|2019 Silverstone Feature Race|
The Silverstone circuit with added DRS.
|Date||13 July 2019|
|Event||2019 British Grand Prix|
|Location||Silverstone Circuit Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK|
|Lap length||5.891 km (3.660 mi)|
|Distance||29 laps / 170.839 km (106.154 mi)|
|Pole Sitter||Guanyu Zhou|
|Driver||Sérgio Sette Câmara|
|Time||1:40.858 on lap 24|
|Luca Ghiotto||Nicholas Latifi||Guanyu Zhou|
|2019 Red Bull Ring Sprint Race||2019 Silverstone Sprint Race|
The 2019 Silverstone Circuit Race 1, otherwise known as the 2019 Silverstone Feature Race, was the thirteenth round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 13 July 2019. The race, which was held in support of the 2019 British Grand Prix, would see Luca Ghiotto finally claim a Feature Race victory.
It was Ghiotto's teammate Guanyu Zhou who had set the pace in qualifying, the Chinese youngster claiming his maiden pole position ahead of teammate Ghiotto. Indeed, the two UNI-Virtuosis would ended the session just 0.012s apart, with Championship leader Nyck de Vries down in seventh.
A dramatic start to the race saw the two Virtuosis run into the first corner side-by-side, with ultimately emerging in the lead as they hit the brakes for turn three. An identical duel would occur behind them with the two DAMS of Sérgio Sette Câmara and Nicholas Latifi duelling for third, with everyone else flying into the first few corners without issue.
The race would not run cleanly for very long, however, with Dorian Boccolacci bringing out a full course yellow after stopping with a failure on track. Fortunately it was a short delay and so the race resumed having lost just a single lap, with Latifi immediately going on the offensive to pass teammate Câmara.
Latifi duly went on to catch and pass Zhou on the following lap, before leading the charge into the pits on lap seven. Ghiotto, a couple of seconds up the road, opted to pit on the following tour to deny the Canadian the under-cut, only to rejoin right alongside the #6 DAMS as he charged out of the pit lane.
Ghiotto would retain the de facto lead, holding the inside line into turn three, only for a lock-up into Brooklands a few moments later to gift the lead to Latifi. The Canadian duly eased clear as Ghiotto brought his tyres up to temperature, with the pair steadily catching Nikita Mazepin and Tatiana Caldéron, the only two drivers ahead on the alternate hard-soft strategy.
Ghiotto ultimately caught and passed Latifi before the Canadian got onto the back of the lead duo, before scything past Caldéron to claim second. When Mazepin pitted Ghiotto was hence left int he lead ahead of Latifi, while Jack Aitken got the home fans on their feet with an ambitious dive up the inside of de Vries into turn three.
With that the race was run, with Ghiotto cruising to the finish ahead of Latifi, registering only his second win of the season. Zhou, meanwhile, would finish a lonely third ahead of Câmara, while Aitken's late lunge on de Vries was enough to hand the Brit fifth.
The FIA Formula 2 Championship rolled into one of its strongholds for the seventh round of the 2019 campaign, arriving at the Silverstone Circuit in the UK in mid-July. However, the circuit had received some minor modifications since F2's last visit in 2018, with a full track re-surface as well as a major revision to the DRS zones. Indeed, the controversial DRS zone that ran through turns one and two had been dropped entirely, while the second DRS zone on the Wellington straight had been marginally lengthened.
A Boccolacci Bounce
Ahead of the race it was revealed that Dorian Boccolacci would be returning to the F2 field, rejoining his former employers Trident Racing in place of Ryan Tveter. Indeed, just three weeks after being dropped by Campos Racing for lacking the funding to continue, Boccolacci would get back into an F2 cockpit, partnering Giuliano Alesi for the British round. It was expected that Boccolacci was to complete the season with Trident, although Tveter and Ralph Boschung, their former drivers, were still registered as reserve drivers.
Nyck de Vries arrived in the UK with an enhanced lead in the Championship, having moved 37 points clear of his closest challenger as a result of the 2019 Red Bull Ring Sprint Race. Nicholas Latifi was that challenger, with race winner Sérgio Sette Câmara having closed up to the back of the Canadian in third. Luca Ghiotto was next, the first man yet to break the 100 point barrier prior to the Silverstone weekend, while Jack Aitken completed the top five.
In The Teams Championship it was DAMS who, as ever, arrived at a race weekend in control of the title hunt, 40 points clear of UNI-Virtuosi. Those two were also clear of ART Grand Prix in third, the French squad 64 points off the lead, while Campos Racing and Carlin completed the top five. BWT Arden were next, the first of those yet to break into triple figures at the halfway point, while Trident would head into the second half of the season with just four points to their name.
The full entry list for the 2019 Silverstone Feature Race is displayed below:
The final qualifying result for the 2019 Silverstone Feature Race are outlined below:
|2019 Silverstone Feature Race Qualifying Result|
|3rd||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||1:38.511||+0.329s||3|
|6th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||1:38.549||+0.367s||6|
|7th||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||1:38.613||+0.431s||7|
|8th||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||1:38.686||+0.504s||8|
|10th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||1:39.046||+0.864s||10|
|11th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||1:39.071||+0.889s||11|
|12th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||1:39.225||+1.043s||12|
|13th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||1:39.227||+1.045s||13|
|14th||14||Arjun Maini||Campos Racing||1:39.512||+1.330s||14|
|16th||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||1:39.615||+1.433s||16|
|18th*||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||1:39.790||+1.608s||20|
|19th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||1:40.530||+2.348s||18|
|20th||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||1:41.725||+3.543s||19|
- * Gelael was handed a three place grid penalty retroactively for causing a collision during practice.
|Sérgio Sette Câmara||4|
|Nyck de Vries||8|
|Juan Manuel Correa||12|
The final classification of the 2019 Silverstone Feature Race is displayed below:
|2019 Silverstone Feature Race Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|4th||5||Sérgio Sette Câmara||DAMS||29||+11.841s||1:40.858||14|
|5th||15||Jack Aitken||Campos Racing||29||+13.744s||1:41.182||10|
|6th||4||Nyck de Vries||ART Grand Prix||29||+18.969s||1:41.895||8|
|8th||11||Callum Ilott||Sauber Junior Team||29||+23.144s||1:41.683||4|
|10th||16||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||29||+30.176s||1:41.707||1|
|11th||9||Mick Schumacher||Prema Racing||29||+31.100s||1:41.654|
|12th||12||Juan Manuel Correa||Sauber Junior Team||29||+47.708s||1:42.318|
|13th*||14||Arjun Maini||Campos Racing||29||+52.072s||1:41.874|
|14th||18||Tatiana Caldéron||BWT Arden||29||+1:19.116||1:43.211|
|15th||17||Mahaveer Raghunathan||MP Motorsport||29||+1:31.116||1:43.211|
|16th†||3||Nikita Mazepin||ART Grand Prix||28||Collision||1:42.798|
|17th‡||20||Giuliano Alesi||Trident||28||+1 Lap||1:42.455|
|18th||19||Anthoine Hubert||BWT Arden||28||+1 Lap||1:41.258|
|WD§||10||Sean Gelael||Prema Racing||—|
- Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
- Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
- * Maini was awarded a five second time penalty for causing a collision.
- † Mazepin was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance. The Russian racer was also hit with a five second time penalty for speeding in the pitlane by 0.1km/h.
- ‡ Alesi received multiple penalties for speeding in the pitlane and for being released in an unsafe manor.
- § Gelael withdrew from the race in protest.
- Luca Ghiotto claimed his third victory in FIA Formula 2.
- It was also the Italian's fourth at GP2 Series/F2 level and his first win in a Feature Race.
- Second victory for Virtuosi Racing as an entrant in F2.
Victory had moved Luca Ghiotto back into the top three of the Championship after the opening race of the Silverstone weekend, although the Italian was still 48 points of the Championship leader. Indeed, Nyck de Vries had managed to maintain his lead at the head of the field after claiming his handful of points, with Nicholas Latifi able to chip the gap down to 27 points in second. Elsewhere, Sérgio Sette Câmara had slipped to fourth to make way for Ghiotto, while Guanyu Zhou had claimed a spot in the top five at the expense of Jack Aitken.
In the Teams Championship, meanwhile, there had been very little change, although UNI-Virtuosi had managed chip away at DAMS' lead at the head of the field. Indeed, the British squad would head into the Sprint race just 28 points behind their French rivals, having started the weekend 40 off the early-season pace setters. Elsewhere, ART Grand Prix had lost more ground in third, as had Campos Racing in fifth.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Images and Videos:
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 '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)
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 'GHIOTTO CAPTURES FIRST F2 FEATURE RACE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 13/07/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/07_July/Ghiotto-captures-first-F2-Feature-Race-win/, (Accessed 19/07/2019)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 'ZHOU SEALS FIRST F2 POLE AT SILVERSTONE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 12/07/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/07_July/Zhou-seals-first-F2-pole-at-Silverstone/, (Accessed 19/07/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Scott Mitchell, 'Silverstone’s controversial DRS zone dropped for British GP', motorsport.com, (Motorsport Network, 09/07/2019), https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/silverstone-british-grand-prix-drs-zone/4491640/, (Accessed 11/07/2019)
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 'BOCCOLACCI RETURNS TO F2 WITH TRIDENT', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 10/07/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/07_July/Boccolacci-returns-to-F2-with-Trident/ (Accessed 11/07/2019)
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 'Formula 2 2019 Results: Silverstone Circuit', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=1001&seasonid=176, (Accessed 20/07/2019)
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 'REVISED POST FREE PRACTICE PENALTY', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 13/07/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/07_July/Revised-post-free-practice-penalty/, (Accessed 13/07/2019)
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Aaron Gillard, 'GELAEL WITHDRAWS FROM SILVERSTONE F2 RACES DUE TO PERSONAL REASONS', thecheckeredflag.co.uk, (The Checkered Flag, 13/07/2019), https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2019/07/gelael-withdraws-from-silverstone-f2-races-due-to-personal-reasons/, (Accessed 19/07/2019)
- ↑ 10.0 10.1 10.2 'ROUND 7 POST FEATURE RACE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 13/07/2019), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2019/07_July/Round-7-post-Feature-Race-penalties/, (Accessed 19/07/2019)