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Flag of Italy 2017 Monza Sprint Race
Monza 2017
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza with DRS zones
Race Information
Date 3 September 2017
No. 18
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 21 laps / 121.653 km (75.792 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:34.080 on lap 4
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco
Winner Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 33:15.078
Race Guide
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The 2017 Monza Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Monza Race 2, was the eighteenth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 3 September 2018.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2017 Gran Premio d'Italia, would see Luca Ghiotto streak to victory on home soil having been denied in the Feature.[2]

Gustav Malja would start the Sprint from pole, but a messy start from the Swede allowed Sean Gelael to lead a quintet of cars into the first chicane.[2] Louis Delétraz was the main driving force in the quintet, twice diving past Gelael into both the first and second chicanes, only to have to hand back the lead twice after cutting said obstacles.[2]

The Swiss racer stuck with it, however, and duly snatch the lead fairly on lap four, just as Ghiotto danced past Malja through the Parabolica to claim fourth and launch his bid for victory.[2] The Swede subsequently fell back with a mistake at the Rettifilo chicane, while Ghiotto stormed past a sleeping Gelael through the Lesmo corners a lap later, moving into third.[2]

Indeed, Gelael had just been passed by Sérgio Sette Câmara into the Rettifilo on the previous lap, and it was the Brazilian whom now settled in the sights of Ghiotto.[2] However, the Italian racer did not need to launch an attack on the Brazilian, for Câmara cut the second chicane on the following lap, gifting second to Ghiotto.[2]

It took until half-distance for Ghiotto to catch Delétraz, although he had to abort two attempted lunges before finally elbowing his way through at Lesmo.[2] The Italian duly danced clear amid a wave of cheers from the home fans, leaving Delétraz to succumb to Câmara a lap later as the Brazilian tried to stick with the charging Ghiotto.[2]

Unfortunately there would be no great fight for victory, for Ghiotto simply pulled away from Câmara and co. before the Brazilian could leap past Delétraz.[2] That left the Italian to win at a canter from the Brazilian, while Antonio Fuoco completed the podium after a late charge from mid-pack.[2]

Background

There were no modifications made to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza overnight, although there was a vast improvement in the conditions, with no threat of rain.[2] There were also changes to the grid, however, with Luca Ghiotto's late demotion dropping the Italian to fourth in the Feature Race results.[2] That left him starting fifth on the reversed Sprint race grid, with Gustav Malja starting from pole as expected.[2]

Into the Championship and it was a case of status quo after the Feature, with both Charles Leclerc and Oliver Rowland failing to score, although the result had 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 had 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 after the Monza Feature. 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. 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.

Entry List

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

2017 Monza 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 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:[3]

Grid

The grid for the second F2 race of the Monza weekend was arranged according to the results of the Feature Race, with the top eight finishers reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules:

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Monza Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 0:33:15.078 1:34.104 15
2nd 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +2.296s 1:34.258 12
3rd 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +4.505s 1:34.080 12
4th 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 21 +6.246s 1:34.253 8
5th 19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy Rapax 21 +11.803s 1:34.662 6
6th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 21 +17.305s 1:34.728 4
7th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +20.010s 1:34.480 2
8th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +20.588s 1:34.315 1
9th 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +23.263s 1:34.199
10th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 21 +23.704s 1:34.559
11th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 21 +27.419s 1:34.661
12th 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 21 +29.307s 1:34.325
13th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +29.659s 1:34.482
14th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 21 +29.906s 1:34.392
15th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +32.045s 1:34.324
16th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +32.965s 1:34.251
17th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 21 +33.237s 1:35.063
18th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 21 +57.447s 1:33.523
19th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +1:00.129 1:34.493
20th* 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +1:06.302 1:32.921
Source:[3]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * King set the fastest lap of the race but was ineligible to claim the points as he finished outside of the top ten.[3]

Milestones

  • Maiden Formula Two victory for Luca Ghiotto.
    • Also the Italian's second triumph at GP2/F2 level.
  • Russian Time secured their fourth victory as an entrant at F2.
    • The Russian squad also earned their fourteenth triumph at GP2/F2 level.
  • Maiden fastest lap recorded by Antonio Fuoco.

Standings

The biggest winner of the Monza weekend would be Championship leader Charles Leclerc, despite the fact that he had failed to register a single point in either race. Indeed, with neither of his immediate rivals managing to score, the Monegasque ace could wrap up the title in the Jerez Feature Race with a race victory, regardless of the efforts of Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov. They were therefore set to fight for second, with Luca Ghiotto having moved level with his Russian teammate, and seven behind Rowland.

In the Teams' Championship it was Russian Time whom emerged on top, the Russian squad leaving Monza with a nine point lead. They were not, however, set to claim the title, for Prema Racing were the team in second, while DAMS had only slipped fifteen points behind in third having had only their second pointless race of the season. Behind, ART Grand Prix were set to claim fourth, ten shy of the 200 point mark, with Rapax their closest challengers in fifth.

 
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 152 ◄0
5th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 130 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 115 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 96 ◄0
8th Flag of France Norman Nato 91 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 77 ◄0
10th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 66 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 50 ◄0
12th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 44 ◄0
13th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 43 ◄0
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 21 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 17 ▲1
16th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ▼1
17th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 16 ▲1
18th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 15 ▲2
19th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ▼2
20th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ▼1
21st Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 4 ◄0
22nd Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 304 ▲1
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 295 ▲1
3rd Flag of France DAMS 289 ▼2
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 190 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 136 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 108 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 93 ◄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

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References:

  1. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Cal
  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 'GHIOTTO SOARS TO MONZA SPRINT WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 03/09/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/09_September/Ghiotto-soars-to-Monza-sprint-win/, (Accessed 07/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Autodromo Natzionale Monza', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=981&seasonid=174, (Accessed 06/10/2018)
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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