GP2 Hungary: An easy maiden win for Matsushita, Sirotkin takes the podium again
After Kevin Ceccon was on top of the GP3 podium, the GP2 race was easily won by Nobuharu Matsushita who managed to hold off his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne.
The race started with Matsushita on pole while Vandoorne climbed to second and Sirotkin to third, ahead of Raffaele Marciello. Feature race winner Alex Lynn was being attacked by Norman Nato and was eventually overtaken, dropping to ninth. Matsushita’s driving was flawless while Vandoorne made several mistakes, so by lap 7, Matsushita expanded his lead to 3.4s over the GP2 series leader. On lap 9, Haryanto was attacking Marciello for fourth, but wasn’t able to make a move on the Italian.
Halfway into the race, Matsushita was 2.3s ahead of Vandoorne and Sirotkin was 1.3s behind the Belgian. On lap 17, Nathanael Berthon was in Alex Rossi’s tail, but even though Berthon was close to overtaking on lap 18, he couldn’t complete the pass.
However, Rossi struggled for traction a lot, eventually dropping several spots and was forced to the pits. Lynn also dropped and on lap 21, he started attacking Jordan King for ninth. In the final laps, Sirotkin was getting closer to Vandoorne while Visoiu passed Pierre Gasly for seventh. As Matsushita won the race Vandoorne held Sirotkin off. Behind the top three were Marciello and Haryanto in top five and Nato, Visoiu, Gasly, Lynn and Pic in top ten.