|2019 Le Castellet Feature Race|
The Circuit Paul Ricard returned in 2019.
|Date||22 June 2019|
|Event||2019 French Grand Prix|
|Location||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)|
|Pole Sitter||Sérgio Sette Câmara|
|Driver||Nyck de Vries|
|Team||ART Grand Prix|
|Time||1:44.584 on lap 30|
|Nyck de Vries||Sérgio Sette Câmara||Jack Aitken|
|Winner Team||ART Grand Prix|
|2019 Monaco Sprint Race||2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race|
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. The race saw Nyck de Vries sweep to victory ahead of Sérgio Sette Câmara after blitzing his start.
Qualifying had seen Câmara claim pole position, surviving two red flags in order to beat F2 rookie Guanyu Zhou by 0.320s. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
de Vries duly aced the restart to secure a lead, and would continue to lead through to his stop for harder tyres. 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.
In between the race would be punctuated by a series of FCYs, with a high number of retirements and incidents thinning the field. Ghiotto, meanwhile, would drop down the field after his stop, before being taken out of the race after getting clipped by Juan Manuel Correa.
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. 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.
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. 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.
The Circuit Paul Ricard was picked to host an FIA Formula 2 Championship round for a second successive season in 2019. 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. Furthermore, F2 would also be supported by its sister series, the FIA Formula 3 Championship, with no changes to the entry list.
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.
The full entry list for the 2019 Le Castellet Feature Race is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Le Castellet Feature Race are outlined below:
|2019 Le Castellet Feature Race Qualifying Result|
|1st||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||1:43.024||—||1|
|3rd||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1:43.401||+0.377s||3|
|4th||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||1:43.401||+0.429s||4|
|5th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||1:43.565||+0.541s||5|
|8th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||1:43.768||+0.744s||8|
|9th||14||Dorian Boccolacci||Campos Racing||1:43.812||+0.788s||9|
|10th||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||1:43.895||+0.871s||10|
|13th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||1:44.120||+1.096s||12|
|15th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||1:44.612||+1.588s||15|
|16th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:44.882||+1.858s||16|
|17th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||1:47.006||+3.982s||17|
|18th*||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||1:48.374||+5.350s||19|
|110% Time: 1:53.326|
|NC†||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||—||18|
- * Ghiotto and Raghunathan were awarded three place grid penalties in for incidents during the 2019 Monaco Sprint Race.
- † Mazepin was unable to set a time but was allowed to start the race at the stewards' discretion.
- ‡ Alesi was told to start from the pitlane after causing a collision during qualifying.
|Sérgio Sette Câmara||2|
|______________||Nyck de Vries|
|Juan Manuel Correa||14|
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||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||30||1:15:35.425||1:44.584||27|
|2nd||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||30||+8.388s||1:45.113||22|
|3rd||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||30||+9.775s||1:45.207||15|
|6th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||30||+24.131s||1:45.263||8|
|7th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||30||+28.668s||1:46.132||6|
|8th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||30||+29.959s||1:45.300||4|
|11th*||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||30||+1:09.371||1:47.182|
|12th†||19||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||29||+1 Lap||1:48.811|
|NC‡||1||Louis Delétraz||Carlin||22||+8 Laps||1:44.964|
|Ret||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||13||Retired||1:46.390|
|Ret||14||Dorian Boccolacci||Campos Racing||1||Retired||—|
|Ret§||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||0||Collision||—|
|Ret||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||0||Collision||—|
|Ret||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||0||Collision||—|
- 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.
- † Raghunathan received a one round suspension for the Red Bull Ring after picking up too may penalty points on his license.
- ‡ Delétraz was unable to be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.
- § Gelael forced to start the 2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race from the pitlane for causing a collision.
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.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
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- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 'DE VRIES WINS IN LE CASTELLET TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 22/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/De-Vries-wins-in-Le-Castellet-to-take-Championship-lead/, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
- ↑ 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)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 'ROUND 5 POST-FEATURE RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 22/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Round-5-post-Feature-Race-penalties/, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'Formula 2 2019 Results: Le Castellet', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=999&seasonid=176, (Accessed 23/06/2019)
- ↑ 'ROUND 4 POST SPRINT RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 25/05/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/05_May/Round-4-post-sprint-race-penalties/, (Accessed 26/05/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 'ROUND 5 POST QUALIFYING PENALTY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 21/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Round-5-post-Qualifying-penalty/, (Accessed 23/06/2019)