The incident at the start was caused by pole-sitter Fairuz Fauzy, who bogged down when the red lights were turned off and lost several positions at the start. Later on, when approaching the first corner, he blocked his wheels and lost control of his car, which eventually hit the rear of Trident’s Stefano Coletti.
The hit caused Coletti to also lose control of his car and bump into Bianchi’s ART Grand Prix-prepared challenger.
Racing Engineering’s Dani Close was the first to take advantage of Fauzy’s failed start and got himself into the race leading spot, while followed closely by Rapax’ Fabio Leimer. The pair drove very close one to another throughout the race, but Leimer found it impossible to get through until the chequered flag.
The last position on the podium was secured by Addax’ Giedo Van Der Garde, who managed to put enough seconds between him and Grosjean to race in a comfortable 3rd place until the end.
The Top 6 was completed by ART’s Esteban Gutierrez, who gave Grosjean quite some headaches in the battle for 4th place, and Coloni’s Michael Herck.