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Flag of Belgium 2016 Spa Sprint Race
Circuit de Spa Francorchamps 2015
The unchanged Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
Race Information
Date 28 August 2016
Event Flag of Belgium 2016 Belgian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium
Lap length 7.004 km (4.353 mi)
Distance 18 laps / 126.072 km (78.338 mi)
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 2:01.329 on lap 2
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:36:48.422
Race Guide
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The 2016 Spa Race 2, otherwise known as the 2016 Spa Sprint Race, was the sixteenth race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 28 August 2016.[1] Antonio Giovinazzi would win the race, held in support of the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix, having made an excellent start.[2]

Gustav Malja would start the race from pole, and duly got away well enough to hold the lead into La Source.[2] That left Luca Ghiotto to be jumped by Giovinazzi into the hairpin, with the Prema scything inside the Trident before blasting away after Malja.[2]

Giovinazzi's teammate Pierre Gasly, meanwhile, would have an action packed start to the race, beginning with a collision with Oliver Rowland, resulting in some damage to his front wing.[2] He then blasted past the Brit later in the lap, before taking Alex Lynn towards the end of the opening tour.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Giovinazzi plotted his bid to claim the lead, and duly charged past Malja for the lead on lap seven on the run down the Kemmel Straight.[2] The Italian duly pulled away to establish an unassailable lead, while Malja himself was safely ahead of third placed Ghiotto.[2]

With the top three already sorted out attention focused on Gasly, who found himself tucked in right behind the two Russian Times of Raffaele Marciello and Artem Markelov.[2] Markelov was his first victim, with the Russian also losing out as the Frenchman barged past, before Marciello fell to his charge on the final lap.[2]

Giovinazzi, meanwhile, was left to cruise home to claim a third victory of the season, also collecting fastest lap as he did so.[2] Malja and Ghiotto completed the podium as expected, while Gasly's late charge left him fourth ahead of Marciello as Markelov crashed out on the final lap.[2]

Background

There were no changes made to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps overnight after the Feature, meaning the GP2 Series required no further practice.[1] Likewise, there was no late change to the results of the Feature, meaning that Gustav Malja would start from pole as expected.[3]

In terms of the Championship, victory in the Feature had put Pierre Gasly back at the head of the table, with the Frenchman moving 23 points clear of second placed Sergey Sirotkin. The Russian himself had just kept ahead of Raffaele Marciello and Antonio Giovinazzi, who ended the opening day in Spa two and three behind the Russian respectively. Oliver Rowland, meanwhile, completed the top five, becoming the latest man to break the 100 point barrier.

In the Teams' Championship the opening battle of Spa had resulted in a victory for Prema Racing, who moved 59 points clear at the top of the table. Russian Time had barely managed to keep pace in second, with themselves and Racing Engineering both moving past ART Grand Prix after their poor start to the weekend. DAMS were next, the latest squad to move into triple figures for the season, while Arden International remained buried at the foot of the table.

Entry List

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

2016 Spa 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 second race of the weekend at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 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
2 Gustav Malja
Luca Ghiotto ______________
______________ 3
4 Antonio Giovinazzi
Artem Markelov ______________
______________ 5
6 Raffaele Marciello
Alex Lynn ______________
______________ 7
8 Jordan King
Pierre Gasly ______________
______________ 9
10 Sergey Sirotkin
Oliver Rowland ______________
______________ 11
12 Nobuharu Matsushita
Sergio Canamasas ______________
______________ 13
14 Nicholas Latifi
Arthur Pic ______________
______________ 15
16 Jimmy Eriksson
Mitch Evans ______________
______________ 17
18 Daniël de Jong
Sean Gelael ______________
______________ 19
20 Nabil Jeffri
Philo Paz Armand ______________
______________ 21
22 Norman Nato
Marvin Kirchhöfer ______________

Race

Report

Results

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

2016 Spa 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 18 0:36:48.422 2:01.329 17
2nd 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 18 +2.359s 2:01.656 12
3rd 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 18 +3.921s 2:01.593 10
4th 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 18 +4.479s 2:01.825 8
5th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 18 +6.634s 2:01.565 6
6th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 +13.133s 2:02.345 4
7th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 18 +16.274s 2:02.345 2
8th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 18 +17.011s 2:01.834 1
9th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 18 +18.821s 2:02.548
10th* 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 18 +19.045s 2:02.202
11th 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 18 +20.170s 2:02.442
12th* 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 18 +20.458s 2:01.862
13th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 18 +20.713s 2:02.907
14th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 18 +24.657s 2:02.907
15th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 18 +34.203s 2:02.986
16th 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 18 +35.557s 2:02.280
17th* 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 +35.989s 2:02.774
18th* 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 18 +41.645s 2:02.531
19th 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 18 +43.500s 2:03.617
20th* 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 18 +1:26.962 2:02.539
21st* 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 17 +1 Lap 2:03.433
22nd 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 17 Accident 2:01.759
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Lynn, King, de Jong, Jeffri, Pic and Eriksson were all awarded ten second time penalties for using DRS illegally.[5]
  • Sirotkin was handed two ten second time penalties for using DRS illegally.[5]
  • Markelov was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]

Milestones

Standings

Pierre Gasly continued to lead the Championship after the second Spa race, although teammate Antonio Giovinazzi had cut the gap back down to seventeen points. Indeed, the Italian ace had moved up to second from fourth after his third victory of the season, trading places with Sergey Sirotkin. Raffaele Marciello had retained third, with all four still in realistic contention for the title.

In the Teams' Championship it was Prema Racing who once again emerged triumphant, extending their lead to 78 points. Indeed, such was the Italian team's advantage that they could afford to miss an entire weekend and still retain the lead, with a maximum of 78 point available over a weekend. Russian Time remained their closest challengers ahead of Racing Engineering, with ART Grand Prix also in position to attack for second.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France Pierre Gasly 146 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 129 ▲2
3rd Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 120 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 115 ▼2
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 104 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 98 ◄0
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 87 ◄0
8th Flag of France Norman Nato 82 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 80 ▲2
10th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 77 ▼1
11th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 77 ▼1
12th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 58 ◄0
13th Flag of France Arthur Pic 36 ◄0
14th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 28 ▲3
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 24 ▼1
16th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 21 ▼1
17th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 20 ▼1
18th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 16 ◄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 275 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 197 ◄0
3rd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 180 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 173 ◄0
5th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 110 ▲1
6th Flag of France DAMS 108 ▼1
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 101 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Trident 81 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 64 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 35 ◄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 Archived, 'GIOVINAZZI BLAZES TO SPRINT RACE WIN', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 28/08/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160829171531/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/08_August/Giovinazzi-blazes-Sprint-Race-win-/, (Accessed 24/10/2018) - Original
  3. Archived, 'GASLY POWERS TO FEATURE RACE VICTORY', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 27/08/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160828125810/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/08_August/Gasly-powers-to-Feature-Race-victory/, (Accessed 24/10/2018) - Original
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161122073826/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?raceid=968&seasonid=173, (Accessed 19/10/2018) - Original
  5. 5.0 5.1 Archived, 'DRIVERS PENALISED AFTER SPRINT RACE IN SPA', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 28/08/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160829121538/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/08_August/Drivers-penalised-after-Sprint-Race-in-Spa-/, (Accessed 24/10/2018) - Original

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