Jul 16

F2: Latifi dominates sprint race for maiden win

Canadian easily controls rivals despite late safety car

GP2 - Nicholas Latifi, DAMS, SilverstoneNicholas Latifi put in a racing masterclass to easily claim his maiden FIA Formula 2 win with a strong drive in cold conditions in this morning’s Sprint Race in Silverstone, building a big lead before controlling the restart from a late safety car to win ahead of RUSSIAN TIME’s Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov.

The Canadian made light work of the chilly conditions to make a great start from pole when the lights went out, easily holding Ghiotto and Oliver Rowland behind him as he led the way into turn 1, with the latter soon under attack by Jordan King: the pair touched at turn 3 with King sent wide but Rowland continuing before easing Markelov partially onto the grass to avoid an attack, earning a 5 second penalty for his efforts.

Latifi set a string of fast laps to break the chain back to Ghiotto, but behind the top 4 Sergio Canamasas and Charles Leclerc were having a huge battle for lap after lap before the Monegasque driver finally and firmly pushed past the Spaniard on lap 12 and headed off to mix it with the others, with Rowland pushing Ghiotto all around the track and Markelov biding his time between the pair as Latifi sailed into the distance.

The Canadian looked serene in the lead, but a late wrinkle in his plans arose on lap 18 when Ralph Boschung tried to overtake Alexander Albon but put a wheel on the grass before heavily impacting the wall at Stowe, prompting a safety car period with 3 laps remaining. Fast work by the marshals saw the last lap run live: Latifi easily controlled the restart to win from Ghiotto, while behind them Rowland tried to hold up his rivals but instead gave a line through for Markelov to mug him for 3rd on track, with Rowland 4th on track but 10th in the classification due to his time penalty.

The Leclerc/Canamasas war restarted into the final complex, with the Spaniard stealing a march on the Monegasque for P4, with Norman Nato holding on for 6th when teammate Sean Gelael, who had followed him all race long, spun out of the race at Vale to promote Nyck De Vries (an impressive race after starting last on the grid) and Nobuharu Matsushita into the final points positions.

The feature race win saw Leclerc extend his lead in the championship to 67 points over the promoted Markelov, 188 points to 121, with Rowland dropping to third on 117 points ahead Latifi on 91 and Ghiotto on 86, while in the teams’ title fight PREMA Racing has nudged ahead of DAMS by 3 points, 211 points to 208, with RUSSIAN TIME one point further back on 207 points as the field looks ahead to Round 7 of the championship in Budapest, Hungary.


Provisional Sprint Race Classification


Driver Team  
1. Nicholas Latifi DAMS  
2. Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME  
3. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME  
4. Sergio Canamasas Rapax  
5. Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing  
6. Norman Nato Pertamina Arden  
7. Nyck De Vries Rapax  
8. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix  
9. Gustav Malja Racing Engineering  
10. Oliver Rowland DAMS  
11. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix  
12. Robert Visoiu Campos Racing  
13. Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing  
14. Louis Delétraz Racing Engineering  
15. Callum Ilott Trident  
16. Sergio Sette Camara MP Motorsport  
17. Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden  
18. Nabil Jeffri Trident  
Not Classified    
Ralph Boschung Campos Racing  
Jordan King MP Motorsport  
Fastest Lap   
Charles Leclerc 1 :43.219 on lap 13    


source: FIA Formula 2 Championship, gp2series.com

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Prema Racing

R06 Silverstone – Race 2 Report

Charles Leclerc and the Prema team secured a new, valuable points finish today at Silverstone, in the sixth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. Charles Leclerc posted a top-5 position in the sprint race at the end of a long battle that was decided at the final corner following to a late safety-car. After crossing the line in sixth, he benefitted from a 5-second penalty assessed to Oliver Rowland which made him gain one spot to cap a really positive weekend for him and the team.

The Monegasque rookie, of the Ferrari Driver Academy program, was also able to set the fastest lap of the day and pull away in the drivers’ championship. He now stands with a 67-point advantage on his closest follower.

Fellow rookie and FDA driver Antonio Fuoco found better chemistry with his car compared to the opening race, and was able to recover up to 13th place after starting from the back of the field. Thanks to the points collected this weekend, Prema has now grabbed a solitary lead in the team standings.

# 1 – Charles Leclerc
“The day was good until the last lap, it’s a bit of a shame that I was passed by Canamasas, but it was great until then. I think we killed a little bit the tires in the first part of the race to try and catch up from quite a bad start, but then the pace was amazing and that’s a great thing to take away to Budapest. Too bad for the safety-car that cost us the chance to get on the podium because we had a cool down lap on the tires before pushing again, but we’ll see in Budapest.”

# 2 – Antonio Fuoco
“I think this has been the worst weekend of the year for me as I have been struggling since practice. Today in race 2 it seemed a bit better, but in the end it was almost impossible to recover as it’s just too hard to overtake when everybody is on the DRS. I managed to gain four spots at the re-start after the safety car but still not a positive weekend overall.”

source: premapowerteam.com

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Russian Time

2017 F2 Series, Rd 6, Silverstone Sprint Race, July 16

Luca Ghiotto and Artem Markelov both finished on the podium in Silverstone’s F2 Sprint race, with Luca second from third on the grid and Artem third after starting fifth. The result moves Artem into second place in the Drivers’ championship and Russian Time back to within four points of the series lead.

The race saw a close fight between the DAMS and Russian Time cars, with Canadian Nicholas Latifi taking the win but Oliver Rowland finishing out of the points after receiving a 5s time penalty for putting Artem on the grass. A late race Safety Car ensured a dramatic finish, with third-placed Rowland backing up the field behind him – making Artem vulnerable to attack from the cars behind. He handled the situation perfectly, passing Rowland at the same place he had been forced off the track early in the race.

Luca Ghiotto: «After yesterday, when my pace was as good as anyone’s, I thought I could win today, so I’m not entirely happy with second. But today I didn’t have the same pace, which may have been down to the tyres. Of the top five I was definitely struggling most, so I think second is the best I could have done. I knew that Rowland, behind me, had a penalty, but it was still important to stay second on the road and hold off the cars behind him.»

Artem Markelov: «It feels good to move into second place in the Driver’s championship! I knew that Rowland had a penalty and so I wasn’t risking too much trying to pass. Behind the Safety Car though, he slowed down to try to make things difficult for me but then made a mistake at Turn 5 and I was able to get finally pass. I want to thank the whole team for a strong weekend.»

Svetlana Strelnikova (Team principal): «I’m delighted with our first double podium of the season – both drivers and the whole team did a fantastic job! Luca fought back well after a difficult qualifying session, taking 20 points from the weekend. He drove an intelligent race today, as did Artem — exercising some caution with Rowland but getting past when things were made difficult for him. Congratulations to the team on outscoring our rivals at Silverstone.»

source: rus-time.com

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DAMS storm to second F2 win at Silverstone

DAMS driver Nicholas Latifi dominated the Sprint Race to record the team’s second victory of the FIA Formula 2 era at Silverstone this weekend (13-16 July).

The win was Renault Sport F1 Development Driver Latifi’s first at this level, whilst Briton Oliver Rowland claimed another podium in the Feature Race.

Rowland, also a Renault Sport F1 Development Driver, sits third in the standings, with Latifi fourth. DAMS remain second in the Teams’ Championship, as they gear up for Budapest, Hungary in two weeks.
Free Practice & Qualifying

In front of his home crowd, 24-year-old Rowland went second quickest in Thursday’s practice session, before qualifying on the front row of the grid in second for the first time this year.

Off the back of another podium in Austria, Canadian racer Latifi had a strong start at Silverstone, going fourth quickest in practice and sixth fastest in qualifying.

Nicholas Latifi: “Practice felt great, I equalled my best result with fourth and was confident ahead of Friday. I made a mistake on my fast lap in qualifying and was quite disappointed with sixth, but I knew I could fight with the cars ahead.”

Oliver Rowland: “Best of the rest in both practice in qualifying! The car felt very well balanced and it’s great to start on the front row at your home race in front of the amazing Silverstone crowd.”

Feature & Sprint Races

In the Feature Race, Latifi fought back after a slow start to claim eighth position and pole for Sunday. The Canadian dominated throughout the 21-lap Sprint Race, comfortably managing the lead to collect his maiden FIA Formula 2 win.

After struggling to get off the line in the Feature Race, Rowland battled hard to record another podium with third place. A rocket getaway from sixth position on the grid on Sunday saw him move into third early on, however, a five-second penalty dropped him to tenth after the race.

Nicholas Latifi: “Race one was probably the trickiest I’ve driven in. It was difficult to follow cars ahead and eighth was the best we could manage. Starting on pole in race two, I got away OK and managed the gap behind. It got close at the end with the safety car, but I’m very happy with my first win and it’s great for the team!”

Oliver Rowland: “I had a slightly slow start in the Feature Race and third was all I could manage. Being on the podium’s great and we showed good pace. I crossed the line fourth in the Sprint Race, but the penalty dropped me out of the points, which is obviously very disappointing.”

François Sicard, Managing Director: “It’s great to see Nicholas record his first F2 victory here! The team are delighted for him – he thoroughly deserves it as he’s very dedicated. Obviously, it’s very frustrating for Oliver to have the penalties. He got one for the safety car restart, on top of the earlier incident. Third on Saturday was great though and we’re confident of getting a good result in Budapest.”

Round seven of the 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship will take place at the Hungaroring, Hungary (28-30 July).

2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship drivers’ standing:
1 Charles Leclerc, PREMA, 188 pts
2 Artem Markelov, RUSSIAN TIME, 121 pts
3 Oliver Rowland, DAMS, 117 pts
4 Nicholas Latifi, DAMS, 91 pts
5 Luca Ghiotto, RUSSIAN TIME, 86 pts
6 Norman Nato, Pertamina Arden, 67 pts

Teams’ standings:
1 PREMA, 211 pts
2 DAMS, 208 pts
3 RUSSIAN TIME, 207 pts
4 ART Grand Prix, 134 pts
5 RAPAX, 81 pts

source: dams.fr

Campos Racing

Pertamina Campos Racing

Boschung and Visoiu continue to make progress at Silverstone

The Campos Racing duo gained places from rivals after good pit strategy and ran in a podium contention for most of their race on Saturday.

Campos Racing and their drivers in the FIA Formula 2, Ralph Boschung and Robert Visoiu, couldn’t continue their points-scoring streak at Silverstone but the Alzira-based duo showed pace and potential over the weekend.

Boschung and Visoiu completed 33 laps in Thursday’s free practice. The Swiss driver clocked a time of 1:42.284 and Romania’s Visoiu posted a lap of 1:42.677. On Friday afternoon, Visoiu and Boschung didn’t manage to execute a perfect lap due to traffic. Boschung set a lap time of 1:40.394 to line up 16th on the grid. Visoiu’s best lap was his 1:40.412 but he was given a 3-place grid penalty at the Red Bull Ring and was poised to start from the very back of the field.

On Saturday, Boschung and Visoiu overtook several rivals in the first few laps. They started on the hardest compound and their longer first stint got them in front of the drivers who were running on the soft tires. Both Campos Racing-entered Dallara cars ran in second (Boschung) and third (Visoiu) place the most laps in the race. They both managed to match Nobuharu Matsushita’s pace, who led the field until the mandatory pits stops, and excelled tire management. Finally, Boschung pitted on lap 20 and Visoiu on lap 21. Finally, Boschung took 11th place home and Visoiu ended up 17th.

On Sunday, the young talented pairing of Campos Racing gained some positions on lap one. Boschung was fighting for another points-paying finish but he went off track on lap 19. The Swiss driver was trying to pass Alex Albon but the latter moved to the inside and Boschung was pushed off the track. Visoiu finished 12th.

The next FIA Formula 2 event will take place at the Hungaroring in two weeks’ time.


source: camposracing.com

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Trident Racing

FIA F2 Championship, Silverstone, Sprint Race Report

Despite showing good race pace, the Team Trident drivers ended up outside the points zone.

The Team Trident drivers put together a solid and consistent performance in the Sprint Race that completed the sixth round of the FIA F.2 Championship today at Silverstone, the half point of 2017. Making his Formula 2 debut, British driver Callum Ilott delivered a trouble-free run as he recovered from the 19th place on the grid to cross the line in P15. Ilott showed he has all what it takes to perform at high levels in the series. On the other hand, Nabil Jeffri also wrapped up a solid day, finishing in 18th place after setting, on and off, a swift race pace.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“We were lining-up at Silverstone with a new driver roster and the team’s technical staff worked well with both drivers. Despite being at his debut, Callum Ilott impressed us for how quickly he adapted to an upper category and for his speed and consistency. Nabil Jeffry kept a decent pace and did not make any mistake. We will now get back to work in preparation for the next round at Budapest.”

source: tridentracing.it

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The Spaniard shown competitive pace through the weekend in the FIA Formula 2. Canamasas finished 5th after several brilliant passes on Saturday and took 4th through last-corner overtake on series leader Charles Leclerc on Sunday

Sergio Canamasas rounded off his best weekend of the season in the FIA Formula 2 so far as he secured fourth and fifth finishes in his Rapax-run Dallara. The Spaniard arrived in Great Britain having great expectations and met their goals playing a role of protagonist both days. Canamasas put his Rapax car into 6th on the timesheets in the opening free practice session on Thursday with his 1:41.328. The following day in qualifying, Canamasas continued that positive streak and took 7th spot on the starting grid for Saturday’s race one.

On Saturday, Canamasas fended off his rivals on lap one and pitted on lap 7 for his set of hard tires. From then on, he even traded fastest lap to pass Callum Ilott on lap 11, Alex Albon on lap 18 and two later Jordan King for 5th place. Today, he stated from fourth on the grid and lost a place at the start. Canamasas was involved in a close fight with Charles Leclerc for fifth place. Despite Leclerc passed him, Canamasas got in to the Monegasque’s slipstream and he overtook him in the last corner to move up to fourth. “I’m pleased with my performance because our pace was good. My tires started to spin as the lights went off. But it was the single thing not going according our plan. Our race pace was rather competitive and I was able to progress two places into fourth. It was an exciting fight with Leclerc. We have to continue performing like this!”, Canamasas said.

source: sergiocanamasas.com


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Pertamina Arden

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Feature Race, the winner: Prema’s Charles Leclerc, part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, claimed another victory in the first F2 race of the weekend. Along with the other leading drivers, he started the race on the P Zero Yellow soft tyres and switched to the P Zero Orange hard tyres. After pulling out a lead of over six seconds, he managed to extend his first stint to the end of lap seven – one lap later than the chasing Norman Nato (Arden) and Oliver Rowland (DAMS).

Charles Leclerc: “I managed to build a bit of a gap. We were quite fast on the option tyres. We built a good gap and then on the prime tyres after our stop, we were quite fast too. I think in the beginning I took a bit my time to get back up to speed because we knew there would be some graining if I was pushing straight away. When Norman reduced the gap to me, I started to push again and the car was very good all the way to the flag.”

Feature Race, alternative strategy: ART Grand Prix’s Nobuharu Matsushita was the lead driver to try an alternative strategy of starting on the hard tyres. He ran fifth early on, then took the lead when others pitted, but this strategy proved to be second-best and he finished in 10th place.

Sprint Race, the winner: The winner of the Sprint Race, with the entire field running on the P Zero Orange hard (and no obligatory pit stops) was DAMS driver Nicolas Latifi, from pole. Tyre management was still important over the 21 laps, with the left-front tyre having the most work to do.


Feature Race, the winner: Mercedes development driver George Russell took victory on home ground in a closely-fought first race. His ART Grand Prix team-mate Anthoine Hubert took the lead at the start but Russell fought back and then opened a small advantage at the front of the field, making his P Zero Orange hard tyres last until the end on a circuit that places large demands on the tyres.

Sprint Race, the winner: Giuliano Alesi won Sunday’s race from what was effectively pole position as Damien Bocolacci was unable to take the start. The race was held in very cool conditions starting at 08.00, challenging the thermal capabilities of the hard tyre. A two-lap safety car period from lap four also affected tyre management.


Pirelli’s head of car racing Mario Isola: “In Formula 2 this weekend we saw that one strategy – starting on the soft tyre with a short initial stint – was clearly the best, and most the teams and drivers calculated this. These drivers on the same strategy could race each other closely until the end. It was a similar story in GP3: the drivers were required to use the hard tyre, chosen to cope with the high demands of Silverstone, but could enjoy some close battles, and the DRS system worked well to produce great overtaking opportunities.”

Formula 2 and GP3 will head next to the Hungaroring in Hungary on July 29-30.

source: pirelli.com