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Flag of Azerbaijan 2017 Baku Sprint Race
Baku City Circuit 2016
The unchanged Baku City Circuit for 2017.
Race Information
Date 27 June 2017
No. 8
Event Flag of Azerbaijan 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Location Flag of Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
Baku, Azerbaijan
Format {{{format}}}
Lap length 6.003 km (3.730 mi)
Distance 21 laps / 126.063 km (78.332 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:53.635 on lap 17
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden
Time 40:37.601
Race Guide
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The 2017 Baku Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Baku Race 2, was the eighth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Baku City Circuit on the 25 June 2017.[1] The race would see Norman Nato declared as the winner, after Charles Leclerc was slapped with a ten second time penalty mid-race.[2]

Ralph Boschung would get the race underway from pole, but the young Swiss racer was powerless to prevent Nato and Oliver Rowland attacking his Campos into the first corner.[2] The winner of that little truel proved to be Rowland, albeit only by having the inside line for turn two, with Nato getting squeezed out on the outside of the Swiss.[2]

Indeed, Nato would have to wait until the second lap to get past, throwing a lunge at Boschung into turn two.[2] However, while the Frenchman did elbow his way through it would cost him a part of his front wing, and open the door for Nicholas Latifi to get into third.[2]

However, Nato's pursuit of Rowland was made all the easier when the Brit suddenly slowed on lap six, handing the Frenchman the lead.[2] Behind, Boschung was slipping down the order, while Leclerc was picking off his rivals at the lower-end of the points, having slipped to tenth on the opening lap.[2]

Indeed, Leclerc was already into fourth by the time Rowland retired, and two excellent moves on Nyck de Vries and Nicholas Latifi put him second just after half distance.[2] However, as the Monegasque racer was lining up a move on Nato on lap seventeen news emerged that he had been slapped with a ten second time penalty for failing to slow sufficiently under yellow flags.[2]

Knowing of Leclerc's impending penalty Nato made no attempts to defend his lead, allowing Leclerc to blast past with three laps to go.[2] The Monegasque duly went flying off to build as big a lead as possible, with Nato able to stick with him as they dropped Latifi.[2]

With that the race was run, with Leclerc crossing the line first, only to drop back to second behind Nato.[2] Latifi was left in third, having slipped over ten seconds behind Leclerc on the final lap, having had to defend heavily from Jordan King, Sergey Sirotkin, Artem Markelov and Nobuharu Matsushita in the closing stages.[2]

Background

There were no changes made the infamously tight Baku City Circuit overnight, meaning there was no need for a morning practice session.[1] However, there were changes to the grid ahead of the race, with post-Feature Race penalties putting Oliver Rowland up into second, having been demoted to seventh in the Feature Race.[2] Other than that the other changes to the order did not affect the reversed position section of the field, meaning Ralph Boschung would still start the Sprint from Pole.[2]

Into the Championship and the maximum score for Charles Leclerc in the Feature Race had ensured that the Monegasque ace pulled out a sizeable lead in the Championship, with 28 points in hand. Furthermore, Leclerc had smashed through the 100 point barrier, ending Saturday 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.

Entry List

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

2017 Baku 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 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:[3]


Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Baku Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 21 0:40:37.601 1:54.413 15
2nd 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +8.717s 1:53.635 14
3rd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +11.574s 1:55.088 10
4th 8 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +12.792s 1:55.032 8
5th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +12.890s 1:54.733 6
6th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +14.472s 1:54.969 4
7th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +16.88s 1:54.980 2
8th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +21.387s 1:54.971 1
9th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +27.343s 1:55.345
10th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 21 +27.827s 1:55.020
11th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +31.612s 1:55.802
12th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +32.664s 1:54.969
13th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 21 +34.645s 1:55.690
14th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 21 +35.789s 1:54.649
15th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 21 +49.243s 1:55.353
16th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 21 +57.152s 1:57.045
17th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 21 +1:38.931 1:56.949
DSQ* 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 Disqualified 1:55.114
Ret 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 8 Brakes 1:55.601
Ret 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 7 Engine 1:55.812
Source:[3]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * King was disqualified from the results for using illegal tyre pressures.[4]

Milestones

Standings

Charles Leclerc had once again extended the his lead in the Championship after the Baku Sprint, moving 42 points clear of his nearest challenger. Indeed, with 48 points on offer at each round, Leclerc could almost afford to miss an entire weekend and still lead the Championship, with Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov the only drivers capable of snatching the lead if he did so. As such, with two thirds of the season still to run it seemed as if it was Leclerc's title to lose, with everyone else in a fight for second.

In the Teams' Championship it was still Russian Time who led the way, holding onto their lead by just three points from DAMS. Prema Racing had dragged themselves closer in third, once again exclusively due to Leclerc's efforts, with ART Grand Prix nudging against the 100 point barrier in fourth. Fifth place was still held by Rapax, while Pertamina Arden were slowly climbing up the field in sixth.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 122 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 80 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 78 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 58 ◄0
5th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 53 ▲2
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 52 ▼1
7th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 45 ▼1
8th Flag of France Norman Nato 43 ▲2
9th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 37 ▼1
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 37 ▼1
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 28 ◄0
12th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
13th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ▲3
14th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 5 ▼1
15th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 3 ▼1
16th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 2 ▼1
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 136 ◄0
2nd Flag of France DAMS 133 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 124 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 98 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 61 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 43 ▲1
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 37 ▼1
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 4 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 3 ◄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 2.15 'NATO RECLAIMS SPRINT WIN FROM LECLERC', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/06/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/06_June/Nato-reclaims-sprint-win-from-Leclerc/, (Accessed 02/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Baku City Circuit', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=976&seasonid=174, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  4. 'ROUND 4 SPRINT RACE PENALTY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/06/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/06_June/Round-4-Sprint-Race-penalty/, (Accessed 03/10/2018)
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Entrants
ART Grand PrixCampos RacingDAMSMP MotorsportPrema RacingPertamina ArdenRacing EngineeringRapaxRussian TimeTrident
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachromePirelli
Car/engine
Dallara GP2/11Mecachrome V8108 4.0l V8
Drivers
1 Charles Leclerc2 Antonio Fuoco3 Louis Delétraz/Nyck de Vries4 Gustav Malja5 Luca Ghiotto6 Artem Markelov7 Nobuharu Matsushita8 Alexander Albon/Sergey Sirotkin9 Oliver Rowland10 Nicholas Latifi11 Ralph Boschung/Lando Norris12 Stefano Coletti/Roberto Merhi/Robert Vișoiu/Álex Palou14 Sérgio Sette Câmara15 Jordan King16 Nabil Jeffri17 Sergio Canamasas/Raffaele Marciello/Callum Ilott/Santino Ferrucci18 Nyck de Vries/Louis Delétraz19 Johnny Cecotto, Jr./Sergio Canamasas/Roberto Merhi/René Binder20 Norman Nato21 Sean Gelael
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Tests
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