|2019 Baku Feature Race|
The Baku City Circuit was unchanged in 2019
|Date||27 April 2019|
|Event||2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix|
|Location||Baku City Circuit Baku, Azerbaijan|
|Lap length||6.003 km (3.730 mi)|
|Distance||26 laps / 156.078 km (96.982 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Nobuharu Matsushita|
|Time||1:56.961 on lap 25|
|Jack Aitken||Nyck de Vries||Jordan King|
|Winner Team||Campos Racing|
|2019 Bahrain Sprint Race||2019 Baku Sprint Race|
The 2019 Baku Feature Race, otherwise officially known as the 2019 Baku City Circuit Race One, was the third round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Baku City Circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan on the 27 April 2019. The race, staged in support of the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, would see Jack Aitken sweep to victory after a chaotic race.
Nobuharu Matsushita secured his second pole position during qualifying, and his first since the 2017 Monza Feature Race. Nyck de Vries was his closest challenger, having edged out Luca Ghiotto just before Matsushita charged across the line, while Mick Schumacher was the best rookie in sixth.
Ultimately it was de Vries who made the best getaway at the start, squeezing ahead of Matsushita on the quick sprint to turn one. The rest of the field thundered into the tight left-hander behind them, resulting in the two Tridents coming together.
A safety car was required to cover the clearing of the circuit, with Giuliano Alesi left stranded on the circuit. A quick clean-up and the race resumed with de Vries enforcing his lead, while Aitken, up from eighth on the grid, challenged Matsushita for second.
Indeed, it was not long before the Anglo-Korean racer moved to second, passing the Japanese racer as he suffered with a worsening handling issue. Aitken subsequently claimed the lead during the mid-race pitstops, for de Vries would be delayed by a slow stop.
Tatiana Caldéron briefly lead the field during that phase of the race, being the only driver to use the alternative tyre strategy. Unfortunately for her her ploy was destroyed by the safety car's second appearance, this time to allow Schumacher's Prema to be dragged from the circuit in sector three.
Caldéron duly fell back down the field at the restart, losing out almost immediately to Aitken as the race resumed. Aitken would go on to establish a small lead over de Vries as Caldéron continued to fall, only for his lead to be wiped out by a third safety car.
The source of this SC was Guanyu Zhou, who crashed himself out of the race while harassing Juan Manuel Correa. Caldéron was also in trouble, stopping on the start/finish straight on her way to the pits, before the restart had to be abandoned when Sérgio Sette Câmara and Louis Delétraz crashed at turn one.
When the race did resume it was left to Aitken to claim victory, with the Anglo-Korean racer just keeping out of reach of de Vries to the chequered flag. Third would go to a hard charging Jordan King, who passed Nicholas Latifi at the restart, with the Canadian racer moving back to the top of the Championship.
The 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship reunited with Formula One in late April, joining its parent series in the city of Baku, Azerbaijan, for a fourth consecutive season. The Baku City Circuit itself was unchanged for the F2 field, with the DRS zones remaining in the exact same places as they had in 2018. Furthermore, there were no changes to the entry list ahead of the second round of the season, despite the fact that there were still seats available in other series.
A Gaming Graduation
The big news ahead of the Baku races would be that the FIA Formula 2 Championship would feature in an official racing game for the first time in its history. Indeed, Codemasters, to mark their tenth year of producing F1 licenced games, secured rights to include F2 in F1 2019, the latest edition of the franchise. F1 2019, set to release on the 28 June 2019, would see F2's class of 2018 feature on the game from launch, with a post-release update set to add the 2019 field to the game.
Victory in the Bahrain Sprint had left Luca Ghiotto at the head of the Championship, albeit just two points ahead of Bahrian Feature winner Nicholas Latifi. Sérgio Sette Câmara was next, ten off the leader, while Louis Delétraz opened his campaign in fourth ahead of Anthoine Hubert, the best placed rookie. Indeed, both he, Guanyu Zhou and Mick Schumacher had all got on the board on their first F2 weekend, with eleven scorers in total.
In the Teams' Championship it was DAMS who had left Bahrain at the head of the field, opening their campaign with a healthy 14 point lead. UNI-Virtuosi were their closest challengers in second, scoring 48 points across their "first" F2 weekend, while Carlin were a relatively distant third, 30 off their compatriots. Next up were BWT Arden and ART Grand Prix, level on 12, with Prema Racing, Campos Racing and MP Motorsport also on the board.
The full entry list for the 2019 Baku Feature Race is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Baku Feature Race are outlined below:
|2019 Baku Feature Race Qualifying Result|
|2nd||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||1:54.999||+0.444s||2|
|4th||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||1:55.677||+1.122s||4|
|5th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:55.704||+1.149s||5|
|6th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||1:55.797||+1.242s||6|
|8th||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1:55.949||+1.394s||8|
|9th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||1:56.138||+1.583s||9|
|11th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||1:56.215||+1.660s||11|
|15th||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||1:56.568||+2.013s||15|
|16th||14||Dorian Boccolacci||Campos Racing||1:56.653||+2.098s||16|
|17th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||1:56.936||+2.381s||17|
|18th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||1:58.164||+3.609s||18|
|19th*||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||2:00.747||+6.192s||PL|
|107% Time: 2:02.573|
|EXC†||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||—||20|
- * Raghunathan was awarded a ten place grid penalty for passing the cheqeuered flag twice in Bahrain. This was supplanted by the Indian driver having start from the pit lane after missing a weight check during practice.
† Gelael was excluded from the results of qualifying for causing a red flag, before restarting his car and putting marshals in a dangerous situation.
|Nyck de Vries||______________|
|Sérgio Sette Câmara||______________|
|18||Juan Manuel Correa|
The final classification of the 2019 Baku Feature Race is displayed below:
|2019 Baku Feature Race Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1st||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||26||1:02:27.628||1:56.961||27|
|2nd||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||26||+2.221s||1:57.449||18|
|3rd||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||26||+4.134s||1:57.616||15|
|5th*||14||Dorian Boccolacci||Campos Racing||26||+9.499s||1:58.879||10|
|6th||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||26||+12.313s||1:59.064||8|
|7th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||26||+13.154s||1:58.964||6|
|8th||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||26||+13.676s||1:58.647||4|
|10th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||26||+18.200s||1:58.289||1|
|11th||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||26||+29.798s||2:03.946|
|13th||2||Nobuharu Matsushita||Carlin||25||+1 Lap||1:56.778||4|
|Ret||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||19||Accident||1:58.490|
|Ret||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||18||Damage||1:58.277|
|Ret||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||16||Retired||2:00.843|
|Ret||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||7||Spin||2:01.280|
- Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
- Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
- * Boccolacci was awarded a two place grid penalty for failing to enter the pit lane as instructed by the race director.
- † Ghiotto was handed a five second time penalty for causing a collision.
- Second pole position for Nobuharu Matsushita.
- Jack Aitken claimed his second victory.
- Campos Racing secured their first win in the FIA Formula 2 Championship.
- Maiden F2 podium for Jordan King.
- Maiden points finishes for Dorian Boccolacci, Juan Manuel Correa and Nikita Mazepin.
Fourth place for Nicholas Latifi was enough to put the Canadian racer back on top of the Championship hunt in Baku, leaving him on 47 points heading into the Sprint. Luca Ghiotto, meanwhile, would drop to second, eight off the leader, while Jack Aitken leapt into third after his win. Nyck de Vries was next up in fourth ahead of Sérgio Sette Câmara, with fifteen drivers on the board.
In the Teams' Championship it was still DAMS who led the charge, having completed the Feature with 74 points. That left the French squad 24 points clear of UNI-Virtuosi in second, with a seven point gap back to Campos Racing in third. ART Grand Prix were next ahead of Carlin, while the Sauber Junior Team were on the board, albeit down in ninth.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Images and Videos:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 '2019 SEASON CALENDAR CONFIRMED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 05/12/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/12_December/2019-season-calendar-confirmed/, (Accessed 05/12/2018)
- ↑ 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 'AITKEN ASSERTS HIS ABILITY WITH FIRST F2 FEATURE RACE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 27/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/Aitken-asserts-his-ability-with-first-F2-Feature-Race-win/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'MATSUSHITA SEALS BAKU POLE POSITION', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 26/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/Matsushita-seals-Baku-pole-position/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 '2019 ROUND 2 PREVIEW', fiaformual2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 25/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/2019-Round-2-preview/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 'FORMULA 2™ ADDED TO F1® 2019, THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME OF FORMULA 1®', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 26/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/Formula-2-added-to-F1-2019-the-official-video-game-of-Formula-1/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)
- ↑ Archived, 'Teams and Drivers', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2019), https://web.archive.org/web/20190321073425/http://www.fiaformula2.com/Teams-and-Drivers/, (Accessed 14/06/2018) - Original
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 'FORMULA 2 2019 RESULTS: Baku City Circuit, Azerbaijan', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=996&seasonid=176, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ '2019 ROUND 1 SPRINT RACE POST PENALTY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 31/03/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/03_March/2019-Round-1-Sprint-Race-post-penalty/, (Accessed 31/03/2019)
- ↑ 'MAHAVEER RAGHUNATHAN PENALISED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 26/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/Mahaveer-Raghunathan-penalised/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)
- ↑ 'SEAN GELAEL DISQUALIFIED FROM BAKU QUALIFYING RESULTS', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 26/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/Sean-Gelael-disqualified-from-Baku-Qualifying-results/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 '2019 ROUND 2 FEATURE RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 27/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/2019-Round-2-Feature-Race-penalties/, (Accessed 10/05/2019)