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Flag of Spain 2017 Barcelona Sprint Race
Circuit de Barcelona 2015
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2017
Race Information
Date 14 May 2017
Event Flag of Spain 2017 Spanish Grand Prix
Location Flag of Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Lap length 4.655 km (2.892 mi)
Distance 26 laps / 121.030 km (75.205 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:34.811 on lap 3
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Winner Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 0:42:20.450
Race Guide
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2017 Barcelona Feature Race 2017 Monaco Feature Race

The 2017 Barcelona Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Catalunya Race 2, was the fourth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on the 14 May 2017.[1] The race would see Nobuharu Matsushita sweep to a maiden F2 victory, benefiting from a mid-race mistake by Nicholas Latifi.[2]

Artem Markelov would start the Sprint from pole, but a poor start from the Russian racer allowed Latifi to rocket through and claim the lead.[2] Gustav Malja followed the Canadian through with Matsushita, with Markelov arriving at the first corner in a frustrated ninth.[2]

The opening lap would end with a safety car, however, for Nyck de Vries and Antonio Fuoco spun each other out at turn five, and duly got stuck.[2] Fortunately their cars were quickly snatched away from the circuit, meaning the race resumed after just two laps behind the safety car.[2]

Latifi duly blasted clear at the restart, moving out of DRS range before anyone had a chance to challenge.[2] That left Leclerc as the centre of attention, with the Feature Race winner duly picking his way up the order from eighth.[2]

Indeed, there was little change to the order once Leclerc moved into fourth, with Latifi holding a healthy margin over Matsushita and Oliver Rowland.[2] However, with just five laps to go Latifi's mirror suddenly snapped off, a failure which drew the Canadian's attention away into turn five and duly caused him to drift wide.[2]

Matsushita duly shot through into the lead, while Rowland just managed to get ahead of his DAMS colleague as the Canadian rejoined.[2] Matsushita, meanwhile, would blast away with his newly inherited lead, pulling out a second on Rowland before the end of the lap.[2]

With that the race was run, with Matsushita securing his maiden F2 victory by three seconds from Rowland and Latifi.[2] Leclerc was a battle hardened fourth ahead of Jordan King, while Alexander Albon tumbled to eighth late on with tyre trouble.[2]

Background

There were no changes made to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya overnight on Saturday, meaning there was no need for a morning practice.[1] What had changed was the grid, although time penalties for Ralph Boschung, Johnny Cecotto, Jr. and Sérgio Sette Câmara did not affect the top eight.[3] That meant that Artem Markelov would start from pole as expected, with Feature Race winner Charles Leclerc in eighth.[3]

Into the Championship and that Feature Race victory for Leclerc had 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 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 on Saturday.

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 having likewise slipped back after the first three races. Elsewhere Racing Engineering had registered their first points of the season in the Feature, leaving Trident and Campos Racing as the only non-scorers.

Entry List

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

2017 Barcelona 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 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:[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 ______________
Artem Markelov 2
______________ Gustav Malja
3 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 4
______________ Alexander Albon
5 ______________
Nobuharu Matsushita 6
______________ Oliver Rowland
7 ______________
Luca Ghiotto 8
______________ Charles Leclerc
9 ______________
Jordan King 10
______________ Nyck de Vries
11 ______________
Louis Delétraz 12
______________ Ralph Boschung
13 ______________
Antonio Fuoco 14
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
15 ______________
Sean Gelael 16
______________ Norman Nato
17 ______________
Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 18
______________ Nabil Jeffri
19 ______________
Roberto Merhi 20
______________ Sergio Canamasas

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Barcelona Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 0:42:20.450 1:35.246 15
2nd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 26 +3.309s 1:35.178 12
3rd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 26 +4.621s 1:34.811 12
4th 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 26 +9.177s 1:35.136 8
5th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 +15.333s 1:35.534 6
6th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 26 +17.987s 1:35.246 4
7th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 26 +18.092s 1:35.492 2
8th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 +21.135s 1:35.096 1
9th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 26 +21.552s 1:35.400
10th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 26 +30.744s 1:35.574
11th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 26 +31.549s 1:36.315
12th 12 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Spain Campos Racing 26 +34.434s 1:35.765
13th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 26 +35.271s 1:35.855
14th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 26 +38.090s 1:36.532
15th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 +39.446s 1:36.330
16th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 26 +46.950s 1:36.084
17th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 26 +50.226s 1:34.670
18th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 26 +59.912s 1:36.672
Ret 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 0 Accident
Ret 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 0 Accident
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

Standings

Charles Leclerc had seen his title lead slightly chipped away in the second Barcelona race, ending the afternoon with 26 points in hand over Oliver Rowland. The Brit himself had moved into second, overtaking Luca Ghiotto, while Artem Markelov had retained fourth. Victory, meanwhile, had put Nobuharu Matsushita into the top five, with no new scorers on the list.

In the Teams' Championship it was Prema Racing whom now led the way, finally overhauling Russian Time. Indeed, the Russian squad had slipped to third, albeit just three points off the lead, with DAMS level with Prema in second, but behind having failed to win a race. Elsewhere ART Grand Prix were a secure fourth ahead of MP Motorsport, while Campos Racing and Trident had failed to score once again.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 73 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 47 ▲1
3rd Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 38 ▼1
4th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 34 ◄0
5th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 31 ▲4
6th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 28 ▲2
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 26 ▼2
8th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 21 ▼2
9th Flag of France Norman Nato 18 ▼2
10th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 10 ▲1
11th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 6 ▼1
12th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 2 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 75 ▲1
2nd Flag of France DAMS 75 ▲1
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 72 ▼2
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 52 ◄0
5th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 18 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 10 ▲1
8th Flag of Italy Rapax 6 ▼1

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 'MATSUSHITA SPRINTS TO VICTORY IN BARCELONA', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 14/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Matsushita-sprints-to-victory-in-Barcelona/, (Accessed 01/10/2017)
  3. 3.0 3.1 '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)
  4. 4.0 4.1 '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)

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