Lynn wins Hockenheim GP2 sprint race, Sirotkin takes series lead

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Alex Lynn survived a frenetic start and several Virtual Safety Car periods to score his second victory of the 2016 GP2 Series season at Hockenheim on Sunday.

Lynn had been due to start the race from reverse grid pole, but Pierre Gasly’s exclusion from Saturday’s results meant that the Briton dropped to second behind Antonio Giovinazzi.

Lynn recovered his lead quickly at the start as Giovinazzi bogged down, pulling ahead with compatriot Oliver Rowland in tow at the front.

Rowland was unable to keep up with Lynn as the race wore on, causing him to drop back towards the recovering Giovinazzi, who needed to make progress after also being hit with a time penalty for forcing Arthur Pic off-track at the start. An attempt at Turn 5 resulted in contact, leaving Giovinazzi in the gravel and out of the race.

Rowland continued to come under pressure from the chasing pack, with Saturday winner Sergey Sirotkin managing to slip through into second place before the Briton also dropped behind Pic and Luca Ghiotto in the closing stages.

Up front, Lynn managed to remain calm before crossing the line three seconds clear of Sirotkin to pick up his second win of the season.

Second place saw Sirotkin take the lead of the championship after erstwhile leader Gasly finished the race sixth, salvaging some points from the weekend after being disqualified on Saturday when his fire extinguisher emptied during the race.

Pic completed the podium for Rapax ahead of Ghiotto, Rowland and Gasly, while Raffaele Marciello and Gustav Malja completed the top eight, all of whom were covered by just 10 seconds.

GP2 now embarks on a one-month break before returning at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in support of the Belgian Grand Prix.

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

 

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.