|2019 Barcelona Feature Race|
The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in 2019.
|Date||11 June 2019|
|Event||2019 Spanish Grand Prix|
|Location||Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain|
|Lap length||4.655 km (2.892 mi)|
|Distance||37 laps / 172.235 km (107.022 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Luca Ghiotto|
|Time||1:32.266 on lap 35|
|Nicholas Latifi||Jack Aitken||Guanyu Zhou|
|2019 Baku Sprint Race||2019 Barcelona Sprint Race|
The 2019 Barcelona Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2019 Catalunya Race 1 was the fifth race of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on the 11 May 2019. The race, held in support of the 2019 Spanish Grand Prix, would see Nicholas Latifi claim victory, having used his experience to pass rookie race Guanyu Zhou late on.
Qualifying had seen Luca Ghiotto secure pole position in the closing moments of the session, edging out Championship leader Latifi with a last-gasp run. Zhou, meanwhile, would claim an impressive third to be the best of the rookies, sharing the second row with Nyck de Vries.
Ghiotto would start the race as the favourite, having also dominated all of the practice sessions, so it came as a huge shock as the Italian made a mess of his start. That hence gifted the lead to Latifi off the grid, only for Ghiotto's teammate Zhou to sweep around the creeping car of the Italian to charge into the lead.
Zhou fended off Latifi's early assault to establish a lead, while de Vries also sprinted clear of Ghiotto to secure third. His race was further hobbled by a collision with Dorian Boccolacci, forcing the Italian into the pits with a broken wing, before the race was neutralised by a spinning Giuliano Alesi.
Once Alesi's car was plucked from the gravel the race resumed, with Zhou swatting aside a brief look from Latifi to re-establish his lead. He duly led through to the mid-race stops for tyres, beating both Latifi and de Vries out of the pits, with Ralph Boschung assuming the lead as the first driver on the alternate strategy.
Zhou and Latifi would weave their way though the late-stoppers without too much loss for either driver, with the DAMS in position to strike as they came to overtake the yet-to-stop Anthoine Hubert and Jordan King. Indeed, after acing his exit from the final corner Latifi was able to draft past Zhou to claim third, and duly inherited the lead when Hubert and King pitted.
With that the battle for victory was over, with Latifi easing clear of Zhou as the Chinese racer's pace deteriorated, and hence claimed victory at a canter. Indeed, Zhou would be left to unsuccessfully defend second from Aitken, while Ghiotto fought his way up to fourth in-spite of making a second stop.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship headed to Europe for the first time in 2019, once again linking up with senior series Formula One. The field hence convened at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya to support the Spanish Grand Prix, with the FIA Formula 3 Championship making its debut alongside F2. Regardless, there were no changes to either the Barcelona circuit nor the entry list ahead, with two races scheduled for F2.
An 18" Revolution
The big news ahead of the trip to Spain would be about changes to the Dallara F2 2018, prior to its third season in 2020. The most significant change would be to the wheels, with Pirelli announcing that they would be introducing an 18 inch tyre for F2, in preparation for F1's adoption of the new rim size in 2021. The change would require revisions to the suspension design of the F2 2018, for a lot of suspension travel was made in the wall of the current 15" tyres, with Dallara, Pirelli and F2 planning an intense test programme to prepare the car.
A Canadian Challenge?
Victory last time out in the Baku Sprint had ensured that Nicholas Latifi had extended his Championship lead, moving nineteen points clear as a result. Jack Aitken, meanwhile, had moved into second ahead of Luca Ghiotto after a strong weekend in Azerbaijan, with the Italian himself now 23 off the lead having lead ahead of the weekend. Nyck de Vries and Sérgio Sette Câmara completed the top five, with fifteen drivers on the board after two full rounds.
DAMS, meanwhile, had once again extended their lead in the Teams' Championship as a result of the Baku Sprint, moving onto 95 points after the first four races. Campos Racing were now their closest challengers, albeit some 40 points behind, having overtaken UNI-Virtousi in the Sprint. ART Grand Prix were next ahead of Prema Racing, while Trident were still the only pointless team in the field.
The full entry list for the 2019 Barcelona Feature Race is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Barcelona Feature Race are outlined below:
|2019 Barcelona Feature Race Qualifying Result|
|4th||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||1:28.266||+0.235s||4|
|5th*||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1:28.355||+0.324s||8|
|6th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||1:28.470||+0.439s||5|
|7th||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||1:28.550||+0.519s||6|
|9th*||14||Dorian Boccolacci||Campos Racing||1:28.581||+0.550s||12|
|10th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||1:28.605||+0.574s||9|
|12th||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||1:28.758||+0.727s||11|
|13th||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||1:28.761||+0.730s||13|
|15th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||1:28.980||+0.949s||15|
|16th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:29.023||+0.992s||16|
|18th†||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||1:29.590||+1.559s||20|
|19th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||1:30.171||+2.140s||18|
|20th||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||1:30.691||+2.660s||19|
- * Aitken and Boccolacci were handed three place grid penalties for using an illegal rear-plank during practice.
- † Caldéron was awarded a three place grid penalty after the 2019 Baku Sprint Race for causing a collision.
|______________||Nyck de Vries|
|______________||Sérgio Sette Câmara|
|______________||Juan Manuel Correa|
The final classification of the 2019 Barcelona Feature Race is displayed below:
|2019 Barcelona Feature Race Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|2nd||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||37||+1.935s||1:34.076||18|
|5th||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||37||+9.468s||1:34.430||10|
|6th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||37||+12.489s||1:32.942||8|
|7th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||37||+14.277s||1:32.266||8|
|8th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||37||+17.385s||1:34.487||4|
|9th||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||37||+19.072s||1:34.196||2|
|13th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||37||+45.789s||1:34.736|
|14th||14||Dorian Boccolacci||Campos Racing||37||+47.649s||1:34.326|
|15th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||37||+1:11.994||1:32.816|
|16th||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||37||+1:33.773||1:34.459|
|17th*||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||33||Retired||1:33.133|
|Ret||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||28||Retired||1:33.133|
|Ret||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||24||Retired||1:34.072|
- Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
- Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
- * Mazepin was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- Luca Ghiotto recorded his second pole position.
- Nicholas Latifi claimed his fifth career victory in Formula 2.
- Eleventh victory for DAMS as an entrant.
- This was also their 36th triumph as an entrant at GP2/F2 level.
- Maiden podium finish for Guanyu Zhou.
- Callum Ilott secured his first points finish.
Nicholas Latifi used his third win of the season to extend his Championship lead, moving 26 points clear of his closest challenger Jack Aitken. The Brit himself had also reinforced his hold on second, moving six clear of Luca Ghiotto, with the Italian very satisfied with his recovery drive. Nyck de Vries had, in contrast, lost ground in fourth, while Sérgio Sette Câmara retained fifth ahead of Guanyu Zhou.
DAMS smashed through the 100 point barrier in the Feature, moving onto 120 points after just five races. Behind UNI-Virtuosi had reclaimed second from Campos Racing, and had shaved a point out of DAMS' lead. Indeed, the British squad were now 39 points behind the French squad, while Campos had slipped 47 points off the lead.
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 'LATIFI PLAYS THE LONG GAME TO SEAL FEATURE RACE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 11/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Latifi-plays-the-long-game-to-seal-Feature-Race-win/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'GHIOTTO CONTINUES BARCELONA BRILLIANCE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 10/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Ghiotto-continues-Barcelona-brilliance/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 '2019 PREVIEW ROUND 3', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 09/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Preview-Round-3/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 'FIA FORMULA 2 CARS TO USE 18” PIRELLI TYRES FROM 2020', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 09/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/FIA-Formula-2-cars-to-use-18-Pirelli-tyres-from-2020-/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ 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: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya , Spain', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=997&seasonid=176, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ 'CAMPOS RACING DUO GIVEN GRID PENALTY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 10/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Campos-Racing-duo-given-grid-penalty/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)
- ↑ '2019 ROUND 2 POST-SPRINT RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 28/04/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/04_April/2019-Round-2-post-Sprint-Race-penalties/, (Accessed 11/05/2019)