A somewhat processional sprint race was won by James Calado. It was an impressive performance from the rookie who kept team mate Esteban Gutierrez behind at the start and managed his pace to win.
This was Calado’s second win in his first four GP2 races – he also won one of the end-of-season non-championship races in Abu Dhabi last year.
The top three on the grid finished in the order they started with another rookie, Felipe Nasr, a strong third in his second GP2 start.
Giedo van der Garde made a rapid start from ninth on the grid to take fourth and finished there. Feature race winner Luiz Razia repelled attacks from Davide Valsecchi and Max Chilton before passing Fabio Leimer for fifth.
After trying and failing to pass Razia at turn four, Valsecchi tangled with Marcus Ericsson and was launched into a frightening barrel-roll at turn five. Fortunately he was unhurt:
Despite that he’s still second in the championship with 24 points to Razia’s 31.