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Flag of Spain 2017 Barcelona Feature Race
Circuit de Barcelona 2015
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2018
Race Information
Date 13 May 2017
No. 3
Event Flag of Spain 2017 Spanish Grand Prix
Location Flag of Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya
Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Format {{{format}}}
Lap length 4.655 km (2.892 mi)
Distance 37 laps / 172.235 km (107.022 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:29.285
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Russia Artem Markelov
Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 1:34.294 on lap 29
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 1:02:33.684
Race Guide
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The 2017 Barcelona Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Catalunya Race 1, was the third race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the 13 May 2017.[1] The race would see Charles Leclerc sweep to his second victory of the season in dominant fashion.[2]

Leclerc would start the weekend as he meant to go on, claiming pole position during qualifying with over a quarter of a second in hand.[3] Luca Ghiotto seemed set to claim pole until Leclerc delivered a late lap, in a session which was interrupted by a red flag.[3]

The start of the race saw Ghiotto almost snatch the lead from Leclerc on the long run to the first corner, with the Monegasque ace just able to edge the Italian out on the brakes.[2] The rest of the field ploughed in behind them without issue, with Alexander Albon streaking into third from fifth on the grid.[2]

The early laps saw Leclerc establish himself in the lead, while Ghiotto found himself nudged out of second by Albon as he hit early tyre trouble.[2] It was Jordan King, however, who got the pitstop ball rolling on lap six, with a steady trickle of drivers on supersoft tyres following him in over the following laps.[2]

Leclerc stopped the lap after King, handing Albon the lead from Oliver Rowland as their rivals headed into the pits.[2] However, their hopes of pulling clear of Leclerc and co. were instantly dashed by a safety car on lap ten, with Sergio Canamasas stuck out on track.[2]

The race resumed on the thirteenth lap, with Leclerc instantly carving his way back up the order on his fresh tyres.[2] Rowland, meanwhile, would size up a move on Albon on lap 21, with those two pushing hard to breakaway from the pack before making their late stops.[2]

Ultimately, however, there was nothing that either Albon or Rowland, who was the last man to stop, could do to deny Leclerc victory, with the Monegasque left to cruise home with eight laps to go.[2] Ghiotto was a second behind in second, just ahead of a charging Rowland, who had himself carved through the pack in the closing stages on fresh tyres, but ran out of time to challenge for the top two positions.[2]

Background

Formula Two linked back up with the Formula One World Championship tour in Spain for F2's second pair of races, arriving at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in mid-May.[1] The circuit remained unchanged since the series' pre-season test in March, with no modifications made to the DRS zones either.[1] There was, however, a minor alteration to the entry list, with Roberto Merhi set to make his F2 debut, replacing Stefano Coletti at Campos Racing.[4]

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

The Teams Championship, in contrast, was largely unchanged after the Sakhir Sprint, 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 upon arrival in Barcelona.

Entry List

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

2017 Barcelona 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 Spain Roberto Merhi 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 Barcelona Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Barcelona Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:29.285 1
2nd 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:29.478 +0.193s 2
3rd 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 1:29.550 +0.265s 3
4th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:29.585 +0.300s 4
5th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:29.732 +0.447s 5
6th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:29.744 +0.459s 6
7th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:29.790 +0.505s 7
8th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:29.834 +0.549s 8
9th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:29.885 +0.600s 9
10th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:29.975 +0.690s 10
11th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:30.046 +0.761s 11
12th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:30.065 +0.780s 12
13th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:30.177 +0.892s 13
14th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:30.231 +0.946s 14
15th 12 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:30.389 +1.104s 15
16th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 1:30.441 +1.156s 16
17th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:30.772 +1.487s 17
18th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:30.814 +1.529s 18
19th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 1:31.148 +1.863s 19
20th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:32.303 +3.018s 20
107% Time: 1:38.203[5]
Source:[5]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Barcelona 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 37 1:02:33.684 1:35.729 29
2nd 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 37 +3.730s 1:35.583 18
3rd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 37 +11.146s 1:34.340 15
4th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 37 +14.103s 1:36.548 12
5th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 37 +17.319s 1:34.630 10
6th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 37 +23.879s 1:34.865 8
7th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 37 +24.779s 1:37.161 6
8th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 37 +25.403s 1:34.294 6
9th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 37 +30.967s 1:36.436 2
10th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 37 +43.832s 1:36.442 1
11th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 37 +50.283s 1:35.114
12th* 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 37 +58.201s 1:36.638
13th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 37 +1:05.970 1:36.008
14th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 37 +1:05.973 1:34.706
15th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 37 +1:08.333 1:35.716
16th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 37 +1:09.241 1:36.627
17th* 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 37 +1:27.784 1:35.355
18th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 37 +1:39.581 1:36.913
19th 12 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Spain Campos Racing 33 Brakes 1:35.965
Ret 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 8 Brakes 1:37.204
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Boschung and Cecotto Jr. were both awarded 20 second time penalties for failing to slow sufficently during the VSC.[6]
  • Câmara was handed an additional five second time penalty for failing to serve an original five second time penalty during the race.[6]
  • Merhi was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.

Milestones

Standings

Victory for Charles Leclerc ensured that the Monegasque racer already had a commanding lead in the Championship, heading into the second race of the weekend with a 29 point advantage. Luca Ghiotto led the anti-Leclerc charge in second, with Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov just behind. Jordan King completed the early top five, level with Alexander Albon, while Gustav Malja had become the twelfth scorer of the season.

Russian Time still led the way in the Teams' Championship, although their advantage over Prema Racing had slipped to just three points after the third race. There was already a small gap back to third placed DAMS, with ART Grand Prix likewise slipping back after the first three races. Elsewhere Racing Engineering had registered their first points of the season, leaving Trident and Campos Racing as the only non-scorers.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 65 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 36 ▲4
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 35 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 34 ▼2
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 20 ◄0
6th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 20 ▲1
7th Flag of France Norman Nato 18 ▼3
8th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 16 ◄0
9th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 16 ▲1
10th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 6 ▼1
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 6 ▲5
12th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 2 ▼1
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 70 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 67 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 51 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 36 ▲2
5th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 20 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 18 ▼2
7th Flag of Italy Rapax 6 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 6 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 'LECLERC SCORCHES TO FEATURE VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 13/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Leclerc-scorches-to-feature-victory-/, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'LECLERC FLIES TO BARCELONA POLE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 12/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Leclerc-flies-to-Barcelona-pole-/, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  4. Jacobo Vega; David Gruz, 'Ex-F1 driver Roberti Merhi to replace Stefano Coletti at Campos in F2', autosport.com, (Haymarket Media, 10/05/2017), https://www.autosport.com/f2/news/129425/merhi-to-replace-coletti-at-campos-in-f2, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=974&seasonid=174, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'ROUND 2 FEATURE RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 13/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Feature-Race-Penalties-/, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
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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