Mitch Evans claims fourth overnight in Silverstone, Gasly wins

Mitch Evans has scored added another top-five finish overnight to his 2016 GP2 Series campaign, taking fourth at the category's Silverstone feature race. 


Starting the race from sixth, the New Zealander was one of the quickest drivers on track; setting the fastest lap of the race late in the running as he cut past the likes of Norman Nato to grab the fourth spot. The result is enough for the former Toyota Racing Series champion to hold onto second place in the standings, though he is now on equal points with Antonio Giovinazzi.


His speed though wasn't enough to challenge for the podium, finishing 10-seconds behind third-place getter Oliver Rowland. Red Bull development driver Pierre Gasly cruised to an overdue maiden GP2 Series race victory over teammate Giovinazzi. 


Gasly, Giovinazzi, and Rowland were three of the only drivers that started the race on soft tyres, subsequently seeing them fade through the field in the early laps. However their strategy proved to be the right one, with Gasly emerging with a comfortable lead once the rest of the field — headed by Nato — made their pit stops. He eventually won the race by almost 10 seconds over Gasly. 


“It's been tough in the last two years in GP2: a few opportunities where I had the speed to win but was never able to make it happen, which was really frustrating,” said Gasly.


“Mentally you need to keep working and making a lot of effort to make it happen, and since the beginning of the year with PREMA Racing I felt we had the opportunities, we were fast in testing and in the races: last weekend I missed my chance by making a mistake in Spielberg's Feature Race, and I really wanted to take my revenge this weekend! We made it to the end this time, and it feels really good.”


Gasly's win thrusts him into the championship lead, dethroning former series leader Rafaelle Marciello. 


Photo: Sam Bloxham, GP2 Series Media