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Flag of Spain 2017 Jerez Sprint Race
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The Jerez Circuit with DRS.
Race Information
Date 8 October 2017
Event Flag of Spain 2017 FIA Formula Two Jerez Round
Location Flag of Spain Circuito de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Lap length 4.428 km (2.751 mi)
Distance 28 laps / 123.984 km (77.040 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of Spain Racing Engineering
Time 1:29.296 on lap 22
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Winner Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 0:43:01.086
Race Guide
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2017 Jerez Feature Race 2017 Yas Marina Feature Race

The 2017 Jerez Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Jerez Race 2, was the twentieth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuito de Jerez on the 8 October 2017.[1] The race would see Artem Markelov sweep to victory as the fight for second in the Championship heated up.[2]

Álex Palou would start the race from pole on his F2 debut weekend, and duly streaked into the lead at the start, fending off fellow front-row starter Luca Ghiotto.[2] Indeed, Ghiotto would have a bigger issue heading into the second corner, for contact with Jordan King saw the Italian go scrambling across the gravel.[2]

King would undertake a furious rear-guard action in second after picking up damage from Ghiotto, allowing Palou to creep away out front.[2] However, a gearbox failure for King on lap four opened the door for the chasing pack, with Nicholas Latifi immediately sprinting after the Spaniard.[2]

However, Palou was not in the mood to be caught, and duly continued to eek out his lead from Latifi as the rest squabbled behind.[2] In the middle of that pack was Antonio Fuoco, who ultimately decided to pit just before the halfway point for fresh tyres, followed in by Champion teammate Charles Leclerc.[2]

Unfortunately the decision to pit for fresh tyres appeared to be the incorrect call, for Palou and Latifi stayed out, and were able to match the stoppers' pace.[2] Indeed, the fastest man on circuit for a time would be Markelov, whom duly cruised onto the back of Latifi, just as the Canadian moved into striking position behind the Spaniard.[2]

It was at this point that Markelov stole a march on the two ahead, with two brilliantly timed lunges in the space of three corners carrying the Russian racer from third to first.[2] He soon disappeared up the road to claim victory, leaving Latifi and Oliver Rowland to mug Palou, whose pace fell dramatically, in the closing staged to complete the podium.[2]

Background

There were no changes required for the Circuito de Jerez overnight, meaning there was no need for F2 to practice on Sunday morning.[1] Furthermore, with F2 serving as the headline act, the start time had been pushed back to the afternoon, creating a more relaxed atmosphere in the paddock.[2] In terms of the grid there were no late revisions, meaning Álex Palou would start from pole as expected.[2]

Into the Championship and Charles Leclerc had been declared as the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship Champion with three races to spare after the Feature, with the Monegasque moving 68 points clear with 65 left to fight for. Indeed, in spite of his efforts in the Feature Oliver Rowland had failed to keep the hunt alive, and was now set to fight for second to the end of the season. Fortunately the results of the Feature had put him seventeen clear of Artem Markelov, with Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi also still in that particular chase.

In the Teams' Championship it was Prema Racing whom moved to the top of the table during the Feature, winning the latest round of the eternal game of leap-frog between themselves, DAMS and Russian Time. In that game, Russian Time had gone from first to third in the standings during the Feature, while DAMS had moved back to second, a point ahead of the Russian squad. Behind, ART Grand Prix were still in fourth, with Rapax inching marginally closer, while Trident and Campos Racing were set to battle for the wooden spoon.

Entry List

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

2017 Jerez 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 the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 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 Álex Palou 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 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Austria René Binder 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 twentieth 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 ______________
Álex Palou 2
______________ Luca Ghiotto
3 ______________
Jordan King 4
______________ Artem Markelov
5 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 6
______________ Antonio Fuoco
7 ______________
Oliver Rowland 8
______________ Charles Leclerc
9 ______________
Nabil Jeffri 10
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
11 ______________
Norman Nato 12
______________ Alexander Albon
13 ______________
Nyck de Vries 14
______________ Gustav Malja
15 ______________
René Binder 16
______________ Sean Gelael
17 ______________
Louis Delétraz 18
______________ Nobuharu Matsushita
19 ______________
Santino Ferrucci 20
______________ Ralph Boschung

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Jerez Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of France DAMS 28 0:43:01.086 1:30.747 15
2nd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 28 +11.840s 1:30.878 12
3rd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 28 +13.286s 1:30.838 10
4th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 28 +14.691s 1:29.307 8
5th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 28 +16.497s 1:30.158 6
6th 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 +20.201s 1:29.296 6
7th 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 28 +20.510s 1:29.579 2
8th 12 Flag of Spain Álex Palou Flag of Spain Campos Racing 28 +25.027s 1:30.848 1
9th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 28 +25.613s 1:31.369
10th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 +30.411s 1:31.249
11th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 28 +34.059s 1:31.505
12th 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 28 +38.074s 1:31.470
13th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 28 +44.257s 1:30.280
14th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 28 +52.036s 1:30.443
15th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 28 +52.395s 1:31.197
16th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 +52.516s 1:31.793
17th* 19 Flag of Austria René Binder Flag of Italy Rapax 28 +52.658s 1:29.032
18th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 +1:04.836 1:31.434
19th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 27 Brakes 1:31.772
Ret 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 3 Gearbox 1:31.695
Source:[3]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Binder set the fastest lap of the race but was ineligible to claim points as he finished outside of the top ten.
  • Boschung was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.

Milestones

Standings

Victory for Artem Markelov put the Russian racer closer to second place Oliver Rowland in the Championship, with the pair ending the weekend twelve points apart ahead of the finale in Abu Dhabi. Indeed, there were still four drivers mathematically in the fight for second, with Luca Ghiotto and Nicholas Latifi within 35 points of Rowland. Pre-declared Champion Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, had nothing to fear ahead of the finale, leaving the rest to fight behind him.

In the Teams' Championship it was Prema Racing whom had emerged on top in Jerez, ending the weekend on 347 points, having arrived in third. DAMS, meanwhile, had been the big losers, dropping to third, although they were level with Russian Time in second on 343, with the latter's greater number of wins keeping them ahead. Elsewhere, ART Grand Prix had effectively secured fourth, while Rapax were a safe fifth.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 249 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 189 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 177 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 166 ◄0
5th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 154 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 115 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 102 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 98 ◄0
9th Flag of France Norman Nato 91 ◄0
10th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 66 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 58 ◄0
12th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 44 ◄0
13th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 44 ◄0
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 21 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 17 ◄0
16th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
17th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 16 ◄0
18th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 15 ◄0
19th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ◄0
20th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ◄0
21st Flag of Spain Álex Palou 5 ◄0
22nd Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 4 ◄0
23rd Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ◄0
24th Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 347 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 343 ▲1
3rd Flag of France DAMS 343 ▼1
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 190 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 138 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 108 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 102 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 75 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 17 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 9 ◄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 'MARKELOV FLIES TO FOURTH WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 08/10/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/10_October/Markelov-flies-to-fourth-win/, (Accessed 08/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Circuito de Jerez', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=982&seasonid=174, (Accessed 08/10/2018)

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