Autodromo de Monza, Italy: another iconic circuit, following Spa Francorchamps two weeks ago, another pole position for Sam and for a long while, it looked as if a fifth race win of the year was inevitable.
However, a reluctant right rear wheel during the compulsory tyre change pit stop lost the RUSSIAN TIME driver valuable time and ultimately cost him the race win.
Sam was philosophical and typically supportive of his team after having to settle for second at the chequered flag: "Sometimes you have good pitstops, sometimes you have bad pitstops," he said.
"Today was unfortunate, but over the course of a season it happens, and it happens to everybody. I’ve had some fantastic pitstops from the guys, this is the first one that hasn’t quite gone our way, but it evens itself out."
Starting from seventh in Sunday’s sprint race, Sam made an excellent start and drove a measured race to take fourth place and further strengthen his championship title credentials.
Sam now lies second in the drivers' title race, only six points off the leader with two rounds remaining, while RUSSIAN TIME lead the team championship despite this being their first year in GP2.
The next race takes place in Singapore on 20-22 September during the Formula One Grand Prix weekend.