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Flag of Azerbaijan 2017 Baku Feature Race
Baku City Circuit 2016
The Baku City Circuit for 2017.
Race Information
Date 24 June 2017
Event Flag of Azerbaijan 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Location Flag of Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Baku, Azerbaijan
Lap length 6.003km (3.730mi)
Distance 29 laps / 174.087km (108.173mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:52.129
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:54.025 on lap 24
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:52:33.196
Race Guide
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2017 Monaco Sprint Race 2017 Baku Sprint Race

The 2017 Baku Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Baku Race 1, was the seventh race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Baku City Circuit on the 24 June 2017.[1] The race would see Championship leader Charles Leclerc claim another dominant victory, becoming the first driver in F2 history to claim maximum points in a Feature Race.[2]

Indeed, Leclerc proved untouchable during qualifying as usual, the Monegasque ace beating second placed Nobuharu Matsushita by over half a second.[3] Nicholas Latifi, meanwhile, would cause a red flag by sliding into the barriers at turn eight, only to rejoin and claim third on the grid.[3]

Leclerc duly aced the start on Saturday, sprinting clear of Latifi as the Canadian elbowed his way past Matsushita into the first corner.[2] The rest of the field made it through without issue, only for Johnny Cecotto, Jr. to crash into the barriers at turn two, all on his own.[2]

The Monegasque racer duly aced the restart to reestablish his lead, leaving Latifi to fend off Nyck de Vries into the first corner.[2] Elsewhere, Antonio Fuoco dropped down the order, before he and Sergio Canamasas came together on lap seven, resulting in the Italian bouncing into the barriers.[2]

Those on supersoft tyres took that as their cue to pit, with Leclerc leading the field in before rejoining in the lead of those that had stopped.[2] A VSC was then called to remove Nabil Jeffri from the wall, as well as pick up the pieces left by Fuoco's earlier bounce.[2]

The restart saw Luca Ghiotto lead the field, with Leclerc sprinting past Ralph Boschung to grab second with the Italian ten seconds clear.[2] However, before Ghiotto could try and build his advantage a second safety car was called, this time to allow Louis Delétraz to be plucked from the barriers.[2]

Leclerc allowed Ghiotto to control the restart, and made no early attempt to pass before the Italian peeled off to complete his stop on lap nineteen.[2] That left the Monegasque with a sizeable lead at the head of the field, with de Vries and Latifi leading the rest of the pack.[2]

With that the race was run, with Leclerc also squeezing in the fastest lap of the race on the final tour to claim maximum points.[2] de Vries and Latifi held on to complete the podium, keeping a charging Oliver Rowland at bay, before the Brit was handed a ten second time penalty post-race for failing to slow under yellow flags.[4]

Background

F2 headed to the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan for its fourth pair of races, once again partnering Formula One for the inaugural Azerbaijan Grand Prix.[1] The circuit itself remained unchanged after its debut in 2016, with the DRS zones also unmodified.[1] There was, however, a change to the entry list, with Sergey Sirotkin getting his F2 debut, replacing Alexander Albon after the Thai driver injured himself in training.[5]

Into the Championship and it was status quo at the top of the Championship table after the Monaco Sprint, with neither Charles Leclerc nor Oliver Rowland managing to score, leaving them three points apart. Artem Markelov and Luca Ghiotto had therefore managed to inch closer, moving fourteen and eighteen behind respectively, as had Nobuharu Matsushita in fifth. Elsewhere, race winner Nyck de Vries had moved into the top ten, with no other drivers managing to add their name to the scorers list.

In the Teams Championship it was Russian Time whom emerged at the head of the hunt, leaving Monte Carlo on 116 points. DAMS were still their closest combatants, still on 102, with Prema Racing slipping back after their near-pointless weekend in the Principality. ART Grand Prix were next up with Rapax moving into fifth, while Campos Racing remained as the only pointless team in 2017.

Entry List

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

2017 Baku 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 Russia Sergey Sirotkin 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 Romania Robert Vișoiu 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:[6]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

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

2017 Baku Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:52.129 1
2nd 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:52.697 +0.568s 2
3rd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:52.865 +0.736s 3
4th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 1:53.018 +0.889s 4
5th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:53.135 +1.006s 5
6th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:53.220 +1.091s 6
7th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 1:53.313 +1.184s 7
8th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 1:53.354 +1.225s 8
9th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:53.479 +1.350s 9
10th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:53.670 +1.541s 10
11th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:53.853 +1.724s 11
12th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:53.900 +1.771s 12
13th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:54.032 +1.903s 13
14th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:54.286 +2.157s 14
15th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:54.295 +2.166s 15
16th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:54.339 +2.210s 16
17th 8 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:54.384 +2.255s 17
18th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:54.688 +2.559s 18
19th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:54.857 +2.728s 19
107% Time: 1:59.978[6]
NC* 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 2:06.148 +14.019s 20
Source:[6]
  • * Ghiotto was allowed to start despite failing to set a time within 107% of the fastest time at the stewards' discretion.[3]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Baku Feature 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 24 0:52:33.196 1:54.025 31
2nd 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 24 +3.469s 1:54.736 18
3rd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 24 +6.390s 1:54.884 15
4th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 24 +11.694s 1:55.168 12
5th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 24 +17.074s 1:55.426 10
6th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 +18.570s 1:56.281 8
7th* 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 24 +19.090s 1:54.662 6
8th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 24 +21.348s 1:55.990 4
9th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 24 +22.870s 1:56.085 2
10th 8 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 24 +24.042s 1:56.129 1
11th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 24 +24.828s 1:55.802
12th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 24 +25.696s 1:55.422
13th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 +29.675s 1:55.438
14th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 24 +33.101s 1:56.335
15th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 24 +33.320s 1:56.067
16th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 24 +49.207s 1:54.886
Ret 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 11 Accident 1:57.441
Ret 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 9 Accident 1:57.977
Ret 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 6 Accident 1:58.774
Ret 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 0 Accident
Source:[6]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Rowland handed a ten second time penalty for ignoring yellow flags.[4]
  • Câmara, Gelael and Vișoiu all handed to second time penalties for ignoring yellow flags.[4]
  • Cecotto would be forced to start from the pitlane in the Sprint Race for speeding in the pitlane.[4]

Milestones

Standings

The maximum score for Charles Leclerc ensured that the Monegasque ace pulled out a sizeable lead in the Championship, heading into the Sprint Race with a 28 point lead. Furthermore, Leclerc also smashed through the 100 point barrier, ending the afternoon with 108 points to his name. Oliver Rowland, was therefore left to lead charge from second, with Artem Markelov his closest challenger.

Russian Time continued to lead the Teams' Championship, moving five points clear of DAMS in second. Elsewhere, Leclerc's maximum score moved Prema Racing past the 100 point mark, keeping them in third, with ART Grand Prix in fourth on 86. Rapax completed the top five, while Ralph Boschung's maiden points finish finally put Campos Racing on the board.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 108 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 80 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 72 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 56 ◄0
5th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 48 ◄0
6th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 45 ▲4
7th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 43 ▲1
8th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 37 ▼2
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 37 ▼2
10th Flag of France Norman Nato 28 ▲1
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 28 ▼2
12th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
13th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 4 ▲3
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 3 ◄0
15th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 2 ▼2
16th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 1 ▲7
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 128 ◄0
2nd Flag of France DAMS 123 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 110 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 86 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 61 ◄0
6th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 37 ◄0
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 ▲1
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 ▼1
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 4 ▲1
10th Flag of Italy Trident 3 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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