Very solid drive from Valsecchi, didn’t wear out his tyres early on while battling around the P5/6 area and then was able to push at the end. The penalty on Leimer was harsh in my view; I don’t think Valsecchi would have been able to catch him had he stayed in the lead. Impressive recovery drive from Nasr, too.
There are quite a few guys who’ve been in GP2 a good few seasons now, for whom this year is really a last-chance saloon if they’re going to make it to F1. Valsecchi and Razia are two of them, and they are doing a good job. Leimer is there or thereabouts; with a bit more luck/judgement he could be right in the championship battle. Van der Garde has been solid but unspectacular; Coletti has been rather hit-or-miss; and Ericsson seems to have slipped into midfield obscurity. Chilton has put in some much-improved showings and convinced me at least that he deserves his place on the grid, but seems to lack that cutting edge. Circumspection is a rare quality in young drivers but Chilton always seems to be lining up moves he never actually makes. He could have beaten Calado today.