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DATE News (chronologically)
07/31/10
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Nico Müller flies to victory in Budapest  Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller continued his impressive display in Hungary during Race 1 this afternoon by taking a lights to flag victory. The Swiss driver has been untouchable since arriving at the Hungaroring and romped to victory after a dream start. All throughout the race he held off Esteban Gutiérrez to take his second win of the season.   

Behind the leader ART Grand Prix’s Gutiérrez had a less than ideal start to his race from second place. The Mexican was passed off the line by a charging Robert Wickens who drove his Status GP car clean past Gutiérrez and Tech 1 Racing’s Stefano Coletti from fourth off the line. A battle for second and third ensued between all three drivers entering turn 3 with Gutiérrez eventually sealing the spot ahead of Coletti, and Wickens slotting into fourth. 

Further down the grid Josef Newgarden was up into ninth spot and had his sights firmly set on eighth and reverse pole for tomorrow’s race. The Carlin driver was all over the back of ART’s Alexander Rossi and passed his fellow countryman for the final point of race and set off in search of Feliz da Costa in seventh. At the front race leader Müller and Gutiérrez were swapping fastest laps and started to pull away from Coletti in third. 

With just five laps to go Newgarden had lost ground to Felix Da Costa and was once again locked in battle with Rossi. Felix Da Costa had pulled away in search of Addax Team’s Mirko Bortolotti in sixth spot and Wickens and Carlin’s Dean Smith were comfortably in fourth and fifth spots.   

Rossi was pushing Newgarden hard on the final lap of the race but looked like finishing just outside the points in ninth – that was until sixth place man Bortolotti began slowing just before the checkered flag. The Italian was set for 3 points before fuel pressure problems meant he eventually crossed the line in eleventh gifting Rossi the final point for the race and reverse grid pole for Race 2 tomorrow, next to Newgarden for an all American front row. Felix Da Costa moved up into sixth and Newgarden took seventh. Far from the drama, Muller scored his second win of the season 1.450s ahead of Series leader Gutierrez and Coletti.

The Mexican increases his lead in the drivers’ standings by another four points to 34. The ART driver now has 73 points compared to Wickens in second with 39. Nico Muller has moved in front of Rossi to take third with 35 points. ART are now leading the team’s standing’s by 48 – the French team have 102 points in total. 

The action continues tomorrow at 09:25 local time with Race 2.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Behind
1. Nico Muller Jenzer +0.000s
2. Esteban Gutierrez ART +1.450s
3. Stefano Coletti Tech 1 +14.516s
4. Robert Wickens Status +14.856s
5. Dean Smith Carlin +18.232s
6. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin +24.546s
7. Josef Newgarden Carlin +24.846s
8. Alexander Rossi ART +25.999s
9. Renger van der Zande RSC Mucke +28.073s
10. Michael Christensen MW Arden +29.808s
11. Mirko Bortolotti Addax +31.325s
12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor +31.408s
13. Felipe Guimaraes Addax +38.192s
14. Doru Sechelariu Tech 1 +39.997s
15. Tobias Hegewald RSC Mucke +44.979s
16. Oliver Oakes Atech CRS +49.818s
17. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +50.904s
18. Adrien Tambay Manor +51.827s
19. Pedro Nunes ART +52.423s
20. Rio Haryanto Manor +53.564s
21. Daniel Morad Status +53.995s
22. Leonardo Cordeiro MW Arden +54.390s
23. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke +54.659s
24. Vittorio Ghirelli Atech CRS +54.990s
25. Ivan Lukashevich Status +55.856s
26. Pablo Sanchez Lopez Addax DNF 13 laps
27. Marco Barba Jenzer DNF 12 laps
28. Roberto Merhi Atech CRS DNF 7 laps
29. Miki Monras MW Arden DNF 6 laps

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