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2017 Formula Two Season
Charles Leclerc
The first F2 Champion: Charles Leclerc.
Season Information
No. Rounds 22
First Round Bahrain
Last Round Yas Marina
Maker Dallara-Mecachrome
Tyre(s) Pirelli
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 282 Pt(s)
7 Win(s), 8 Pole(s) 3 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 210 Pt(s)
5 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 5 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 191 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 1 Pole(s), 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of Russia Russian Time 395 Pt(s)
6 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 5 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Italy Prema Racing 380 Pt(s)
8 Win(s), 8 Pole(s) 4 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of France DAMS 369 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 3 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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The 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, otherwise known as the 2017 Formula Two Season, was the first season of the revived "Formula Two Championship" and the de facto thirteenth edition of the GP2 Series.[1] Staged across 22 races largely held in support of the Formula One World Championship, the 2017 edition of F2 would see one man dominate the season.

Indeed, with reigning GP2 Series Champion Pierre Gasly unable to defend his title in spite of the series' change of name, it was up in the air as to whom would win the first F2 Championship since 2012.[2] That opened the door for 2016 GP3 Series Champion Charles Leclerc to dominate the 2017 Championship, with the Monegasque racer claiming eight poles, eight victories, and 282 points to win the Championship with a round to spare.[3]

Leclerc would get his first victory of the season during the 2017 Bahrain Sprint Race, having claimed pole for the opening round two days earlier.[4] Indeed, the first victory of the season had gone to GP2 veteran Artem Markelov, although it would be the only time that the Russian found himself ahead of Leclerc all season.[5]

Instead, Oliver Rowland would lead the chase to stop Leclerc from taking the title, with the Brit briefly leading the Championship after claiming his first victory of the season in Monte Carlo.[6] Yet, Leclerc would resume his hold on the Championship with pole and victory in Baku, and would not lose the title lead again.[7]

Away from the fight for the title and there were numerous other race winners in 2017, with Nobuharu Matsushita the only man other than the top three to claim multiple victories.[8] The other winners in 2017 were Luca Ghiotto, Nicholas Latifi, Nyck de Vries, Antonio Fuoco, Norman Nato and Sérgio Sette Câmara.

In terms of the Teams' Championship it would be a season long truel between Russian Time, Prema Racing and DAMS for the honours. Ultimately it was Russian time who edged out Prema at the season finale, outscoring the Italian effort by fifteen points.[9] DAMS, meanwhile, would end the season in third, having seen Rowland disqualified from the 2017 Yas Marina Feature Race after claiming victory.[10]

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship is shown below:

2017 FIA Formula Two Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Bahrain 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix F Bahrain International Circuit 15 April 2017 Report
S 16 April 2017 Report
2 Flag of Spain 2017 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 13 May 2017 Report
S 14 May 2017 Report
3 Flag of Monaco 2017 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 26 May 2017 Report
S 27 May 2017 Report
4 Flag of Azerbaijan 2017 Azerbaijan Grand Prix F Baku City Circuit 24 June 2017 Report
S 25 June 2017 Report
5 Flag of Austria 2017 Austrian Grand Prix F Red Bull Ring 7 July 2017 Report
S 8 July 2018 Report
6 Flag of the United Kingdom 2017 British Grand Prix F Silverstone 15 July 2017 Report
S 16 July 2017 Report
7 Flag of Hungary 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 29 July 2017 Report
S 30 July 2017 Report
8 Flag of Belgium 2017 Belgian Grand Prix F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 26 August 2017 Report
S 27 August 2017 Report
9 Flag of Italy 2017 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 2 September 2017 Report
S 3 September 2017 Report
10 Flag of Spain 2017 Jerez Formula Two Race F Circuito de Jerez 7 October 2017 Report
S 8 October 2017 Report
11 Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F Yas Marina Circuit 25 November 2017 Report
S 26 November 2017 Report
2017 FIA Formula Two Championship Tests
I Flag of France 2017 Pre-Season Test 1 T Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 13-15 March 2017 Report
II Flag of Bahrain 2017 Pre-Season Test 2 T Bahrain International Circuit 29-31 March 2017 Report
Source:[11]

Regulations

Technical

Sporting

Season Report

Entrants

Season Entry

The full 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship entry list is outlined below:

2017 FIA Formula Two Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of Italy Prema Racing[12]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc[12] All
2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco[12] All
Flag of Spain Racing Engineering
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz[13] 1-7
Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries[14] 8-11
4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja[15] All
Flag of Russia Russian Time[16]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto[16] All
6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov[16] All
Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[17] All
8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon[18] 1-3, 5-11
Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin[19] 4
Flag of France DAMS
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[20] All
10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi[20] All
Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung[21] 1-10
Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris[22] 11
12 Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti[23] 1
Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi[24] 2
Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu[25] 3-9
Flag of Spain Álex Palou[26] 10-11
Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara[27] All
15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King[28] All
Flag of Italy Trident
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri[29] All
17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 1-4
Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello[30] 5
Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott[31] 6
Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci[32] 7-11
Flag of Italy Rapax
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries[33] 1-7
Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz[34] 8-11
19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[33] 1-4
Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas[30] 5-7
Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi[35] 8-9, 11
Flag of Austria René Binder[21] 10
Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
20 Flag of France Norman Nato[36] All
21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael[36] All

Standings

2017 FIA Formula Two Championship for Drivers

The full standings for the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship for Drivers is outlined below:

2017 FIA Formula Two Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Spain Flag of the United Arab Emirates Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st Leclerc 3rd 1st 1st 4th Ret 18th 1st 2nd 1st Ret 1st 5th 4th 4th DSQ 5th 17th 9th 1st 7th 2nd 1st 282
2nd Markelov 1st 8th 8th 9th 2nd 5th 4th 5th 8th 1st 4th 3rd 17th 9th 1st Ret 9th 15th 5th 1st 1st 6th 210
3rd Rowland 5th 3rd 3rd 2nd 1st 9th 7th Ret 4th 3rd 3rd 17th 1st 2nd DSQ 8th Ret 11th 2nd 3rd DSQ 7th 191
4th Ghiotto 7th 2nd 2nd 7th 5th 4th 16th 7th 14th 4th 6th 2nd 6th 8th 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 7th 4th 3rd 5th 185
5th Latifi 11th 4th 6th 3rd Ret 13th 3rd 3rd 2nd 8th 8th 1st 2nd 6th DNS 9th 3rd 16th 4th 2nd 5th 3rd 178
6th Matsushita 8th 14th 4th 1st 3rd 7th 12th 6th 6th 14th 10th 8th 5th 1st 16th Ret 2nd 7th 18th 11th 6th 4th 131
7th de Vries 10th 6th 10th Ret 7th 1st 2nd Ret 13th 16th DNS 7th 3rd 3rd 5th 2nd 18th 12th 13th 6th 4th 9th 114
8th Fuoco 9th 10th 13th Ret 11th 10th Ret 12th 3rd 5th 16th 12th Ret 17th 3rd 7th 1st 3rd 3rd 5th DSQ 11th 98
9th Nato 2nd Ret 16th 13th Ret Ret 5th 1st Ret 7th 2nd 6th 7th 5th 8th 4th 13th 10th 11th 10th 13th 18th 91
10th Albon 6th 7th 5th 8th 4th 6th 5th 2nd 18th 10th 8th 7th 12th 18th 14th 8th 12th 9th 7th 2nd 86
11th King 4th 5th 9th 5th 9th 8th 6th DSQ 9th 6th 7th Ret 15th 11th Ret 14th 10th 20th 6th Ret 8th Ret 62
12th Câmara 13th 18th 14th 15th Ret 14th 13th 9th 16th 10th 13th 15th 16th 13th 6th 1st 6th 2nd 10th 14th 9th 8th 47
13th Malja 18th 13th 7th 6th 6th 3rd 11th 13th 12th 15th 14th 9th 13th NC 4th 11th 8th 18th 14th 18th 11th 17th 44
14th Canamasas 14th 11th Ret 11th 10th 17th 9th 15th 15th 9th 5th 4th Ret Ret 21
15th Gelael 17th 17th 15th 16th 13th 12th 14th 10th 10th 11th 9th 16th 14th 10th 15th 17th 5th 6th 16th 16th 15th 14th 17
16th Cecotto, Jr. 15th 9th 17th 10th 8th 2nd Ret 14th 16
17th Delétraz 20th 12th 11th 14th 15th 16th Ret 16th 17th 13th 12th 13th 10th 12th 14th 12th 7th 4th 17th 12th 10th Ret 16
18th Merhi 19th 12th 7th 6th 11th 5th 16th 10th 16
19th Boschung 12th Ret 12th 17th 12th Ret 8th 8th 7th Ret 11th Ret 11th 16th 13th 13th 15th 13th Ret 19th 11
20th Sirotkin 10th 4th 9
21st Palou 8th 8th 12th 12th 5
22nd Ferrucci 9th 14th 9th 10th Ret 14th Ret 13th 14th 15th 4
23rd Jeffri 19th 16th 18th 18th 14th 11th Ret 17th 18th 12th 15th 18th 12th 15th 11th 15th 12th 17th 9th 15th Ret 16th 2
24th Vișoiu Ret 15th 15th 11th 11th 17th 17th 11th Ret Ret 10th 16th 16th 19th 1
25th Norris Ret 13th 0
26th Ilott 19th 14th 0
27th Coletti 16th 15th 0
28th Binder 15th 17th 0
29th Marciello 19th Ret 0

2017 FIA Formula Two Championship for Teams

The full standings for the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship for Teams is outlined below:


References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. Tom Howard, 'GP2 Series renamed FIA Formula 2', speedcafe.com, (Speedcafe, 10/03/2017), https://www.speedcafe.com/2017/03/10/gp2-series-renamed-fia-formula-2/, (Accessed 13/06/2018)
  2. Valentin Khorounzhiy, 'Abu Dhabi GP2: Gasly crowned champion as Lynn wins final race', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 27/11/2016), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/abu-dhabi-gp2-gasly-crowned-champion-as-lynn-wins-final-race-854474/?s=1, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  3. 'CHAMPION LECLERC STORMS TO VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 07/10/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/10_October/Champion-Leclerc-storms-to-victory/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  4. '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 12/07/2018)
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  9. 'LECLERC ENDS ON TOP WITH ABU DHABI SPRINT WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/11/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/11_November/Leclerc-ends-on-top-with-Abu-Dhabi-sprint-win/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  10. 'ROWLAND BUILDS ABU DHABI FEATURE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/11/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/11_November/Rowland-builds-Abu-Dhabi-feature-win/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  11. '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)
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