ABU DHABI – Stefano Coletti has won the final race of the 2014 GP2 Series season in Abu Dhabi after seeing off the challenge of Felipe Nasr and pole-sitter Arthur Pic on Sunday at Yas Marina.
With Jolyon Palmer winning the championship at the last round in Russia and DAMS securing the teams’ title on Saturday, the only honor left undecided ahead of Sunday’s race was who would finish as the runner-up in the series.
After winning yesterday’s feature race, ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne looked to secure P2 in the standings with another good result, but had to start the race from eighth place thanks to the reverse grid. His rival, Felipe Nasr, started fifth, but made a good start to dice with Pic and Coletti at the front.
Coletti managed to move into the lead of the race ahead of Nasr, whilst Palmer saw his GP2 season come to an early end after being spun out. Vandoorne managed to pick up a couple of positions, putting the pressure on Nasr, who had to record the fastest lap of the race to secure second place in the championship.
However, with Vandoorne dropping back so he could post a fast lap himself, the Brazilian was unable to push ahead and post a quicker time with Pic filling his mirrors.
At the front, Coletti eased to the race win, his second of the season and seventh in GP2, finishing ahead of Nasr and Pic. Stephane Richelmi came home in fourth for DAMS with Mitch Evans finishing fifth.
In sixth, Vandoorne had done enough to secure second place in the standings, finishing three points ahead of Nasr. Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Raffaele Marciello rounded out the points as American driver Conor Daly finished 15th in what looks set to be his last GP2 race.
Today’s race also marked the last behind the microphone for NBCSN’s Will Buxton, who has served as the series commentator for the past few years.
With the season now drawn to a close, the drivers will be looking to see if they can possibly find a seat either in F1 or another top line series. Daly is known to be chasing a seat in IndyCar next season, whilst Felipe Nasr will move up to F1 with Sauber.
This year was all about Jolyon Palmer though. With a Briton winning GP2 and GP3 in 2014, can Lewis Hamilton make it a hat-trick for the UK in F1 today?