Chilton. Spot on. Max Chilton scored his first GP2 pole and race victory in the feature race at the Hungaroring on Saturday. The 21-year-old English driver dominated the event but had to hold off a hard charging Davide Valsecchi in the closing laps.
The Italian DAMS driver changed all four wheels during his pit stop, compared to replacement of rear tires only on the Carlin entry for Chilton, but Davide also came under attack late in the race from his Brazilian championship challenger.
Chilton, like Razia, is in his third season of GP2 while Valsecchi is trying to win the championship in his fourth attempt. The series does not allow defense of title if you win the championship.
James Calado, another Brit and outstanding race winning rookie of the season, was fourth with Dutchman Giedo van der Garde completing the top five.
Gutierrez. Uno, dos, tres. Talented Mexican driver from Monterrey took his third win of the season in dominant fashion in Sunday’s sprint race. The Lotus (ART) GP driver started from pole position after finishing eighth in the feature race.
Frenchman Nathanael Berthon was second with Razia third, just ahead of his title rival Valsecchi in fourth. Jolyon Palmer was fifth.
Gutierrez won the inaugural GP3 Championship in 2010 and in 2008 dominated the Fomula BMW Europe Championship. He started his motor racing career at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah with pole position in the 2007 American version of Formula BMW.
He may race in Formula 1 next year if Mayfair moving vans arrive in Maranello for Massa when the 2012 is over and compadre Sergio Perez is signed on by Ferrari.
Standings. Luiz Razia holds on to a small lead, 196 to 189, over Valsecchi. The season finale will be in Singapore after the final two rounds in Europe; Spa and Monza.
Gutierrez is third with 150 points and teammate Calado is fourth on 132 points.
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– Nasir Hameed