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Flag of Italy 2018 Monza Feature Race
Monza 2015
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza with DRS zones
Race Information
Date 1 September 2018
Event Flag of Italy 2018 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia
Location Flag of Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza, Italy
Lap length 5.793 km (3.600 mi)
Distance 30 laps / 173.790 km (107.988 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:31.546
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Time 1:35.296 on lap 30
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon
Winner Team Flag of Russia Russian Time
Time 0:49:10.197
Race Guide
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The 2018 Monza Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2018 Monza Race 1, was the nineteenth race of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 1 September 2018.[1] The race was staged in support of the 2018 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia, with a number of drivers in the F2 field in the frame for a future seat in F1.

First blood in terms of the F2 Championship would go to one of those drivers, with George Russell, Championship leader, snatching pole.[2] His major title rival Lando Norris, meanwhile, would qualify down in seventh, with Sérgio Sette Câmara, Alexander Albon, Artem Markelov, Nicholas Latifi and Antonio Fuoco in between the two.[2]

At the start, however, things would not go Russell's way, despite the fact that he would start on his own on the front row as Câmara disappeared into the pits.[3] Indeed, a poor start for Russell saw him slip behind Markelov and Albon, with the Russian racer ahead into the Rettifilo chicane.[3]

Markelov and Albon soon pulled out a small lead during the early laps, engaging in a private duel for the lead ahead of Russell.[3] Elsewhere, Tadasuke Makino was emerging as a dark horse for victory, having jumped up to eighth at the start, and was matching the leading duo's pace, despite using the slower medium compound tyres.[3]

Indeed, over the following laps Makino would duly snatch the lead, easing past Luca Ghiotto, Norris, Latifi and Russell as tyre wear began to bite.[3] By the start of lap five the Japanese ace was on the back of Albon, and two quick moves on the Thai racer and his Russian teammate saw Makino lead the race outright midway through the same lap.[3]

Makino's surge prompted all of the supersoft runners into the pits, leaving only Makino, Ralph Boschung and Dorian Boccolacci as non-stoppers.[3] However, even those on fresh tyres could not match the pace of Makino, with the Japanese racer establishing a forty-five second advantage over teammate Markelov at the halfway mark.[3] Indeed, everyone else began to fight among themselves, with Markelov, Albon, Russell, Norris and Latifi all fighting.[3]

With three laps to go Makino finally made his stop, rejoining a couple of seconds clear of teammate Markelov with fresher, quicker, tyres.[3] However, knowing that he had a huge advantage in grip should he need it, Makino cruised around the final few tours of Monza to claim his maiden F2 triumph, with Markelov and Albon completing the podium.[3]

In terms of the Championship, the result proved favourable for Russell and Albon, as they both finished ahead of Norris.[3]

Background

Formula Two headed to the legendary Autodromo Natzionale Monza for the nineteenth and twentieth rounds of the season, supporting Formula One as usual.[1] The circuit remained unchanged from the series' previous visit in 2017, with the Royal park closed off for the Grand Prix weekend.[1] There were no major changes to the entry list or field either, while Pirelli continued that theme by bringing the familiar medium and supersoft compound tyres.[4]

In terms of the Championship, George Russell had continued to lead the title hunt at the end of the Spa weekend, although his lead had been slashed to just five points. Indeed, a productive second race for Lando Norris had allowed the Brit to move within striking distance of his compatriot, and inch a little further clear of third placed Alexander Albon. Albon himself could not be ruled out with six races left to run, ending the Spa weekend just 27 points back, while Nyck de Vries was also still in the hunt.

Into the Teams' Championship and Carlin had smashed through the 300 point mark with Norris' podium finish in Belgium, leaving them on 307. ART Grand Prix had remained their closest challengers in second, but had slipped over 50 points back after a poor second race at Spa-Francorchamps. DAMS, meanwhile, had moved past the 200 point barrier as a result of Nicholas Latifi's triumph, meaning they had moved closer to ART and away from Pertamina Prema.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2018 Monza Feature Race is displayed below:

2018 Monza Feature Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[5]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2018 Monza Feature Race are outlined below:

2018 Monza Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:31.546 1
2nd 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:31.600 +0.054s 2
3rd 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 1:31.889 +0.343s 3
4th 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:31.922 +0.376s 4
5th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:32.021 +0.475s 5
6th 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1:32.159 +0.613s 6
7th 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:32.191 +0.645s 7
8th 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 1:32.248 +0.702s 8
9th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 1:32.346 +0.800s 9
10th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1:32.407 +0.861s 10
11th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:32.566 +1.020s 11
12th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:32.681 +1.135s 12
13th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:32.735 +1.189s 13
14th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:32.750 +1.204s 14
15th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 1:32.801 +1.255s 15
16th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 1:32.803 +1.257s 16
17th 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:32.913 +1.367s 17
18th 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:32.965 +1.419s 18
19th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:33.496 +1.950s 19
107% Time: 1:07.954[6]
NC* 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:48.586 +17.040s 20
Source:[6]
  • * Boccolacci was unable to set a representative time due to a gearbox issue, but was allow to start the race at the back of the grid.[2]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
George Russell 2
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
3 ______________
Alexander Albon 4
______________ Artem Markelov
5 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 6
______________ Antonio Fuoco
7 ______________
Lando Norris 8
______________ Arjun Maini
9 ______________
Luca Ghiotto 10
______________ Louis Delétraz
11 ______________
Nyck de Vries 12
______________ Jack Aitken
13 ______________
Nirei Fukuzumi 14
______________ Tadasuke Makino
15 ______________
Roy Nissany 16
______________ Alessio Lorandi
17 ______________
Sean Gelael 18
______________ Ralph Boshung
19 ______________
Maximilian Günther 20
______________ Dorian Boccolacci

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2018 Monza Feature Race is displayed below:

2018 Monza Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 30 0:49:10.197 1:35.623 25
2nd 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 30 +1.798s 1:35.573 20
3rd 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 30 +3.106s 1:35.613 15
4th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 30 +6.178s 1:35.695 16
5th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 30 +8.274s 1:35.679 10
6th 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 30 +9.017s 1:35.620 8
7th* 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 30 +18.218s 1:35.296 6
8th 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 30 +27.131s 1:35.872 4
9th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 30 +27.203s 1:35.937 2
10th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 30 +30.393s 1:36.643 1
11th 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 30 +43.580s 1:36.683
12th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 30 +45.373s 1:36.604
13th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 30 +45.492s 1:35.815
14th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 30 +48.839s 1:36.550
15th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 30 +52.556s 1:36.563
16th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 29 +1 Lap 1:37.132
17th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 28 Retired 1:35.733
DSQ 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 30 Disqualified 1:36.126
Ret 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 Retired 1:37.281
Ret 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 22 Retired 1:36.337
Source:[6]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Câmara set the fastest lap but was not eligible to claim the points as he started from the pitlane.
  • Aitken was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
  • Fuoco was disqualified from the results after an illegal throttle map was found on his car.[7]

Milestones

Standings

With Tadasuke Makino sweeping to victory the impact of the race on the Championship fight was minimal, although it was to the benefit of George Russell. Indeed, pole combined with fourth meant that the Brit extended his lead over his immediate rival Lando Norris, and carried him past the 200 point mark. Norris would, however, remain a threat, thirteen points off, while Alexander Albon had maintained his status as the third man in the fight, a further fifteen back.

In the Teams' Championship it was still, as ever, advantage Carlin, the British squad having moved onto 323 points. Indeed, although ART Grand Prix, DAMS and Russian Time had all out scored Carlin, their British squad's advantage was still north of 50 points with five races to run. That left ART and DAMS in a likely duel for second, while Russian Time had moved ahead of Pertamina Prema and Charouz Racing System.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 204 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 191 ◄0
3rd Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 176 ◄0
4th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 155 ◄0
5th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 140 ◄0
6th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 130 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 112 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 90 ◄0
9th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 65 ▲2
10th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 62 ▼1
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 61 ▼1
12th Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino 45 ▲4
13th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 41 ▼1
14th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 41 ▼1
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 29 ▼1
16th Flag of India Arjun Maini 24 ▼1
17th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 17 ◄0
18th Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi 11 ◄0
19th Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 7 ◄0
20th Flag of Israel Roy Nissany 1 ◄0
2018 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 321 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 265 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 241 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Russian Time 191 ▲2
5th Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 184 ▼1
6th Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 174 ▼1
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 91 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 58 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 52 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 31 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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