Robert Wickens has taken a commanding victory in the final race of the inaugural GP3 Series season at Monza.
The Status driver made a sensational start from fifth on the grid go into the first corner just behind Roberto Merhi, who'd led off the line, and passed the Spaniard on the exit to claim the lead. From there Wickens enjoyed a straightforward run to the chequered flag, claiming the win by a margin of 1.6sec.
Carlin's Josef Newgarden had the front row of the grid to himself after polesitter Nigel Melker was relegated to the back for causing the first start to be aborted, but the American was boxed in on the run down to the first chicane and dropped to fourth behind Merhi, Wickens and Mirko Bortolotti.
Bortolotti made short work of Merhi to claim second, and with insufficient pace to challenge Wickens, that's where he remained to the finish. Whether he will keep the place remains to be seen though, with the Italian having positioned his car good foot ahead of his slot on the grid.
Nico Muller also found a way passed Merhi to claim the final place on the podium, while Newgarden was left in fifth. Miki Monras picked up the final point after triumphing in an entertaining three-way scrap with Daniel Morad and Leonardo Cordeiro.
Newly crowned champion Esteban Gutierrez was a non-finisher after spinning his ART car through 180 degrees and stalling in the middle of the Parabolica.