Berthon controls GP2 sprint race

By on Sunday, July 28, 2013
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

Nathaniel Berthon has claimed victory in the GP2 sprint race in Hungary.

Berthon started the race from pole position having finished in eighth place in the feature race.

Reigning GP3 champion Mitch Evans finished in second, with Fabio Leimer third.

Marcus Ericsson was fourth, ahead of Felipe Nasr and James Calado.

Feature race winner Jolyon Palmer finished in twelfth place, having started on the option tyres after not using them en route to his aforementioned victory.

The safety car was briefly deployed following a large crash at the first corner.

Sergio Canamasas tipped Daniel De Jong into a spin and the Dutchman was collected by former team-mate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. His Hilmer car sustained heavy damage while Johnny Cecotto Jr was able to continue, despite being hit in the incident.

Cecotto later damaged his front wing when he nudged the back of Tom Dillmann after the Frenchman had slipped up the inside at the first corner.

Cecotto's busy race continued as a wildly optimistic move from Vittorio Ghirelli forced both drivers off track and Cecotto eventually retired.

The other incident came when Alexander Rossi made contact with Julian Leal. The latter sustained a puncture and spun off the circuit a corner later; Rossi continued but was handed a drive through penalty.

Championship leader Stefano Coletti endured another miserable race and failed to score a point, meaning that his title lead has been slashed to just six points over Nasr.

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