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Flag of Azerbaijan 2016 Baku Sprint Race
Baku City Circuit 2016
The unchanged Baku City Circuit for 2016.
Race Information
Date 19 June 2016
Event Flag of Europe 2016 European Grand Prix
Location Flag of Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Baku, Azerbaijan
Lap length 6.003km (3.730mi)
Distance 21 laps / 126.063km (78.332mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:54.792 on lap 16
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:44:49.606
Race Guide
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The 2016 Baku Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2016 Baku Race 2, was the sixth race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Baku City Circuit on the 19 June 2016.[1] The race would see Antonio Giovinazzi sweep to victory, becoming the first man to claim two victories at the same weekend since Davide Valsecchi in 2012 Bahrain Sprint Race.[2]

Daniël de Jong would start the race from pole, although he would be mugged into turn one by a fast starting Nobuharu Matsushita.[2] Giovinazzi, meanwhile, barely managed to getaway from the grid from eighth, dropping right to the back of the field, although he was able to immediately climb back up the order.[2]

Indeed, Giovinazzi's climb would be aided by the first safety car of the afternoon on lap three, thrown to recover Jimmy Eriksson after he had been broadsided by Jordan King.[2] Matsushita then tried to blast clear at the restart only to catch the back of the SC and slam on the brakes, ultimately allowing Sergey Sirotkin to claim second, while Philo Paz Armand found the barriers.[2]

Matsushita chose to go for a late launch at the second restart, this time resulting in Gustav Malja slamming into the back of Mitch Evans.[2] The Swede then spun Oliver Rowland out of the race, before taking himself and Sean Gelael into the barriers at turn two.[2]

Restart number three and Matsushita finally managed to getaway without issue, although Raffaele Marciello went with him.[2] The two touched at the first corner, sending Marciello wide and Matsushita off, allowing Pierre Gasly to sweep into the lead ahead of Giovinazzi.[2]

The Prema Racing civil war would rage until the end of the race for victory, with Giovinazzi finally making a lunge stick with a lap to go.[2] He duly cruised home to claim victory ahead of his teammate, while Sirotkin survived well to claim third.[2]

Background

The Baku City Circuit was unchanged after the chaotic opening race of the weekend, as was the entry list for the GP2 Series.[1] Indeed, all of the damage from the Feature had been repaired, meaning there would be a full grid for the Sprint, led off the line by Daniël de Jong.[3] There was only one change to the order, with Arthur Pic relegated to the back after causing a collision with Artem Markelov on Saturday.[3]

Into the Championship and the chaotic opening race to the Baku weekend had caused some sweeping changes, 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.

Entry List

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

2016 Baku Sprint 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]

Grid

The grid for the sixth race of the 2016 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA GP2 Series rules.[2]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Daniël de Jong
Sean Gelael ______________
______________ 3
4 Nobuharu Matsushita
Mitch Evans ______________
______________ 5
6 Oliver Rowland
Raffaele Marciello ______________
______________ 7
8 Sergey Sirotkin
Antonio Giovinazzi ______________
______________ 9
10 Luca Ghiotto
Gustav Malja ______________
______________ 11
12 Jimmy Eriksson
Jordan King ______________
______________ 13
14 Norman Nato
Nabil Jeffri ______________
______________ 15
16 Artem Markelov
Philo Paz Armand ______________
______________ 17
18 Sergio Canamasas
Pierre Gasly ______________
______________ 19
20 Nicholas Latifi
Arthur Pic* ______________
______________ 21
22 Marvin Kirchhöfer
Alex Lynn ______________
  • * Pic was given a five place grid penalty for causing a collision in the Feature.[3]

Race

Report

Results

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

2016 Baku Sprint 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 21 0:44:49.606 1:54.792 17
2nd 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +1.763s 1:55.127 12
3rd 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +4.179s 1:55.343 10
4th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 21 +5.672s 1:55.551 8
5th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +14.809s 1:56.009 6
6th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +16.151s 1:55.356 4
7th 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 21 +17.693s 1:56.571 2
8th 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 21 +18.240s 1:56.408 1
9th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 21 +19.856s 1:56.751
10th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +22.745s 1:56.775
11th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +23.645s 1:56.529
12th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 21 +26.460s 1:56.295
13th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +28.862s 1:56.523
14th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +52.851s 1:56.616
15th* 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 20 Damage 1:56.176
Ret 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 13 Accident 1:56.475
Ret 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 12 Damage 1:57.483
Ret 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 11 Accident 1:57.347
Ret 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 11 Accident 1:57.205
Ret 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 9 Accident 1:59.459
Ret 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 9 Accident 1:57.735
Ret 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 7 Accident 1:57.088
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Rowland was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]
  • Matsushita was handed a two race ban for dangerous driving behind the safety car.[5]
  • Eriksson was handed a three place grid penalty for the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race for causing a collision.[6]

Milestones

Standings

Artem Markelov moved to the top of the Championship after the sixth race, five ahead of Norman Nato as the Frenchman made way for the Russian. Behind, the big winner from the Baku weekend would be Antonio Giovinazzi, whose stunning 46 point sweep sent him streaking up the table. His teammate Pierre Gasly ended the weekend in fourth, a point behind, with Raffaele Marciello completing the top five.

In the Teams' Championship it was still Russian Time who led the way, albeit now six ahead of Prema Racing who had shot into second. Racing Engineering dropped to third, 24 points off the leaders, with ART Grand Prix and DAMS completing the top five. at the back, meanwhile, Arden International had finally got on the board, and ended the weekend ahead of Trident.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 54 ▲1
2nd Flag of France Norman Nato 49 ▼1
3rd Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 46 ▲5
4th Flag of France Pierre Gasly 45 ▲2
5th Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 43 ▼2
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 41 ▼2
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 34 ▼2
8th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 32 ▲2
9th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 32 ▼2
10th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 28 ▼1
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 24 ▲2
12th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 20 ▼1
13th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 18 ▼1
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 14 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 6 ◄0
16th Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 6 ◄0
17th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 3 ◄0
18th Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ▲2
19th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 2 ▼1
20th Flag of France Arthur Pic 2 ▼1
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 97 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 91 ▲1
3rd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 73 ▼1
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 64 ▲1
5th Flag of France DAMS 61 ▼1
6th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 40 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 34 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 32 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 5 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 2 ▲1
11th Flag of Italy Trident 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

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 Archived, 'GIOVINAZZI DOUBLES UP IN BAKU', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 19/06/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160624185915/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/06_June/Giovinazzi-doubles-up-in-Baku-/, (Accessed 13/10/2018) - Original
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 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
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 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, 'MATSUSHITA SUSPENDED FOR NEXT EVENT', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 19/06/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160623113418/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/06_June/Matsushita-suspended-for-next-event/, (Accessed 13/10/2018) - Original
  6. Archived, 'ROUND 3 POST SPRINT RACE PENALTY', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 19/06/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160622194255/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/06_June/Round-3-post-Sprint-Race-penalty/, (Accessed 13/10/2018) - Original

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