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Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2019 Yas Marina Sprint Race
Yas Marina 2015
The Yas Marina circuit with DRS zones added in 2015.
Race Information
Date 1 December 2019
No. 69
Event Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2019 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Format {{{format}}}
Lap length 5.554 km (3.451 mi)
Distance 22 laps / 122.188 km (75.924 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi
Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:55.526 on lap 6
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi
Time 44:22.552
Race Guide
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The 2019 Yas Marina Sprint Race, formally known as the 2019 Yas Marina Formula 2 Race 2, was the twenty-third and final race of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship, staged at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE, on 1 December 2019.[1] The race, held in support of the season ending 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, would see Luca Ghiotto sweep to victory, in what proved to be the final F2 race for entrants Arden International, as well as drivers Nyck de Vries and Nicholas Latifi.[2]

Giuliano Alesi would start the season finale from pole position, courtesy of finishing eighth in the 2019 Yas Marina Feature Race, and duly aced his start to claim an early lead.[2][3] Behind, Ghiotto would hook up his start beautifully to charge into second ahead of Latifi, while in the midfield Guanyu Zhou made a miserable getaway and slumped to eleventh.[2]

The early stages saw Alesi do his best to break clear, although after some initial success Ghiotto would begin to close back onto the back of the Trident.[2] Behind, Mick Schumacher found himself squabbling with Nobuharu Matsushita and Louis Delétraz, only to be mugged by Sérgio Sette Câmara who was on a charge through the top ten.[2]

Indeed, Câmara would be the main source of entertainment during the race, firing his DAMS past both Delétraz and Matsushita.[2] The only thing to distract attention from his battles would be a change for the lead, with Ghiotto diving past Alesi with the aid of DRS, before charging away to leave the Frenchman in Latifi's sights.[2]

Latifi duly caught and passed Alesi with ease a couple of laps later, followed by Callum Ilott on the following tour.[2] Next to scream past the Frenchman would be Câmara's charging #5 DAMS, which swept ahead without issue, leaving Alesi in a little piece of no-man's land.[2]

Into the closing stages and Câmara was sat in the wake of Ilott, although his charge was briefly halted by a Virtual Safety Car.[2] The source of the VSC was a collision between Russian rookies Nikita Mazepin and Matevos Isaakyan, which had seen the latter spin and stall at the second chicane.[2]

When the race resumed Câmara pounced, darting inside Ilott to secure third and get a shot at attacking his teammate.[2] However, Latifi had a healthy margin over his teammate, and with two laps to go time was against Câmara to get onto terms with the Canadian racer.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Ghiotto delivered an imperious victory, escaping seven seconds up the road from Latifi as the Canadian secured second on track and in the Championship.[2] Câmara rounded out the season in third ahead of Ilott, while Alesi held onto fight ahead of Delétraz, Matsushita and Zhou, who claimed the final point of the season.[2]

Background

There would be no changes to the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of the Sprint Race, although there were drastically different conditions compared to the Feature race, with the Sprint held in the heat of the afternoon.[1] Regardless, it was Giuliano Alesi who would start the season finale in pole position having claimed eighth in the Feature, with no further revisions to the field.[3] Indeed, Mahaveer Raghunathan was still allowed to compete, in-spite of having attained enough penalty points to earn a race ban due to a loop hole in the rules.[4]

Yas Yes-men

Nyck de Vries had already secured the Championship title before arriving in Yas Marina, so his failure to score in the Feature race had no impact on title race. Behind, however, the fight for second had intensified, with race winner Sérgio Sette Câmara having closed to within six points of his second placed teammate Nicholas Latifi. Furthermore, Luca Ghiotto was still in the hunt despite slipping to fourth, heading into the final eight behind, while Jack Aitken was a secure fifth but out of the fight.

In the Teams' Championship DAMS would head into the season finale having already claimed the title, their tally of 394 an insurmountable tally for the chasing pack. UNI-Virtuosi would hence have to settle for second in their first season as a full entrant, while ART Grand Prix had secured third with a race to spare. Behind, Carlin had guaranteed themselves fourth ahead of Campos Racing, while the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz had moved ahead of MP Motorsport.

Entry List

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

2019 Yas Marina 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 Russia Matevos Isaakyan Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
14 Flag of Japan Marino Sato 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
20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
21 Flag of Denmark Christian Lundgaard Flag of Italy Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
22 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[5]

Grid

The grid for the final race of the 2019 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula 2 Championship rules:[3]

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Giuliano Alesi
Nicholas Latifi ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Luca Ghiotto
Callum Ilott ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Louis Delétraz
Guanyu Zhou ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Nobuharu Matsushita
Sérgio Sette Câmara ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Mick Schumacher
Nikita Mazepin ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Jack Aitken
Jordan King ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Nyck de Vries
Christian Lundgaard ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Matevos Isaakyan
Tatiana Caldéron ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Sean Gelael
Marino Sato ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Artem Markelov
Mahaveer Raghunathan ______________

Race

Report

Results

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

2019 Yas Marina Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 8 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 22 44:22.552 1:55.746 15
2nd 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 22 +7.274s 1:55.526 14
3rd 5 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of France DAMS 22 +10.235s 1:56.038 10
4th 11 Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 22 +16.106s 1:56.256 8
5th 20 Flag of France Giuliano Alesi Flag of Italy Trident 22 +17.273s 1:56.194 6
6th 1 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 22 +19.451s 1:56.421 4
7th 2 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 22 +28.230s 1:56.491 2
8th 7 Flag of China Guanyu Zhou Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtuosi 22 +29.112s 1:56.741 1
9th 16 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 +31.532s 1:56.644
10th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken Flag of Spain Campos Racing 22 +32.075s 1:56.677
11th 9 Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher Flag of Italy Prema Racing 22 +33.578s 1:56.506
12th 21 Flag of Denmark Christian Lundgaard Flag of Italy Trident 22 +37.018s 1:57.145
13th 4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of France ART Grand Prix 22 +40.436s 1:56.930
14th 18 Flag of Colombia Tatiana Caldéron Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 22 +43.149s 1:57.355
15th 17 Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 +52.593s 1:58.024
16th 14 Flag of Japan Marino Sato Flag of Spain Campos Racing 22 +59.719s 1:56.678
17th* 3 Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 19 Retired 1:57.187
Ret 12 Flag of Russia Matevos Isaakyan Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 18 Collision 1:57.393
Ret 10 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Italy Prema Racing 16 Retired 1:57.129
Ret 22 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 10 Retired 1:56.507
Source:[6]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Mazepin was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

Milestones

Standings

Nyck de Vries ended the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship as the Drivers' Champion, scoring 266 points and four race wins across the campaign. Nicholas Latifi finished as runner-up after his podium on the final day, while Luca Ghiotto completed the top three on 207 points. Sérgio Sette Câmara and Jack Aitken were next, as twenty of the season's 27 drivers registered points during the season.

In the Teams' Championship it was DAMS who claimed the crown for 2019, scoring 418 points courtesy of the efforts of Latifi and Câmara. UNI-Virtuosi ended their maiden F2 campaign in second, 71 points behind the Champions, while ART Grand Prix completed the top three with 277. Carlin and Campos Racing then completed the top five, while the outgoing Arden International squad ended their F2 chapter in eighth with 77 points.

2019 Drivers Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 266 ◄0
2nd Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 214 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 207 ▲1
4th Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 204 ▼1
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken 159 ◄0
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 144 ◄0
7th Flag of China Guanyu Zhou 140 ◄0
8th Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz 92 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 79 ◄0
10th Flag of France Anthoine Hubert 77 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Callum Ilott 74 ◄0
12th Flag of Germany Mick Schumacher 53 ◄0
13th Flag of the United States Juan Manuel Correa 36 ◄0
14th Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci 30 ◄0
15th Flag of France Giuliano Alesi 20 ▲2
16th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 16 ▼1
17th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 15 ▼1
18th Flag of Russia Nikita Mazepin 11 ◄0
19th Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung 3 ◄0
20th Flag of the Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan 1 ◄0
2019 Teams Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 418 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom UNI-Virtousi 347 ◄0
3rd Flag of France ART Grand Prix 277 ◄0
4th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 236 ◄0
5th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 189 ◄0
6th Flag of the Czech Republic Sauber Junior Team 110 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 96 ◄0
8th Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden 77 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Prema Racing 68 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy Trident 23 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers 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 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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