From pole position Pierre Gasly delivered a dominant victory for Theodore Racing / Prema, regaining the championship lead from his team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.
The Red Bull Junior driver put on an impressive performance in Friday’s qualifying session, claiming pole position and setting a new track record in the process. His form continued into the final GP2 Feature Race of the season, with the young Frenchman pulling away from pole position and dominating the hour-long race.
Antonio Giovinazzi’s frustration continued into Race 1. Starting from sixth place on the grid after traffic hampered his qualifying session, the Italian pitted one lap later than Gasly, seeing him lose vital track position in the process. The GP2 rookie pushed as hard as he could to recover but had to settle for fifth place at the chequered flag.
Gasly now has a 12-point advantage over team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi in the drivers’ championship with the fight for the 2016 title going down to the wire in tomorrow’s Sprint Race.
# 20 – Antonio Giovinazzi
“I was off to an okay start but then it was just a big mess with the extra lap I did before the pit-stop. I lost so much time there from the car I had in front. In the end I finished P5 with Pierre winning, congrats to him but the championship is still open and I will never give up until the chequered flag falls tomorrow.”
# 21 – Pierre Gasly
“Today it was a fantastic day. The car was really quick from the first lap and we also had a very good strategy with the team. In addition, tyre degradation wasn’t too bad. Everything went smoothly. We lost a bit of time at the pit-stop because the pit lane was really busy but in the end it didn’t affect us too much. I just tried to push as much as I could while saving the tyres in the end to make sure I could keep Matsushita at bay when he had moved to super softs. I pulled a bit of a gap but the race wasn’t easy. Overall I’m really happy to have won the last Feature Race in GP2 this season but now we must focus on tomorrow because the most important part of the job is yet to come. I will keep pushing and give everything I can to win the title.”