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Race Information
Date 29 June 2019
Event Flag of Austria 2019 Austrian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Lap length 4.326 km (2.688 mi)
Distance 40 laps / 173.040 km (107.522 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:14.143
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:18.209 on lap 34
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Time 53:32.606
Race Guide
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The 2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race, otherwise known as the 2019 Spielberg Race 1, was the eleventh race of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on the 29 June 2019.[1] The race, which was held in support of the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, and was the Series' sixth trip to the Styrian Mountains, and would see two drivers make the F2 debuts.[1]

Qualifying would see Championship leader Nyck de Vries claim pole position, with rookie Anthoine Hubert securing second despite running mid-session.[2] Guanyu Zhou was also an impressive performer, claiming third ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, while debutantes Patricio O'Ward and Ryan Tveter mustered seventeenth and nineteenth respectively.[2]

de Vries would make a barnstorming start off the line to grab an early lead from pole, while Hubert gave chase from second.[3] Zhou briefly challenged the Frenchman for second, but his lunge into the first corner ultimately dropped him back behind Matsushita.[3]

Matsushita would subsequently grab second from Hubert during the early stages, before working with race leader de Vries to pull clear of the chasing pack.[3] Hubert, meanwhile, was left to defend from Zhou, while the two DAMS of Sérgio Sette Câmara and Nicholas Latifi came to blows, with the Brazilian hitting the back of the Canadian to earn himself a five second penalty.[3]

The mid-race stops for tyres began on lap seven, with Sean Gelael left at the head head of the field as the leader made their stops.[3] Zhou, meanwhile, would drop out of the lead group after a gearbox glitch destroyed his pace, while de Vries, leading those that had stopped, set about hunting down Gelael out front.[3]

de Vries' charge would also drag Matsushita up the order, with the pair soon having to hunt down Nikita Mazepin after the Russian passed Gelael for the lead.[3] The Dutchman duly threw everything he could to catch and pass his teammate, although in doing so he used up the best of his tyres.[3]

With five laps to go de Vries' tyres were effectively shot, allowing Matsushita and Luca Ghiotto to dive past the Dutchman into the first corner.[3] They duly went on to finish first and second ahead of Câmara, who caught and passed de Vries late on, although the Brazilian's earlier penalty dumped him back down to fifth behind de Vries and Hubert.[3]

Background

The FIA Formula 2 Championship headed to an increasingly familiar venue for the sixth round of the season, arriving at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.[1] The 4.326 kilometre circuit was unchanged from 2018, with the three DRS zones unchanged from the series' last visit.[1] There would, however, be a change to the entry list, for Mahaveer Raghunathan had received a one round ban for collecting too many penalty points on his license.[4]

Hot-seating

Ultimately MP Motorsport, Ragunathan's employers, would pull off something of a swoop in finding a replacement for the Dutch registered racer, having looked outside of Europe for a replacement.[5] Indeed, the Dutch based squad would secure the signature of Mexican racer Patricio O'Ward, one of the highest rated young drivers in the IndyCar Series.[5] A member of the Red Bull Junior Team, O'Ward's debut would mark the Mexican racer's return to racing in Europe, having previously won the French F4 Championship in 2014.[5][6]

There would also be a change of drivers at Campos Racing, for Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci was struggling to fund his seat in the #14 car alongside Jack Aitken.[7] Adrian Campos therefore hired 2018 F2 debutante Arjun Maini to race in both Austria and Silverstone, with the Indian racer having funding for at least four races and with a potential budget to stretch for the rest of the season.[7] Maini's appearance at the Red Bull Ring would mark his first run in a single-seater since the end of 2018, having switched to racing in Le Mans prototypes for 2019.[7]

A further revision to the field was made on the eve of the weekend, with Ralph Boschung announcing that he had run out of money to fund his race-by-race seat at Trident.[8] In his place, Trident would hire their former GP3 Series driver Ryan Tveter, handing the 25 year old American racer his debut in F2.[8] Furthermore, Tveter, who had taken part in the 2018 Yas Marina Test with Trident and BWT Arden, would complete the season with the Italian team, with Boschung announcing that he would leave F2 indefinitely.[8]

A French Fling

Nyck de Vries had seen his Championship lead reduced to twelve points at the end of the French weekend, having concluded 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.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:

2019 Red Bull Ring 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 India Arjun Maini 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 United States Patricio O'Ward 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 the United States Ryan Tveter Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[9]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race are outlined below:

2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid
1st 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:14.143 1
2nd 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:14.309 +0.166s 2
3rd 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 1:14.371 +0.228s 3
4th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:14.399 +0.256s 4
5th 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 1:14.429 +0.286s 5
6th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:14.483 +0.340s 6
7th 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:14.488 +0.345s 7
8th 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 1:14.625 +0.482s 8
9th 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 1:14.709 +0.566s 9
10th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 1:14.755 +0.612s 10
11th 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:14.808 +0.665s 11
12th 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:14.882 +0.739s 12
13th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 1:14.887 +0.744s 13
14th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:14.986 +0.843s 14
15th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:15.139 +0.996s 15
16th 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 1:15.212 +1.069s 16
17th 17 Flag of the United States Patricio O'Ward Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:15.327 +1.184s 17
18th 14 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:15.363 +1.220s 18
19th 21 Flag of the United States Ryan Tveter Flag of Italy Trident 1:15.435 +1.292s 19
20th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 1:16.164 +2.021s 20
Source:[10]

Grid

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

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:

2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 40 53:32.606 1:18.735 25
2nd 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 40 +2.963s 1:18.602 18
3rd 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 40 +10.428s 1:18.625 19
4th 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 40 +10.786s 1:18.573 12
5th* 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 40 +12.720s 1:18.209 12
6th 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 40 +15.514s 1:18.833 8
7th 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 40 +16.541s 1:18.833 6
8th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 40 +22.321s 1:18.640 4
9th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 40 +23.184s 1:18.336 2
10th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 40 +32.919s 1:19.086 1
11th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 40 +35.892s 1:18.811
12th 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 40 +35.988s 1:18.938
13th 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 40 +39.890s 1:18.608
14th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 40 +46.138s 1:18.617
15th 21 Flag of the United States Ryan Tveter Flag of Italy Trident 40 +1:10.057 1:19.483
16th 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 40 +1:15.742 1:19.128
17th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 40 +1:16.586 1:19.837
18th 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 39 +1 Lap 1:18.638
19th 17 Flag of the United States Patricio O'Ward Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 39 +1 Lap 1:19.879
DSQ 14 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Spain Campos Racing 40 Disqualified 1:18.683
Source:[10]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Câmara received a five second time penalty for causing a collision.[3]
  • Maini was disqualified from the results of the race for incorrect tyre use.[11]

Milestones

Standings

Nyck de Vries had extended his lead in the Championship after securing pole and a podium finish, pulling out a 29 point advantage over Nicholas Latifi. Sérgio Sette Câmara was next up, having moved ahead of Jack Aitken, while Luca Ghiotto completed the top five, a point off of the Brit. Guanyu Zhou was still the best placed rookie in sixth, a point off of teammate Ghiotto, while Nobuharu Matsushita had shot into eighth after his first win of the season.

In the Teams Championship it was DAMS who continued to command the title hunt, heading into the Sprint with a 34 point lead. UNI-Virtuosi were their closest challengers, with a small gap between themselves and third placed ART Grand Prix. Campos Racing were next ahead of Carlin, while Trident remained glued to the foot of the table.

 
2019 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 140 ◄0
2nd Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 111 ◄0
3rd Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 92 ▲1
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 86 ▼1
5th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 85 ▲1
6th Flag of China Guanyu Zhou 84 ▼1
7th Flag of France Anthoine Hubert 77 ◄0
8th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 55 ▲3
9th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 42 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 38 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa 36 ▼3
12th Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 30 ◄0
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 203 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtousi 169 ◄0
3rd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 146 ◄0
4th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 116 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 97 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 77 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 54 ▲1
8th Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 51 ▼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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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
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Tests
2018 Yas Marina Test2019 Jerez Test2019 Barcelona Test2019 Yas Marina Test
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