Nathanael Berthon claimed his first ever GP2 win with a faultless performance in Hungary. He made full use of his reversed-grid pole position to lead into the first corner.
An opening-lap safety car period meant he had to fend off the charge of Mitch Evans once again, but he did this with aplomb, holding a 1.7-second lead after the first racing lap.
That was as close as it ever got. If the rivals were expecting the Trident car’s tyres to drop off, they were left disappointed and Berton claimed the team’s first win since Istanbul 2011.
Evans always had Berthon within his sights, but was never close enough to challenge. The lead duo were miles ahead of the rest, led home by Fabio Leimer.
It was a good result for the Racing Engineering man’s title charge as once again points leader Stefano Coletti suffered a poor result. Contact forced him to pit for a new nose and during the stop he ran over a wheel gun, further delaying the process. He eventually finished 20th.
Having used just the choice medium tires in Saturday’s race, yesterday’s winner Jolyon Palmer struggled to 12th on the softs.
Marcus Ericsson made a great start and took fourth, Felipe Nasr kept up his relentless points scoring with fifth, while James Calado made a great start to get himself into sixth.
In a race of little action, feature race polesitter Tom Dillmann pulled off a series of moves to rise from 20th on the grid to 11th.
Results - 28 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Nathanael Berthon Trident 45m06.319s 2. Mitch Evans Arden +2.239s 3. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering +13.441s 4. Marcus Ericsson DAMS +15.983s 5. Felipe Nasr Carlin +23.367s 6. James Calado ART +27.216s 7. Simon Trummer Rapax +31.387s 8. Sam Bird Russian Time +37.958s 9. Stephane Richelmi DAMS +40.002s 10. Rio Haryanto Addax +43.991s 11. Tom Dillmann Russian Time +44.383s 12. Jolyon Palmer Carlin +51.408s 13. Rene Binder Lazarus +51.699s 14. Daniel Abt ART +56.342s 15. Jake Rosenzweig Addax +1m01.084s 16. Alexander Rossi Caterham +1m05.663s 17. Vittorio Ghirelli Lazarus +1m11.592s 18. Jon Lancaster Hilmer +1m12.378s 19. Ricardo Teixeira Trident +1m13.045s 20. Julian Leal Racing Engineering +1 laps Retirements: Stefano Coletti Rapax 27 laps Dani Clos MP 24 laps Johnny Cecotto Jr Arden 19 laps Sergio Canamasas Caterham 1 lap Daniel de Jong MP 0 laps Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer 0 laps