After a good race last Saturday, when the drivers achieved 3rd and 4th positions, Coletti and Marciello started Sunday’s race in 5th and 6th places.
Both drivers gave the best of themselves in the first part of the race and they achieved 2nd and 3rd place, battling each other for the best position.
Afterwards, they both loosened the pace to preserve their tyres for later in the race.
The last few laps were very intense with Mitch Evans closing right in on Lello and twice the Russian Time driver got ahead but each time Marciello kept his head and immediately repassed the New Zealander to take his second podium of the weekend.
The next round of the 2014 GP2 Series will be in Silverstone in two weeks.
Thomas Couyotopoulo, Sporting Director of Racing Engineering: “A very strong result from both cars today. Lello had a very good start and pushed hard during the entire race. As he didn’t start on new tyres, he suffered a bit during the closing laps, and had to give up his second place in favour of his team mate. He defended very well from Evans during this stage of the race and celebrated an excellent second podium this weekend. Stefano had a more reasonable pace during the first part of the race, but came back very strongly on the leader during the second half. He finished second, stuck to the car of Cecotto in front of him. Overall this has been a very positive weekend and we were finally able to translate our performance into results. A big thank you to our boys, who have done a great job by putting two fast and reliable cars on this new track. We will work hard to keep the momentum and get very strong results during the next events.”
Rafaele Marciello: “Overall this was a good weekend. I had a really, really good start. I was on used tyres and pushed hard at the beginning of the race, so I think I should have saved them a bit more, but I pushed for the win. When I was in third, I defended my position to Evans well as my tyres were pretty much gone during the closing laps. But overall finishing both races of the weekend on the podium is very good for me and the team.”
Stefano Coletti: “I had a good start moving from 5th to 4th. I then passed Lello, but he was much quicker than me at the beginning of the race. My tyres took a longer time to get up to working temperature, but when they were ready, I started to push and passed Rossi on the outside of turn 3. I also passed Lello, who struggled with his tyres, so he let me go through. I then tried to catch Cecotto, but the gap was too big and I would have needed one or two laps more. But I am very happy with P2 and the fastest lap time in the race.”
Photo: Alastair Staley