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Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2018 Yas Marina Sprint Race
Yas Marina 2015
The Yas Marina circuit with DRS zones added in 2015.
Race Information
Date 25 November 2018
Event Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Lap length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Distance 22 laps / 122.188 km (75.924 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:57.590 on lap 5
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi
Winner Team Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System
Time 0:42:48.729
Race Guide
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2018 Yas Marina Feature Race 2019 Bahrain Feature Race

The 2018 Yas Marina Race 2, otherwise known as the 2018 Yas Marina Sprint Race, was the twenty-fourth and final race of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged on the Yas Marina Circuit on the 25 November 2018.[1] The race, held in support of the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, would see Antonio Fuoco sweep to victory after George Russell and Carlin celebrated winning their respective Championships the previous day.[2]

Fuoco would start the race from second on the grid, although he was instantly able to grab the lead as pole-sitter Roberto Merhi bogged down, fortunately without stalling.[2] Indeed, unlike the Feature, all of the field would scramble clear without issue, minus Arjun Maini whose car was too badly damaged to take the start.[2]

Yet, the clean running was not to last, for Sean Gelael would misjudge a dive on Niko Kari and duly tip the Finn into a spin.[2] Tadasuke Makino was left with nowhere to go and hence slammed into the side of the MP Motorsport car, destroying both and littering debris across the circuit.[2]

After a two lap VSC the circuit was cleared, with Fuoco blasting clear of Merhi, while teammate Louis Delétraz ghosted past new Champion Russell.[2] Artem Markelov was also on the warpath, taking seventh from Dorian Boccolacci, before Russell managed to complete two quick fire moves on Delétraz and Nyck de Vries.[2]

Indeed, with Fuoco on his own out front all of the attention was on the fight for the podium, for Merhi and Lando Norris were being drawn in by Russell.[2] Yet, try as he might Russell would not be able to force his way into the top three before his tyres lost their edge, with the new Champion beginning to slip away from the duo as the race entered its final phase.[2]

With Russell gone Norris was free to harass Merhi for second, and duly lined up a move at the start of the final tour of the season.[2] Merhi would, however, manage to swat aside his first attack, before a mistake at the turn eight/nine chicane allowed Norris to slip through without hindrance.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Fuoco was left to cruise home and claim his second win of the season, while a delighted Norris almost crashed into the pit wall as he crossed the line.[2] Merhi completed the podium ahead of pre-declared Champion Russell, while de Vries, Delétraz, Markelov and Alexander Albon completed the points.[2]

Background

The Yas Marina Circuit was unchanged ahead of the 2018 season finale for Formula Two, with no modifications to the DRS zones either.[1] Likewise, there would be no changes to the grid, meaning Roberto Merhi would start from pole, while new Champion George Russell would start from eighth.[3] Only Arjun Maini was expected to miss out, with the Indian racer's Trident too badly damaged to take the start after his spectacular collision with Nicholas Latifi in the Feature.[3]

Prior to the race the first hints of news about the 2019 season came to light, with a surprise announcement that Russian Time were set to leave the series.[4] Indeed, the Russian squad's investors had opted to sell the team prior to the final round, although the buyer was not initially revealed.[4] It was expected, however, that the new owners would publicly announce themselves prior to the End of Season Test, scheduled for the week after the race.[4]

Furthermore, it was revealed that Sauber F1 junior Tatiana Caldéron would get her first taste of F2 after a couple of outings in their old Formula One cars.[5] Indeed, the Sauber squad had arrange for Calderon to drive for their F2 partners Charouz Racing System, with the Colombian racer set to complete the full EoS Test in hopes of securing a full-season seat in 2019.[5] Another driver set to take part in the test would be ex-F2 racer Nobuharu Matsushita, who was in negotiations with Carlin to rejoin the series.[6]

Into the Championship and the combined efforts of pole and victory in the Feature had ensured that Russell was declared as the 2018 Champion with a race to spare, having left him 66 points clear with seventeen left to fight for. Alexander Albon hence faced a fight to hold onto second, with Lando Norris having closed the gap to just four points heading into the final day. Nyck de Vries was also in mathematical contention, albeit having to make up a fifteen point gap, while Artem Markelov was confirmed in fifth.

Likewise it was all over in the Teams' Championship with a race to spare, for Carlin had just kept out of reach of ART Grand Prix heading into the final day. Indeed, with just 29 points available in the final race the British squad found themselves 31 points clear, with ART officially registered in second. DAMS were similarly confirmed in third, leaving all eyes on the fight for fourth between Russian Time and Pertamina Prema.

Entry List

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

2018 Yas Marina 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 the United Kingdom Dan Ticktum 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:[7]

Grid

The grid for the twenty-second race of the 2018 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules:[3]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Roberto Merhi
Antonio Fuoco ______________
______________ 3
4 Louis Delétraz
Lando Norris ______________
______________ 5
6 Nyck de Vries
Luca Ghiotto ______________
______________ 7
8 Artem Markelov
George Russell ______________
______________ 9
10 Tadasuke Makino
Jack Aitken ______________
______________ 11
12 Dan Ticktum
Dorian Boccolacci ______________
______________ 13
14 Alessio Lorandi
Alexander Albon ______________
______________ 15
16 Niko Kari
Sérgio Sette Câmara ______________
______________ 17
18 Sean Gelael
Nicholas Latifi ______________
______________ 19
20 Nirei Fukuzumi
Arjun Maini* ______________
  • * Maini was unable to start the race after an accident in the Feature.[3]

Race

Report

Results

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

2018 Yas Marina Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 0:42:48.279 1:58.016 15
2nd 19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +1.713s 1:57.678 12
3rd 15 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +3.672s 1:57.834 10
4th 8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +8.548s 1:57.590 10
5th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 21 +9.458s 1:57.745 6
6th 20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 21 +11.050s 1:57.658 4
7th 1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 21 +12.960s 1:57.695 2
8th 5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France DAMS 21 +15.047s 1:58.138 1
9th 14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +19.646s 1:58.109
10th 18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +23.052s 1:57.637
11th 9 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +24.429s 1:58.081
12th 12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +27.843s 1:58.614
13th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +30.535s 1:58.293
14th 17 Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi Flag of Italy Trident 21 +33.205s 1:59.288
15th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +1:36.014 1:58.205
Ret 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Ticktum Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 3 Retired 2:42.528
Ret 10 Flag of Finland Niko Kari Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1 Damage
Ret 2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia Russian Time 0 Accident
Ret 3 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 0 Accident
DNS 16 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Italy Trident
Source:[8]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

Standings

With George Russell having already been declared as Champion after the Feature it was the fight for second that had to be settled on the final day, a battle won by Lando Norris. Indeed, the pre-season favourite for the title would ultimately grab the runner-up spot from Alexander Albon by seven points on the final day of racing, although he was almost 70 behind new Champion Russell. Nyck de Vries was next, the only other man with more than 200 points to his name, while Artem Markelov completed the top five.

The final table in the Teams' Championship read as it had at the start of the day, with Carlin already declared as Champions ahead of ART Grand Prix and DAMS. Russian Time, meanwhile, would end their time in F2 with a fourth place finish ahead of Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing, with just three points between the two outfits. Charouz Racing System were next ahead of Campos Vexatec Racing, while MP Motorsport and BWT Arden finished ahead of Trident at the foot of the table.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 287 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 219 ▲1
3rd Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 212 ▼1
4th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 202 ◄0
5th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 186 ◄0
6th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 164 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 141 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 111 ◄0
9th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 91 ◄0
10th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 74 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 63 ◄0
12th Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi 61 ◄0
13th Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino 48 ◄0
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 ◄0
18th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 17 ◄0
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 383 ◄0
2nd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 350 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 303 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Russian Time 234 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema 231 ◄0
6th Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 215 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 132 ◄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:

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  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 'FUOCO DOMINATES SEASON CLOSER', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/11/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/11_November/Fuoco-dominates-season-closer/, (Accessed 26/11/2018)
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