|2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race|
The DRS dominated Red Bull Ring.
|Date||29 June 2019|
|Event||2019 Austrian Grand Prix|
|Location||Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Styria, Austria|
|Lap length||4.326 km (2.688 mi)|
|Distance||40 laps / 173.040 km (107.522 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Nyck de Vries|
|Team||ART Grand Prix|
|Driver||Sérgio Sette Câmara|
|Time||1:18.209 on lap 34|
|Nobuharu Matsushita||Luca Ghiotto||Nyck de Vries|
|2019 Le Castellet Sprint Race||2019 Red Bull Ring Sprint Race|
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. 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.
Qualifying would see Championship leader Nyck de Vries claim pole position, with rookie Anthoine Hubert securing second despite running mid-session. 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.
de Vries would make a barnstorming start off the line to grab an early lead from pole, while Hubert gave chase from second. Zhou briefly challenged the Frenchman for second, but his lunge into the first corner ultimately dropped him back behind Matsushita.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. The 4.326 kilometre circuit was unchanged from 2018, with the three DRS zones unchanged from the series' last visit. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. In his place, Trident would hire their former GP3 Series driver Ryan Tveter, handing the 25 year old American racer his debut in F2. 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.
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.
The full entry list for the 2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race are outlined below:
|2019 Red Bull Ring Feature Race Qualifying Result|
|1st||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||1:14.143||—||1|
|2nd||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||1:14.309||+0.166s||2|
|7th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||1:14.488||+0.345s||7|
|9th||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||1:14.709||+0.566s||9|
|10th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||1:14.755||+0.612s||10|
|11th||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||1:14.808||+0.665s||11|
|12th||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||1:14.882||+0.739s||12|
|13th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||1:14.887||+0.744s||13|
|14th||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1:14.986||+0.843s||14|
|15th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:15.139||+0.996s||15|
|17th||17||Patricio O'Ward||MP Motorsport||1:15.327||+1.184s||17|
|18th||14||Arjun Maini||Campos Racing||1:15.363||+1.220s||18|
|20th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||1:16.164||+2.021s||20|
|Nyck de Vries||2|
|Sérgio Sette Câmara||10|
|Juan Manuel Correa||14|
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.|
|3rd||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||40||+10.428s||1:18.625||19|
|4th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||40||+10.786s||1:18.573||12|
|5th*||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||40||+12.720s||1:18.209||12|
|8th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||40||+22.321s||1:18.640||4|
|10th||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||40||+32.919s||1:19.086||1|
|11th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||40||+35.892s||1:18.811|
|12th||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||40||+35.988s||1:18.938|
|14th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||40||+46.138s||1:18.617|
|16th||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||40||+1:15.742||1:19.128|
|17th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||40||+1:16.586||1:19.837|
|18th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||39||+1 Lap||1:18.638|
|19th||17||Patricio O'Ward||MP Motorsport||39||+1 Lap||1:19.879|
|DSQ†||14||Arjun Maini||Campos Racing||40||Disqualified||1:18.683|
- 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.
- † Maini was disqualified from the results of the race for incorrect tyre use.
- Debut race for Ryan Tveter and Patricio O'Ward.
- Arjun Maini made his first FIA Formula 2 Championship start since the 2018 Yas Marina Sprint Race.
- Fourth career victory for Nobuharu Matsushita.
- Carlin claimed their second victory in F2.
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.
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)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 'DE VRIES UNTOUCHABLE IN AUSTRIAN QUALIFYING', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 28/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/De-Vries-untouchable-in-Austrian-qualifying/, (Accessed 30/06/2019)
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 'MATSUSHITA CLAIMS FIRST F2 FEATURE RACE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 29/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Matsushita-claims-first-F2-Feature-Race-win/, (Accessed 30/06/2019)
- ↑ '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)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Mark Glendenning, 'O'Ward to make F2 debut with MP Motorsport in Austria', racer.com, (Racer Media & Marketing Inc., 25/06/2019), https://racer.com/2019/06/25/oward-to-make-f2-debut-with-mp-motorsport-in-austria/?fbclid=IwAR3SylCEKCAGoOHUfvrpL2k2w__HUv1UwTMHi_takwhXtrL0QKvAXJUiZ84, (Accessed 25/06/2019)
- ↑ 'Patricio O’Ward joins Red Bull Junior Team for IndyCar campaign', juniorteam.redbull.com, (Red Bull GmbH, 2019), https://juniorteam.redbull.com/article/patricio-oward-joins-red-bull-junior-team-indycar-campaign, (Accessed 25/06/2019)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jack Benyon, 'Maini replaces Boccolacci for next two F2 rounds', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 25/06/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/fia-f2/news/maini-campos-austria-silverstone-boccolacci/4482033/, (Accessed 25/06/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 8.2 Aaron Gillard, 'RYAN TVETER TO MAKE FORMULA 2 DEBUT WITH TRIDENT; REPLACES RALPH BOSCHUNG', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 27/06/2019), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2019/06/ryan-tveter-to-make-formula-2-debut-with-trident-replaces-ralph-boschung/, (Accessed 27/06/2019)
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 'FORMULA 2 2019 RESULTS: Red Bull Ring, Austria', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=1000&seasonid=176, (Accessed 30/06/2019)
- ↑ 'MAINI DISQUALIFIED FROM AUSTRIAN FEATURE RACE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 29/06/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/06_June/Maini-disqualified-from-Austrian-Feature-Race/, (Accessed 30/06/2019)