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The unchanged Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
Race Information
Date 25 August 2018
Event Flag of Belgium 2018 Johnnie Walker 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 the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema
Time 1:56.054
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema
Time 2:00.632 on lap 19
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell
Winner Team Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema
Time 0:56:02.281
Race Guide
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2018 Hungaroring Sprint Race 2018 Spa Sprint Race

The 2018 Spa Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2018 Spa Race 1, was the seventeenth round of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on 25 August 2018.[1] The race, which was staged in support of the 2018 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix, would see Nyck de Vries claim a dominant victory.[2]

The Dutchman had started the weekend strongly, claiming pole during the qualifying session by four tenths of a second.[3] Indeed, a brilliant middle sector from de Vries seemed to do the damage, with Championship leader George Russell, Sérgio Sette Câmara and Luca Ghiotto all falling shy despite setting fastest first sectors.[3]

A pre-race downpour would make the circuit greasy ahead of the start, although all of the field would start on slick tyres.[2] Regardless, de Vries aced his getaway to claim the lead from pole, while Câmara slithered past Russell on the brakes into La Source.[2]

An exciting opening tour would see de Vries establish a small lead over Câmara, while Russell stayed just ahead of an excellent squabble for fourth.[2] Indeed, Lando Norris, Alexander Albon and Luca Ghiotto would go three-wide down the Kemmel Straight, with Norris skating into fourth on the inside, while Antonio Fuoco darted past the latter duo to claim fifth.[2]

de Vries would build his lead up during the early stages, leaving Câmara to drop Russell in third, while Artem Markelov made his way into the top six.[2] Indeed, the Russian racer seemed to be the only man able to match the pace of de Vries out front, despite being on the medium, as opposed to soft, Pirelli tyres.[2]

Title protagonists Russell and Norris opened the pit window at the end of lap eighth, beginning a slow trickle into the pits.[2] de Vries surrendered the lead to Markelov on lap ten as he stopped, rejoining in traffic, although the Russian dropped back down the order when he stopped on lap fifteen.[2]

Moments after the Russian rejoined the fray the race was brought to a temporary ceasefire, for Nirei Fukuzumi had rolled to a stop at Blanchimont with his car ablaze.[2] The safety car was scrambled so that Fukuzumi's crispy Dallara could be removed, with the Japanese racer escaping unharmed.[2]

The race restarted with six laps to go, with de Vries again acing the restart to pull out another small lead.[2] Behind, Norris tried an ambitious move around the outside of his title rival Russell at Les Combes, although was ultimately squeezed out by his compatriot.[2]

With that, the race was run, with de Vries sweeping home to claim a dominant victory, as well as the points for pole and fastest lap.[2] Câmara was next ahead of Russell, while Norris just fended off a challenge from Albon on the final lap to claim fourth.[2] Next up was Markelov, whom stole sixth from Ghiotto across the line, while Nicholas Latifi, Maximilian Günther and Roy Nissany completed the scorers.[2]

Background

After a four week summer break the Formula Two field gathered in the grounds of the legendary Spa-Francorchamps for the seventeenth race of the 2018 season.[4] Once again supporting Formula One and the 2018 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix, F2 arrived knowing that there had been no revisions to the Spa circuit since 2017.[4] Pirelli, meanwhile, would bring along their familiar medium and soft compound tyres, meaning that the only significant change to the field came in the form of a new driver.[4]

That change came at MP Motorsport, who had been forced to find a replacement for Roberto Merhi after the Spaniard grew tired of their miserable qualifying form.[5] They duly promoted their GP3 Series star Dorian Boccolacci, whom had taken their maiden GP3 victory at the Hungaroring before the break.[5] He would therefore partner Ralph Boschung for the rest of the season, with Richard Verschoor brought in to replace Boccolacci in GP3.[5]

Into the Championship and Lando Norris had headed into the summer break with a small amount of momentum behind him, the Brit having closed the gap to Championship leader George Russell in both races at the Hungaroring. However, Russell would still hold at the end of the break, the Brit hanging onto a twelve point advantage over his compatriot with eight races left to run. However, they were no longer alone at the head of the field, for a third victory of the season for Alexander Albon had left the Anglo-Thai racer just eighteen points off of Norris with eight races to run.

Elsewhere, Carlin had continued to inch clear of ART Grand Prix in Teams Championship after the second Hungarian race, extending their lead to 33 points. Those two remained out of touch of the chasing pack, with DAMS having left Budapest in third, a point ahead of Charouz Racing System. They also arrived in Belgium with daylight between themselves and the next battling pair, Pertamina Prema and Russian Time, while Trident continued to prop up the table.

Entry List

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

2018 Spa 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:[6]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

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

2018 Spa Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:56.054 1
2nd 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:56.457 +0.403s 2
3rd 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:56.594 +0.540s 3
4th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 1:56.611 +0.557s 4
5th 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:56.723 +0.669s 5
6th 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 1:56.878 +0.824s 6
7th* 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1:56.930 +0.876s 10
8th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:57.169 +1.115s 7
9th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 1:57.183 +1.129s 8
10th 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:57.266 +1.212s 9
11th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:57.394 +1.340s 11
12th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:57.515 +1.461s 12
13th 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:57.596 +1.542s 13
14th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:57.635 +1.581s 14
15th 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 1:57.718 +1.664s 15
16th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:57.754 +1.700s 16
17th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 1:57.773 +1.719s 17
18th 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:57.878 +1.824s 18
19th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 1:58.174 +2.120s 19
20th 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:58.338 +2.284s 20
Source:[7]
  • * Fuoco was handed a three place grid penalty for failing to serve a five-second time penalty in Hungary.[8]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2018 Spa Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 25 0:56:02.281 2:00.632 31
2nd 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 25 +3.153s 2:01.155 18
3rd 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 25 +7.572s 2:01.274 15
4th 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 25 +8.906s 2:01.592 12
5th 5 Flag of Thailand Artem Markelov Flag of France DAMS 25 +9.408s 2:01.809 10
6th 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 25 +13.181s 2:02.569 8
7th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 25 +13.211s 2:01.840 6
8th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 25 +14.674s 2:02.756 4
9th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 25 +15.915s 2:02.706 2
10th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 25 +22.354s 2:02.891 1
11th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 25 +23.917s 2:02.627
12th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 25 +24.477s 2:03.484
13th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 25 +26.417s 2:03.520
14th 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 25 +28.920s 2:02.858
15th 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 25 +29.612s 2:03.319
16th 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 25 +32.482s 2:03.284
17th 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 25 +32.706s 2:02.664
18th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 25 +34.112s 2:01.889
Ret 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 Accident 2:05.134
Ret 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 13 Fire 2:02.080
Source:[7]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

  • Debut race for Dorian Boccolacci.
  • Maiden pole position recorded by Nyck de Vries.
  • Fourth career victory for de Vries.
    • de Vries also became the third driver to claim maximum points in a Feature Race.
  • Prema secured their eleventh victory as an entrant in Formula Two.
    • Also the Italian team's twentieth triumph at GP2/F2 level.
  • Maiden points finish for Roy Nissany.

Standings

George Russell still held the advantage in the Championship, actually managing to extend his lead by three points for the first time since the Silverstone Sprint Race. Lando Norris remained a threat however, and could re-take the lead with victory in the Sprint, while Alexander Albon lost ground in third. Indeed, the Thai racer was instead on the verge of slipping behind race winner Nyck de Vries, whom moved to fourth with his third victory of the season.

Carlin had extended their lead in the Teams' Championship after their 2-4 finish in the first Spa race, moving 48 points clear of second placed ART Grand Prix. Indeed, the British squad were just five points away from the 300 point mark with seven races left, and with 48 points in hand could almost afford to miss a race and retain the lead. Behind, DAMS had secured themselves in third place, while Pertamina Prema moved ahead of Charouz on count-back.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 186 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 171 ◄0
3rd Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 151 ◄0
4th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 145 ▲1
5th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 124 ▲2
6th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 122 ▼2
7th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 112 ▼1
8th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 85 ◄0
9th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 62 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 61 ◄0
11th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 41 ▲1
12th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 41 ▼1
13th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 38 ◄0
14th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 29 ◄0
15th Flag of India Arjun Maini 23 ◄0
16th Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino 20 ◄0
17th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 13 ◄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 295 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 247 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 179 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 174 ▲1
5th Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 174 ▼1
6th Flag of Russia Russian Time 142 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 86 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 54 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 52 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 30 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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