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DATE News (chronologically)
09/11/11
gp3
Felix Da Costa wins thrilling season finale  
Felix Da Costa
GP3 Series
Antonio Felix Da Costa took his first victory this season in what was a dramatic final race of the 2011 GP3 Series™. The Portuguese driver finished ahead of championship runner-up James Calado, but the Lotus ART driver was handed a 20-second penalty for failing to take a drive-through penalty after causing a collision with Mitch Evans. Marussia Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto was promoted to second and Nico Müller took the final podium spot.

Felix Da Costa took an early lead when the lights went out until poleman Evans fought back a lap later. Carlin’s Conor Daly held onto his third place at the start but the American was hit up the back into Ascari on the opening lap by champion Valtteri Bottas. Daly was out the race and the Finn was given a drive-through penalty. At the front Calado had put moves on both Felix Da Costa and Evans to take the lead.

With the top six drivers running nose-to-tail and covered by less than two seconds it was a fierce battle at the front. Behind the leading duo there was a three way battle for third between Evans, Muller and Simon Trummer. Evans took advantage diving up into P2 and then taking the lead from Calado. The Brit was straight back on the attack but three laps later when he tried to move ahead Calado went wide tapping Evans, putting the Kiwi out of the race.

Felix Da Costa took the lead and Calado was given a drive-through penalty on the penultimate lap, however he failed to come in and crossed the line in second place before being handed a 20-second post race penalty dropping him to fourteenth. Haryanto and Müller were promoted to the podium, and Trummer, Callum Macleod and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs took the last points paying positions. 

Calado could have tied with champion Bottas on points if he had won the race and set fastest lap, as the Finn scored no points. Bottas went on to snatch fastest lap as he crossed the line to seventeenth spot.

Despite not finishing the race Nigel Melker solidified third place in the drivers’ standings with 38-points, two more than Müller in fourth.

Race 2 results:

Pos

No. DRIVER NAT TEAM LAPS TIME GAP BEST
1 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 16 28:28.320 0.000 1:45.298
2 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 16 28:29.040 0.720 1:45.334
3 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 16 28:29.528 1.208 1:45.285
4 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 16 28:30.255 1.935 1:45.168
5 15 C. MACLEOD GBR Carlin 16 28:30.628 2.308 1:45.117
6 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 16 28:34.555 6.235 1:45.275
7 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 16 28:35.347 7.027 1:45.627
8 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 16 28:35.919 7.599 1:45.186
9 23 T. DILLMANN FRA Addax Team 16 28:38.269 9.949 1:45.822
10 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 16 28:38.448 10.128 1:45.668
11 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 16 28:39.019 10.699 1:45.475
12 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 16 28:39.640 11.320 1:45.373
13 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 16 28:39.746 11.426 1:45.351
14 3 J. CALADO * GBR Lotus ART 16 28:48.717 20.397 1:45.516
15 29 D. MANCINELLI ITA RSC Mucke Motorsport 16 28:51.826 23.506 1:46.541
16 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 16 29:08.079 39.759 1:45.780
17 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 16 29:11.027 42.707 1:44.801
18 25 V. GHIRELLI ITA Addax Team 16 29:32.908 64.588 1:45.987
19 1 R. STANAWAY NZL Lotus ART 16 29:33.748 65.428 1:44.968
20 9 C. HURNI SUI Jenzer Motorsport 16 30:03.292 94.972 1:48.473
21 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 13 23:08.242 DNF 1:45.603
22 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 9 16:13.369 DNF 1:46.179
23 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 9 16:15.651 DNF 1:44.928
23 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 6 10:53.122 DNF 1:45.918
25 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 5 9:21.605 DNF 1:48.029
26 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 3 5:39.400 DNF 1:47.785
27 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 3 5:56.101 DNF 1:52.699
28 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1 2:18.317 DNF -
29 18 T. HYLKEMA NED Tech 1 Racing 1 2:20.723 DNF -
30 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 0 - DNF -
FL 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART - 1:44.801 - -

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