|Today’s 22 lap Sprint Race at Yas Marina took place at 14:20 local time so the GP2 cars were racing under daylight rather than the Feature Race which was held at night under floodlights and this meant that the air and track temperatures were higher than those of yesterday at 28° and 35° respectively. Following the Feature Race Norman Nato lined up 3rd on the reversed grid after finishing 6th and Jordan King, who had a difficult race, was in 13th position. Both of the Racing Engineering cars were running on the Pirelli P Zero White Medium compound tyres.
Norman made a good start from the second row passing Cecotto into the first corner but during the opening lap the Venezuelan repassed and he lost another place to Sirotkin to finish the first lap in 4th, 0.6 seconds behind Cecotto and 0.6 seconds ahead of Matsushita. During the next few laps the Racing Engineering car came under increasing pressure from the ART car and he dropped away a little from Cecotto and by lap six the gap was 2.7 seconds. On lap nine Norman was passed by Matsushita and he was now battling with Giovinazzi who had the advantage of DRS on the straights.
On lap twelve Norman was leading a group of five cars and on lap thirteen he set his fastest lap of the race so far as he fought to keep Giovinazzi behind him and some more personal fastest laps saw the young Frenchman open out a 2.7 second gap, helped by contact between Giovinazzi and Markelov, as the race entered the closing five laps. Norman was comfortably able to keep the gap over Giovinazzi to take 5th at the chequered flag and secure second place for Racing Engineering in the Team Championship.
Jordan made a very good start from 13th place passing Canamasas and Ghiotto but losing a position to Evans to end the opening lap in 12th, 0.6 second behind Evans and 0.6 seconds ahead of Rowland. On lap seven the young Briton lost a place to Rowland under braking to lie 13th and he was now 3.6 seconds ahead of Bernstorff but he was able to open the gap to the Arden driver and on lap eleven he was 5.2 seconds ahead and closing on Latifi who was just 0.5 seconds ahead. Jordan soon passed the Canadian driver and he was now 3.5 seconds behind Rowland with six laps to go and within three laps he reduced the gap to 1.2 seconds and with two laps to go he used his DRS to pass the MP Motorsport car to move up to 11th. Jordan was now fighting with Marciello and on the final lap the two cars passed and repassed each other and the Racing Engineering driver was able to take the place and finish 10th at the finish.
A mixed day for Racing Engineering in the final race of the 2016 GP2 Series with the team finishing second in the Team Championship but Norman finishing 5th when he had hoped to end the year on the podium. For Jordan yesterday’s disappointing race meant that he was never in contention for a good finish today. The team will now begin preparing for three days of testing at the Yas Marina circuit starting on Wednesday.