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The Autodromo Nazionale Monza with DRS zones
Race Information
Date 2 September 2017
No. 17
Event Flag of Italy 2017 Gran Premio d'Italia
Location Flag of Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Monza, Italy
Format {{{format}}}
Lap length 5.793 km (3.600 mi)
Distance 23 laps / 133.239 km (82.791 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:30.982
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto
Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 1:47.151 on lap 23
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 44:10.800
Race Guide
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The 2017 Monza Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Monza Race 1, was the seventeenth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 2 September 2017.[1] The race would see Luca Ghiotto claim victory on the track, only to retroactively lose his victory for exceeding track limits.[2]

Qualifying had seen Nobuharu Matsushita claim a maiden pole position, sharing the front row with Nyck de Vries.[3] Elsewhere Championship leader and quali-star Charles Leclerc was drastically off-form, only managing seventh, with the top seventeen drivers separated by less than a second.[3]

The start of the race would be delayed for a long time, with heavy rain sweeping across the circuit during and after the Formula One qualifying session.[4] Eventually it was decided that the F2 field should be allowed to start, with six laps behind the safety car enabling the drivers to familiarise themselves with the conditions.[4]

A standing start was set to be made after the safety car disappeared, only for Santino Ferrucci to stall as the lights were switched on.[4] Fortunately the field were able to reassemble on the grid after another "formation lap" to take the start, with no issues as the lights finally signalled the start of the race.[4]

A sloppy start from Matsushita allowed de Vries to charge into the lead, only for the Dutchman to be clattered into by a fast starting Artem Markelov.[4] The Russian duly barged through to claim a brief lead, while Ghiotto, Alexander Albon and Roberto Merhi came close to an accident as they hit the brakes three abreast.[4]

The eschewing melee that was the opening tour would see Leclerc almost spin while attacking Matsushita, while Louis Delétraz moved well up the order.[4] Fortunately the race would soon settle as the drivers got to grips with the miserable conditions at race speed, with Leclerc chasing hard after de Vries, with Markelov having dropped back down the order during the opening tour.[4]

The order remained fairly stable until the stops, heralded by Antonio Fuoco on lap sixteen, just after he moved into the top six.[4] In that strung-out melee de Vries would emerge with the lead ahead of Leclerc, while Rowland leapt into third, only for his left rear wheel to come off at the second chicane, bringing out the safety car.[4]

The race resumed with two laps to go, with Leclerc lunging past de Vries into the first chicane, only to drift down the escape road.[4] Ghiotto, meanwhile, sneaked inside the Dutchman as he was distracted by the Monegasque attacks, and duly claimed the lead, only for de Vries to reclaim it at the start of the final tour.[4]

Leclerc rejoined the duo to make it a three way fight at the start of the final lap, although contact between himself and de Vries handed the victory to Ghiotto.[4] The Italian duly swept home to claim the win, only for to be put under investigation for cutting the chicane during the Leclerc/de Vries incident.[4]

The stewards ultimately decided that the Italian had cut the chicane, awarding him a five second time penalty.[2] Fuoco was therefore handed a maiden victory having quietly climbed up the order late on, with Matsushita in second and Nicholas Latifi promoted onto the podium.[2]

Background

Formula One and Formula Two headed to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, which remained unchanged ahead of their mutual visit in 2017.[1] Likewise, there were no changes to the F2 entry list, meaning all of the pre-weekend attention was on news of a new car for the series.[1] Indeed, car manufacturers Dallara revealed their new F2 car, the F2 2018, which featured a new Mecachrome 3.4 litre V6t engine.[5]

Into the Championship and rather miraculously, given his starting position, Charles Leclerc had managed to extend his Championship lead in the Spa Sprint, moving onto 218 points. Oliver Rowland had remained his closest "challenger", but with 59 points between them, and only 144 left to fight for, the Brit was realistically in a fight for second. In that fight Rowland had at least come out on top during the Spa weekend, moving nine points clear of Artem Markelov in third.

The Teams Championship, in contrast, looked set to go to the final day, with DAMS and Russian Time separated by just a single point at the end of the Belgian weekend. Indeed the French squad had just held onto their lead courtesy of Rowland's single point, keeping Russian Time in second, although the Russian squad had made huge gains across the weekend. Prema Racing were also in the fight, despite having lost ground across the two races, with just sixteen points separating them from the leaders.

Entry List

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

2017 Monza 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 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 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 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 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:[6]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2017 Monza Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Monza Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:30.982 1
2nd 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:31.071 +0.089s 2
3rd 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 1:31.239 +0.257s 3
4th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:31.266 +0.284s 4
5th 19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy Rapax 1:31.323 +0.341s 5
6th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:31.355 +0.373s 6
7th 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:31.378 +0.396s 7
8th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:31.426 +0.444s 8
9th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 1:31.482 +0.500s 9
10th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:31.511 +0.529s 10
11th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:31.529 +0.547s 11
12th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:31.653 +0.671s 12
13th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:31.711 +0.729s 13
14th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:31.747 +0.765s 14
15th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:31.772 +0.790s 15
16th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:31.878 +0.896s 16
17th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:31.942 +0.960s 17
18th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:32.171 +1.189s 18
19th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:32.267 +1.285s 19
20th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:32.373 +1.391s 20
107% Time: 1:37.350[6]
Source:[6]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Monza Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 23 0:44:10.800 1:47.650 25
2nd 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 23 +0.351s 1:47.436 22
3rd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 23 +1.477s 1:47.648 15
4th* 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 23 +3.085s 1:47.151 14
5th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 23 +3.844s 1:48.359 10
6th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 +5.268s 1:48.448 8
7th 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 23 +6.031s 1:49.415 6
8th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 23 +6.930s 1:49.259 4
9th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 23 +7.878s 1:48.349 2
10th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 23 +8.219s 1:47.988 1
11th 19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy Rapax 23 +9.712s 1:49.386
12th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 23 +11.679s 1:50.687
13th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 23 +11.979s 1:49.267
14th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 23 +12.046s 1:47.930
15th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 23 +12.406s 1:48.472
16th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 23 +13.531s 1:49.731
17th 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 23 +33.989s 1:48.047
18th 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 23 +1:12.409 1:48.095
Ret 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 18 Wheel 1:47.902
Ret 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 5 Water pressure 1:53.752
Source:[6]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Ghiotto was handed a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits.[2]

Milestones

Standings

It was a case of status quo atop the Championship with both Charles Leclerc and Oliver Rowland failing to score, although the result benefited the Monegasque more, for it reduced the number of available points. As such, Leclerc still had more than a weekend's worth of points in hand, while Rowland was having to look over his shoulder as Artem Markelov gained ground. Elsewhere Luca Ghiotto had dragged himself into the runner-up fight, with Nicholas Latifi and Nobuharu Matsushita also in contention.

In the Teams' Championship it was all square between DAMS and Russian Time, equal on both points and wins. Indeed, only the former's greater number of second places kept them ahead, while Prema had closed the gap to just six points in third. Indeed, their truel for the title was still set to last until the season finale, with ART Grand Prix not making up enough ground in fourth.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 218 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 159 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 152 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 137 ◄0
5th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 130 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 113 ▲1
7th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 96 ▼1
8th Flag of France Norman Nato 91 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 65 ▲2
10th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 65 ▼1
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 50 ▼1
12th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 44 ◄0
13th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 23 ◄0
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 21 ◄0
15th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
16th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 13 ▲4
17th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ▼1
18th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 10 ▼1
19th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ▼1
20th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 7 ▲2
21st Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 4 ▼2
22nd Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu 1 ▼1
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 289 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 289 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 283 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 187 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 122 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 104 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 81 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 69 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 12 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 7 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 'GHIOTTO LOSES VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 03/09/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/09_September/Ghiotto-loses-victory/, (Accessed 06/10/2018)
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  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 'GHIOTTO WINS IN DRAMATIC MONZA FEATURE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 02/09/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/09_September/Ghiotto-wins-in-dramatic-Monza-feature/, (Accessed 06/10/2018)
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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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