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Flag of Italy 2018 Monza Sprint Race
Monza 2015
The Autodromo Nazionale Monza with DRS zones
Race Information
Date 2 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 21 laps / 121.653 km (75.792 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Time 1:34.896 on lap 4
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Winner Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 0:33:31.886
Race Guide
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2018 Monza Feature Race 2018 Sochi Feature Race

The 2018 Monza Sprint Race, otherwise officially known as the 2018 Monza Race 2, was the twentieth race of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on 2 September 2018.[1] The race was held in support of the 2018 Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia, and would see an F1 protege take victory.[2]

Penalties after the Feature Race had seen Ralph Boschung inherit pole position, although the MP Motorsport racer would make a mess of his start.[2] Indeed, as Boschung slumped to ninth, Nicholas Latifi shot into the lead from the second row, while Mercedes F1 protege George Russell and Artem Markelov followed him through.[2]

Those three shot away at the head of the field, leaving Alexander Albon and Sérgio Sette Câmara to fight for fourth.[2] Elsewhere, Lando Norris had picked up some minor damage after contact on the opening lap, but was gifted seventh when Tadasuke Makino locked up horribly at the first chicane early on.[2]

Russell launched his bid for the lead on lap five, although his dive inside the DAMS pilot only resulted in the Brit running wide at the first chicane.[2] Markelov duly pounced on the recovering ART to take second, before streaking past Latifi at the start of the sixth lap to claim the lead.[2]

Markelov was unable to escape up the road before Russell passed Latifi on lap nine, while Câmara drew onto the back of the trio.[2] However, as the Brazilian pounced on Latifi for third, Markelov locked up at the first chicane and ran wide, gifting the lead to Russell.[2] The Brit then fended off Markelov's initial attempts to retake the lead, before establishing a small lead over the Russian as the laps ticked away.[2]

With that the race was effectively done, leaving Russell to sweep home to a fifth victory of the season, extending his Championship lead.[2] Markelov was just a second away in second having survived a late assault from Câmara, with a huge lock-up from the Brazilian on the final lap not proving enough to let Latifi back through.[2]

Background

There were no changes made to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza ahead of the second Formula Two race of the weekend, although there been revisions to the grid.[3] Indeed, eighth place finisher in the Feature Race Antonio Fuoco had been disqualified from the results, the result of an illegal throttle map, meaning Ralph Boschung would start from pole.[4] In terms of tyres the entire field was expected to use the medium Pirelli compound, for the supersofts had struggled to last five laps in the Feature Race.[3]

In terms of the Championship impact of the feature race on Saturday had been minimal, although it was to the benefit of George Russell. Indeed, pole combined with fourth meant that the Brit had extended his lead over immediate rival Lando Norris, and moved past the 200 point mark. Norris, however, had remained 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 in the Feature Race, 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.

Entry List

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

2018 Monza Sprint 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]

Grid

The grid for the second F2 race of the Monza weekend was arranged according to the results of the Feature Race, with the top eight finishers reversed:

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
1 ______________
Ralph Boschung 2
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
3 ______________
Lando Norris 4
______________ Nicholas Latifi
5 ______________
George Russell 6
______________ Alexander Albon
7 ______________
Artem Markelov 8
______________ Tadasuke Makino
9 ______________
Nyck de Vries* 10
______________ Luca Ghiotto
11 ______________
Sean Gelael 12
______________ Maximilian Günther
13 ______________
Louis Delétraz 14
______________ Nirei Fukuzumi
15 ______________
Alessio Lorandi 16
______________ Roy Nissany
17 ______________
Jack Aitken 18
______________ Dorian Boccolacci
19 ______________
Arjun Maini 20
______________ Antonio Fuoco
  • * de Vries was unable to start from the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[6]

Race

It was a warm afternoon at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza ahead of the Formula Two Sprint Race, with no concerns about the weather, or indeed the huge Italian crowd.[6] In terms of tyres everyone would start the race on the medium Pirelli tyres, for the supersofts had struggled badly during the Feature race, barely surviving five laps.[6] There would be one pre-race casualty, however, with Nyck de Vries forced to start from the pits after stalling on the formation lap.[6]

Report

A stunning start from Nicholas Latifi saw the Canadian ace surge through from fourth on the grid into the lead, dragging George Russell and Artem Markelov with him.[6] Their blast was aided by a miserable getaway from pole sitter Ralph Boschung, who was down to ninth before the field hit the brakes to take the first chicane.[6] Latifi therefore led Russell and Markelov out of the first chicane for the first time, while Lando Norris found himself in a front wing damaging squeeze between Sérgio Sette Câmara and Alexander Albon.[6]

That squeeze, and minor damage, cost the Brit momentum, meaning Norris slipped behind both Luca Ghiotto and Tadasuke Makino on the run through Curva Grande.[6] Otherwise the rest of the opening tour was fairly tame, with Latifi still leading from Russell and Markelov, whom were tucked right under the Canadian's rear wing.[6] A few yards behind them ran Albon, Câmara, Ghiotto, Makino and Norris, while Boschung continued to slip down the order, falling out of the top ten completely before the Parabolica.[6]

Latifi, Russell and Markelov would continue to inch away from the pack during the early laps, leaving Albon and Câmara to squabble for fourth ahead of Ghiotto and Norris.[6] Indeed, the man missing from the former quintet would be Makino, who suffered a huge lock-up into the Rettifilo chicane at the start of lap three, destroying his tyres.[6] The Feature Race winner duly dragged his flat-spotted Russian Time into the pits at the end of the lap, dropping to the very back of the field.[6]

There would also be some early casualties, as Boschung and Sean Gelael rather clumsily came together at the second chicane, resulting in Gelael spinning into retirement.[6] Boschung limped around with broken damage to retire in the pits, before being retroactively blamed for the accident after the race, receiving a grid penalty for the Sochi Feature Race.[7] Elsewhere, Norris was paying no heed to his minor front wing damage, and was therefore harassing Ghiotto for sixth, while Maximilian Günther was losing a lot of time with some rather more significant chunks missing from his front end.[6]

Back with the leaders and Russell was lining up a move on Latifi at the start of lap five, although his subsequent dive inside the DAMS pilot only resulted in the Brit running wide at the Rettifilo.[6] That gifted Markelov second place in the pecking order, before the Russian lined up his own bid for the lead at the start of the following lap.[6] A rather more delicate dive on the brakes by Markelov duly carried his Russian Time past Latifi's DAMS, before blasting off to establish a small lead ahead of the Canadian.[6]

Latifi and Russell continued to fight for the following two laps, allowing Câmara to catch the pair after the Brazilian ace had finally dealt with Albon, who was now defending from Norris in the second Carlin.[6] Yet, despite the increasing pressure from behind, Russell finally made a move stick on Latiti at the start of lap nine, easing ahead of the Canadian's DAMS as the pair hit the brakes for the Rettifilo.[6] Come the end of the lap the Championship leader was back under Markelov's rear wing, and duly threw a half-hearted move at the start of lap ten, although the Russian racer was not fooled.[6]

A lap later, however, and Markelov would be caught out, the Russian misjudging his braking point while looking in his mirrors and duly slithered wide at the Rettifilo chicane.[6] That allowed Russell to sneak into the lead of the race, while Markelov rejoined in second ahead of the now third placed Albon.[6] Indeed, as Markelov and Russell swapped placed Albon launched an audacious dive inside Latifi into the first chicane, and duly blasted out of Rettifilo just a fraction behind the Russian, and ahead of the Canadian.[6]

Markelov would look to shake off his mistake as soon as he rejoined, harassing Russell through the rest of lap eleven before trying a lunge at the Rettifilo on lap twelve, only for that to be swatted aside.[6] After that Markelov found he had no answer to Russell, whom managed to inch clear over the following laps as the Russian came under attack from Câmara for third.[6] Elsewhere, Dorian Boccolacci was running in the points, fighting with Jack Aitken for eighth, while Albon was trying hard to get back ahead of Norris for sixth.[6]

That was, until the Thai racer hit trouble five laps from the chequered flag, the #5 DAMS car dramatically losing power towards the end of the lap, forcing Albon into retirement.[6] On track, meanwhile, the race was beginning to run down, the last real moment of action coming with three laps to go, when Roy Nissany and de Vries tripped over one-another while fighting for tenth.[6] The Israeli racer was left with heavy front wing damage, while de Vries limped to the pits with a shredded rear tyre, although both would make it to the chequered flag.[6]

With that the race was run, with Russell sweeping home to claim his fifth victory of the season and, crucially, extend his Championship lead.[6] Markelov was a safe second after Câmara threw his chance at the second podium step away, the Brazilian making a mess of an optimistic lunge into the Rettifilo on the final lap to send himself skating down the escape road.[6] Regardless, Câmara would rejoin to finish third ahead of Latifi and Norris, with the rest of the points going to Ghiotto, Boccolacci and Aitken.[6]

Results

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

2018 Monza Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 0:33:31.886 1:34.899 15
2nd 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +1.056s 1:34.927 12
3rd 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +4.347s 1:34.896 12
4th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +5.651s 1:35.300 8
5th 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +6.174s 1:35.017 6
6th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +17.452s 1:35.502 4
7th 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +20.751s 1:35.737 2
8th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +24.216s 1:35.489 1
9th 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 21 +25.188s 1:35.886
10th 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 +28.453s 1:35.800
11th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 +31.875s 1:35.845
12th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 21 +34.792s 1:35.571
13th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +38.323s 1:35.981
14th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +1:04.379 1:35.555
15th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +1:17.780 1:35.812
16th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +1:18.848 1:36.226
17th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 20 +1 Lap 1:35.198
Ret 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 16 Retired 1:35.218
Ret* 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 4 Accident 1:36.718
Ret 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 3 Accident 1:36.301
Source:[8]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Boschung awarded a five place grid penalty for the 2018 Sochi Feature Race for causing a collision.[7]

Milestones

Standings

Victory ensured that Championship leader George Russell had extended his Championship lead, moving 22 points clear of Lando Norris. Those two had remained the two main protagonists for the title, with Alexander Albon needing a strong weekend in Sochi if he was to remain in the title fight back in third. Elsewhere, Artem Markelov had moved back ahead of Nyck de Vries, while Jack Aitken moved back into the top ten, level with Louis Delétraz.

Carlin had retained their lead in the Teams' Championship at the end of the Monza weekend, their advantage having effectively stayed at 60 points. ART Grand Prix remained their closest challengers, inching clear of compatriots DAMS in third, leaving 32 points between them. Russian Time had retained fourth, moving past the 200 point mark, Pertamina Prema and Charouz Racing System failing to score.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 219 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 197 ◄0
3rd Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 176 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 160 ▲1
5th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 155 ▼1
6th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 142 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 112 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 94 ◄0
9th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 73 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 62 ▲1
11th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 62 ▼1
12th Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino 45 ◄0
13th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 41 ◄0
14th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 41 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 29 ◄0
16th Flag of India Arjun Maini 24 ◄0
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 France Dorian Boccolacci 2 ▲2
21st Flag of Israel Roy Nissany 1 ▼1
2018 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 339 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 281 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 249 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Russian Time 205 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 184 ◄0
6th Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 174 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 95 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 60 ◄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:

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