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Flag of Bahrain 2017 Bahrain Feature Race
Bahrain International Circuit 2015
The DRS filled Bahrain International Circuit
Race Information
Date 15 April 2017
Event Flag of Bahrain 2017 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix
Location Flag of Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir, Bahrain
Lap length 5.406 km (3.359 mi)
Distance 32 laps / 173.184 km (107.612 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:38.907
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Russia Artem Markelov
Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 1:46.038 on lap 24
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Winner Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 0:58:18.977
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The 2017 Bahrain Feature Race, otherwise officially known as the 2017 Sakhir Race 1, was the opening race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Bahrain International Circuit on the 15 April 2017.[1] The race was the first official race of the Formula Two Championship, and would see several future F2 stars make the debuts.[2]

Pole position for the first F2 race would go to Ferrari protege Charles Leclerc, who was a huge three quarters of a second faster than anyone else in qualifying.[3] Second on the grid would go to fellow F2/GP2 Series debutante Nyck de Vries, with veterans Norman Nato and Luca Ghiotto sharing the second row.[3]

Leclerc duly aced the start to streak into the lead, followed by Nato as de Vries made a slow getaway from the outside of the front row.[2] That left him vulnerable to a fast starting Artem Markelov, whom shot through from seventh to claim third around the outside of turn one, despite starting the race on the harder medium compound Pirelli tyres.[2]

Leclerc and Nato would steadily pull clear at the head of the field, engaging in a private duel for the lead while Markelov stalked them from third.[2] They continued to exchange places for several laps before Leclerc finally grabbed hold of the lead once and for all, by which stage they, and Markelov, had pulled out a ten second gap over the rest of the pack.[2]

The question of tyre survival in the Bahrain heat became the big issue over the following laps, although the soft compound tyres would last well enough to make it to half-distance.[2] Nato duly stopped just shy of the halfway mark, followed in by Leclerc a lap later, while Markelov held out for two more laps on his harder tyres.[2]

The order initially remained unchanged as Markelov rejoined in third, although Nato suddenly dived past Leclerc to snatch the lead as the Russian hit the circuit.[2] In the time that Markelov had stayed out those two had moved more than eight seconds clear, although the Russian quickly set about destroying that gap.[2]

With three laps to go Markelov swooped past Leclerc, who had slipped more than three seconds off the back of Nato after the Frenchman's dive for the lead.[2] A lap later, however, and Markelov was in the lead, obliterating Nato's advantage in a single lap before diving past into the first corner.[2]

With that the race was run, with Markelov charging across the line with the fastest lap, eight seconds ahead of Nato.[2] Leclerc cruised home in third ahead of Jordan King and Oliver Rowland, while Alexander Albon, Ghiotto, Nobuharu Matsushita, Antonio Fuoco and de Vries completing the top ten.[2]

Background

The Bahrain International Circuit would host the opening round of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, with F2 joining up with Formula One for the first time.[1] The circuit itself was unchanged ahead of the first ever F2 race, with F2 having completed two pre-season tests at the circuit just a few weeks earlier.[1] What had changed, however, was the entry list, with a wave of driver and team changes since the final GP2 Series race in Yas Marina.[4]

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2017 Bahrain Feature Race is displayed below:

2017 Bahrain Feature Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[5]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2017 Bahrain Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Bahrain Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:38.907 1
2nd* 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:39.585 +0.687s 5
3rd 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 1:39.665 +0.758s 2
4th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:39.696 +0.789s 3
5th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:39.948 +1.041s 4
6th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:40.011 +1.104s 6
7th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:40.018 +1.111s 7
8th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:40.053 +1.146s 8
9th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:40.140 +1.233s 9
10th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:40.168 +1.261s 10
11th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:40.201 +1.294s 11
12th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 1:40.262 +1.355s 12
13th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:40.280 +1.373s 13
14th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:40.453 +1.546s 14
15th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:40.473 +1.566s 17
16th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:40.501 +1.594s 15
17th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:40.778 +1.871s PL
18th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 1:40.810 +1.903s PL
19th 12 Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:41.416 +2.509s PL
20th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:41.604 +2.697s 16
Source:[5]
  • * Fuoco handed a three place grid penalty for impeding Markelov.[6]
  • Malja awarded a five place grid penalty for causing a collision.[6]
  • Gelael, Canamasas and Coletti all awarded five place grid penalties for speeding under the VSC. They would all start from the pitlane as they could not serve the full penalty.[6]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Charles Leclerc 2
______________ Nyck de Vries
3 ______________
Norman Nato 4
______________ Luca Ghiotto
5 ______________
Antonio Fuoco 6
______________ Nobuharu Matsushita
7 ______________
Artem Markelov 8
______________ Oliver Rowland
9 ______________
Alexander Albon 10
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
11 ______________
Jordan King 12
______________ Johnny Cecotto, Jr.
13 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 14
______________ Louis Delétraz
15 ______________
Ralph Boschung 16
______________ Nabil Jeffri
17 ______________
Gustav Malja 18
______________ Sean Gelael*
19 ______________
Sergio Canamasas* 20
______________ Stefano Coletti*
  • * Gelael, Canamasas and Coletti would all be forced to start from the pitlane.[6]

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2017 Bahrain Feature Race is displayed below:

2017 Bahrain Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 32 0:58:18.977 1:46.038 27
2nd 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 32 +7.891s 1:46.187 18
3rd 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 32 +13.780s 1:46.550 19
4th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 32 +17.478s 1:46.729 12
5th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 32 +18.144s 1:46.761 10
6th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 32 +19.744s 1:46.171 8
7th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 32 +27.056s 1:46.787 6
8th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 32 +29.971s 1:46.668 4
9th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 32 +30.950s 1:46.969 2
10th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 32 +35.726s 1:46.901 1
11th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 32 +47.578s 1:47.731
12th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 32 +52.529s 1:46.520
13th* 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 32 +55.146s 1:47.610
14th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 32 +56.311s 1:48.907
15th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 32 +1:06.723 1:46.798
16th 12 Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti Flag of Spain Campos Racing 32 +1:12.933 1:45.843
17th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 32 +1:18.579 1:46.989
18th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 32 +1:24.483 1:48.343
19th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 32 +1:38.982 1:48.976
20th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 32 +1:39.106 1:48.796
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Câmara handed a five second time penalty for forcing another driver off the circuit.[7]
  • Coletti recorded the fastest lap of the race but was ineligible to score the points as he did not finish in the top ten.

Milestones

Standings

Victory and fastest lap combined to give Artem Markelov the Championship lead after the opening race, the Russian racer holding an eight point lead at the end of the day. Pole sitter Charles Leclerc was second, ahead of second placed finisher Norman Nato with the points for pole. Behind Nato came Jordan King, Oliver Rowland, Alexander Albon, Luca Ghiotto, Nobuharu Matsushita, Antonio Fuoco and Nyck de Vries.

In the Teams' Championship it was Russian Time whom led the way with twenty-one races to go, their tally of 31 points handing them a ten point advantage. Defending Champions Prema Racing opened their defence in second, three ahead of Pertamina Arden, with MP Motorsport in fourth. Next up were ART Grand Prix and DAMS, tied on twelve points, while Rapax were the final scorers in seventh.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 27 ◄0
2nd Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 19 ◄0
3rd Flag of France Norman Nato 18 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 12 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 10 ◄0
6th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 8 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 6 ◄0
8th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 4 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 2 ◄0
10th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 31 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 18 ◄0
4th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 12 ◄0
5th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 12 ◄0
6th Flag of France DAMS 10 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Rapax 1 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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