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Flag of the United Kingdom 2017 Silverstone Feature Race
Silverstone 2015
The Silverstone circuit with added DRS.
Race Information
Date 15 July 2017
Event Flag of the United Kingdom 2017 British Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK
Lap length 5.891 km (3.660 mi)
Distance 29 laps / 170.839 km (106.154 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:38.427
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:42.512 on lap 23
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:49:23.075
Race Guide
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The 2017 Silverstone Race 1, otherwise known as the 2017 Silverstone Feature Race, was the eleventh race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship staged at the Silverstone Circuit on 15 July 2017.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2017 British Grand Prix, would see Charles Leclerc win yet another race from pole, increasing his stranglehold on the Championship.[2]

As had become expected in 2017 the Monegasque ace had claimed pole during qualifying extending his streak to six in the first six rounds.[3] Home hero Oliver Rowland came closest to topping Leclerc, but fell four tenths off his pace, with Norman Nato and Jordan King sharing the second row.[3]

Leclerc duly aced the start to grab the lead off the line, aided by the fact that Rowland made a mess of his getaway.[2] Nato duly surged ahead of the Brit into the first corner, leading Rowland to fend off King through the flatout opening curves.[2]

With the Monegasque quickly pulling out of reach with his soft Pirelli tyres, all of the attention focused on the pack behind.[2] Indeed, Artem Markelov was the man on the move, vaulting past Nobuharu Matsushita for fifth at the start of lap two, only for the Japanese racer to counter on the following lap.[2]

The first stops came and went on lap six, with Leclerc staying out a lap later than everyone, only to suddenly have fluid burst from his car.[2] The Monegasque duly stopped for his tyre change next time by, with Prema unconcerned about the sudden eruption after a very quick inspection.[2]

Indeed, Leclerc rejoined ahead of everyone else whom had stopped despite his dramas, and duly sprinted away again despite having a potential mechanical issue.[2] His pace was so strong that he caught the first of those who had yet to swap their hards for softs with ease, and duly passed without issue.[2]

From that moment on the race was all but decided, with the only man to escape Leclerc's attentions being Matsushita when he stopped from the lead.[2] That left the Monegasque to cruise home to victory ahead of Nato, with Rowland just falling shy of the Frenchman at the line.[2]

Background

The 2017 British Grand Prix would provide Formula Two with its next pair of races, with the junior series once again partnering F1 for one of the oldest races in the World.[1] The series arrived at an unchanged Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire for the sixth round of the season, with no modifications to the DRS zones.[1] There would, however, be yet another change to the entry list, with Callum Ilott the latest driver to join Trident in place of Raffaele Marciello.[4]

Into the Championship and despite failing to score at all in the Red Bull Ring Sprint it was still Charles Leclerc who had complete command on the Championship, ending the afternoon with a 49 point lead. Indeed, the Monegasque ace could now afford to miss an entire race weekend and still head the Championship, with Oliver Rowland, his closest challenger, only able to score a maximum of 48 across a weekend. The Brit was therefore set to duel with Artem Markelov for second in the Championship, with the pair on 102 and 99 points respectively.

In contrast the Teams' Championship was far from a forgone conclusion arriving in the UK, with Prema Racing and DAMS having ended the Austrian weekend tied on points. Russian Time were also in contention, just nine points behind, with ART Grand Prix also within striking distance if they could muster a perfect weekend. Elsewhere, Rapax had retained fifth despite failing to score, with Pertamina Arden closing the gap in sixth.

Entry List

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

2017 Silverstone 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 the United Kingdom Callum Ilott 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 Silverstone Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Silverstone Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:38.427 1
2nd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:38.885 +0.485s 2
3rd 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:38.906 +0.479s 3
4th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:38.988 +0.561s 4
5th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:39.062 +0.635s 5
6th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:39.138 +0.711s 6
7th 19 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Rapax 1:39.368 +0.941s 7
8th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:39.405 +0.978s 8
9th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:39.413 +0.986s 9
10th* 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:39.566 +1.139s 13
11th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 1:39.594 +1.167s 10
12th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:39.879 +1.452s 11
13th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:39.959 +1.532s 12
14th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:39.966 +1.539s 14
15th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of Italy Trident 1:39.996 +1.569s 15
16th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:40.394 +1.967s 16
17th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:40.412 +1.985s 20
18th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:40.454 +2.027s 17
19th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:40.478 +2.051s 18
20th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:40.568 +2.141s 19
107% Time: 1:45.316[5]
Source:[5]
  • * Albon was given a three place grid penalty for impeeding Jeffri.[6]
  • Vișoiu was handed a three place grid penalty at the previous race for causing a collision.[7]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Charles Leclerc 2
______________ Oliver Rowland
3 ______________
Norman Nato 4
______________ Jordan King
5 ______________
Artem Markelov 6
______________ Nicholas Latifi
7 ______________
Sergio Canamasas 8
______________ Nobuharu Matsushita
9 ______________
Sérgio Sette Câmara 10
______________ Nyck de Vries*
11 ______________
Gustav Malja 12
______________ Luca Ghiotto
13 ______________
Alexander Albon 14
______________ Louis Delétraz
15 ______________
Callum Ilott 16
______________ Ralph Boschung
17 ______________
Nabil Jeffri 18
______________ Sean Gelael
19 ______________
Antonio Fuoco 20
______________ Robert Vișoiu
  • * de Vries was unable to start after a fuel system issue.

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Silverstone 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 28 0:49:23.075 1:43.440 29
2nd 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 +8.866s 1:43.901 18
3rd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 28 +9.605s 1:43.786 15
4th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 28 +17.743s 1:44.157 12
5th 19 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Rapax 28 +18.715s 1:43.584 10
6th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 28 +24.284s 1:43.722 8
7th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 28 +26.498s 1:44.060 6
8th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 28 +27.805s 1:43.880 4
9th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 28 +28.904s 1:44.131 2
10th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 28 +34.560s 1:42.512 3
11th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 28 +44.764s 1:43.457
12th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 +46.536s 1:44.783
13th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 28 +47.050s 1:44.572
14th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 28 +50.673s 1:44.830
15th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 28 +56.457s 1:44.856
16th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 28 +1:01.355 1:43.718
17th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 28 +1:09.543 1:44.076
18th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 28 +1:12.549 1:43.713
19th 17 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of Italy Trident 27 +1 Lap 1:44.092
DNS* 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax
Source:[5]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * de Vries was unable to start after picking up a fuel system failure.

Milestones

Standings

Yet another pole-victory combination ensured that Charles Leclerc extended his lead in the Championship, moving 63 points clear of second placed Oliver Rowland. Indeed, the Brit's third place in the Feature only really reinforced his hold of second, moving him six ahead of Artem Markelov. They seemed set for a private duel for second, with fourth placed Nicholas Latifi some 35 points further back.

Leclerc's fifth win of the season had also re-established Prema Racing's control of the Teams' Championship, moving them ten points clear of DAMS. Indeed, the French squad had arrived level with the Italians at the start of the weekend, but had been unable to beat Prema's tally. Russian Time were now closer to them then they were to Prema, eight points back, with ART Grand Prix losing ground in fourth.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 180 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 117 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 111 ◄0
4th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 76 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 74 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 65 ◄0
7th Flag of France Norman Nato 63 ▲2
8th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 59 ▼1
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 49 ▲1
10th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 45 ▼2
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 28 ◄0
12th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 23 ◄0
13th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 13 ▲2
15th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ▼1
16th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ▼1
17th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 3 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 203 ◄0
2nd Flag of France DAMS 193 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 185 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 153 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 71 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 66 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 49 ◄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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