After the disappointment of not converting pole into a race victory yesterday, Davide Valsecchi’s weekend got even worse. An attempt at overtaking yesterday’s race winner, Luiz Razia, saw him run wide and off the track. Upon rejoining his car was hit by Marcus Ericsson’s iSport, causing Valsecchi’s car to take off, spinning through the air. Thankfully both Valsecchi and Ericsson were unharmed, but Valsecchi’s race was over. For his role in the incident Ericsson will receive a 10 place grid penalty in Bahrain.
There was a great fight for 6th place, with Razia, Max Chilton, Stefano Coletti and Nathanaël Berthon all close and regularly exchanging positions. In the battle for points Coletti was unfortunate to sustain damage to the nose of his car, which coming so close to the end of the race necessitated his retirement. The pack managed to catch up to Fabio Leimer, who was running in 5th, and on lap 21 Razia passed Leimer. At the checkered flag it was Giedo van der Garde who finished 4th, with Razia 5th, Leimer 6th, Chilton 7th and Berthon 8th. Despite finishing outside the points positions it was not all gloom for Carlin’s Rio Haryanto, who on lap 7 managed to set the fastest lap of the race, giving him his first 2 points in GP2.
Results of the Malaysian Sprint Race
|4.||Giedo van der Garde||+10.760|
|22.||Johnny Cecotto, Jr.||+1 lap|
|24.||Ricardo Teixeira1 ||Retired|
1 Stefano Coletti and Ricardo Teixeira both classified as they completed 90% of the race winner's distance