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Flag of Germany 2016 Hockenheim Sprint Race
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The Hockenheimring with added DRS.
Race Information
Date 31 July 2016
Event Flag of Germany 2016 German Grand Prix
Location Flag of Germany Hockenheimring Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Lap length 4.574 km (2.842 mi)
Distance 27 laps / 123.498 km (76.738 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of France Pierre Gasly
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:26.081 on lap 19
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France Arthur Pic
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:43:20.504
Race Guide
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2016 Hockenheimring Feature Race 2016 Spa Feature Race

The 2016 Hockenheim Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2016 Hockenheimring Race 2, was the fourteenth round of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged on the 31 July 2016.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2016 German Grand Prix, would see Alex Lynn claim victory, denying Sergey Sirotkin a weekend double.[2]

Lynn started the race from second on the grid, and duly streaked clear at the start as pole sitter Antonio Giovinazzi bogged down.[2] Indeed, the Italian had to go aggressive into the first corner to fend off Arthur Pic, only for Oliver Rowland and Gustav Malja to slip past.[2]

Pierre Gasly would then become the centre of attention as the race settled down, with the Frenchman charging through from 22nd to 14th on the opening tour.[2] He would then pick up two more places as Nabil Jeffri took himself out on Norman Nato, causing a VSC.[2]

Back with the leaders and the top six ran nose-to-tail at the restart, although Lynn managed to hold his nerve and pull away.[2] Rowland was therefore left to fend off Giovinazzi, with the Italian only succeeding in destroying his front wing on the back of the Brit, before charging off into the gravel trap at turn twelve to cause another VSC.[2]

The second restart came and went without issue, although with Lynn and Rowland clear of the pack, now led by Malja in third.[2] The first man to duck past the Swede proved to be Sirotkin, who quickly hunted down Rowland as the laps ticked away, catching and passing him with a dummy at the hairpin with five laps to go.[2]

Unfortunately for Sirotkin he would not be able to catch Lynn before the chequered flag, for the Brit had been able to preserve his tyres from the moment of the second restart.[2] He duly won at a canter, still a second clear of the Russian, while a late nose dive from Rowland's tyres saw the Brit fall to fifth behind Pic and Luca Ghiotto.[2] Gasly was next, a result which put him level with Sirotkin at the top of the Championship, while Raffaele Marciello relegated Malja to eighth on the final tour.[2]

Background

The Hockenheimring required no modification overnight after the Feature, meaning there was no need for a practice session for the GP2 Series.[1] There was, however, a change to the grid for the Sprint, with the late disqualification for Pierre Gasly relegating the Frenchman to the very back of the field from fourth.[3] That promoted the Frenchman's teammate Antonio Giovinazzi into eighth in the Feature results, and therefore onto pole for the Sprint.[3]

Into the Championship and Gasly had retained the lead despite failing to score in the Feature, although he had been drawn in by the majority of the chasing pack. Indeed, Feature winner Sergey Sirotkin had earned the most from the opening race in Hockenheim, moving into second and six points behind the Frenchman. Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello were next, level on 100 points and a point off of Sirotkin, while Oliver Rowland remained in touching distance in fifth.

Elsewhere, Prema Racing had miraculously managed to hold their lead in the Teams' Championship after the first race, despite only grabbing a handful of points. Indeed, Russian Time had only succeeded in getting ahead of Racing Engineering to claim second rather than carve into the lead, with the gap between first and second locked at 52 points. ART Grand Prix were instead the biggest winners, moving right into contention for second with 159 points, two off of Racing Engineering and six behind Russian Time.

Entry List

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

2016 Hockenheimring 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 Austria René Binder 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 second race of the weekend at the Hockenheimring was determined from the results of the Feature Race, with the positions of the top eight reversed as per-FIA GP2 Series rules:

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2016 Hockenheimring Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 27 0:43:20.504 1:26.838 15
2nd 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 27 +2.922s 1:26.570 12
3rd 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 27 +4.688s 1:26.691 10
4th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 27 +6.206s 1:26.295 8
5th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 27 +8.187s 1:26.564 6
6th 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 27 +8.486s 1:26.081 6
7th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 27 +9.259s 1:26.670 2
8th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 27 +10.292s 1:26.694 1
9th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 27 +14.404s 1:26.236
10th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 27 +15.162s 1:26.297
11th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 27 +16.727s 1:26.910
12th 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 27 +21.319s 1:26.876
13th 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 27 +25.154s 1:26.877
14th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 27 +25.292s 1:26.902
15th 18 Flag of Austria René Binder Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 27 +25.768s 1:27.476
16th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 27 +34.778s 1:26.119
17th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 27 +41.617s 1:27.337
18th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 26 +1 Lap 1:26.544
19th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 24 +3 Laps 1:26.352
Ret 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 22 Handling 1:27.739
Ret 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 13 Accident 1:26.568
Ret* 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 6 Damage 1:26.987
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Jeffri was handed a three place grid penalty for the 2016 Spa Feature Race for causing a collision.[5]

Milestones

Standings

The second race in Germany resulted in a change at the top of the Championship, with Sergey Sirotkin seizing the lead from Pierre Gasly. Indeed, the pair had ended the weekend level on 113 points, both with two wins and two second places, but the Russian was deemed to be ahead courtesy of an additional third place. Behind, Raffaele Marciello had moved two clear of compatriot Antonio Giovinazzi to solidify third, and was still just eleven off the leaders.

In the Teams Championship Prema Racing had seen their lead reduced at the head of the field, although it still stood at healthy 42 points. ART Grand Prix had moved to be the Italian squad's closest challengers, four clear of third placed Russian Time, while Racing Engineering had lost ground in fourth. MP Motorsport were next, four ahead of Campos Racing, while Arden International continued prop up the table in eleventh.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 113 ▲1
2nd Flag of France Pierre Gasly 113 ▼1
3rd Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 102 ▲1
4th Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 100 ▼1
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 99 ◄0
6th Flag of France Norman Nato 81 ◄0
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 80 ◄0
8th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 77 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 72 ▲2
10th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 65 ▼1
11th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 64 ▲1
12th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 58 ▼2
13th Flag of France Arthur Pic 36 ◄0
14th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 24 ◄0
15th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 21 ◄0
16th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 20 ◄0
17th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 14 ◄0
18th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 12 ◄0
19th Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 10 ◄0
20th Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 6 ◄0
21st Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ◄0
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 213 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 171 ▲2
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 167 ▼1
4th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 161 ▼1
5th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 105 ▲1
6th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 101 ▼1
7th Flag of France DAMS 93 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Trident 65 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 48 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 33 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 12 ◄0

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, 'LYNN FLIES TO SPRINT RACE VICTORY', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 31/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160801173219/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Lynn-flies-to-Sprint-Race-victory/, (Accessed 22/10/2018) - Original
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archived, 'HOCKENHEIM POST FEATURE RACE PENALTY', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 30/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160731214903/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Hockenheim-Post-Feature-Race-penalty/, (Accessed 21/10/2018) - Original
  4. 4.0 4.1 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Hungaroring', fiaformula2.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161115020158/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?raceid=966&seasonid=173, (Accessed 19/10/2018) - Original
  5. Archived, 'HOCKENHEIM POST SPRINT RACE PENALTY', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 31/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160818131937/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Hockenheim-Post-Sprint-Race-penalty/, (Accessed 23/10/2018) - Original

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