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Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2016 Yas Marina Feature Race
Yas Marina 2015
The Yas Marina circuit with DRS zones added in 2015.
Race Information
Date 26 November 2016
Event Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Lap length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Distance 31 laps / 172.174 km (106.984 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of France Pierre Gasly
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:47.476
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:51.175 on lap 28
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of Russia Artem Markelov
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:59:14.764
Race Guide
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2016 Sepang Sprint Race 2016 Yas Marina Sprint Race

The 2016 Yas Marina Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2016 Abu Dhabi Race 1, was the twenty-first and penultimate race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on the 26 October 2016.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, would see Pierre Gasly claim a dominant victory, as well as the lead in the Championship.[2]

Gasly would start the race weekend perfectly, snatching pole in qualifying by a third of a second.[3] In contrast teammate and Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi would qualify in sixth, knowing that he would win the title if he could beat the Frenchman by fifteen points in the race.[3]

Unfortunately for Giovinazzi the title pretender would ace the start, with the Red Bull liveried Prema sprinting clear off the line.[2] Indeed, Gasly left Sergey Sirotkin to fend off Nobuharu Matsushita and Oliver Rowland, while Giovinazzi found himself stuck behind Artem Markelov, still in sixth.[2]

Gasly duly danced clear during the early stages, aided by Sirotkin's furious defence from his ART Grand Prix stablemate Nobuharu Matsushita.[2] The Russian duly followed Gasly into the pits on lap six, while Giovinazzi had to complete another lap on worn tyres, leaving him powerless to prevent Alex Lynn and Raffaele Marciello slipping past.[2]

Matsushita inherited the lead after Gasly and co. stopped, able to match the Frenchman's pace behind despite using older hard Pirelli tyres.[2] Giovinazzi, meanwhile, had lost a lot of time by completing an extra lap on the softs, and was only able to match the pace of Lynn on fresh rubber.[2]

Yet, those four were by far the fastest on circuit, exchanging fastest laps until Matsushita and Lynn swept in on lap 26.[2] They rejoined third and ninth respectively, Lynn's pace having nosedived on his final lap, although the Brit was soon carving his way back up the order on fresh tyres.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Gasly was able to cruise home to claim victory and the Championship lead, with teammate Giovinazzi stuck down in fifth.[2] Matsushita mugged Markelov for second late on, while Sirotkin inherited fourth after Norman Nato received a penalty for speeding in the pitlane.[2]

The result of the race meant that Gasly only had to finish sixth or higher in the final race to claim the Championship, regardless of what teammate Giovinazzi could achieve.[2]

Background

The 2016 edition of the FIA GP2 Series arrived at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi for its season finale, partnering Formula One and the GP3 Series which also came to their conclusions.[1] The Yas Marina Circuit itself was unchanged ahead of the finale, with no modifications to either layout or the DRS zones.[1] There were, however, a couple of changes to the entry list, with GP3 star Louis Delétraz making his debut with Carlin in place of Marvin Kirchhöfer, while Emil Bernstorff replaced the cashless Jimmy Eriksson at Arden International.[4][5]

Into the Championship and with one round and two races to go it was Antonio Giovinazzi who led the title fight, just seven points ahead of teammate Pierre Gasly. Those two were the only drivers capable of taking the crown at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, with Giovinazzi capable of taking the title in the Feature. Indeed, the Italian simply had to outscore his teammate by ten points to claim the crown, while Gasly could secure the title if he claimed victory and the Italian failed to score.

Elsewhere, Prema Racing had been declared as Teams' Champions in the Sepang Feature, meaning all of the attention in Yas Marina would be on the fight for second. Indeed, Racing Engineering and Russian Time were separated by just six points heading to Abu Dhabi, with a maximum of 78 points left in play. ART Grand Prix were therefore still mathematically in the fight, while Arden International were set to claim the wooden spoon at the foot of the table.

Entry List

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

2016 Yas Marina 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 Switzerland Louis Delétraz 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 the United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[6]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2016 Yas Marina Feature Race are outlined below:

2016 Yas Marina Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:47.476 1
2nd 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:47.804 +0.328s 2
3rd 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:47.901 +0.425s 3
4th 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:47.997 +0.521s 4
5th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:48.130 +0.654s 5
6th 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:48.288 +0.812s 6
7th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:48.307 +0.831s 7
8th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:48.368 +0.892s 8
9th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 1:48.524 +1.048s 9
10th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:48.559 +1.083s 10
11th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:48.712 +1.236s 11
12th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 1:48.830 +1.354s 12
13th 12 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 1:48.976 +1.500s 13
14th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:49.075 +1.599s 14
15th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 1:49.206 +1.730s 15
16th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:49.779 +2.303s 16
17th 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 1:49.950 +2.474s 17
18th 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:50.135 +2.659s 18
19th 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 1:50.233 +2.757s 19
20th 19 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:50.234 +2.758s 20
21st 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:50.276 +2.800s 21
22nd 25 Flag of the United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 1:50.470 +2.994s 22
107% Time: 1:54.999[6]
Source:[6]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2016 Yas Marina Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 31 0:59:14.764 1:52.646 29
2nd 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 31 +6.737s 1:51.175 20
3rd 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 31 +11.309s 1:52.680 15
4th 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 31 +14.111s 1:52.809 12
5th 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 31 +20.172s 1:52.381 10
6th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 31 +23.686s 1:52.357 8
7th 12 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 31 +26.630s 1:51.854 6
8th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 31 +35.974s 1:51.761 4
9th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 31 +39.007s 1:53.592 2
10th 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 31 +41.589s 1:52.223 1
11th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 31 +43.486s 1:52.211
12th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 31 +43.960s 1:52.423
13th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 31 +46.090s 1:52.810
14th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 31 +1:04.814 1:52.313
15th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 31 +1:26.008 1:52.123
16th 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 31 +1:27.892 1:52.294
17th 25 Flag of the United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 31 +1:42.538 1:53.377
Ret 19 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 7 Retired 1:56.232
Ret* 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 6 Damage 1:56.054
Ret 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 6 Retired 1:54.557
Ret 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 5 Accident 1:55.080
Ret 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 3 Retired 1:56.194
Source:[6]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Gelael handed a three place grid penalty for causing a collision.[7]

Milestones

Standings

With just one race to go Pierre Gasly had moved back to the head of the GP2 field, and would start the final Sprint with a twelve point advantage. That meant that the Frenchman would win the title if he finished sixth or higher, or if Antonio Giovinazzi failed to finish in the top two. Conversely, the Italian would win the crown if he could win or finish second with Gasly failing to finish higher than seventh, with the two points for fastest lap also a factor.

In the Teams' Championship it was advantage Russian Time heading into the finale, with the Russian squad duelling with Racing Engineering to be runner-up. Indeed, with Prema Racing smashing past the 400 point mark out front, all of the attention in the Sprint for the teams would be on the fight for second, with two points separating the duo. ART Grand Prix were, however, still mathematically in the fight, but would need a maximum score to entertain any hopes of overhauling the pair.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France Pierre Gasly 219 ▲1
2nd Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 207 ▼1
3rd Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 159 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 147 ◄0
5th Flag of France Norman Nato 130 ▲1
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 122 ▼1
7th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 111 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 109 ▲1
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 107 ▼1
10th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 95 ▲1
11th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 89 ▼1
12th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 84 ◄0
13th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 53 ◄0
14th Flag of France Arthur Pic 36 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 24 ◄0
16th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 23 ▲1
17th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 21 ▼1
18th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 17 ◄0
19th Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 10 ◄0
20th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 6 ▲5
21st Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 6 ▼1
22nd Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ▼1
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 426 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 256 ▲1
3rd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 252 ▼1
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 231 ◄0
5th Flag of France DAMS 132 ◄0
6th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 113 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 113 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Trident 112 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 95 ◄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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  5. Archived, 'EMIL BERNSTORFF JOINS ARDEN INTERNATIONAL IN ABU DHABI', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 19/11/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161129165011/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/11_November/Emil-Bernstorff-joins-Arden-International-in-Abu-Dhabi/, (Accessed 26/10/2018) - Original
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Autodromo Nazionale Monza', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161128123733/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?seasonid=173&raceid=971, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original
  7. Archived, 'GELAEL PENALISED AFTER FEATURE RACE', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 26/11/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161129131033/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/11_November/Gelael-penalised-after-feature-race-/, (Accessed 26/10/2018) - Original

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