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Flag of France 2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race
Circuit Paul Ricard 2018
The Le Castellet circuit was unchanged for the Sprint.
Race Information
Date 23 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 21 laps / 122.682 km (76.231 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Time 1:44.702 on lap 18
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of China Guanyu Zhou
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden
Time 37:19.524
Race Guide
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The 2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race, otherwise officially known as the 2019 Circuit Paul Ricard Race 2, was the tenth race of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Circuit Paul Ricard on the 23 June 2019.[1] The race, held in support of the French Grand Prix, would see Anthoine Hubert secure victory on home soil, leading home an all rookie podium.[2]

Hubert would start the race from pole position, and duly managed to fend off a hard charging Jack Aitken off the grid to hold the lead into turn one.[2] Indeed, a barnstorming start from Aitken saw him streak from sixth on the grid to second, with the Brit only prevented from claiming the lead by Hubert's swift defence.[2]

Jordan King had also briefly threatened Hubert into the first corner, although he slid wide to allow Aitken to claim second.[2] He subsequently dropped down the order as Aitken plotted his next attack, waiting for DRS to be activated to aid his bid for the lead.[2]

As they waited to fight Championship pretender Nicholas Latifi was to be mugged by Juan Manuel Correa for third, before a lock-up allowed Guanyu Zhou to also slip ahead.[2] Latifi subsequently slipped back from the lead group with his damaged tyre as, up ahead, Aitken tried a lunge on Hubert that was swatted aside.[2]

Ultimately Aitken's failed move proved costly, for he suddenly found himself having to defend from Correa and Zhou.[2] Indeed, a strong move from Correa to grab second cost the Brit vital momentum heading onto the Mistral, and hence left him powerless to prevent Zhou cruising past a few moments later.[2]

However, for Correa and Zhou there would be no catching Hubert, who opened out a two second lead en-route to an impressive home victory, the first for a French driver on home soil.[2] Correa, meanwhile, just kept Zhou at bay for second, while Aitken was forced to fend off Sérgio Sette Câmara in the closing stages, the Brazilian having mugged teammate Latifi mid-race.[2]

The results of the race had little effect on the Championship, with Nyck de Vries continuing to lead Latifi, despite the fact that he had failed to score.[2] In the Teams Championship it had been another strong weekend for DAMS, with the French squad extending their advantage to 46 points.[2]

Background

There were no changes made to the Circuit Paul Ricard ahead of the Sprint race, with the DRS zones unchanged.[1] There would, however, be some changes to the grid, with penalties after the Feature seeing Sean Gelael forced to start from the pitlane.[3] Regardless, it was Anthoine Hubert who would start from pole alongside Juan Manuel Correa, while new Championship leader Nyck de Vries would start from eighth.[4]

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

In the Teams Championship it was still DAMS who led the charge, having opened 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.

Entry List

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

2019 Le Castellet Sprint 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]


Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

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

2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 37:19.524 1:45.633 15
2nd 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 21 +2.202s 1:45.584 12
3rd 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 21 +4.220s 1:45.590 10
4th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +6.131s 1:45.578 8
5th 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 21 +7.788s 1:45.297 6
6th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +10.795s 1:45.758 4
7th 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +13.122s 1:45.193 2
8th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 21 +15.407s 1:45.708 1
9th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +16.200s 1:44.702 2
10th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +17.688s 1:45.863
11th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +21.094s 1:45.774
12th 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 21 +26.254s 1:45.289
13th 14 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +27.068s 1:45.896
14th 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 21 +31.977s 1:45.965
15th 21 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Italy Trident 21 +33.601s 1:45.843
16th 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +33.853s 1:45.855
17th 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +34.431s 1:45.670
18th 17 Flag of India Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +1:13.453 1:47.484
19th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 18 Retired 1:47.736
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 14 Puncture 1:46.537
Source:[6]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

Standings

Nyck de Vries saw his Championship lead reduced to twelve points at the end of the French weekend, ending the afternoon on 121 points. Nicholas Latifi had retained second after losing the lead to de Vries in the Le Castellet Feature, while Jack Aitken had retained third. Indeed, the Brit had done just enough to keep Sérgio Sette Câmara at bay, while Guanyu Zhou was up to fifth as the best placed rookie in the Championship.

DAMS had retained the lead in the Teams Championship as their home weekend came to a conclusion, remaining 46 points clear of UNI-Virtuosi in second. Indeed, both teams had scored ten points in the Le Castellet Sprint, and hence had inched further ahead of third placed ART Grand Prix. Behind Campos Racing had gained a little ground in fourth, while BWT Arden had closed to within a point of reigning Champions Carlin in fifth.

 
2019 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 121 ◄0
2nd Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 109 ◄0
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 85 ◄0
4th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 80 ◄0
5th Flag of China Guanyu Zhou 76 ▲1
6th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 67 ▼1
7th Flag of France Anthoine Hubert 65 ◄0
8th Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa 36 ▲4
9th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 36 ▼1
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 34 ▼1
11th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 30 ◄0
12th Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 30 ▼2
13th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 16 ◄0
14th Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott 15 ◄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 189 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtousi 143 ◄0
3rd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 127 ◄0
4th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 115 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 66 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 65 ◄0
7th Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 51 ▲1
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 50 ▼1
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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  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 'HOME COMFORTS FOR ANTHOINE HUBERT IN LE CASTELLET', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 23/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Home-comforts-for-Anthoine-Hubert-in-Le-Castellet-/, (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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