F1weekly podcast # 514

Bianchi and Vietoris do the Dijon Dance

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Jules Bianchi, young French talent in the Ferrari Driver Academy, took his first victory in GP2 Series on Saturday. The race started behind the safety car due to wet conditions. Bianchi, starting from pole position, built a comfortable lead after the safety car pulled in after three laps.

A late pit stop by Bianchi allowed Christian Vietoris to close the gap. Bianchi had to fend-off a strong challenge from the German driver, who was able to take the lead only to be out-braked by Bianchi. The duo continued the duel with side-by-side racing, in the style reminiscent of the epic battle in France in 1979 between Gilles Villeneuve and Rene Arnoux.

The French driver prevailed on Saturday at Silverstone.

Marcus Ericsson of Sweden was third, Romain Grosjean fourth and Sam Bird fifth.

Sunday’s sprint race was won by Grosjean over Dani Clos of Spain. Dutchman Giedo van der Garde was third.

Grosjean leads the championship with 47 points. Van der Garde is second on 38 points and Bird third further six points behind. Feature race winner, Bianchi, now moves to 7th with 22 points.

— Nasir Hameed


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