sergio Canamasas raised many eyebrows throughout the paddock and failed to adhere to the rules. The race steadily worsened for the Venezuela GP Lazarus outfit, as their second driver Rene Binder binned it through the final corner and spun. Due to the precarious location of the stricken machine, the safety car was deployed as the marshals retrieved Binder’s car.
Whilst the field lapped the track behind the safety car, the race stewards decided the black flag Sergio Canamasas for not pitting for his drive-thru penalty. However, the Spaniard controversially remained out on track, as the marshals and his team mechanics frantically tried to contact Canamasas to inform him of the steward’s decision. Eventually, once the race had returned to green flag racing, Canamasas slowly limped back to the pits with what he blamed was an issue on his car, as well as a radio failure which prevented him from acknowledging the black flag.
As the controversy ensued in the pits, Giedo van der Garde carried out a masterful drive in the lead to take his fifth career victory in GP2, and his second of the season. A superb battle ensued further back for the final podium position and the Constructors’ Championship, as Fabio Leimer fought for 3rd with Luiz Razia and Esteban Gutierrez battled with the DAMS duo for the Constructors’ Championship. Eventually Leimer was able to clinch 3rd place, whereas DAMS were able to secure their first ever GP2 Series Constructors’ Championship.
This race brought the 2012 GP2 Series to a fine conclusion, which has seen Davide Valsecchi and DAMS crowned Drivers’ and Constructors’ Champions respectively. Esteban Gutierrez and Lotus were able to finish 3rd in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ Championships respectively, with Luiz Razia the runner-up in the Drivers’ Championship.
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|01.||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Racing||21 laps - 46m36.606s|
|02.||Marcus Ericsson||iSport International||+ 1.719|
|03.||Fabio Leimer||Racing Engineering||+ 5.684|
|04.||Luiz Razia||Arden International||+ 7.393|
|05.||Davide Valsecchi||DAMS||+ 7.942|
|06.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Lotus GP||+ 8.562|
|07.||Felipe Nasr DAMS||+ 8.718|
|08.||Stefano Coletti||Rapax||+ 15.394|
|09.||J.Cecotto Jr.||Barwa Addax Team||+ 18.981|
|10.||James Calado||Lotus GP||+ 21.964|
|11.||Rio Haryanto||Carlin||+ 29.223|
|12.||Nigel Melker||Ocean Racing Technology||+ 38.159|
|13.||Victor Guerin||Ocean Racing Technology||+ 42.593|
|14.||Simon Trummer||Arden International||+ 43.366|
|15.||Nathanaël Berthon||Racing Engineering||+ 44.482|
|16.||Julián Leal||Trident Racing||+ 49.242|
|17.||Jake Rosenzweig||Barwa Addax Team||+ 50.553|
|18.||Rodolfo Gonzalez||Caterham Racing||+ 1m02.226|
|19.||Max Chilton||Carlin||+ 1m06.565|
|20.||Fabio Onidi||Scuderia Coloni||+ 1m07.175|
|21.||Ricardo Teixeira||Rapax||+ 1m07.288|
|22.||Stéphane Richelmi||Trident Racing||+ 2 tours|
|23.||Sergio Canamasas||Venezuela GP Lazarus||DNF|
|24.||René Binder||Venezuela GP Lazarus||DNF|
|25.||Jolyon Palmer||iSport International||DNF|