Stephane Richelmi took his maiden GP2 victory in the Monaco Sprint Race
Jolyon Palmer scores points again to extend championship lead
By William Esler. Last Updated: 24/05/14 5:56pm
Highlights of an eventful and exciting GP2 Sprint Race in Monaco.
Stephane Richelmi took his maiden GP2 victory in front of his home fans with a controlled drive in the Sprint Race on the streets of Monaco.
The 24-year-old started from pole for the reverse grid race courtesy of his eighth place finish in the Feature Race and, after defending resolutely into turn one, he held off the challenge of an arguably quicker Sergio Canamasas for the next 30 laps.
After the drama of Friday, Saturday's race was rather more civilised, but not without incident as Artem Markelov braked abruptly on the entry to Massenet on the opening lap causing Tio Ellinas to run into the back of him and the Russian was duly handed a drive-through penalty.
Just a couple of corners later, Felipe Nasr went straight on at Mirabeau after a front right puncture caused him to lock up - the resulting retirement a major blow to his championship hopes.
After his late charge in the Feature Race came to nothing following contact with Simon Trummer, Stefano Coletti once again proved he knew his way around the streets of his homeland as he rocketed from 19th to 13th on the opening lap. His efforts would ultimately go unrewarded, however, as the Monegasque driver would eventually finish ninth, one place outside of the points.
Having served his drive-through penalty, Markelov was in the wars again on lap 13 as he carried too much speed into Sainte Devote and took the TechPro barrier with him up the hill to Beau Rivage causing a Safety Car.
When the action resumed, Richelmi, Canamasas and Rio Haryanto were able to cement the podium positions as a train formed behind Johnny Cecotto who was struggling for pace. A great display of defensive driving saw the Venezuelan hang onto fourth spot, but just 10 seconds covered the next 17 cars.
Jolyon Palmer finished seventh to extend his Drivers' Championship lead to 46 points, but he did lose his record of finishing on the podium at every race in 2014.
The next rounds of the GP2 Series take place in Austria on June 20-22 and you can see the action live on Sky Sports F1.
GP2 Monaco - Sprint Race
1) Stephane Richelmi (MON) - DAMS - 43:17.087
2) Sergio Canamasas (ESP) - Trident - +2.179
3) Rio Haryanto (INA) - Caterham Racing - +8.295
4) Johnny Cecotto (VEN) - Trident - +25.320
5) Arthur Pic (FRA) - Campos Racing - +25.753
6) Mitch Evans (NZL) - Russian Time - +25.973
7) Jolyon Palmer (GBR) - DAMS - +26.587
8) Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR) - Rapax - +26.956
9) Stefano Coletti (MON) - Racing Enginerring - +28.473
10) Conor Daly (USA) - Venezuela GP Lazarus - +28.721
1) Jolyon Palmer - 103
2) Felipe Nasr - 57
3) Johnny Cecotto - 49
4) Julian Leal - 48
5) Arthur Pic - 40