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DATE News (chronologically)
05/15/10
gp2
D'Ambrosio on top in sprint race
Jerome d’Ambrosio has taken his maiden GP2 victory in the streets of Monaco, defying intense, race long pressure from behind to win today’s sprint race ahead of Giedo van der Garde and Jules Bianchi.

The Belgian driver made a solid start from pole, moving across to secure the top spot from fellow front row starter Luiz Razia, which handed the Dutchman the inside line to squeeze past the Brazilian into Ste Devote, with Alberto Valerio, Pastor Maldonado and Bianchi following the trio up the hill to Casino Square.

The tight, twisty nature of the circuit meant the positions didn’t change until a number of drive through penalties were handed down, for jump starts and for cutting the first corner, with Maldonado the most high profile on the men to come in early. Back on track Valerio was pushing with all his might to claim a podium in the high profile event, finally slicing his way inside and through Razia at the chicane.

The Brazilian clearly felt he hadn’t been correct in the move, however, and volunteered the position back to his countryman soon after. While reapplying the pressure two laps later disaster struck: Valerio lost the front of his car under braking for the same corner and found the wall instead. With Rodolfo Gonzalez suffering an even heavier impact at Casino Square at the same time there was no choice but to bring out the safety car.

D’Ambrosio had a solid restart to hold off his Dutch rival, but Razia soon found himself under more pressure as Bianchi pushed hard from the restart: the Frenchman made an audacious move from the outside on the front straight to cut inside Razia and through at Ste Devote, with the Brazilian left stranded in his wake.

And so it finished: d’Ambrosio broke clear to easily take the checkered flag ahead of van der Garde, who now had Bianchi filling his mirrors, with Johnny Cecotto making a similarly astonishing move to cut inside a clearly struggling Razia at the final corner on the penultimate lap for fourth place, while yesterday’s winner Sergio Perez picked up another point for sixth place to extend his championship lead.

Results

POS

NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT BEST LAPS GAP INT
1 11 J. D'Ambrosio BEL Dams 1:23.236 30 - -
2 3 G. Van Der Garde NED Barwa Addax 1:23.346 30 0.351 -
3 1 J. Bianchi FRA ART Grand Prix 1:22.771 30 1.078 1.841
4 24 J. Cecotto VEN Trident Racing 1:23.452 30 2.919 1.841
5 14 L. Razia BRA Rapax 1:23.574 30 6.572 3.653
6 4 S. Perez MEX Barwa Addax 1:22.179 30 7.257 0.685
7 16 C. Pic FRA Arden Int. 1:23.472 30 7.903 0.646
8 5 J. Kral CZE Super Nova 1:23.743 30 8.837 0.934
9 6 M. Ericsson SWE Super Nova 1:23.813 30 9.431 0.594
10 2 S. Bird GBR ART Grand Prix 1:22.052 30 10.046 0.615
11 15 P. Maldonado VEN Rapax 1:22.405 30 10.465 0.419
12 25 A. Zaugg RSA Trident Racing 1:23.089 30 11.239 0.774
13 21 V. Arabadzhiev BUL Scuderia Coloni 1:23.919 30 12.591 1.352
14 18 M. Chilton GBR Ocean Racing 1:24.606 30 25.246 12.655
15 9 O. Turvey GBR iSport Int 1:23.551 30 25.461 0.215
16 10 D. Valsecchi ITA iSport Int 1:22.713 30 25.703 0.242
17 19 F. Leimer SUI Ocean Racing 1:22.726 30 26.063 0.360
18 26 M. Herck ROU DPR 1:23.939 22 DNF -
19 12 H. Tung CHN Dams 1:23.679 20 DNF -
20 27 G. Ricci ITA DPR 1:23.625 17 DNF -
21 20 A. Valerio BRA Scuderia Coloni 1:23.456 14 DNF -
22 17 R. Gonzalez VEN Arden Int 14 1:23.434 DNF -
23 7 D. Clos ESP Racing Engineering 8 1:23.862 DNF -
24 6 C. Vietoris GER Racing Engineering - 0 DNF -

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