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Flag of the United Kingdom 2019 Silverstone Sprint Race
Silverstone 2015
The Silverstone was unchanged for the 2019 Sprint.
Race Information
Date 14 July 2018
No. 60
Event Flag of the United Kingdom 2019 British Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Kingdom Silverstone
Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK
Format 120 km / 45 min (Sprint Race)
Lap length 5.891 km (3.660 mi)
Distance 21 laps / 123.711 km (76.870 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken
Team Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Time 1:39.993 on lap 20
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries
Winner Team Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Time 36:47.822
Race Guide
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The 2019 Silverstone Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2019 Silverstone Formula 2 Race 2, was the fourteenth race of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 14 July 2019.[1] The race would see Jack Aitken sweep to a popular home victory for Campos Racing, as Championship leader Nyck de Vries extended his lead.[2]

It was Aitken's compatriot Callum Ilott who started the race from pole, although a poor getaway from the Brit allowed Louis Delétraz, Aitken and de Vries to all charge past into turn one.[2] The trio subsequently fought with one another for the lead on the run to turn three, with Delétraz ultimately emerging ahead.[2]

Those three quickly established a small gap ahead of Ilott, with Aitken subsequently scything past de Vries on the brakes for Brooklands, selling the Championship leader a dummy.[2] de Vries tried to respond but couldn't, succeeding only in tapping the back of the Campos, although both continued without issue.[2]

A few laps later and Aitken was on the back of Delétraz, having set fastest lap after fastest lap in his quest to catch the Swiss racer, who had broken away as Aitken and de Vries duelled.[2] Ultimately, however, Aitken would have too much momentum behind him for Delétraz to respond, with the Swiss racer forfeiting the lead into Stowe.[2]

With that the fight for victory was over, with Aitken powering away while Delétraz held onto a lonely second.[2] Elsewhere, Ilott briefly challenged de Vries for third in the aftermath of Aitken's lunge on the Dutchman, while Feature winner Luca Ghiotto battled his way past Nicholas Latifi, only for a puncture to send him into the pits.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Aitken was able to cruise across the line to claim victory, somewhat surprised at the response he got from the home crowd.[2] Delétraz and de Vries duly held on to complete the podium, with the latter extending his Championship lead to 31 points.[2]

Background

There were no modifications made to the Silverstone Circuit ahead of the FIA Formula 2 Championship Sprint Race, with the third DRS zone completely abandoned on safety grounds.[1] Elsewhere, there would be a change to the entry list, with Sean Gelael withdrawing from the entire weekend in protest of his penalty prior to the Feature Race.[3] That, however, would have no effect on the actual starting grid, with Callum Ilott set to start from pole position courtesy of the reverse-grid rule.[4]

Feature Formations

Victory in said Feature Race had moved Luca Ghiotto back into the top three of the Championship, 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 a 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 as a result of the Silverstone Feature, 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.

Entry List

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

2019 Silverstone 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 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 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 the United States Ryan Tveter Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[5]

Grid

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

Race

Conditions were still good ahead of the Sprint Race on Sunday morning at Silverstone, although it was overcast to bring a small threat of rain.[6] Regardless, it was completely dry ahead of the race, with Callum Ilott set to start on pole position after finishing eighth in Feature Race, while Sean Gelael sat out the race in protest after his post-practice penalty.[6]

Report

Unfortunately for Ilott he would make a miserable start from pole, with Louis Delétraz and Jack Aitken instead firing past on the opposite side of the grid.[6] Delétraz duly swept across to prevent Aitken from lunging past into turn one to secure the lead, while Nyck de Vries also managed to blast past Ilott for third.[6] Behind, Nicholas Latifi would just fall shy of passing Ilott through the right-hand flick, with the rest of the field making it through without issue.[6]

Aitken made another bid for the lead into turn three, although his over-under attempt on the exit would instead allow de Vries to nose alongside into turn four.[6] Fortunately for Aitken he would just manage to hold the position, although de Vries was able to slipstream the Brit down the Wellington Straight, before lunging around the outside into Brooklands.[6] Aitken attempted to defend but was forced to lift-off as he was right behind Delétraz in the braking zone, allowing de Vries to sweep around the #15 Campos to claim second.[6]

Aitken did his best to reclaim the position, challenging de Vries around the outside of both Woodcote and Copse, before a brave lunge into Maggotts was blocked.[6] The Anglo-Korean racer would challenge again around the outside of Stowe, which was again swatted aside by de Vries, before settling in behind the Dutchman.[6] Their fight had hence allowed Delétraz to escape into a two second lead, while behind Ilott was under attack from Latifi, who threw a late lunge at the Brit into Vale, but could not force his way through.[6]

The fighting continued onto the second tour, with Aitken eyeing up a move on de Vries, while Latifi was likewise harassing Ilott for fourth.[6] Elsewhere, Mick Schumacher and Guanyu Zhou were engaged in a furious duel, running side-by-side for more than half a lap with Zhou trying to run right around the outside of the #9 Prema through Woodcote and Copse before finally relenting.[6] At the back, meanwhile, Giuliano Alesi would get spun around at Woodcote by Arjun Maini after losing power, triggering a Safety Car as he was left stranded in the middle of the circuit.[6]

After two laps the race resumed, with Delétraz once again able to escape as Aitken again launched a tirade against de Vries for second.[6] On lap seven the Brit managed to pull off an over-under manoeuvre through turn three to lunge down the inside of the Dutchman through turn four, briefly getting into second.[6] However, de Vries would get a better exit and draft back alongside the Brit down the straight, before Aitken won a duel on the brakes into Brooklands on the outside to finally reclaim second.[6]

With that the race began to settle, with Aitken pulling away to hunt down Delétraz, who had gained a three second lead due to the fight for second.[6] Behind, Ilott had somehow managed to escape from Latifi to secure fourth, with Latifi himself falling to Luca Ghiotto mid-race when the Italian lunged around the outside of Stowe.[6] Elsewhere, Tatiana Caldéron went for a spin at Stowe while fighting with Dorian Boccolacci at the back of the field, although she was able to get back up to speed.[6]

Spots of rain began to fall as the race entered it final five laps, resulting in Ghiotto falling back into the sights of Latifi, having failed to catch Ilott.[6] The Canadian racer would successfully throw the #6 DAMS down the inside of the #8 UNI-Virtuosi into the Maggotts-Becketts complex to reclaim fifth, although the lost momentum would allow Schumacher and Zhou to close right onto their tail.[6] Schumacher duly streaked past Ghiotto to challenge Latifi for fifth around the outside of Stowe, while Zhou lunged inside his teammate prompting Ghiotto to stop for fresh soft Pirelli tyres.[6]

Schumacher almost managed to get ahead of the #6 DAMS through the right hander, although Latifi would elbow him out wide on the exit.[6] Schumacher would keep his foot on the throttle despite being off-track, and would subsequently get airborne after clipping the grass on the edge of the circuit when Latifi refused to move over.[6] Fortunately the #9 Prema would escape without damage, although it would allow Zhou to close right onto his tail.[6]

Out front, meanwhile, Aitken had now destroyed the rest of Delétraz's lead, and would line-up the #15 Campos for a lunge at the #1 Carlin into Brooklands.[6] However, the Anglo-Korean racer would throw a dummy at the Swiss racer, feinting to the outside before lunging to the inside of the right-hander, with Delétraz unable to block the move.[6] Aitken duly made the apex and secured the position, with Delétraz having to open out his steering to avoid the barnstorming Campos.[6]

The Zhou-Schumacher fight would rumble on in the aftermath of their fight with Latifi, with the pair squabbling so hard through Vale and into the final two corners that they both ran off circuit.[6] Zhou was delayed more than Schumacher having been elbowed wide, and hence was left vulnerable to Nobuharu Matsushita, who had been stalking the duo as they fought.[6] The #2 Carlin duly slipstreamed the #7 Virtuosi down the start/finish straight, before elbowing his way down the inside of the Zhou through turn two to grab seventh.[6]

With that the race was run, with Aitken escaping from Delétraz at an impressive rate to secure his third career F2 victory.[6] de Vries was next up in third, having just kept a resurgent Ilott at bay in the closing stages, while Latifi was a distant fifth.[6] Schumacher was next up with Matsushita and Zhou finishing right on his tail to round out the scorers in sixth, seventh and eighth.[6]

Results

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

2019 Silverstone Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Strat. Fastest lap Pts.
1st 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 36:47.822 Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:39.993 17
2nd 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +4.997s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:40.976 12
3rd 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +8.194s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:40.966 10
4th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 21 +8.850s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.078 8
5th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 21 +16.203s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.364 6
6th 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 21 +19.222s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.612 4
7th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 21 +19.666s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.370 2
8th 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 21 +20.181s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.218 1
9th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +21.731s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.580
10th 12 Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 21 +25.820s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.358
11th 19 Flag of France Anthoine Hubert Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +34.309s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:41.666
12th 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 21 +37.426s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:42.384
13th 14 Flag of India Arjun Maini Flag of Spain Campos Racing 21 +40.581s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:40.715
14th 21 Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci Flag of Italy Trident 21 +47.259s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:42.310
15th 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 21 +57.696s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:40.902
16th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 21 +59.998s Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:42.850
17th 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 21 +1:09.991 Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:40.330
18th 17 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 21 +1:10.157 Pirelli 2019 Hard 1:43.010
Ret 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 1 Retired Pirelli 2019 Hard
WD 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Source:[7]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Gelael withdrew from the race in protest of a penalty handed to him after qualifying for the 2019 Silverstone Feature Race.[3]

Milestones

Standings

Nyck de Vries would leave Silverstone still in command of the Championship, heading to the Hungaroring with 170 points to his name. Nicholas Latifi, meanwhile, had remained his closest challenger, but was still 31 points behind the Dutchman as the season plunged into its second half. Behind, Luca Ghiotto and Sérgio Sette Câmara had both lost ground, while Jack Aitken had moved into the top five with his victory.

DAMS had also ended up extending their grip on the Teams Championship, leaving the British Isles with a 33 point advantage. Their closest challengers remained UNI-Virtuosi, sat on 227 points, while ART Grand Prix had solidified their grip on third. They had, however, lost ground to fourth placed Campos Racing across the weekend in Silverstone, while Carlin completed the top five.

 
2019 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 170 ◄0
2nd Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 139 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 122 ◄0
4th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 121 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 113 ▲1
6th Flag of China Guanyu Zhou 105 ▼1
7th Flag of France Anthoine Hubert 77 ◄0
8th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 65 ◄0
9th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 60 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 41 ◄0
11th Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa 36 ◄0
12th Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 30 ◄0
13th Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott 27 ▲1
14th Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher 26 ▼1
15th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 16 ◄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 260 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtousi 227 ◄0
3rd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 176 ◄0
4th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 143 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 125 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 77 ◄0
7th Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 63 ▲1
8th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 57 ▼1
9th Flag of Italy Prema Racing 37 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 4 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

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 Delétraz2 Nobuharu Matsushita3 Nikita Mazepin4 Nyck de Vries5 Sérgio Sette Câmara6 Nicholas Latifi7 Guanyu Zhou8 Luca Ghiotto9 Mick Schumacher10 Sean Gelael11 Callum Ilott12 Juan Manuel Correa/Matevos Isaakyan14 Dorian Boccolacci/Arjun Maini/Marino Sato15 Jack Aitken16 Jordan King/Artem Markelov17 Mahaveer Raghunathan/Patricio O'Ward18 Tatiana Caldéron19 Anthoine Hubert20 Giuliano Alesi21 Ralph Boschung/Ryan Tveter/Dorian Boccolacci/Christian Lundgaard22 Artem Markelov
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