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Flag of France 2019 Le Castellet Feature Race
Circuit Paul Ricard 2018
The Circuit Paul Ricard returned in 2019.
Race Information
Date 22 June 2019
Event Flag of France 2019 French Grand Prix
Location Flag of France Circuit Paul Ricard Le Castellet, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Lap length 5.842 km (3.631 mi)
Distance 30 laps / 175.260 km (108.902 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:43.024
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:44.584 on lap 30
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken
Winner Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:15:35.425
Race Guide
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The 2019 Le Castellet Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2019 Circuit Paul Ricard Race 1, was the ninth race of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, on the 22 June 2019.[1] The race saw Nyck de Vries sweep to victory ahead of Sérgio Sette Câmara after blitzing his start.[2]

Qualifying had seen Câmara claim pole position, surviving two red flags in order to beat F2 rookie Guanyu Zhou by 0.320s.[3] Best of the rest was Jack Aitken in third, ahead of de Vries, while Callum Ilott and Nicholas Latifi, Championship leader, shared the third row.[3]

A dramatic start to the race saw de Vries streak into the lead off the line, with Aitken following him through past Câmara and Zhou.[2] The rest of the field thundered into the first corner behind them, with Sean Gelael shooting straight into the side of teammate Mick Schumacher to cause chaos at the back of the field.[2]

Amid that chaos Nikita Mazepin and Ralph Boschung came together, and removed each other from the race, while Dorian Boccolacci stopped further around the lap.[2] With five cars littered across the circuit the race was halted by a red flag, with the order set as the field had completed the opening tour.[2]

de Vries duly aced the restart to secure a lead, and would continue to lead through to his stop for harder tyres.[2] He subsequently rejoined behind Aitken, but instantly passed the Brit, while Luca Ghiotto led the race for a handful of laps on the alternate strategy.[2]

In between the race would be punctuated by a series of FCYs, with a high number of retirements and incidents thinning the field.[2] Ghiotto, meanwhile, would drop down the field after his stop, before being taken out of the race after getting clipped by Juan Manuel Correa.[2]

Jordan King inherited the lead when Ghiotto pitted, although when he swept into the pits it left de Vries ahead of Aitken at the head of the field.[2] de Vries ultimately powered away from the Brit to claim the victory, while Aitken made a minor mistake in the closing stages to hand second to Câmara with the aid of DRS.[2]

After the race it was announced that Mahaveer Raghunathan had picked up nine penalty points on his licence, the result of ignoring FCY conditions on no fewer than three occasions.[4] That put the Dutch registered driver on twelve penalty points for the season, meaning he was banned from competing at the following round at the Red Bull Ring.[4]

Background

The Circuit Paul Ricard was picked to host an FIA Formula 2 Championship round for a second successive season in 2019.[1] Once again supporting the FIA Formula One World Championship after missing the former's trip to Canada, F2 would use the same layout of the Le Castellet circuit that it had in 2018, with no changes to the DRS zones either.[1] Furthermore, F2 would also be supported by its sister series, the FIA Formula 3 Championship, with no changes to the entry list.[1]

Nicholas Latifi had retained his slim lead in the Championship hunt after collecting the fastest lap points in the Monaco Sprint, meaning he remained a point clear of Nyck de Vries. Luca Ghiotto, meanwhile, had slipped even further behind in third, leaving Monte Carlo 28 points behind, with Jack Aitken having also lost ground in fourth. Elsewhere, Guanyu Zhou had moved back into the top five, getting back ahead of Sérgio Sette Câmara, while race winner Anthoine Hubert had closed in behind those two in seventh.

The Teams Championship was in a far simpler state arriving in France, with DAMS remaining at the head of the pack, and holding a healthy 26 point lead. UNI-Virtuosi, meanwhile, had inched slightly closer to the French squad in second, while ART Grand Prix had lost ground in third, in-spite of breaking the 100 point barrier. Carlin completed the top five behind Campos Racing, while Trident remained at the foot of the table.

Entry List

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

2019 Le Castellet 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:[5]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

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

2019 Le Castellet Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 1:43.024 1
2nd 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 1:43.344 +0.320s 2
3rd 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:43.401 +0.377s 3
4th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:43.401 +0.429s 4
5th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 1:43.565 +0.541s 5
6th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:43.650 +0.626s 6
7th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:43.763 +0.739s 7
8th 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:43.768 +0.744s 8
9th 14 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:43.812 +0.788s 9
10th 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:43.895 +0.871s 10
11th* 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 1:43.983 +0.959s 14
12th 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:44.025 +1.001s 11
13th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 1:44.120 +1.096s 12
14th 21 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Italy Trident 1:44.371 +1.347s 13
15th 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:44.612 +1.588s 15
16th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:44.882 +1.858s 16
17th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:47.006 +3.982s 17
18th* 17 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:48.374 +5.350s 19
110% Time: 1:53.326[6]
NC 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 18
EXC 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident PL
Source:[6]
  • * Ghiotto and Raghunathan were awarded three place grid penalties in for incidents during the 2019 Monaco Sprint Race.[7]
  • Mazepin was unable to set a time but was allowed to start the race at the stewards' discretion.[8]
  • Alesi was told to start from the pitlane after causing a collision during qualifying.[8]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2019 Le Castellet Feature Race is displayed below:

2019 Le Castellet Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 30 1:15:35.425 1:44.584 27
2nd 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 30 +8.388s 1:45.113 22
3rd 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 30 +9.775s 1:45.207 15
4th 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 30 +20.153s 1:45.741 12
5th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 30 +22.599s 1:45.605 10
6th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 30 +24.131s 1:45.263 8
7th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 30 +28.668s 1:46.132 6
8th 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 30 +29.959s 1:45.300 4
9th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 30 +32.820s 1:45.418 2
10th 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 30 +39.757s 1:45.135 1
11th* 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 30 +1:09.371 1:47.182
12th 19 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 29 +1 Lap 1:48.811
Ret 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 24 Collision 1:46.205
NC 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 22 +8 Laps 1:44.964
Ret 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 13 Retired 1:46.390
Ret 14 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1 Retired
Ret§ 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 0 Collision
Ret 21 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Italy Trident 0 Collision
Ret 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 0 Collision
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 0 Collision
Source:[6]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Calderón awarded a ten second time penalty for speeding during FCY conditions.[4]
  • Raghunathan received a one round suspension for the Red Bull Ring after picking up too may penalty points on his license.[4]
  • Delétraz was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[6]
  • § Gelael forced to start the 2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race from the pitlane for causing a collision.[4]

Milestones

Standings

Nyck de Vries claimed the lead in the Championship having secured his second successive Feature race win of the season, moving sixteen clear of former leader Nicholas Latifi. Their closest challenger was now Jack Aitken, up to third ahead of Sérgio Sette Câmara, while Luca Ghiotto slipped to fifth. Guanyu Zhou, meanwhile, had remained the best rookie in the field in sixth, with Anthoine Hubert also looking impressive in seventh.

In the Teams Championship it was still DAMS who led the charge, opening out a 46 point lead over UNI-Virtuosi. Indeed, the British squad were looking increasingly likely to be be fighting for second, with ART Grand Prix having made ground in third, while Campos Racing had also closed up in fourth. Carlin, meanwhile, had lost ground in fifth, yet to break the 100 point barrier, with Arden International closing them down in sixth.

 
2019 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 121 ▲1
2nd Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 104 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 77 ▲1
4th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 74 ▲2
5th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 67 ▼1
6th Flag of China Guanyu Zhou 66 ▼1
7th Flag of France Anthoine Hubert 50 ◄0
8th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 34 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 34 ▲2
10th Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 30 ▼1
11th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 28 ▼1
12th Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa 24 ◄0
13th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 16 ◄0
14th Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott 14 ◄0
15th Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher 14 ◄0
16th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 11 ◄0
17th Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin 6 ◄0
18th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 3 ◄0
19th Flag of France Giuliano Alesi 1 ◄0
2019 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 179 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtousi 133 ◄0
3rd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 127 ◄0
4th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 107 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 62 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 50 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 50 ◄0
8th Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 38 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Prema Racing 25 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 4 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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  3. 3.0 3.1 'SETTE CÂMARA UNTOUCHABLE IN FRENCH QUALIFYING', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 21/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Sette-Camara-untouchable-in-French-Qualifying/, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
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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
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