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Race Information
Date 8 July 2017
Event Flag of Austria 2017 Austrian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Lap length 4.326 km (2.688 mi)
Distance 40 laps / 173.040 km (107.522 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:13.396
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:15.854 on lap 34
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:52:21.629
Race Guide
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2017 Baku Sprint Race 2017 Red Bull Ring Sprint Race

The 2017 Red Bull Ring Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Spielberg Race 1, was the ninth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Red Bull Ring on the 8 July 2017.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, would see Charles Leclerc claim another impressive victory to extend his Championship lead.[2]

The Monegasque ace had started the weekend in typical fashion, sweeping to his fifth straight pole position in qualifying by a healthy margin.[3] Sérgio Sette Câmara came closest to deposing Leclerc at the head of the field, only to be disqualified after the session, meaning Leclerc's Prema Racing teammate Antonio Fuoco would start from second.[3]

Fuoco looked to have grabbed the lead at the start of the race, making an initially better getaway before Leclerc swept ahead into the first corner.[2] Behind, Oliver Rowland made a poor start and duly slipped down the order, with Alexander Albon claiming the Brit's former third place.[2]

Leclerc duly set about building a lead over his teammate early on, leaving Fuoco to defend from the chasing pack.[2] However, the Italian himself would also manage to escape unmolested, meaning Rowland became the centre of attention as he battled back on an alternate tyre strategy.[2]

Indeed, having made a poor start Rowland decided to make an early stop, switching to soft Pirelli tyres from his original supersofts.[2] He duly managed to pick up places as the rest of the field pitted, with a series of overtakes on those on the opposite strategy leaving him a de facto third.[2]

That would become second, however, for a slow stop for Fuoco saw him drop behind the Brit with ten laps to go.[2] Leclerc, meanwhile, would rejoin with the lead and duly begin a slow cruise, just as Fuoco began to close on Rowland, with Nicholas Latifi catching them both.[2]

A final few thrilling laps would see both Fuoco and Latifi dive past Rowland, before Latifi set about attacking the young Italian despite his tyres being significantly older.[2] Indeed, with three laps to go the Canadian ace duly snatch second with a dive into turn four, before blasting away to try and catch the cruising Leclerc out front.[2]

Ultimately, however, the Monegasque racer had enough in hand to keep the DAMS at bay, and duly cruised home to claim his fourth victory of the season.[2] Latifi was therefore left a satisfied second ahead of Fuoco, with Rowland just falling shy of the Italian on the final lap.[2]

Background

Formula Two headed to the Styrian Mountains for its fifth pair of races, once again supporting Formula One at the Austrian Grand Prix.[1] The Red Bull Ring remained unchanged for the combined visit, with no extra DRS zones added to the layout.[1] Pirelli, meanwhile, would bring to similarly familiar tyre compounds, with their soft and supersoft tyres handed to teams.

There were changes to the entry list, however, with Alexander Albon returning to to ART Grand Prix having missed the Baku races due to injury.[4] Elsewhere, Raffaele Marciello was handed his first drive in F2, re-joining Trident in place of Sergio Canamasas.[4] That was because Canamasas had moved on to replace Johnny Cecotto, Jr. at Rapax, with the Venezuelan racer calling time on his racing career.[4]

Charles Leclerc had once again extended the his lead in the Championship after the Baku Sprint, moving 42 points clear of his nearest challenger. Indeed, with 48 points on offer at each round, Leclerc could almost afford to miss an entire weekend and still lead the Championship, with Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov the only drivers capable of snatching the lead if he did so. As such, with two thirds of the season still to run it seemed as if it was Leclerc's title to lose, with everyone else in a fight for second.

In the Teams' Championship it was still Russian Time who led the way, holding onto their lead by just three points from DAMS. Prema Racing had dragged themselves closer in third, once again exclusively due to Leclerc's efforts, with ART Grand Prix nudging against the 100 point barrier in fourth. Fifth place was still held by Rapax, while Pertamina Arden were slowly climbing up the field in sixth.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2017 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:

2017 Red Bull Ring 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 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 Italy Raffaele Marciello 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:[5]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2017 Red Bull Ring Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:13.396 1
2nd 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:13.776 +0.380s 2
3rd 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:13.888 +0.492s 3
4th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:13.903 +0.507s 4
5th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:13.922 +0.526s 5
6th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 1:14.034 +0.638s 6
7th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:14.180 +0.784s 7
8th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:14.193 +0.797s 8
9th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:14.203 +0.807s 9
10th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:14.363 +0.967s 10
11th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:14.377 +0.981s 11
12th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:14.384 +0.988s 12
13th 19 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Rapax 1:14.489 +1.093s 13
14th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:14.534 +1.138s 14
15th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:14.555 +1.159s 15
16th 17 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Italy Trident 1:14.643 +1.247s 16
17th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:14.653 +1.257s 17
18th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:14.672 +1.276s 18
19th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:15.121 +1.725s 19
107% Time: 1:18.533[5]
EXC* 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:13.736 +0.340s 20
Source:[5]
  • * Câmara was excluded from the results of qualifying after failing to provide a fuel sample.[6]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2017 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:

2017 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 40 0:52:21.629 1:16.113 29
2nd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 40 +1.345s 1:16.773 18
3rd 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 40 +5.160s 1:16.479 15
4th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 40 +5.682s 1:16.498 12
5th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 40 +9.846s 1:16.382 10
6th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 40 +12.179s 1:15.854 10
7th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 40 +19.400s 1:16.924 6
8th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 40 +20.385s 1:16.740 4
9th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 40 +30.481s 1:17.280 2
10th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 40 +33.662s 1:16.710 1
11th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 40 +35.636s 1:17.106
12th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 40 +36.011s 1:17.092
13th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 40 +44.145s 1:17.296
14th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 40 +46.896s 1:16.614
15th 19 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Rapax 40 +48.883s 1:17.206
16th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 40 +50.940s 1:17.180
17th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 40 +53.423s 1:16.808
18th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 40 +56.881s 1:17.222
19th 17 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Italy Trident 39 +1 Lap 1:18.327
Ret 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 5 Suspension 1:18.686
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

Standings

Pole and victory once again ensured that Charles Leclerc extended his lead in the Championship, the Monegasque heading into the Sprint Race with a huge 59 point lead. Oliver Rowland was his closest challenger with more than half the season still to race, with Artem Markelov a further ten points back. Elsewhere, Nicholas Latifi had moved into fourth ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, the latter having displaced Luca Ghiotto to get into the top five.

In the Teams' Championship it was Prema Racing who now led the way, their double podium carrying them straight into the lead. DAMS had retained second as Prema and Russian Time swapped places, with the Russian squad suddenly 39 points off the lead having arrived with 3 in hand. There were no major changes further down the order, although ART Grand Prix had passed the 100 point mark in fourth.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 151 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 92 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 82 ◄0
4th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 71 ▲1
5th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 62 ▲1
6th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 58 ▼2
7th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 47 ▲2
8th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 45 ▼1
9th Flag of France Norman Nato 43 ▼1
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 39 ◄0
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 28 ◄0
12th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 17 ▲4
13th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ▼1
14th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ◄0
15th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ▼2
16th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 3 ▼1
17th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 168 ▲2
2nd Flag of France DAMS 169 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 129 ▼2
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 118 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 61 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 44 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 39 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 11 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 3 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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  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 'LECLERC SOARS TO FEATURE VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 08/07/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/07_July/Leclerc-soars-to-feature-victory/, (Accessed 03/10/2018)
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