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Flag of Hungary 2017 Hungaroring Sprint Race
Hungaroring 2015
The Hungaroring with added DRS.
Race Information
Date 30 July 2017
No. 14
Event Flag of Hungary 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Hungary Hungaroring
Mogyoród, Hungary
Format {{{format}}}
Lap length 4.381 km (2.722 mi)
Distance 28 laps / 122.668 km (76.222 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Russia Artem Markelov
Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 1:29.257 on lap 27
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Winner Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 44:52.900
Race Guide
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The 2017 Budapest Race 2, otherwise known as the 2017 Hungaroring Sprint Race, was the fourteenth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Hungaroring on the 30 July 2017.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix, would see Nobuharu Matsushita sweep to victory after a strong start.[2]

Matsushita's ART Grand Prix teammate Alexander Albon would start the race from pole, but would lose out in a three way fight into the first corner.[2] Matsushita, however, was the star of the opening tour, with Japanese ace sprinting past Norman Nato to claim third, before sweeping inside Albon and Luca Ghiotto to claim the lead through the first corner.[2]

That move also opened the door de Vries to move into third behind Ghiotto, with Charles Leclerc and Oliver Rowland also getting ahead of Albon.[2] Regardless, Matsushita would pull clear at the head of the field, and duly disappeared from the chasing pack as de Vries attacked Ghiotto for second.[2]

Indeed, all the fighting was in the pack behind Matsushita, with the ever increasing temperatures also adding a factor of tyre fatigue into the fights.[2] Nicholas Latifi and Artem Markelov were among those on the move, taking seventh and ninth respectively, although the battles soon came to an end as tyre preservation became key.[2]

Ghiotto would be the biggest victim of tyre wear, the Italian suddenly losing grip in the middle of lap 20 and duly slipped behind de Vries, Rowland and Leclerc in short order.[2] However, his troubles paled in comparison to those of Robert Vișoiu, who first slid into the side of Nabil Jeffri, and then slid off the circuit, prompting a VSC.[2]

Unfortunately the race would barely restart before the VSC was thrown again, this time to clean up after Jeffri hit the back of Sergio Canamasas.[2] Fortunately the second restart was far cleaner, and allowed the drivers to save enough tyre life that they could battle to the end of the race.[2]

There would, however, be no stopping Matsushita out front, who cruised home to claim his second F2 victory.[2] Rowland grabbed second on the penultimate lap from de Vries, who just finished ahead of Leclerc, with Norman Nato and Latifi surviving a late clash to finish fifth and sixth.[2]

Background

The Hungaroring remained unchanged after the Feature Race, meaning there was no need for the Formula Two field to practice ahead of the Sprint.[1] There were, however, changes to the grid after the Feature, with post-race penalties for Sergio Canamasas, Sérgio Sette Câmara and Sean Gelael seeing them relegated down the field.[3] Regardless, it was Alexander Albon would would start the race from pole, with Norman Nato alongside.

Championship-wise Charles Leclerc had seen his lead reduced after Oliver Rowland's victory in the Feature, although the Monegasque ace had moved past the 200 point mark. Indeed, Rowland had cut the lead to 54 points with his second F2 victory, although Leclerc still had more than a weekends worth of points in hand. Artem Markelov, meanwhile, had slipped back behind Rowland in their fight for second, with Nicholas Latifi keeping himself in the hunt to be runner-up.

DAMS had claimed the Teams' Championship lead after their clean-sweep of the points on Saturday, Rowland and Latifi having combined to claim a maximum 49 points in the Feature. That carried the French squad past Prema Racing and onto 257 points, with the Italian team sat on 223 points. Russian Time had continued to chase in third, heading into the second Hungaroring race on 215, with ART Grand Prix a distant fourth.

Entry List

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

2017 Hungaroring 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 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 the United States Santino Ferrucci 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 Spain Sergio Canamasas 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 Budapest race was formed from the results of the Feature, with the top eight in the field reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules:

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Alexander Albon 2
______________ Norman Nato
Row 2 3 ______________
Luca Ghiotto 4
______________ Nobuharu Matsushita
Row 3 5 ______________
Charles Leclerc 6
______________ Nyck de Vries
Row 4 7 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 8
______________ Oliver Rowland
Row 5 9 ______________
Santino Ferrucci 10
______________ Louis Delétraz
Row 6 11 ______________
Ralph Boschung 12
______________ Nabil Jeffri
Row 7 13 ______________
Gustav Malja 14
______________ Sean Gelael
Row 8 15 ______________
Jordan King 16
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
Row 9 17 ______________
Artem Markelov 18
______________ Robert Vișoiu
Row 10 19 ______________
Antonio Fuoco 20
______________ Sergio Canamasas*
  • * Canamasas was unable to serve his full grid penalty so would start from the pitlane.[3]

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Hungaroring 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 28 0:44:52.900 1:30.484 15
2nd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 28 +4.307s 1:31.087 12
3rd 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 28 +7.143s 1:31.303 10
4th 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 28 +11.635s 1:30.513 8
5th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 +12.458s 1:31.334 6
6th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 28 +13.485s 1:30.909 4
7th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 28 +16.754s 1:31.622 2
8th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 28 +24.843s 1:31.096 1
9th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 28 +25.577s 1:29.257 2
10th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 +33.887s 1:31.675
11th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 28 +35.770s 1:31.761
12th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 +35.823s 1:30.274
13th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 28 +41.847s 1:32.094
14th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 28 +42.122s 1:31.823
15th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 28 +1:26.947 1:32.040
16th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 27 +1 Lap 1:31.763
17th* 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 27 Engine 1:29.121
Ret 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 23 Engine 1:30.128
Ret 19 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Rapax 21 Accident 1:31.716
Ret 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 20 Accident 1:31.944
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Fuoco was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance. The Italian also set the fastest lap, but was ineligible to score the points as he finished outside of the top ten.[4]

Milestones

Standings

Charles Leclerc continued to lead the way in the Championship, still with a full weekend's worth of points in hand heading into the summer break. Oliver Rowland had, however, closed the gap to 50 points, with 48 available at each of the remaining six races, meaning he could entertain fantasies of beating the Monegasque. In reality, however, the Brit was set to spend the second half of the season fighting for second, with Artem Markelov and Nicholas Latifi also in contention.

DAMS would head into the summer at the head of the Teams' Championship, leaving Hungary with a thirty point advantage over Prema Racing. The Italian squad were still close enough to fight for victory, however, as were Russian Time in third, albeit heading into the second half of the season thirteen off of Prema. Behind ART Grand Prix were a lonely fourth ahead of Rapax, with Trident propping up the table.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 208 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 158 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 123 ◄0
4th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 115 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 95 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 91 ◄0
7th Flag of France Norman Nato 79 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 72 ▲1
9th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 65 ▼1
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 49 ◄0
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 28 ◄0
12th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 23 ◄0
13th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 21 ◄0
14th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
15th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ◄0
16th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ◄0
17th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 3 ◄0
18th Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 2 ◄0
19th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 261 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 231 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 218 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 163 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 106 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 82 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 49 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 29 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 11 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 5 ◄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 'MATSUSHITA DOMINATES BUDAPEST SPRINT', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 30/07/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/07_July/Matsushita-dominates-Budapest-sprint/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'POST-RACE PENALTIES NOTIFIED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 29/07/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/07_July/Post-race-penalties-notified/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Hungaroring', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=979&seasonid=174, (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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