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Flag of Belgium 2018 Spa Sprint Race
Circuit de Spa Francorchamps 2015
The unchanged Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
Race Information
Date 26 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 18 laps / 126.072 km (78.338 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 2:01.484 on lap 2
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon
Winner Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 0:37:13.659
Race Guide
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2018 Spa Feature Race 2018 Monza Feature Race

The 2018 Spa Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2018 Spa Race 2, was the eighteenth race of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 26 August 2018.[1] The race, held in support of the 2018 Johnnie Walker Belgian Grand Prix, would see Nicholas Latifi sweep to victory just ahead of an last gasp duel for second.[2]

The Canadian ace would start the Sprint from pole by virtue of finishing eighth in the Feature Race.[2] He then successfully blasted clear of the grid to take the lead into La Source, leaving Luca Ghiotto to fend off a fast starting Nyck de Vries.[2]

Latifi soon established a small lead on the opening lap, while de Vries tried hard to take Ghiotto before the Canadian disappeared.[2] Behind, Lando Norris and Artem Markelov kept swapping positions, the Russian ending the first lap ahead, while Alexander Albon and Championship leader George Russell fighting hard just behind.[2]

de Vries managed to snatch second on lap two, although Latifi had already pulled out of striking distance before the Dutchman sneaked ahead of Ghiotto.[2] Behind, Norris finally elbowed his way past Markelov and moved into attack position behind Ghiotto, while Albon escaped from Russell to harass Markelov.[2]

Norris, Markelov and Albon all made their way past Ghiotto in the following laps, with no other major changes to the order as the race wore on.[2] Indeed, de Vries seemed to be struggling to hang on to Latifi out front, and with five laps to go his pace looked on the verge of collapse.[2]

Indeed, de Vries proved to be the catalyst for an excellent dice between Albon and Norris, whom both scythed past the Dutchman with a lap to go.[2] The Thai ace would send a series of lunges at Norris during the final lap, but the Brit had just enough in hand to keep Albon at bay as they crossed the line.[2] Ten seconds ahead, meanwhile, Latifi had cruised home to claim victory and fastest lap, while de Vries just fended off Markelov for forth.[2]

Background

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit would remain unchanged for the second race of the weekend, although conditions had improved overnight with temperatures marginally higher.[2] The grid, meanwhile, was unchanged from its expected format, meaning Nicholas Latifi would be one pole having finished eighth in the Feature Race.[2] He would share the front row with Luca Ghiotto, with the entire field set to complete the race using the medium compound Pirelli tyres.[2]

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

Elsewhere, 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 had moved ahead of Charouz on count-back.

Entry List

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

2018 Spa 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:[3]

Grid

The grid for the second race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps was determined from the results of the Feature Race, with the positions of the top eight reversed:

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2018 Spa Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 18 0:37:13.659 2:01.484 17
2nd 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 18 +10.402s 2:02.440 12
3rd 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 18 +10.766s 2:03.074 10
4th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 18 +13.210s 2:02.028 8
5th 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 18 +13.448s 2:02.410 6
6th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 18 +22.179s 2:02.059 4
7th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 18 +23.357s 2:02.190 2
8th 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident 18 +31.864s 2:03.729 1
9th 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 18 +33.578s 2:03.214
10th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 18 +34.567s 2:04.072
11th 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 18 +40.032s 2:04.447
12th 10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 +40.100s 2:04.666
13th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 18 +42.899s 2:04.366
14th 15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 18 +44.631s 2:03.809
15th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 18 +52.568s 2:03.574
16th 11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 18 +55.305s 2:02.504
17th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 18 +59.007s 2:04.950
18th 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 18 +1:00.115 2:02.504
19th 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 18 +1:06.936 2:01.712
Ret 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 2 Engine 2:05.190
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

  • Second victory for Nicholas Latifi.
    • Latifi also recorded his fifth fastest lap.
  • DAMS claimed their seventh victory as an entrant in Formula Two.
    • Also the French team's 32nd triumph at GP2/F2 level.

Standings

George Russell continued to lead the Championship 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 weekend just 27 points back, while Nyck de Vries was also still in the hunt.

Into the Teams' Championship and Carlin smashed through the 300 point mark with Norris' podium finish leaving them on 307. ART Grand Prix remained their closest challengers in second, but had slipped over 50 points back after a poor second race in Spa. 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.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 188 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 183 ◄0
3rd Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 161 ◄0
4th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 153 ◄0
5th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 128 ▲1
6th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 124 ▼1
7th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 112 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 89 ◄0
9th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 62 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 61 ◄0
11th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 55 ▲2
12th Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther 41 ▼1
13th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 41 ▼1
14th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 29 ◄0
15th Flag of India Arjun Maini 24 ◄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 307 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 249 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 216 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 182 ◄0
5th Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 174 ◄0
6th Flag of Russia Russian Time 148 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 90 ◄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 31 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  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 2.13 2.14 'LATIFI IMPERIOUS IN SPA SPRINT RACE VICTORY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/08/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/08_August/Latifi-imperious-in-Spa-Sprint-Race-victory/, (Accessed 28/08/2018)
  3. 'Teams and Drivers', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2018), http://www.webcitation.org/6ySMzYNSv, (Accessed 14/06/2018)
  4. 'Formula 2 2018 Results: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=991&seasonid=175, (Accessed 28/08/2018)

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