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Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2017 Yas Marina Sprint Race
Yas Marina 2015
The Yas Marina circuit with DRS zones added in 2015.
Race Information
Date 26 November 2017
Event Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Lap length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Distance 22 laps / 122.188 km (75.924 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:51.875 on lap 4
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Winner Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 0:41:36.188
Race Guide
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2017 Yas Marina Feature Race 2018 Bahrain Feature Race

The 2017 Yas Marina Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Yas Marina Race 2, was the twenty-second and final round of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Yas Marina Circuit on the 26 November 2017.[1] The race would see Charles Leclerc sign off his title winning campaign with his seventh and final victory as Russian Time claimed the Teams' Championship.[2]

Jordan King was set to lead the charge from pole, but a miserable start from the Brit saw him plummet down the order.[2] That allowed Alexander Albon and Nobuharu Matsushita to duel for the lead into the first corner, Albon emerging ahead, with Nicholas Latifi in third.[2]

Albon would try to escape up the road early on, aided by the fact that Latifi mugged Matsushita on lap two, and duly pulled out of the DRS zone.[2] Behind, Artem Markelov and Luca Ghiotto would go three abreast with King in their pursuit of the Teams' Championship for Russian Time, resulting in puncture causing contact, while Oliver Rowland pushed into the top ten with ease.[2]

Charles Leclerc was also on the warpath, moving past Nyck de Vries for fourth, before pouncing on Matsushita for third.[2] He duly went charging off after Albon and Latifi, while Ghiotto tried to follow him through, only for Matsushita to put up a furious rearguard action.[2]

Latifi fell to the Leclerc charge with four laps to go, with the Monegasque quickly sprinting clear to catch Albon.[2] Indeed, time was against Leclerc in the closing stages, with a yellow flag denying a potential overtaking spot at the end of the second DRS zone.[2]

Indeed, the pair finally came to blows on the final lap of the season, with Leclerc clattering into the side of Albon at the end of the back straight.[2] A better line and traction combined to hand Leclerc the lead with half a lap to go into turn eleven, with the Monegasque ace duly sweeping home to claim his seventh and final victory.[2] Albon would end the season with a second place ahead of Latifi, while Ghiotto and Markelov wrapped up the Teams' Championship for Russian Time.[2]

Background

The Yas Marina Circuit was unchanged ahead of the final Formula Two race of the 2017 campaign, although the Sprint would be staged in daylight rather than at night.[1] There were, however, changes to the grid after penalties from the Feature, with Oliver Rowland and Antonio Fuoco sent to the back of the field having been disqualified.[3] That promoted Alexander Albon and Jordan King into the top eight, with the latter set to start the final Sprint from pole.[3]

Into the Championship and victory, combined with the fact that Rowland had been disqualified from the Feature, settled the fight for second in the Championship in favour of Artem Markelov, with the Russian ace moving seventeen points clear of the Brit. Rowland could make up that seventeen point gap with a perfect race in the Sprint, but Markelov's greater number of wins would keep the Russian ahead on count-back. Rowland would therefore be fighting to hold onto third, with Luca Ghiotto in striking position just eight behind.

In the Teams' Championship it was advantage Russian Time heading into the finale, with the Russian squad eighteen points clear of Prema Racing. Indeed, with 29 points left to fight for it was still a two horse race for the title, with DAMS falling by the wayside in third after Rowland's retroactive reduction. Regardless, Russian Time could seal the inaugural F2 Teams' Championship if either of their drivers finished in the top four, even if Prema scored a one-two and fastest lap.

Entry List

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

2017 Yas Marina 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 the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of Spain Álex Palou 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:[4]

Grid

The grid for the twenty-second race of the 2017 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules:[2]

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2017 Yas Marina Sprint 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 22 0:41:36.188 1:52.573 15
2nd 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 22 +1.293s 1:51.901 12
3rd 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 22 +3.207s 1:51.875 12
4th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 22 +4.105s 1:52.122 8
5th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 22 +4.952s 1:52.760 6
6th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 22 +14.758s 1:53.022 4
7th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 22 +15.446s 1:52.792 2
8th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 +24.795s 1:53.286 1
9th 3 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 22 +29.261s 1:52.348
10th 19 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy Rapax 22 +29.689s 1:52.926
11th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 22 +29.912s 1:52.529
12th 12 Flag of Spain Álex Palou Flag of Spain Campos Racing 22 +30.999s 1:53.365
13th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of Spain Campos Racing 22 +31.564s 1:53.067
14th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 22 +38.714s 1:53.424
15th 17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy Trident 22 +39.605s 1:53.597
16th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 22 +43.310s 1:53.605
17th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 22 +49.659s 1:53.183
18th* 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 19 Throttle 1:53.340
Ret 18 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy Rapax 18 Mechanical 1:53.159
Ret 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 11 Transmission 1:51.315
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Nato was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[4]
  • King set fastest time of the race, but was ineligible to score points as he finished outside of the top ten.[4]

Milestones

Standings

The Championship had already been settled ahead of the finale, although Charles Leclerc could now officially be declared as the 2017 FIA Formula Two Champion, ending the season with 282 points. Likewise, Artem Markelov was formally recognised as runner-up, with Oliver Rowland third having been Leclerc's closest competitor for most of the season. Fourth went to Luca Ghiotto ahead of Nicholas Latifi, as 24 of the 29 drivers entered in 2017 scored points.

In the Teams' Championship, meanwhile, it was Russian Time whom became the inaugural F2 Champions, emerging with 395 points at the end of the final day. Prema Racing were runners-up, ending with 380, while DAMS were a disappointed third on 369, with all three having entered the Abu Dhabi weekend with a shot at taking the crown. Fourth went to a lonely ART Grand Prix, while Trident ended the season last with nine points.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 282 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 210 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 191 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 185 ◄0
5th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 178 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 131 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 114 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 98 ◄0
9th Flag of France Norman Nato 91 ◄0
10th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 86 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 62 ◄0
12th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 47 ◄0
13th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 44 ◄0
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 21 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 17 ◄0
16th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ◄0
17th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 16 ◄0
18th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 16 ◄0
19th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 11 ◄0
20th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 9 ◄0
21st Flag of Spain Álex Palou 5 ◄0
22nd Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 4 ◄0
23rd Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ◄0
24th Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 395 ◄0
2nd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 380 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 369 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 226 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Rapax 137 ◄0
6th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 109 ◄0
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 108 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 87 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 17 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 9 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'GP2 SERIES 2017 SEASON CALENDAR REVEALED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 27/01/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/01_January/GP2-Series-2017-season-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  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 ENDS ON TOP WITH ABU DHABI SPRINT WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/11/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/11_November/Leclerc-ends-on-top-with-Abu-Dhabi-sprint-win/, (Accessed 09/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'ROWLAND AND FUOCO DISQUALIFIED FROM FEATURE RACE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/11/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/11_November/Rowland-and-Fuoco-disqualified-from-Feature-Race/, (Accessed 09/10/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Yas Marina Circuit', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=973&seasonid=174, (Accessed 09/10/2018)

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