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Flag of Bahrain 2017 Bahrain Sprint Race
Bahrain International Circuit 2015
The Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir with DRS
Race Information
Date 16 April 2017
Event Flag of Bahrain 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix
Location Flag of Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir, Bahrain
Lap length 5.406 km (3.359 mi)
Distance 23 laps / 124.476 km (77.346 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter
Team
Time
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:44.074 on lap 16
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:43:01.023
Race Guide
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The 2017 Bahrain Sprint Race, also known as the 2017 Sakhir Race 2, was the second race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Bahrain International Circuit on the 16 April 2017.[1] The race would see Charles Leclerc sweep to a stunning maiden victory, despite making a mid-race pitstop.[2]

Nobuharu Matsushita was meant to lead the field away from pole, only to be delayed leaving the paddock meaning he had to start from the pitlane.[2] That allowed Luca Ghiotto to streak into the lead off the line, blasting past second place starter Alexander Albon into the first corner.[2]

However, before anyone could establish their position the safety car was required, for Jordan King and Norman Nato had bounce off one-another, leaving the Frenchman stranded on track.[2] However, his Pertamina Arden was cleared very quickly, meaning the race resumed at the start of lap four.[2]

Leclerc got the jump on Albon at the restart, putting him into second with Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov following him through.[2] The Monegasque racer then caught and passed Ghiotto to grab the lead, while Markelov made a surprise stop from third after starting on the softest compound.[2]

The race soon settled, with Markelov slowly climbing back through the top ten, while Rowland claimed second from Ghiotto.[2] Then, with eight laps to go, Leclerc swept in from the lead of the race, swapping to a fresh set of supersoft Pirelli tyres and rejoining just ahead of Markelov.[2]

Rowland duly inherited the lead, although it became clear than even his ten second margin over Leclerc would not be enough as the Monegasque was scything through the field.[2] Indeed, with a lap to go Leclerc blasted past Jordan King to grab third, just as Ghiotto elbowed his way back past Rowland to claim the lead.[2]

A thrilling last lap would see Leclerc pull two excellent dives on his rivals, emerging with the lead with half a lap to go to claim a stunning maiden victory.[2] Ghiotto swept home in second ahead of Rowland, while Nicholas Latifi quietly inherited fourth as others hit tyre trouble late on.[2] Markelov, meanwhile, would end the afternoon with a single point in eighth.[2]

Background

The Bahrain International Circuit remained unchanged after the Feature Race, meaning there was no need for a practice session.[1] There would, however, be a slight modification to the grid, with a five second time penalty from the Feature putting Sérgio Sette Câmara further down the order.[3] The top eight, however, would remain unchanged, meaning Nobuharu Matsushita was free to start from pole once the octet were reversed.[3]

In terms of the Championship victory and fastest lap combined on Saturday had given Artem Markelov the Championship lead, 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, 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 had 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.

Entry List

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

2017 Bahrain Sprint 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:[4]

Grid

The grid for the second race of the 2017 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules.[2]

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Bahrain Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 23 0:43:01.023 1:44.074 17
2nd 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 23 +1.569s 1:47.043 12
3rd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 23 +2.898s 1:47.175 10
4th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 23 +7.575s 1:47.760 8
5th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 +9.962s 1:46.998 6
6th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 23 +10.865s 1:47.632 4
7th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 23 +11.382s 1:47.821 2
8th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 23 +18.953s 1:45.891 1
9th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 23 +19.150s 1:46.868
10th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 23 +19.983s 1:46.884
11th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 23 +28.829s 1:48.247
12th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 23 +31.187s 1:48.033
13th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 23 +33.622s 1:48.684
14th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 23 +34.392s 1:45.961
15th 12 Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti Flag of Spain Campos Racing 23 +35.901s 1:47.837
16th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 23 +41.595s 1:48.576
17th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 23 +52.029s 1:46.512
18th* 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 +1:08.570 1:43.950
Ret 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 9 Suspension 1:48.243
Ret 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 0 Spin
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Câmara set the fastest time of the race but was ineligible to claim the points as he finished outside of the top eight.

Milestones

Standings

Victory for Charles Leclerc, as well as the points for fastest lap, ensured that the Monegasque ace left Bahrain in the lead of the Championship, ending the weekend on 36 points. Artem Markelov, meanwhile, had slipped to second, eight behind Leclerc, with Oliver Rowland in third after his first F2 podium visit. Norman Nato, Jordan King and Luca Ghiotto were next, all level on eighteen, with Nicholas Latifi completing the top eight.

The Teams Championship, in contrast, was largely unchanged, with Prema Racing still leading from Russian Time by a small margin. Indeed, DAMS had been the biggest winners, leaping up into third, with Pertamina Arden and MP Motorsport level on eighteen points. ART Grand Prix were next up in sixth, while Rapax remained the final scorers in seventh.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 36 ▲1
2nd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 28 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 20 ▲2
4th Flag of France Norman Nato 18 ▼1
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 18 ▼1
6th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 18 ▲1
7th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 10 ▼1
8th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 8 ▲3
9th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 5 ▲1
10th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 4 ▼2
11th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 1 ▼2
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 46 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 38 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 28 ▲3
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 18 ▼1
5th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 ▼1
6th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 14 ▼1
7th Flag of Italy Rapax 5 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'GP2 SERIES 2017 SEASON CALENDAR REVEALED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 27/01/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/01_January/GP2-Series-2017-season-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  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 2.12 2.13 2.14 'LECLERC STORMS TO DRAMATIC SPRINT WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 16/04/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/04_April/Leclerc-storms-to-dramatic-sprint-win/, (Accessed 30/09/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'TIME PENALTY FOR SETTE CÂMARA', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 15/04/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/04_April/Time-penalty-for-Sette-Camara/, (Accessed 04/09/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Formula 2 2018 Results: Sakhir International Circuit', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=972&seasonid=174, (Accessed 04/09/2018)

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