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Flag of Malaysia 2016 Kuala Lumpur Feature Race
Sepang International Circuit 2015
The Sepang International Circuit with added DRS.
Race Information
Date 1 October 2016
Event Flag of Malaysia 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lap length 5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Distance 29 laps / 160.747 km (99.884 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of France Pierre Gasly
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:42.181
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:45.791 on lap 10
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France Norman Nato
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:52:18.049
Race Guide
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2016 Monza Sprint Race 2016 Sepang Sprint Race

The 2016 Sepang Feature Race, otherwise officially known as the 2016 Kuala Lumpur Race 1, was the nineteenth race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged on the 1 October 2016 at the Sepang International Circuit.[1] The race, held in support of the 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix, would see Antonio Giovinazzi secure victory and the lead in the Championship.[2]

Pierre Gasly would, however, start the race from both pole and the Championship lead, edging out teammate Giovinazzi in a red flagged session.[3] The cause of said red flag would be Mitch Evans, who put himself into the barriers after a rear axle lock-up, while a late yellow flag ended any hopes of beating Gasly's early effort.[3]

However, it would be a miserable start to the race for Gasly, with the Frenchman getting overtaken by both Giovinazzi and Raffaele Marciello.[2] Indeed, it proved to be a barnstorming start from Marciello, with the Italian blasting past the two Premas to claim the lead, although it was not to last.[2]

Marciello would run wide at the first corner, allowing Giovinazzi and Sergey Sirotkin, who had elbowed Gasly out wide too, to slip inside for first and second.[2] Those two duly sprinted clear during the early stages, with Sirotkin briefly able to keep in DRS range before Giovinazzi pulled away with a series of fastest laps.[2]

After their early burst would come a slow trickle of stops, with Sirotkin the first to swap his medium Pirelli tyres for hards on lap eight.[2] Marciello was in on the next lap, only for a gun issue to drop him down the order, while Giovinazzi came in on lap eleven, rejoining behind Sirotkin.[2]

Those two would run nose-to-tail for the rest of the afternoon, re-inheriting the lead once Luca Ghiotto and Mitch Evans headed into the pits on the alternative strategy.[2] Sirotkin and Giovinazzi then duelled for victory, with the Italian finally making a move stick around the outside of turn two on the penultimate tour.[2]

With that the race was run, with Giovinazzi building a small gap over Sirotkin as he secured his fifth victory of the campaign.[2] Behind second placed Sirotkin would come Norman Nato, while Gasly dropped out of the points completely after his awful start.[2]

Background

The Sepang International Circuit hosted the tenth round of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, serving as the only Asian based round on the calendar.[1] The Sepang circuit itself remained unchanged from GP2's last visit in 2013, although there were two DRS zones added on the front and back straights.[1] In terms of the entry list there would be a couple of changes, with Johnny Cecotto, Jr. joining Rapax in place of Arthur Pic, while Jimmy Eriksson dropped out of his seat at Arden International with a severe lack of money.[4]

Into the Championship and Pierre Gasly had ended the weekend in Monza at the head of the pack, although his lead had been cut to ten points by teammate Antonio Giovinazzi. Furthermore, despite the fact that there were still 98 points left to fight for, the form of the two Prema Racing drivers suggested it was now a two horse race for the title with four races to go. Indeed, Raffaele Marciello had slipped 36 points off the leader in Monza, with Sergey Sirotkin almost out of the fight in fourth with 115.

In the Teams' Championship it seemed as if it was Prema's crown to lose, despite the fact that the Italian squad were in their maiden GP2 season. Indeed, with a 99 point advantage the virgin GP2 effort could afford to miss an entire weekend and still retain the lead with two weekends to go, meaning they were set to take the title in Malaysia. Behind, Racing Engineering had moved a point ahead of Russian Time to grab second in Italy, while ART Grand Prix had lost a lot of ground in fourth.

Entry List

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

2016 Sepang 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 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 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 Sepang Feature Race are outlined below:

2016 Sepang Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:42.181 1
2nd 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:42.263 +0.082s 2
3rd 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:42.526 +0.345s 3
4th 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:42.528 +0.347s 4
5th 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:42.623 +0.442s 5
6th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 1:42.775 +0.594s 6
7th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:42.800 +0.619s 7
8th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:42.851 +0.670s 8
9th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:42.902 +0.721s 9
10th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:42.934 +0.753s 10
11th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 1:42.934 +0.753s 11
12th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:43.130 +0.949s 12
13th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 1:43.224 +1.043s 13
14th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:43.290 +1.109s 14
15th 12 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:43.385 +1.204s 15
16th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:43.606 +1.425s 16
17th 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:43.761 +1.580s 17
18th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:43.965 +1.784s 18
19th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:43.977 +1.796s 19
20th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:44.087 +1.906s 20
21st 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 1:44.578 +2.397s 21
107% Time: 1:49.333[5]
WD* 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Withdrawn
Source:[5]
  • * Eriksson was withdrawn from the weekend after failing to secure funds for his race seat.

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2016 Sepang 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 29 0:52:18.049 1:46.060 25
2nd 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 29 +5.858s 1:45.791 20
3rd 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 29 +8.015s 1:46.289 15
4th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 29 +16.214s 1:46.308 12
5th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 29 +18.742s 1:46.458 10
6th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 29 +20.694s 1:46.679 8
7th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 29 +24.964s 1:46.568 6
8th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 29 +28.550s 1:46.049 4
9th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 29 +28.741s 1:46.018 2
10th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 29 +33.209s 1:46.682 1
11th 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 29 +35.538s 1:46.675 4
12th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 29 +35.550s 1:46.301
13th 12 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 29 +35.703s 1:46.708
14th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 29 +41.169s 1:46.577
15th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 29 +41.288s 1:46.618
16th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 29 +42.969s 1:46.771
17th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 29 +47.208s 1:47.201
18th 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 29 +1:03.069 1:47.479
19th 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 29 +1:06.464 1:47.706
Ret* 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 22 Retired 1:45.417
DNS 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time
WD 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Matsushita recorded the fastest lap but was ineligible to score points as he finished outside of the top ten.[5]
  • Markelov was unable to start due to a technical issue on the grid.[2]

Milestones

Standings

Victory propelled Antonio Giovinazzi to the top of the Championship with three races to go, overtaking teammate Pierre Gasly. Indeed, a ten point advantage for the latter had been converted into an eleven point lead for the former after the first race in Sepang, with a huge gap back to pack behind. Indeed, with 65 points left in play it was now effectively a two-horse race for the title, with Raffaele Marciello 32 points off Gasly.

In contrast it was all over in the Teams' Championship, with Prema Racing moving 123 points clear of their pursuers, with just 107 left to fight for. That left Racing Engineering and Russian Time to fight for second, with eighteen points between the Spaniards in second and the Russian squad in third. They were still mathematically fighting ART Grand Prix for the runner-up spot, while DAMS were realistically too far back to challenge.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 189 ▲1
2nd Flag of France Pierre Gasly 178 ▼1
3rd Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 146 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 135 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 122 ◄0
6th Flag of France Norman Nato 122 ◄0
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 106 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 105 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 96 ◄0
10th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 85 ◄0
11th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 80 ◄0
12th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 62 ◄0
13th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 47 ◄0
14th Flag of France Arthur Pic 36 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 24 ◄0
16th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 21 ◄0
17th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 21 ◄0
18th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 17 ◄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 367 ◄0
2nd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 244 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 226 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 197 ◄0
5th Flag of France DAMS 126 ◄0
6th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 112 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 109 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Trident 97 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 83 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 37 ◄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, 'GIOVINAZZI GLOWS IN SEPANG', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 01/10/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161002124844/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/10_October/Giovinazzi-glows-in-Sepang/, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archived, 'PIERRE GASLY GRABS FOURTH POLE', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 30/09/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161001154402/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/09_September/Pierre-Gasly-grabs-fourth-pole-/, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original
  4. Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'Cecotto replaces Pic for Sepang GP2 round', motorsport.com, (Motorsport, 26/09/2016), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/cecotto-replaces-pic-for-sepang-gp2-round-830330/830330/, (Accessed 25/10/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Autodromo Nazionale Monza', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161122074016/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?raceid=970&seasonid=173, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original

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