Both the GP2 and GP3 Series championships closed up over the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
GP3 Race One – Vainio closes the gap
Koiranen GP driver Aaro Vainio took a win from pole position in Hungary to close the gap to championship leader Tio Ellinas by a massive 31 points. Vainio was followed closely to the flag by ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly, while Red Bull Junior Team driver Daniil Kvyat scored his maiden GP3 podium.
Full Report: GP3 Race One
GP2 Feature Race – Palmer rolls the dice
Carlin Racing’s tyre gamble paid off to help Jolyon Palmer take his first victory of the season. While others switched to soft tyres in the stops, the Brit pitted for medium tyres and ran an aggressive final stint to finish well clear of the others. Marcus Ericsson finished 15 seconds behind the leader with Felipe Nasr taking the final podium position.
Full Report: GP2 Feature Race
GP3 Race Two – MW Arden one-two
It was another lights-to-flag victory in the GP3, this time from MW Arden’s Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver finished two seconds clear of his team mate and Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz Jr in second, while Kevin Korjus took third. No points all weekend for Tio Ellinas meant his championship lead was cut to just one point ahead of Facu Regalia. Vainio, Jack Harvey and Korjus are all tied 15 points futher behind.
Full Report: GP3 Race Two
GP2 Sprint Race – Maiden win for Berthon
Nathanael Berthon was the surprise winner of the GP2 Sprint Race, having only scored his first points of 2013 in the previous race. The Frenchman resisted late pressure from MW Arden’s Mitch Evans to take his maiden GP2 win with Fabio Leimer finishing third. Stefano Coletti had another non-points finish, his fifth in six races, allowing Nasr to move within just six points of the Monegasque driver.
Full Report: GP2 Sprint Race
The GP2 and GP3 Series continues at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on 24-25 August.