Spa-Francorchamps, 23 August –Raffaele Marciello took his first ever GP2 Series win today, triumphing at the Spa circuit in Round 8. The Ferrari Driver Academy driver started from the second row of the grid in his Spanish Racing Engineering team’s car and made up one place on lap 2, after a restart as the race was red-flagged because of a torrential rain storm. He then passed Johnny Cecotto Jnr. on lap 10. With six laps remaining, Marciello made his pit stop and began to close on the leader Stoffel Vandoorne, overtaking him two laps from the chequered flag.
“The rain which came before the start made the early stages of the race very difficult,” commented Raffaele. “Poor visibility was a real problem. When I managed to move up to second, I began to close on Vandoorne, but only after the pit stop did I realise the win was in my grasp. The track gradually dried and my feeling with the car continued to improve. I didn’t want to take any risks attacking Vandoorne. I knew there were three laps to go and I waited for the right moment. It’s a great day, a reward for all my work, and that of Racing Engineering and everyone at the Ferrari Driver Academy. Tomorrow, I start Race 2 from eighth place and I hope to finish what has been an unforgettable weekend in the best way possible.”