Evans pipped to maiden GP2 win in Monaco

Mitch Evans scores first podium of the season at Monaco

Mitch Evans scores first podium of the season at Monaco

Mitch Evans narrowly missed out on securing his maiden GP2 race win after being pipped to victory by Jolyon Palmer in a dramatic feature race at Monaco.

The New Zealander led for the opening 10 laps but as his super-soft tyres went off Palmer pounced leaving Evans to battle for a podium finish.

A red flag and two Safety Car periods failed to disrupt the 19-year-old as he fended off Felipe Nasr in the final laps to come home in second spot for his first podium of the season.

Evans out-sprinted polesitter Palmer at the start to lead as the field streamed into Ste Devote for the first time.

Aided by the super-soft tyres, the Russian Time driver managed to keep Palmer behind him until lap 11 when his worn tyres allowed the DAMS driver to slip through.

The race was brought to a halt on lap 12 when Evans‘ team-mate Artem Markelov became stranded at the Loews hairpin after being caught up in an incident involving Rene Binder and Andre Negrao.

Following a lengthy delay, Palmer retained the lead upon the restart with Evans, now on soft tyres, close behind in second.

Palmer was unable to pull away at the front as the Safety Car was deployed again on lap 25 when Julian Leal crashed at the Nouvelle chicane while trying to pass Raffaele Marciello.

All of the frontrunners took the opportunity to pit apart from Stoffel Vandoorne. However, once the ART driver finally made his last stop the battle for the race win went up a notch.

Race leader Palmer, now equipped with soft tyres, was unable to math his earlier pace which allowed Evans and Nasr, who started from 18th, to close in.

Despite piling on the pressure, Palmer held firm to take the chequered flag from Evans by just four tenths of a second with Nasr third.

Johnny Cecotto Jr came home in fourth ahead of Sergio Canamasas and Arthur Pic. Rio Haryanto finished seventh while Stephene Richelmi was eighth and will start Saturday’s Sprint race from pole.  

GP2 Monaco Feature Race Results

Position Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 1h38m31.193s
2 Mitch Evans Russian Time +0.427s
3 Felipe Nasr Carlin +0.653s
4 Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident +2.175s
5 Sergio Canamasas Trident +2.884s
6 Arthur Pic Campos +6.187s
7 Rio Haryanto Caterham +8.718s
8 Stephane Richelmi DAMS +9.594s
9 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax +9.785s
10 Tio Ellinas MP +10.187s
11 Daniel de Jong MP +10.689s
12 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering +11.727s
13 Conor Daly Lazarus +12.291s
14 Stoffel Vandoorne ART +12.705s
15 Kimiya Sato Campos +26.761s
16 Alexander Rossi Caterham +29.166s
17 Nathanael Berthon Lazarus +56.107s
RET Artem Markelov Russian Time 35 laps
RET Rene Binder Arden 35 laps
RET Simon Trummer Rapax 31 laps
RET Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 31 laps
RET Takuya Izawa ART 31 laps
RET Julian Leal Carlin 24 laps
RET Andre Negrao Arden 11 laps
RET Daniel Abt Hilmer 9 laps
RET Facu Regalia Hilmer 0 laps

 

 

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