THE FRENCHMAN DOMINATED THE FEATURE RACE AND MEANS HE HAS A 12 POINT ADVANTAGE OVER TEAMMATE ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI
Gasly got a brilliant start and comfortably led the first 6 laps. He then pitted onto medium tyres and looked after the tyres superbly and took the lead back when drivers who started on the medium tyres pitted.
Nobuharu Matsushita was the highest driver to start on the medium tyres and looked after the tyres whilst extending his gap to Alex Lynn behind him. He came out in 3rd out of the pits but overtook Artem Markelov with 3 laps to go to finish an impressive 2nd.
Sergey Sirotkin finished in 4th position with the Russian struggling earlier on with the supersoft tyres but managed his tyres well in his 2nd stint.
Antonio Giovinazzi had his 7 point advantage cut down to 3 points when Gasly took pole position yesterday. He struggled early on as well because he had to stay out an extra lap as Gasly was in the pits. This meant that Giovinazzi came out in 15th position but like a champion, he drove really well to finish in 6th position but Norman Nato had a 5 second time penalty after speeding in the pits which promoted Giovinazzi up to 5th and means he will start 4th in the sprint race.
Johnny Cecotto had a brilliant race using the alternate strategy to his advantage. He overtook drivers on worn medium tyres and still had tyre life to make the strategy work and finished an impressive 7th and starting on the front row for tomorrows sprint race.
The driver that starts on reverse grid pole is Alex Lynn who struggled keeping up with other drivers on the alternate strategy but the Brit has a great chance to end the season on a win after a difficult year.
His teammate Nicholas Latifi got 9th and Raffaele Marciello grabbed 10th with an eventful race for the Italian. He came into the pits with fellow countryman Luca Ghiotto just behind him and when Marciello was released, Ghiotto’s left rear tyre that just came off went into the path of Marciello but thankfully Marciello’s reaction saved a big accident.
Elsewhere, Oliver Rowland had a flat tyre and had to stop out on track after an impressive first few laps for the Brit.
The Top 10:
- Pierre Gasly- PREMA
- Nobuharu Matsushita- ART
- Artem Markelov- RUSSIAN TIME
- Sergey Sirotkin- ART
- Antonio Giovinazzi- PREMA
- Norman Nato- Racing Engineering
- Johnny Cecotto- Rapax
- Alex Lynn- DAMS
- Nicholas Latifi- DAMS
- Raffaele Marciello- RUSSIAN TIME