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Flag of Azerbaijan 2016 Baku Feature Race
Baku City Circuit 2016
The Baku City Circuit for 2016.
Race Information
Date 18 June 2016
Event Flag of Europe 2016 European Grand Prix
Location Flag of Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Baku, Azerbaijan
Lap length 6.003 km (3.730 mi)
Distance 26 laps / 156.078 km (96.982 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:51.752
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:56.086 on lap 18
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:03:05.420
Race Guide
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The 2016 Baku Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2016 Baku Race 1, was the fifth race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Baku City Circuit on the 18 June 2016.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2016 European Grand Prix, would see Antonio Giovinazzi sweep to victory in one of the most chaotic races in GP2 history.[2]

The Ferrari Academy Driver would start the weekend in fine form, sprinting to a maiden pole position in qualifying by just 0.080s.[3] The man edged out by Giovinazzi would be Nobuharu Matsushita, while Sergey Sirotkin and Raffaele Marciello shared the second row.[3]

Things would not go Giovinazzi's way at the start however, with Matsushita ghosting past the Italian as the Prema bogged down.[2] Indeed, it was such a poor getaway from the Italian that he slipped to sixth, although all of the chaos behind him ultimately stole the show.[2]

Norman Nato proved to be the catalyst, spinning in the middle of the pack and was duly collected by Sergio Canamasas and Pierre Gasly.[2] In attempting to avoid the melee Alex Lynn, Nicholas Latifi and Marvin Kirchhöfer all smashed into the barriers, leaving five ruined GP2/11s on the exit of turn one.[2]

The safety car came and went to get the circuit cleared, with Marciello making the best restart, blasting past Matsushita into turn one to claim the lead.[2] Matsushita tried to retaliate but ultimately had to relent, while Giovinazzi made two quick fire moves to claim fourth, moments before the safety car reappeared.[2]

This time it was Philo Paz Armand who found the barriers, with all of the field taking that as their cue to get rid of their supersoft Pirelli tyres.[2] The race then restart for all of 300 metres before a third SC period was required, caused by Arthur Pic and Artem Markelov coming together while jousting into turn one.[2]

Matsushita was the victim at the next restart, slipping behind Nabil Jeffri, Oliver Rowland and Giovinazzi, while Marciello ran away out front.[2] Jeffri's race was subsequently ended when his tyres lost grip on lap fourteen, while Giovinazzi took second away from Rowland before launching a series of attacks at Marciello.[2]

It proved to be an epic duel between the two, only interrupted moments after Giovinazzi claimed the lead.[2] The fourth and final SC of the day was required to remove Nato from the barriers, the Frenchman having bounced off his teammate, with the race restarting with just two laps to go.[2]

Giovinazzi duly held on despite making a poor restart to claim victory, keeping Sirotkin and Marciello at bay, the Russian having slipped past the latter Italian during said restart.[2] Rowland was next ahead of Mitch Evans, with Matsushita, Sean Gelael, Daniël de Jong, Luca Ghiotto and Gustav Malja, the last of ten drivers to see the chequered flag.[2]

Background

The GP2 Series headed to new territory for the third pair of races of the 2016 campaign, arriving in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku and the Baku City Circuit.[1] Once again supporting Formula One and the returning European Grand Prix, GP2 arrived with no changes to the field, either in terms of drivers or entrants.[1] As such all of the attention was on the new circuit, with the narrow section around the old castle expected to be a major action centre.[1]

In terms of the Championship it was Norman Nato whom had left Monte Carlo at the head of the pack, a point clear of fellow race winner Artem Markelov after four races. Alex Lynn had ended the second weekend in third ahead of Pierre Gasly, mystified as to how he had failed to score in Monte Carlo, while Raffaele Marciello completed the top five. Elsewhere, Nobuharu Matsushita had leapt into seventh with his second victory in GP2 during the Monaco Sprint, while there were no new faces on the scoreboard lower down.

In the Teams' Championship it was Russian Time whom had emerged on top on the Mediterranean coast, eleven clear of their nearest rivals. Those opponents appeared in the form of Racing Engineering, who were themselves five ahead of DAMS, suggesting there would be a close fight for the Championship. Indeed, Prema Racing barely had half the number of points of those ahead in fourth, and were instead in danger of slipping behind some vastly more experienced outfits behind them.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2016 Baku Feature Race is displayed below:

2016 Baku Feature Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[4]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2016 Baku Feature Race are outlined below:

2016 Baku Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:51.752 1
2nd 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:51.841 +0.089s 2
3rd 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:52.532 +0.780s 3
4th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:52.555 +0.803s 4
5th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 1:52.691 +0.939s 5
6th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:52.739 +0.987s 6
7th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:52.756 +1.004s 7
8th 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:52.760 +1.008s 8
9th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:52.929 +1.177s 9
10th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:52.962 +1.210s 10
11th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:52.962 +1.210s 11
12th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:53.040 +1.288s 12
13th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 1:53.092 +1.340s 13
14th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:53.226 +1.474s 14
15th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:53.401 +1.649s 15
16th 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 1:53.702 +1.950s 16
17th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:54.000 +2.248s 17
18th 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:54.034 +2.282s 18
19th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 1:54.213 +2.461s 19
20th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:54.717 +2.965s 20
21st 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:55.333 +3.581s 21
22nd 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 1:57.692 +5.940s 22
107% Time: 2:05.994[4]
Source:[4]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Antonio Giovinazzi
Nobuharu Matsushita ______________
______________ 3
4 Sergey Sirotkin
Raffaele Marciello ______________
______________ 5
6 Luca Ghiotto
Oliver Rowland ______________
______________ 7
8 Marvin Kirchhöfer
Pierre Gasly ______________
______________ 9
10 Norman Nato
Sergio Canamasas ______________
______________ 11
12 Jordan King
Artem Markelov ______________
______________ 13
14 Alex Lynn
Nicholas Latifi ______________
______________ 15
16 Mitch Evans
Arthur Pic ______________
______________ 17
18 Daniël de Jong
Jimmy Eriksson ______________
______________ 19
20 Gustav Malja
Sean Gelael ______________
______________ 21
22 Nabil Jeffri
Philo Paz Armand ______________

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2016 Baku Feature Race is displayed below:

2016 Baku Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 26 1:03:05.420 1:56.473 29
2nd 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 +1.233s 1:56.946 18
3rd 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 26 +1.343s 1:57.072 15
4th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 +2.141s 1:57.588 12
5th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 26 +2.628s 1:58.064 10
6th 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 +3.110s 1:56.086 10
7th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 26 +5.808s 1:58.365 6
8th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 +6.663s 1:58.971 4
9th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 26 +7.058s 1:57.446 2
10th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 26 +7.595s 1:58.118 1
11th 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 24 +2 Laps 1:58.411
12th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 24 +2 Laps 1:58.078
Ret 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 18 Damage 1:58.394
Ret 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 14 Accident 1:59.148
Ret* 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 7 Damage 1:59.984
Ret 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 7 Damage 2:00.457
Ret 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 5 Accident 2:00.900
Ret 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 0 Accident
Ret 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 0 Accident
Ret 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 0 Accident
Ret 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 0 Accident
Ret 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 0 Accident
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Pic was handed a five place grid penalty for causing a collision.[5]

Milestones

Standings

The chaotic opening race to the Baku weekend had caused some sweeping changes in the Championship, although it was still Norman Nato who led the charge. The Frenchman remained a point ahead of Artem Markelov, with both failing to score, while Raffaele Marciello had catapulted into third ahead of Alex Lynn. Elsewhere, Antonio Giovinazzi had smashed through into the top ten from seventeenth, Pierre Gasly dropped out of the top five, and Arthur Pic continued to prop up the scorers list.

It was a similar story in the Teams' Championship, although Russian Time had actually managed to extend their lead to 26 points in spite of the chaos. Racing Engineering had likewise managed to hold onto second, although Prema Racing and DAMS had seriously closed the gap, three and four behind respectively. ART Grand Prix had also made some impressive ground, a further six off DAMS in fifth, with MP Motorsport and Campos Racing also closing on the leaders.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France Norman Nato 49 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 48 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 43 ▲2
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 41 ▼1
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 34 ▲2
6th Flag of France Pierre Gasly 33 ▼2
7th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 32 ▼1
8th Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 29 ▲9
9th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 28 ▲1
10th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 22 ▲3
11th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 20 ▼3
12th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 18 ▼3
13th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 16 ▼2
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 10 ▼2
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 6 ▲4
16th Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 6 ▼1
17th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 3 ▼3
18th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 2 ◄0
19th Flag of France Arthur Pic 1 ▼3
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 91 ◄0
2nd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 65 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 62 ▲1
4th Flag of France DAMS 61 ▼1
5th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 54 ▲1
6th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 40 ▲1
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 34 ▲1
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 28 ▼3
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 4 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 2 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

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References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Archived, 'GIOVINAZZI WINS DRAMATIC BAKU FEATURE RACE', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 18/06/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160623123046/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/06_June/Giovinazzi-wins-dramatic-Baku-feature-race/, (Accessed 12/10/2018) - Original
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archived, 'ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI TAKES MAIDEN POLE IN BAKU', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 17/06/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160622201325/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/06_June/Antonio-Giovinazzi-takes-maiden-pole-in-Baku/, (Accessed 12/10/2018) - Original
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Baku City Circuit', fiaformula2.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161029221741/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?raceid=963&seasonid=173, (Accessed 12/10/2018) - Original
  5. Archived, 'ROUND 3 POST FEATURE RACE PENALTY', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 18/06/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160625022847/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/06_June/Round-3-post-feature-race-penalty/, (Accessed 13/10/2018) - Original

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