Sergey Sirotkin claimed his maiden victory in the GP2 Series on Saturday at Silverstone after dominating the feature race from start to finish.
The former Sauber reserve driver lost the lead at the start of the race to Status Grand Prix driver Richie Stanaway, but was able to recover the position on lap four after a safety car period.
From there, Sirotkin remained in complete control of the race, finishing 5.9 seconds clear of American driver Alexander Rossi in second place.
Rossi had been gunning for a poignant victory at Silverstone on 4th of July, but was swarmed at the start by Stoffel Vandoorne and Nobuharu Matsushita, causing him to drop down to sixth place.
However, the American driver managed to pick up a place when Matsushita retired before producing two sensational passes on Vandoorne and Stanaway to assume second position.
Although he was unable to catch Sirotkin before the end of the race, the result still saw Rossi make inroads on Vandoorne’s lead at the top of the drivers’ championship. However, with the Belgian finishing third, the gap is still a sizeable 73 points.
This was the first feature race since Russia last year – 265 days ago – that was not won by Vandoorne, ending a record-breaking streak of victories from the ART Grand Prix driver.
DAMS teammates Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn both put in solid displays to finish fourth and fifth respectively, buthere was drama on the final lap of the race at Silverstone as Jordan King and Arthur Pic came to blows when fighting over sixth place.
King remained in front heading into the final corner, only for Pic to spin him around and force the Briton out of the race. Pic continued on track to cross the line in sixth place, but he is expected to lose the position when the stewards give their verdict on the clash.
Raffaele Marciello finished seventh for Trident ahead of Nick Yelloly, but both will gain a position if Pic is penalized. Oliver Rowland crossed the line in ninth place on his GP2 debut, and may well start tomorrow’s race from reverse grid pole should he be promoted into P8.
UPDATE 1530 ET
As expected, Arthur Pic was handed a post-race penalty in the form of a drive-through. The stewards added 20 seconds onto his time, dropping him to 14th in the final classification.
Oliver Rowland was also penalized after the stewards found that he had regularly exceeded track limits across the course of the race. This result in a five second time penalty, dropping him to P10.
As a result, Rio Haryanto will start from reverse grid pole on Sunday in the sprint race.
You can watch full highlights of the GP2 races on NBCSN at 2:30pm ET on Sunday.