Davide Valsecchi made it three wins from the last three races in the feature race in Bahrain today, winning from 2nd on the grid. Having only qualified 22nd, Lotus GP’s James Calado had more bad luck when he stalled on the pre-grid, forcing him to start from the pitlane. Pole-sitter Giedo van der Garde had a good start, keeping his lead off the line. Marcus Ericsson also had a good start, going from 9th to 4th, capitalising on Max Chilton’s poor start, which saw him fall back to 8th from a 4th place start.
After the start, however, Valsecchi began closing the gap on van der Garde, and by lap 8 was close enough to overtake for the lead. Fabio Leimer had also closed on van der Garde, and passed the Dutchman on lap 9. After the leaders had pitted Valsecchi was still in the lead, with Leimer 2nd and van der Garde 3rd, and it remained this way to the finish. Marcus Ericsson finished 8th, giving him pole for the sprint race tomorrow, and scoring his first points of the season. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. also made it into the points, finishing 10th, giving Barwa Addax their first point finish of the season. The fastest lap was set by James Calado on lap 28, providing consolation for a difficult day on which he only finished 17th.
Results of the Bahrain Feature Race
|3.||Giedo van der Garde||+14.824|
|10.||Johnny Cecotto, Jr.||+55.578|
|21.||Stefano Coletti||+1 lap|
|22.||Giancarlo Serenelli||+1 lap|
|23.||Ricardo Teixeira||+1 lap|
1 Jolyon Palmer classified as he completed 90% of the race winner's distance