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Race Information
Date 2 July 2016
Event Flag of Austria 2016 Austrian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Lap length 4.326 km (2.688 mi)
Distance 40 laps / 173.040 km (107.522 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:13.663
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans
Team Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Time 1:15.534 on lap 40
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello
Winner Team Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Time 1:18:32.399
Race Guide
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2016 Baku Sprint Race 2016 Red Bull Ring Sprint Race

The 2016 Spielberg Race 1, otherwise known as the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race, was the seventh race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Red Bull Ring on the 2 July 2016.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, would see Mitch Evans sweep to victory amid some very damp Styrian Mountains.[2]

Sergey Sirotkin claimed pole for the race, edging out Antonio Giovinazzi at the death of an exciting qualifying session.[3] Indeed, just 0.006s separated the pair after their final runs, with Pierre Gasly and Luca Ghiotto sharing the second row.[3]

It would be dry when Sirotkin led the field onto the grid, although a sloppy start from the Russian allowed Giovinazzi and Gasly to sprint ahead.[2] Evans was another big loser off the line, despite using the supersoft Pirelli tyres, dropping three places before beginning a recovery drive.[2]

The second Prema Racing civil war for victory in two races duly broke out, with Gasly throwing everything at teammate Giovinazzi as they pulled clear of Sirotkin.[2] The Frenchman eventually sneaked into the lead on lap five before establishing a small lead, while Evans decided to abandon his supersoft tyres on lap nine.[2]

Three laps later, however, and the dark clouds handing over Spielberg finally burst, dumping enough water to send several drivers into the pits.[2] Gasly, however, was the biggest victim, spinning out of the race while leading having been the first to come across a wet patch of tarmac.[2]

A safety car was thrown moments after Alex Lynn slithered within millimetres of the stranded Prema, prompting most of the field to pit for wets.[2] Indeed, only those in the top six stayed out, gambling that the conditions would improve, leaving Norman Nato in seventh as the first of those on wets.[2]

Giovinazzi duly aced the restart, but he and all of those on softs were caught out at a very wet turn two, slithering wide.[2] Marciello used this to climb into second from fifth, before snatching the lead a lap later as Giovinazzi did the same again a lap later.[2] A second safety car was soon required, however, for Marvin Kirchhöfer was pitched into a stalling spin in the middle of the pack moments later.[2]

Those still on dry tyres duly elected to pit, dumping them to the back of the field.[2] Artem Markelov then had one of the most embarrassing accidents in recent memory, crashing into the barriers at the pit-exit to bring out a red flag with eight laps to go.[2]

It was decided to restart the race behind the safety car, with Evans now at the head of the field ahead of Sean Gelael.[2] They duly survived the eight lap dash to claim first and second for Campos Racing, with Marciello battling into the top three at the restart.[2]

Background

The fourth round of the 2016 FIA GP2 campaign saw the field arrive at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the usual two races.[1] The Series would once again support Formula One and the Austrian Grand Prix, with GP3 Series also returning to the schedule.[1] There would, however, be a change to the entry list, with René Binder replacing Nobuharu Matsushita as the Japanese ace picked up a ban in Baku.[4]

Into the Championship and Artem Markelov had moved to the top after the Baku Sprint, five points 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 into third. 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.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:

2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Austria René Binder 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:[5]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race are outlined below:

2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:13.663 1
2nd 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:13.669 +0.006s 2
3rd 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:13.803 +0.140s 3
4th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 1:14.091 +0.428s 4
5th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:14.099 +0.436s 5
6th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:14.184 +0.521s 6
7th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:14.316 +0.653s 7
8th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 1:14.387 +0.724s 8
9th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:14.456 +0.793s 9
10th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:14.574 +0.911s 10
11th* 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:14.626 +0.963s 14
12th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:14.647 +0.984s 11
13th 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 1:14.688 +1.025s 12
14th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:14.815 +1.152s 13
15th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:14.832 +1.169s 17
16th 1 Flag of Austria René Binder Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:14.886 +1.223s 15
17th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:14.958 +1.295s 20
18th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 1:15.020 +1.357s 16
19th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:15.112 +1.449s 18
20th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:15.307 +1.644s 19
21st 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:15.531 +1.868s PL
22nd 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 1:15.675 +2.012s 21
107% Time: 1:18.819[5]
Source:[5]
  • * Jeffri was handed a three place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags.[6]
  • Canamasas and Latifi were both handed three place grid penalties for impeding other drivers.[6]
  • Eriksson was handed a three place grid penalty for causing a collision in Baku, with Arden retroactively deciding to start from the pitlane.[7]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Sergey Sirotkin 2
______________ Antonio Giovinazzi
3 ______________
Pierre Gasly 4
______________ Luca Ghiotto
5 ______________
Artem Markelov 6
______________ Raffaele Marciello
7 ______________
Oliver Rowland 8
______________ Alex Lynn
9 ______________
Norman Nato 10
______________ Mitch Evans
11 ______________
Marvin Kirchhöfer 12
______________ Arthur Pic
13 ______________
Jordan King 14
______________ Nabil Jeffri
15 ______________
René Binder 16
______________ Gustav Malja
17 ______________
Sergio Canamasas 18
______________ Sean Gelael
19 ______________
Daniël de Jong 20
______________ Nicholas Latifi
21 ______________
Philo Paz Armand 22
______________ Jimmy Eriksson*
  • * Arden decided to start Eriksson from the pitlane after he received a three place grid penalty.[7]

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:

2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 40 1:18:32.399 1:15.534 27
2nd 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 40 +4.600s 1:15.729 18
3rd 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 40 +10.789s 1:15.781 15
4th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 40 +12.363s 1:15.973 12
5th 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 40 +12.691s 1:16.327 10
6th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 40 +15.557s 1:16.524 8
7th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 40 +16.559s 1:16.493 6
8th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 40 +22.762s 1:17.065 4
9th 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 40 +25.629s 1:16.567 2
10th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 40 +25.629s 1:16.738 1
11th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 40 +27.000s 1:16.738
12th* 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 40 +49.708s 1:16.808 4
13th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 40 +50.258s 1:16.569
14th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 39 +1 Lap 1:16.991
15th 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 39 +1 Lap 1:17.888
16th 1 Flag of Austria René Binder Flag of France ART Grand Prix 38 +2 Laps 1:15.799
Ret 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 29 Ignition 1:16.748
Ret 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 28 Accident 1:16.869
Ret 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 26 Spin 1:17.428
Ret 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 17 Spin 1:16.674
Ret 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1 Damage
Ret 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Motorsport 0 Accident
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Sirotkin handed a 30 second time penalty for overtaking under the SC and failing to re-enter the pitlane.[8]
  • Malja handed a thirty second time penalty for overtaking under the SC.[8]

Milestones

Standings

Raffaele Marciello was launched to the top of the Championship after grabbing the final podium spot, three ahead of Norman Nato and race winner Mitch Evans. Indeed, the race had caused the gaps at the top of the Championship to be even more condensed then before, with Artem Markelov slipping to fourth, but was still just four off the lead. Antonio Giovinazzi was next, six off the Russian, while Jimmy Eriksson was up to seventeenth with his maiden points finish.

In the Teams' Championship it was Russian Time who continued to lead the way, actually managing to extend their lead as Prema Racing failed to score. Indeed, the Italian effort had slipped back towards Racing Engineering in third, while Campos Racing moved into the top four after their one-two. ART Grand Prix, meanwhile, had moved ahead of DAMS, while Trident and Rapax swapped places at the foot of the table.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 58 ▲4
2nd Flag of France Norman Nato 55 ◄0
3rd Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 55 ▲7
4th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 54 ▼3
5th Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 46 ▼2
6th Flag of France Pierre Gasly 45 ▼2
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 42 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 41 ▼2
9th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 36 ▼1
10th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 32 ▼1
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 28 ◄0
12th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 24 ▲3
13th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 21 ▼1
14th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 18 ▼1
15th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 14 ▲4
16th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 14 ▼2
17th Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 10 ▲4
18th Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 6 ▼2
19th Flag of France Arthur Pic 4 ▲1
20th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 3 ▼3
21st Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ▼3
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 112 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 91 ◄0
3rd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 83 ◄0
4th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 79 ▲3
5th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 64 ▼1
6th Flag of France DAMS 62 ▼1
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 48 ▼1
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 32 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Trident 14 ▲2
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 12 ◄0
11th Flag of Italy Rapax 7 ▼2

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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  6. 6.0 6.1 Archived, 'ROUND 4 POST QUALIFYING PENALTIES', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 01/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160705030819/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Round-4-post-Qualifying-penalties-/, (Accessed 14/10/2018) - Original
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