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Flag of Belgium 2017 Spa Feature Race
Circuit de Spa Francorchamps 2015
The unchanged Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
Race Information
Date 26 August 2017
Event Flag of Belgium 2017 Belgian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa, Belgium
Lap length 7.004 km (4.353 mi)
Distance 25 laps / 175.100 km (108.802 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 2:20.842
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Russia Artem Markelov
Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 2:00.204 on lap 18
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco
Winner Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 0:52:50.172
Race Guide
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The 2017 Spa Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Spa Race 1, was the fifteenth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 26 August 2017.[1] The race, staged to support the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix, would see Artem Markelov claim victory, albeit after Charles Leclerc and Oliver Rowland were disqualified.[2]

It was Leclerc who proved to be the star of Spa in qualifying, dancing through a miserable session to claim pole in heavy rain.[3] Indeed, the Monegasque's time came during a brief lull in the rain, with the session ultimately abandoned in the final minutes after Sérgio Sette Câmara crashed out.[3]

Leclerc would, however, be challenged from the start of the race, with Rowland blasting through from third on the grid to attack the Monegasque racer into the first corner.[4] Leclerc, however, would win the battle by forcing the Brit wide through La Source, with Rowland picking up front wing damage as they collided.[4]

Regardless, the pair scrambled clear in first and second, and duly disappeared from the pack in the opening laps.[4] That left Antonio Fuoco to head the main battle pack from third, with Jordan King picking up a puncture, and Louis Delétraz and Sérgio Sette Câmara coming together.[4]

A brief VSC was thrown to pick up debris, before the race resumed with the order remained unchanged.[4] Rowland, meanwhile, would sweep into the pits at the end of lap seven to open the pitwindow, duly re-emerging alongside Norman Nato.[4] The rest of those on soft Pirelli tyres made their stops soon after, with Leclerc sweeping in a lap later and emerged ahead of Rowland.[4]

Artem Markelov would inherit the lead as the others stopped, and duly stayed out until lap sixteen, becoming the last man to stop.[4] The Russian rejoined in fifth, and began a late charge onto the podium with soft tyres, as Leclerc re-assumed the lead ahead of Rowland.[4]

With that the race was run, with Leclerc cruising home ahead of Rowland and Markelov, the Russian having blasted past Luca Ghiotto and Gustav Malja in the closing stages.[4] However, after the race it was found that both Leclerc and Rowland had too much wear on the underfloor plank and were subsequently disqualified, handing Markelov the win from Ghiotto and Fuoco.[2]

Background

The Formula Two campaign of 2017 resumed at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps after the summer break, with F2 linking back up with Formula One for its eighth pair of races.[1] The Spa circuit itself remained its ever impressive self, with no modifications made to the layout or DRS zones.[1]

There was, however, a change to the entry list, with Louis Delétraz and Nyck de Vries swapping seats, joining Rapax and Racing Engineering respectively.[5] The motivation for the swap was due to the commitments of each drivers' sponsors, with various other alliances changing.[5] The former team, meanwhile, had also been forced to hire another driver, replacing Sergio Canamasas with Roberto Merhi as the veteran Spaniard looked for a drive elsewhere.

In terms of the Championship it was Charles Leclerc whom had continued to lead, having entered the summer break with more than a weekend's worth of points in hand. Oliver Rowland had, however, closed the gap to 50 points in Hungary, with 48 available at each of the remaining six races, meaning he could entertain fantasies of beating the Monegasque. In reality, however, the Brit was set to spend the second half of the season fighting for second, with Artem Markelov and Nicholas Latifi also in contention.

DAMS, meanwhile, had headed into the summer at the head of the Teams' Championship, leaving Hungary with a thirty point advantage over Prema Racing. The Italian squad were still close enough to fight for victory, however, as were Russian Time in third, albeit heading into the second half of the season thirteen off of Prema. Behind ART Grand Prix were a lonely fourth ahead of Rapax, with Trident propping up the table.

Entry List

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

2017 Spa 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 Spa Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Spa Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 2:20.842 1
2nd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 2:21.510 +0.668s 2
3rd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 2:21.578 +0.736s 3
4th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 2:22.069 +1.227s 4
5th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 2:22.073 +1.231s 5
6th 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 2:22.534 +1.692s 6
7th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 2:22.952 +2.110s 7
8th 19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy Rapax 2:23.132 +2.290s 8
9th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 2:23.180 +2.338s 9
10th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 2:23.409 +2.567s 10
11th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 2:23.424 +2.582s 11
12th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 2:23.459 +2.617s 12
13th 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 2:23.470 +2.628s 13
14th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 2:23.737 +2.895s 14
15th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 2:23.788 +2.946s 15
16th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 2:24.127 +3.285s 16
17th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 2:24.215 +3.373s 17
18th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 2:24.437 +3.595s 18
19th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 2:25.039 +4.197s 19
20th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 2:27.008 +6.166s 20
107% Time: 2:30.700[6]
Source:[6]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Spa Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 25 0:52:50.172 2:00.204 27
2nd 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 25 +6.057s 2:01.212 18
3rd 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 25 +6.446s 2:00.240 15
4th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 25 +19.912s 2:00.889 12
5th 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 25 +21.149s 2:00.669 10
6th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 25 +29.356s 2:00.938 8
7th 19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy Rapax 25 +33.479s 2:01.656 6
8th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 25 +35.611s 2:01.493 4
9th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 25 +42.735s 2:01.693 2
10th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 25 +44.133s 2:01.015 1
11th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 25 +47.608s 2:01.106
12th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 25 +59.552s 2:01.109
13th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 25 +1:00.217 2:00.693
14th 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 25 +1:01.070 2:01.719
15th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 25 +1:14.082 2:01.229
16th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 24 +1 Lap 2:01.095
DSQ* 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 25 Disqualified 1:58.721 4
DSQ* 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 25 Disqualified 2:00.197
Ret 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1 Puncture 4:10.754
DNS 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS
Source:[6]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Leclerc and Rowland were both disqualified as their underfloor planks showed excessive wear in post-race scrutineering.[2]
  • Latifi was unable to start due to a fuel pressure issue.[4]

Milestones

Standings

Despite failing to score anything bar the points for pole Charles Leclerc continued to have a stranglehold on the Championship, actually managing to extend his lead. Behind, with Oliver Rowland failing to score, it was race winner Artem Markelov whom had gained the most, the Russian racer moving onto 150 points, eight behind the Brit. That jump also created a gap between the top three and fourth place Nicholas Latifi, with Luca Ghiotto moving into striking distance of the Canadian in fifth.

DAMS had, in contrast, seen their lead atop the Teams' Championship reduced after the first race at Spa, their advantage being cut to ten points. Russian Time were the team on the move, their one-two result carrying them past Prema Racing and into second, becoming the French squad's closest challengers. Those three were still locked into an exclusive Truel for the title, with ART Grand Prix losing more ground in fourth.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 212 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 158 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 150 ◄0
4th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 115 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 113 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 91 ◄0
7th Flag of France Norman Nato 83 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 82 ◄0
9th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 65 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 49 ◄0
11th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 40 ◄0
12th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 38 ◄0
13th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 21 ◄0
14th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
15th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ◄0
16th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ◄0
17th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 8 ▲3
18th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 6 ▲4
19th Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 4 ▼1
20th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 3 ▼3
21st Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu 1 ◄0
22nd Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 1 ▼3
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 273 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 263 ▲1
3rd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 250 ▼1
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 165 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 112 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 86 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 57 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 51 ◄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 'LECLERC AND ROWLAND DISQUALIFIED FROM FEATURE RACE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/08/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/08_August/Leclerc-and-Rowland-disqualified-from-feature-race/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'LECLERC DOMINATES WET SPA QUALIFYING', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/08/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/08_August/Leclerc-dominates-wet-Spa-qualifying/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 'DE VRIES MOVES TO RACING ENGINEERING', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 23/08/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/08_August/De-Vries-moves-to-Racing-Engineering/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
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