|2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race|
The DRS affected Red Bull Ring.
|Date||2 July 2016|
|Event||2016 Austrian Grand Prix|
|Location||Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Styria, Austria|
|Lap length||4.326 km (2.688 mi)|
|Distance||40 laps / 173.040 km (107.522 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Sergey Sirotkin|
|Team||ART Grand Prix|
|Time||1:15.534 on lap 40|
|Mitch Evans||Sean Gelael||Raffaele Marciello|
|Winner Team||Campos Racing|
|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. The race, staged in support of the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix, would see Mitch Evans sweep to victory amid some very damp Styrian Mountains.
Sergey Sirotkin claimed pole for the race, edging out Antonio Giovinazzi at the death of an exciting qualifying session. Indeed, just 0.006s separated the pair after their final runs, with Pierre Gasly and Luca Ghiotto sharing the second row.
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. Evans was another big loser off the line, despite using the supersoft Pirelli tyres, dropping three places before beginning a recovery drive.
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. 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.
Three laps later, however, and the dark clouds handing over Spielberg finally burst, dumping enough water to send several drivers into the pits. 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.
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. 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.
Giovinazzi duly aced the restart, but he and all of those on softs were caught out at a very wet turn two, slithering wide. 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. 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.
Those still on dry tyres duly elected to pit, dumping them to the back of the field. 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.
It was decided to restart the race behind the safety car, with Evans now at the head of the field ahead of Sean Gelael. 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.
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. The Series would once again support Formula One and the Austrian Grand Prix, with GP3 Series also returning to the schedule. 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.
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.
The full entry list for the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race are outlined below:
|2016 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Qualifying Result|
|1st||2||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||1:13.663||—||1|
|2nd||20||Antonio Giovinazzi||Prema Racing||1:13.669||+0.006s||2|
|3rd||21||Pierre Gasly||Prema Racing||1:13.803||+0.140s||3|
|5th||10||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||1:14.099||+0.436s||5|
|6th||9||Raffaele Marciello||Russian Time||1:14.184||+0.521s||6|
|7th||22||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||1:14.316||+0.653s||7|
|9th||3||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||1:14.456||+0.793s||9|
|10th||7||Mitch Evans||Pertamina Campos Racing||1:14.574||+0.911s||10|
|11th*||24||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||1:14.626||+0.963s||14|
|14th||4||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||1:14.815||+1.152s||13|
|16th||1||René Binder||ART Grand Prix||1:14.886||+1.223s||15|
|19th||8||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Campos Racing||1:15.112||+1.449s||18|
|20th||23||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||1:15.307||+1.644s||19|
|21st‡||25||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||1:15.531||+1.868s||PL|
|22nd||14||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||1:15.675||+2.012s||21|
|107% Time: 1:18.819|
- * Jeffri was handed a three place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags.
- † Canamasas and Latifi were both handed three place grid penalties for impeding other drivers.
- ‡ Eriksson was handed a three place grid penalty for causing a collision in Baku, with Arden retroactively deciding to start from the pitlane.
|Daniël de Jong||20|
|Philo Paz Armand||22|
- * Arden decided to start Eriksson from the pitlane after he received a three place grid penalty.
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||Mitch Evans||Pertamina Campos Racing||40||1:18:32.399||1:15.534||27|
|2nd||8||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Campos Racing||40||+4.600s||1:15.729||18|
|3rd||9||Raffaele Marciello||Russian Time||40||+10.789s||1:15.781||15|
|5th||25||Jimmy Eriksson||Arden International||40||+12.691s||1:16.327||10|
|6th||22||Oliver Rowland||MP Motorsport||40||+15.557s||1:16.524||8|
|7th||3||Norman Nato||Racing Engineering||40||+16.559s||1:16.493||6|
|8th||4||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||40||+22.762s||1:17.065||4|
|12th*||2||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||40||+49.708s||1:16.808||4|
|14th||23||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||39||+1 Lap||1:16.991|
|15th||14||Philo Paz Armand||Trident||39||+1 Lap||1:17.888|
|16th||1||René Binder||ART Grand Prix||38||+2 Laps||1:15.799|
|Ret||20||Antonio Giovinazzi||Prema Racing||29||Ignition||1:16.748|
|Ret||10||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||28||Accident||1:16.869|
|Ret||21||Pierre Gasly||Prema Racing||17||Spin||1:16.674|
|Ret||24||Nabil Jeffri||Arden International||1||Damage||—|
|Ret||18||Sergio Canamasas||Carlin Motorsport||0||Accident||—|
- 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.
- † Malja handed a thirty second time penalty for overtaking under the SC.
- Fifth and final GP2 Series victory for Mitch Evans.
- Twelfth win for Campos Racing as an entrant in GP2.
- Maiden podium finish for Sean Gelael.
- First and only points finish for Jimmy Eriksson.
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.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Images and Videos:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 'GP2 confirms 11-race calendar for 2016', f1destinations.com, (F1 Destinations, 04/03/2016), https://f1destinations.com/gp2-series-2016-calendar/, (Accessed 10/10/2018)
- ↑ 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 2.15 Archived, 'EVANS ON TOP IN RAINSTRUCK SPIELBERG FEATURE RACE', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 02/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160703120245/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Evans-on-top-in-rainstruck-Spielberg-feature-race-/, (Accessed 14/10/2018) Original
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Archived, 'SIROTKIN SNATCHES SPIELBERG POLE POSITION', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 01/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160704080133/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Sirotkin-snatches-Spielberg-pole-position/, (Accessed 14/10/2018) - Original
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Red Bull Ring', fiaformula2.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161029223058/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?seasonid=173&raceid=964, (Accessed 12/10/2018) - Original
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 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
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Archived, 'ROUND 4 POST FEATURE RACE PENALTIES', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 02/07/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160705202214/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/07_July/Round-4-post-Feature-Race-penalties-/, (Accessed 14/10/2018) - Original