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Flag of Russia 2018 Sochi Sprint Race
Sochi 2015
The Sochi Autodrom with DRS zones.
Race Information
Date 30 September 2018
Event Flag of Russia 2018 VTB Russian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Russia Sochi Autodrom Sochi, Russia
Lap length 5.848 km (3.634 mi)
Distance 21 laps / 122.808 km (76.309 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter
Team
Time
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:50.501 on lap 5
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon
Winner Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 0:44:46.259
Race Guide
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2018 Sochi Feature Race 2018 Yas Marina Feature Race

The 2018 Sochi Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2018 Sochi Race 2, was the twenty-second race of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Sochi Autodrom on the 30 September 2018.[1] The race would see Championship leader George Russell take a significant step to the title, surviving a sudden downpour.[2]

Nirei Fukuzumi would start the race from pole in dry conditions, and would immediately sprint clear off the line.[2] That kept the Japanese racer clear of the chaos behind, with Alessio Lorandi taking Nicholas Latifi out at turn five resulting in an early appearance for the safety car.[2]

The restart came on the third lap, with Fukuzumi again sprinting clear ahead of Russell, who had emerged from the chaos in second having started in fifth.[2] However, the Brit would have to wait until DRS became active to blast into the lead, before sprinting clear of the Japanese ace early on.[2]

Sérgio Sette Câmara would also take the BWT Arden early on, although he would be unable to match Russell's pace.[2] However, as they sprinted clear of Fukuzumi the dark clouds hanging over the circuit finally burst, with rain quickly sweeping across the circuit on lap nine.[2]

Niko Kari was the first man to suffer from the rain, spinning into the barriers moments before Jack Aitken spun out of the race.[2] A VSC was called to recover the two abandoned cars, with most of the field diving into the pits for wets once the circuit was cleared.[2]

Only the two Charouz drivers gambled on the circuit drying, and were duly punished when Russell and co. went charging past a few laps later.[2] They duly slipped out of the points in the closing stages, briefly getting caught in a stunning duel between Artem Markelov and Nyck de Vries.[2]

With that the race was run, for Russell would build an eight second gap over Câmara to claim victory, and a huge lead in the Championship with two races to go.[2] Câmara duly finished a comfortable second, while Alexander Albon kept himself in the title fight with third after a quiet run.[2]

Background

The Sochi Autodrom remained unchanged from the Feature Race with no major concerns heading into the Sprint.[1] Likewise, there were no changes to the grid after the Feature, meaning Nirei Fukuzumi would lead the field away from pole as expected.

In terms of the Championship victory for Alexander Albon on Saturday had launched the young Thai driver into title contention, moving into second ahead of Lando Norris. However, Albon remained thirty points behind Championship leader George Russell, who could all but wrap up the title with a round to spare during the Sprint Race if things went his way. Elsewhere, Nyck de Vries had moved ahead of Artem Markelov to complete the top five, while Roberto Merhi moved back ahead of Maximilian Günther.

In the Teams' Championship it was still advantage Carlin, with the British squad still holding a healthy 56 point margin into the second day in Sochi. Behind, ART Grand Prix had retained second, but were just a point ahead of their compatriots DAMS, with momentum with the third placed team. It was a similar story in the fight between fourth placed Russian Time and their pursuers Pertamina Prema, with no other significant changes to the order.

Entry List

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

2018 Sochi 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 Finland Niko Kari 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 Spain Roberto Merhi 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:[3]

Grid

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

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2018 Sochi 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 0:44:46.259 1:50.501 17
2nd 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +7.438s 1:52.274 12
3rd 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 21 +8.216s 1:52.221 10
4th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 21 +19.132s 1:52.237 8
5th 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +22.258s 1:52.333 6
6th 15 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +27.778s 1:52.561 4
7th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +30.852s 1:52.237 2
8th 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +35.190s 1:53.002 1
9th 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 +39.981s 1:52.341
10th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +47.076s 1:53.781
11th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +50.708s 1:52.423
12th 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 21 +53.110s 1:53.012
13th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 +53.404s 1:52.444
14th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +53.553s 1:52.388
15th* 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 21 +1:42.002 1:53.743
Ret 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 16 Damage 1:52.189
Ret 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 11 Spin 1:52.782
Ret 10 Flag of Finland Niko Kari Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 10 Accident 1:53.398
Ret 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 0 Accident
Ret 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 0 Accident
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Maini was awarded a ten second time penalty for causing a collision.[5]
  • Kari was handed a three place grid penalty for the Yas Marina Feature Race for exceeding track limits.[5]
  • Lorandi was awarded a five place grid penalty for the following race for causing a collision.[5]

Milestones

Standings

Victory combined with fastest lap ensured that George Russell would head to Abu Dhabi as the overwhelming favourite for the Championship, holding a 37 point lead with 48 left to fight for. Indeed, the only man who could now deny the Brit the title was Alexander Albon, for Lando Norris' miserable weekend left him 51 points shy of his compatriot. Norris was instead likely in a fight for third with Nyck de Vries, with Artem Markelov and Sérgio Sette Câmara in a duel to complete the top five.

It was status quo in the Teams' Championship heading into the finale, with 51 points between leaders Carlin and rivals ART Grand Prix, with a further eight back to DAMS. That meant that all three still had a shot at the title, although with only 78 points left to fight for it seemed as if it was Carlin's title to lose. Elsewhere, Pertamina Prema moved ahead of Russian Time, with Charouz Racing System still in the fight for fourth.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 248 ◄0
2nd Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 211 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 197 ◄0
4th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 184 ◄0
5th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 166 ◄0
6th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 164 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 120 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 94 ◄0
9th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 91 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 62 ◄0
11th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 62 ◄0
12th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 47 ▲1
13th Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino 46 ▼1
14th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 41 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 29 ◄0
16th Flag of India Arjun Maini 24 ◄0
17th Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi 17 ▲1
18th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 17 ▼1
19th Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci 7 ◄0
20th Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi 6 ◄0
21st Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 3 ◄0
22nd Flag of Israel Roy Nissany 1 ◄0
2018 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 361 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 310 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 302 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 213 ▲1
5th Flag of Russia Russian Time 212 ▼1
6th Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 182 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 101 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 61 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 58 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 37 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'FIA Formula 2 Championship 2018 Season Calendar Unveiled', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 06/11/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/11_November/FIA-Formula-2-Championship-2018-season-calendar-unveiled/, (Accessed 13/06/2018)
  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 'RUSSELL CAPTURES WIN IN WET/DRY SOCHI SPRINT', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 30/09/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/09_September/Russell-captures-win-in-wetdry-Sochi-sprint/, (Accessed 30/09/2018)
  3. 'Teams and Drivers', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2018), http://www.webcitation.org/6ySMzYNSv, (Accessed 14/06/2018)
  4. 'Formula 2 2018 Results: Sochi Autodrom', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=993&seasonid=175, (Accessed 30/09/2018)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 'ROUND 11 POST SPRINT RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 30/09/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/09_September/Post-Sprint-Race-penalties/, (Accessed 30/09/2018)

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