Stefano Coletti wins GP2 Sprint Race on home soil in Monaco
Rapax driver extends lead at top of the Championship
By William Esler
Last Updated: 17/09/13 1:24pm
The win for the Rapax driver means he becomes the first Monegasque to stand atop the Monaco podium in any category since the F1 World Championship started in 1950.
Coletti leapt onto the tail of pole-sitter Adrian Quaife-Hobbs at the start as Rene Binder bogged down from second on the grid dropping to sixth.
Mitch Evans had also made a good start from sixth and dived past James Calado at Mirabeau to move up to third.
Having stalked Quaife-Hobbs during the opening stages, Coletti made his move on lap three, with a late braking manoeuvre at the Nouvelle Chicane. He duly set the fastest lap time the next time around to open up a gap of 2.1 seconds, which he managed to the chequered flag.
Behind the leaders, Daniel Abt's Monaco weekend went from bad to worse as he was handed a drive-through penalty which dropped him to the back of the field and he eventually finished in 22nd position.
After being eliminated from the Feature Race at the first corner on Friday, Jolyon Palmer had been forced to start from 19th spot on the grid. A solid drive from the Carlin driver saw him work his way up to 12th position - a lovely move on Sergio Canamasas at Rascasse on lap 13 a notable highlight.
Having been victorious in the first race of the weekend, Britain's Sam Bird had a major reversal in fortunes after encountering a technical issue and being forced into a long pit stop that cost him a lap. He eventually finished 24th.
On the final lap, Evans made another push for second spot, almost running into the back of Quaife-Hobbs as they exited the Nouvelle Chicane, but the MP Motorsport driver held onto second spot, with just six tenths of a second covering second, third and fourth places at the line.
GP2 Monaco Sprint Race Results
1) Stefano Coletti (MON) - Rapax - 42:50.707
2) Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR) - MP Motorsport - +1.869
3) Mitch Evans (NZL) - Arden International - +2.218
4) Felipe Nasr (BRA) - Carlin - +2.536
5) James Calado (GBR) - +3.747
6) Rene Binder (AUT) - Venezuela GP Lazarus - +19.293
7) Kevin Ceccon (ITA) - Trident Racing - +20.015
8) Stephane Richelmi (MON) - DAMS - +20.576
9) Daniel de Jong (NDL) - MP Motorsport - +21.197
10) Jake Rosenzweig (USA) - Addax - +31.720
12) Jolyon Palmer (GBR) - Carlin - +35.775
17) Jon Lancaster (GBR) - Hilmer Motorsport - +1:03.893
24) Sam Bird (GBR) - RUSSIAN TIME - +1 lap
1) Stefano Coletti - 120
2) Felipe Nasr - 96
3) Sam Bird - 58
4) Fabio Leimer - 54
5) James Calado - 40
6) Robin Frijns - 37
7) Mitch Evans - 36
8) Jolyon Palmer - 31
9) Kevin Ceccon - 28
10) Alexander Rossi - 27