Despite confusion over stopping in a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period, Sergey Sirotkin stormed to victory in Hockenheim ahead of Trident’s Luca Ghiotto and series leader Pierre Gasly.

Sirotkin led away from pole position but after pitting under a VSC, his initial stop did not count and he thus had to stop again.

He emerged out in second place and behind Raffaele Marciello but hunted down the Italian who was suffering with tyre degradation to come out on top, pulling off an Option-Prime-Option strategy.

Photo: GP2 Series Media Service.

Luca Ghiotto also passed his fellow compatriot in the latter stages to match his series best position of P2, whilst Gasly robbed third position away at the line.

Marciello limped over the line in fourth; just a front wings length away from remaining in a podium position.

Arthur Pic and Oliver Rowland finished in fifth and sixth, with the latter having a sensational battle at the beginning of the race with Norman Nato.

Gustav Malja ensured both Rapax drivers finished in the points as he took the chequered flag in seventh.

Alex Lynn received a 10 second time penalty for clipping Nato and dropped to eighth but starts tomorrow’s Sprint Race on pole.

Antonio Giovinazzi recovered from 22nd after a technical infringement to finish ninth and Nobuharu Matsushita claimed the final point.

Sirotkin’s win catapults the Russian from eighth in the standings to second and 21 points behind Gasly.

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