Sam produced another impressive display of sheer racing ability yesterday as he charged forward from 14th on the grid to finish fifth.
The gauntlet had been thrown down the previous day when he was given a drive-through penalty - somewhat harshly according to some observers - for contact with another driver while fighting for the coveted 8th place, synonymous with the reversed grid sprint race pole position.
This condemned Sam to a lowly 14th place finish and to a tricky mid-pack starting position for the sprint race. With no compulsory pit stop, a top six scoring finish seemed like a tall order.
However, Sam made an excellent start to get up to tenth by the end of the first lap before producing another overtaking festival, reminiscent of Barcelona, that successively left Herck, Filippi, Pic, current Championship leader Maldonado, and current Championship runner-up Clos in his wake.
Sam took the chequered flag in 5th place, just over a second adrift of his team mate, having started the race ten places behind him.
"If I look at this race in isolation, then we have to be satisfied with the final result, given our starting position," said Sam. "However, if I look at the weekend as a whole, I can only be disappointed as we had the pace to be on the podium in both races and score double figures. A special mention to the team, who gave me an excellent car throughout the weekend."
The next round of the GP2 Series will take place at the Hungaroring, Hungary on 30th July - 1st August.