2015 GP2 Bahrain Race 1
The Race 1 of 2015 GP2 championship was held on Bahrain race circuit on 18.04.2015 starting at 13:10 (GMT+3) and as any GP2 race it was full of great on track action, dynamic driving and track battles. After the interesting qualifying sessions when driver Stoffel Vandoorne took the pole with his teammate Nobuharu Matsushita on second, there was guaranteed excitement in Race 1 on Saturday. The race was held on Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain, well known GP track with lenght of 5.412 kilometers. The Race 1 is 32 laps long and the distance that drivers have to cover is over 170 kilometers. The weather conditions were very hard because the temperature of over 35 degrees.
The ART Grand Prix Stoffel Vandoorne led the race from the start but after a few laps, his decision to start on medium-compound tyres proved very bad and almost cost him everything. However, very soon a four car pile up changed the dynamics of the race. Fortunately, no one was hurt and the accident was not serious but after that the things were different. The safety car was needed and that gave everybody a chance to have a pitstop and change the tires. After the safety car Alexander Rossi grabbed the lead of the race passing ahead of Alex Lynn during the stops.
However, Stoffel Vandoorne managed to have a faster lap on medium-compound tyres but he needed to drive even faster to cover the gap and have time to go in to the pits to change tires. After the Lynn hit Rossi at Turn 1 and passed the oncoming traffic, the Vandoorne took the lead but soon went to pits and rejoined the race in 10th place. But Vandorne had advantage of fresh tires and was over 20s behind Rossi, but his opening lap on fresh soft tyres was 5s per lap faster, and flew up to the cars who were much slower on well-used mediums. So the gap between Vandoorne and Rossi was smaller every lap and came to 9 seconds with four laps to go. Vandoorne was now over 3 seconds faster per lap and attack on the first place was inevitable. Vandoorne passed Rossi with just over a lap remaining using Rossi’s mistake as he ran to wide at the hairpin curve. Rio Haryanto was second and the Rossi was third and Jordan King on fourth place.
After the very exiting and dynamic Race 1 we hardly can wait for tomorow’s Race 2 which will certainly be as good and interesting as this on track battle.