Chilton and Gutierrez share wins

Luiz Razia extends Championship lead with two podiums

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 29/07/12 11:15pm

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Max Chilton and Esteban Gutierrez shared the GP2 Series victories in Hungary, as Luiz Razia extended his lead at the top of the standings.

After qualifying on pole for the feature race, Chilton led from lights to flag to take his maiden GP2 win with a controlled performance.

The Carlin driver made a good start from pole and opened up a gap at the front whist Davide Valsecchi and Razia battled behind him.

James Calado fought his way past team-mate Gutierrez to take fourth and set about closing down the top three as a queue developed behind the Mexican.

With overtaking difficult around the tight circuit, pit strategy was key and when Felipe Nasr, Jolyon Palmer and Fabio Leimer pitted to get the undercut on Gutierrez, it forced the others in with Razia, Calado, Giedo van der Garde, Chilton and Valsecchi in over the next two laps.

Guiterrez stayed out and took over the lead of the race, indeed he did not pit until lap 22, by which point the leaders were right on his tail.

Julian Leal then took over the lead of the race, having opted not to pit, but, despite the Trident driver's lack of pace, Chilton could not find a way past, allowing Valsecchi and Razia to close onto his tail.

Eventually Leal pitted and Chilton was able to pick up the pace, but Valsecchi didn't give up on taking the win and the DAMS driver was only 0.6 seconds behind at the line, with Razia completing the podium.

Nasr looked to have the reverse grid pole for the sprint race sewn up, when he locked up and slide off at turn one, with Gutierrez taking eight at the flag.

The Mexican made full use of that pole position in Sunday's sprint race as he dominated proceedings from the front.

Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde were forced to start on the super-soft compounds after running two stints on the prime tyre in the feature race and the lack of durable rubber meant both finished down the order in 10th and 11th.

The Dutchman had been running third when his tyres started to go off, and it was an easy pass for Razia on lap 19 to take the final podium spot.

Palmer ran too deep attempting to get past the Caterham driver, which allowed Valsecchi past him and the British driver eventually had to settle for fifth, ahead of compatriot Calado.

The drive of the race, however, came from Felipe Nasr, who stormed through from the back of the grid to finish in eighth.

Drivers' standings
1. Luiz Razia - Arden - 196
2. Davide Valsecchi - DAMS - 189
3. Esteban Gutierrez - Lotus - 150
4. James Calado - Lotus - 132
5. Giedo van der Garde - Caterham - 129

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