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Flag of Azerbaijan 2019 Baku Feature Race
Baku City Circuit 2016
The Baku City Circuit was unchanged in 2019
Race Information
Date 27 April 2019[1]
Event Flag of Azerbaijan 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix[1]
Location Flag of Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Baku, Azerbaijan
Lap length 6.003 km (3.730 mi)
Distance 26 laps / 156.078 km (96.982 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Time 1:54.555
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken
Team Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Time 1:56.961 on lap 25
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King
Winner Team Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Time 1:02:27.628
Race Guide
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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.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2019 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, would see Jack Aitken sweep to victory after a chaotic race.[2]

Nobuharu Matsushita secured his second pole position during qualifying, and his first since the 2017 Monza Feature Race.[3] 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.[3]

Ultimately it was de Vries who made the best getaway at the start, squeezing ahead of Matsushita on the quick sprint to turn one.[2] The rest of the field thundered into the tight left-hander behind them, resulting in the two Tridents coming together.[2]

A safety car was required to cover the clearing of the circuit, with Giuliano Alesi left stranded on the circuit.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] Aitken subsequently claimed the lead during the mid-race pitstops, for de Vries would be delayed by a slow stop.[2]

Tatiana Caldéron briefly lead the field during that phase of the race, being the only driver to use the alternative tyre strategy.[2] 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.[2]

Caldéron duly fell back down the field at the restart, losing out almost immediately to Aitken as the race resumed.[2] 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.[2]

The source of this SC was Guanyu Zhou, who crashed himself out of the race while harassing Juan Manuel Correa.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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.[2]

Background

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.[1] 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.[4] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[5] 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.[5]

Initial Impacts

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.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2019 Baku Feature Race is displayed below:

2019 Baku Feature Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 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 China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
14 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
17 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
21 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[6]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2019 Baku Feature Race are outlined below:

2019 Baku Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:54.555 1
2nd 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:54.999 +0.444s 2
3rd 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 1:55.037 +0.482s 3
4th 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 1:55.677 +1.122s 4
5th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:55.704 +1.149s 5
6th 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:55.797 +1.242s 6
7th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:55.835 +1.280s 7
8th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:55.949 +1.394s 8
9th 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:56.138 +1.583s 9
10th 21 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Italy Trident 1:56.153 +1.598s 10
11th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 1:56.215 +1.660s 11
12th 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:56.326 +1.771s 12
13th 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 1:56.454 +1.899s 13
14th 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 1:56.555 +2.000s 14
15th 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:56.568 +2.013s 15
16th 14 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:56.653 +2.098s 16
17th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 1:56.936 +2.381s 17
18th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:58.164 +3.609s 18
19th* 17 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 2:00.747 +6.192s PL
107% Time: 2:02.573[7]
EXC 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 20
Source:[7]
  • * Raghunathan was awarded a ten place grid penalty for passing the cheqeuered flag twice in Bahrain.[8] This was supplanted by the Indian driver having start from the pit lane after missing a weight check during practice.[9]

Gelael was excluded from the results of qualifying for causing a red flag, before restarting his car and putting marshals in a dangerous situation.[10]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Nobuharu Matsushita
Nyck de Vries ______________
______________ 3
4 Luca Ghiotto
Sérgio Sette Câmara ______________
______________ 5
6 Jordan King
Mick Schumacher ______________
______________ 7
8 Nicholas Latifi
Jack Aitken ______________
______________ 9
10 Anthoine Hubert
Ralph Boschung ______________
______________ 11
12 Callum Ilott
Louis Delétraz ______________
______________ 13
14 Guanyu Zhou
Giuliano Alesi ______________
______________ 15
16 Nikita Mazepin
Dorian Boccolacci ______________
______________ 17
18 Juan Manuel Correa
Tatiana Caldéron ______________
______________ 19
20 Mahaveer Raghunathan
Sean Gelael ______________

Race

Report

Results

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 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 26 1:02:27.628 1:56.961 27
2nd 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 +2.221s 1:57.449 18
3rd 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 +4.134s 1:57.616 15
4th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 26 +4.604s 1:57.331 12
5th* 14 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Spain Campos Racing 26 +9.499s 1:58.879 10
6th 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 26 +12.313s 1:59.064 8
7th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 26 +13.154s 1:58.964 6
8th 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 +13.676s 1:58.647 4
9th 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 26 +9.613s 1:57.489 2
10th 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 26 +18.200s 1:58.289 1
11th 17 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 26 +29.798s 2:03.946
12th 21 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Italy Trident 26 +1:00.709s 1:58.827
13th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 25 +1 Lap 1:56.778 4
Ret 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 19 Accident 1:58.490
Ret 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 19 Damage 1:59.142
Ret 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 18 Damage 1:58.277
Ret 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 16 Retired 2:00.843
Ret 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 16 Damage 2:01.019
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 7 Spin 2:01.280
Ret 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 0 Collision
Source:[7]
  • 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.[11]
  • Ghiotto was handed a five second time penalty for causing a collision.[11]

Milestones

Standings

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.

 
2019 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 47 ▲1
2nd Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 39 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 33 ▲6
4th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 30 ▲2
5th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 27 ▼2
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 16 ◄0
7th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 16 ▼3
8th Flag of France Anthoine Hubert 13 ▼3
9th Flag of China Guanya Zhou 11 ▼2
10th Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 10 ▲7
11th Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher 8 ▼3
12th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 8 ◄0
13th Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa 6 ▲6
14th Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin 4 ◄0
15th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 2 ▼5
2019 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 74 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtousi 50 ◄0
3rd Flag of Spain Campos Racing 43 ▲4
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 34 ▲1
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 22 ▼2
6th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 16 ▲2
7th Flag of Italy Prema Racing 16 ▼1
8th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 13 ▼4
9th Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 6 ◄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 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)
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2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Entrants
ART Grand PrixBWT ArdenCampos RacingCarlinDAMSMP MotorsportPrema RacingSauber Junior TeamTridentUNI-Virtuosi
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Louis Delétraz • 2 Nobuharu Matsushita • 3 Nikita Mazepin • 4 Nyck de Vries • 5 Sérgio Sette Câmara • 6 Nicholas Latifi • 7 Guanyu Zhou • 8 Luca Ghiotto • 9 Mick Schumacher • 10 Sean Gelael • 11 Callum Ilott • 12 Juan Manuel Correa • 14 Dorian Boccolacci • 15 Jack Aitken • 16 Jordan King/Artem Markelov • 17 Mahaveer Raghunathan • 18 Tatiana Caldéron • 19 Anthoine Hubert • 20 Giuliano Alesi • 21 Ralph Boschung
Races
Bahrain FeatureBahrain SprintBaku FeatureBaku SprintBarcelona FeatureBarcelona SprintMonaco FeatureMonaco SprintLe Castellet FeatureLe Castellet SprintRed Bull Ring FeatureRed Bull Ring SprintSilverstone FeatureSilverstone SprintHungaroring FeatureHungaroring SprintSpa FeatureSpa SprintMonze FeatureMonza SprintSochi FeatureSochi SprintYas Marina FeatureYas Marina Sprint
Tests
2018 Yas Marina Test2019 Jerez Test2019 Barcelona Test2019 Yas Marina Test
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