Flag of Belgium.png 2017 Spa Sprint Race
Circuit de Spa Francorchamps 2015.png
The unchanged Circuit de Spa Francorchamps
Race Information
Date 27 August 2017
No. 16
Event Flag of Belgium.png 2017 Belgian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Belgium.png Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa, Belgium
Format {{{format}}}
Lap length 7.004 km (4.353 mi)
Distance 18 laps / 126.072 km (78.338 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries
Team Flag of Spain.png Racing Engineering
Time 2:01.367 on lap 2
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto
Winner Team Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport
Time 0:39:40.215
Race Guide
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The 2017 Spa Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2017 Spa Race 2, was the sixteenth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, held at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the 27 August 2017.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2017 Belgian Grand Prix, would see Sérgio Sette Câmara claim a maiden victory after making a stunning start.[2]

The Brazilian would indeed, blitz his getaway from the grid, leaping past pole sitter Norman Nato and front row starter Roberto Merhi to claim the lead into La Source.[2] Indeed, the only man to match his efforts would be Nyck de Vries, although the Dtuchman's charge was briefly blocked by an ultra-defensive Nato into the first corner.[2]

That allowed Câmara to blast away from the pack without any issue for the rest of the opening lap, with de Vries having to wait until the end of the Kemmel Straight to dive into second.[2] Behind, Championship leader Charles Leclerc and main challenger Oliver Rowland were making good ground, the pair ending the opening tour with the Brit in twelfth, and the Monegasque thirteenth.[2]

Those two would swap positions on the following tour, before Leclerc got stuck in a three way fight for sixth mid-race, fighting teammate Antonio Fuoco and Artem Markelov.[2] That charge also motivated Luca Ghiotto to push on, with the Italian elbowing his way past Merhi in pursuit of a podium.[2]

Into the closing stages and Ghiotto had moved into a podium paying position, sweeping past Nato with ease before latching onto the back of de Vries.[2] The Dutchman himself was, however, closing the gap to Câmara out front, setting up a thrilling final lap only for a heavy crash to settle the issue.[2]

The unfortunate victim would be Nobuharu Matsushita, who escape uninjured from a spectacular accident at Eau Rouge, bringing out a race ending safety car.[2] Câmara was duly declared the winner ahead of de Vries and Ghiotto when the final lap was ticked off, with Nato, Leclerc, Merhi, Fuoco and Rowland completing the points.[2]

Background

As ever the Sprint Race for the Formula Two race was scheduled just before the Formula One race on Sunday, with no major revisions to the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps overnight.[1] Indeed, with no changes made to the DRS zones either it was up to the officials to meddle with the grid order, having disqualified Leclerc and Rowland from the Feature Race.[3] They would subsequently start from the back of the grid, while Norman Nato and Roberto Merhi were promoted to the front row.[2]

Into the Championship and despite failing to score anything bar the points for pole in the Feature, Charles Leclerc continued to have a stranglehold on the Championship, having actually managed to extend his lead. Behind, with Oliver Rowland failing to score, it was Feature winner Artem Markelov whom had gained the most, the Russian racer moving onto 150 points, eight behind the Brit. That jump also created a gap between the top three and fourth place Nicholas Latifi, with Luca Ghiotto moving into striking distance of the Canadian in fifth.

DAMS had, in contrast, seen their lead atop the Teams' Championship reduced after the first race at Spa, their advantage having been cut to ten points. Russian Time were the team on the move, their one-two result carrying them past Prema Racing and into second on Saturday to become the French squad's closest challengers. Those three were still locked into an exclusive Truel for the title, with ART Grand Prix having lost more ground in fourth.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2017 Spa Sprint Race is displayed below:

2017 Spa Sprint Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Monaco.png Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy.png Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
2 Flag of Italy.png Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy.png Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
3 Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain.png Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
4 Flag of Sweden.png Gustav Malja Flag of Spain.png Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
5 Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia.png Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
6 Flag of Russia.png Artem Markelov Flag of Russia.png Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
7 Flag of Japan.png Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
8 Flag of Thailand.png Alexander Albon Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
9 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
10 Flag of Canada.svg.png Nicholas Latifi Flag of France.png DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
11 Flag of Switzerland.png Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain.png Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of Romania.png Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain.png Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
14 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
15 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
16 Flag of Malaysia.png Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy.png Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
17 Flag of the United States.png Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy.png Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
18 Flag of Switzerland.png Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy.png Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Spain.png Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy.png Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
20 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom.png Pertamina Arden Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
21 Flag of Indonesia.png Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom.png Pertamina Arden Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[4]


Grid

The grid for the second race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps was determined from the results of the Feature Race, with the positions of the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules:

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Norman Nato
Roberto Merhi ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Sérgio Sette Câmara
Nyck de Vries ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Gustav Malja
Antonio Fuoco ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Luca Ghiotto
Artem Markelov ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Santino Ferrucci
Robert Vișoiu ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Nabil Jeffri
Alexander Albon ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Ralph Boschung
Louis Delétraz ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Sean Gelael
Nobuharu Matsushita ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Charles Leclerc
Oliver Rowland ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jordan King
Nicholas Latifi ______________

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2017 Spa Sprint Race is displayed below:

2017 Spa Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 14 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport 18 0:39:40.215 2:01.475 15
2nd 3 Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Spain.png Racing Engineering 18 +0.623s 2:01.367 14
3rd 5 Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia.png Russian Time 18 +2.403s 2:01.812 10
4th 20 Flag of France.png Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom.png Pertamina Arden 18 +3.109s 2:01.718 8
5th 1 Flag of Monaco.png Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy.png Prema Racing 18 +3.820s 2:01.518 6
6th 19 Flag of Spain.png Roberto Merhi Flag of Italy.png Rapax 18 +4.894s 2:01.711 4
7th 2 Flag of Italy.png Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy.png Prema Racing 18 +5.448s 2:01.807 2
8th 9 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland Flag of France.png DAMS 18 +5.828s 2:02.655 1
9th 10 Flag of Canada.svg.png Nicholas Latifi Flag of France.png DAMS 18 +6.690s 2:02.170
10th 17 Flag of the United States.png Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy.png Trident 18 +9.202s 2:02.716
11th 4 Flag of Sweden.png Gustav Malja Flag of Spain.png Racing Engineering 18 +9.629s 2:02.625
12th 18 Flag of Switzerland.png Louis Delétraz Flag of Italy.png Rapax 18 +10.556s 2:02.683
13th 11 Flag of Switzerland.png Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain.png Campos Racing 18 +10.865s 2:02.906
14th* 15 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport 18 +11.095s 1:59.965
15th 16 Flag of Malaysia.png Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy.png Trident 18 +12.070s 2:02.968
16th 12 Flag of Romania.png Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain.png Campos Racing 18 +13.709s 2:02.648
17th 21 Flag of Indonesia.png Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom.png Pertamina Arden 18 +14.121s 2:00.377
18th 8 Flag of Thailand.png Alexander Albon Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix 18 +17.543s 2:00.925
Ret 7 Flag of Japan.png Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix 14 Accident 2:02.555
Ret 6 Flag of Russia.png Artem Markelov Flag of Russia.png Russian Time 12 Engine 2:01.667
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * King set the fastest lap of the race but was ineligible to claim the points as he failed to finish in the top ten.[4]

Milestones

Standings

Rather miraculously given his starting position, Charles Leclerc had managed to extend his Championship lead in the Sprint race, moving onto 218 points. Oliver Rowland remained his closest "challenger", but with 59 points between them, and only 144 left to fight for, the Brit realistically in a fight for second. In that fight Rowland had atleast come out on top during the Sprint, moving nine points clear of Artem Markelov in third.

The Teams Championship, in contrast, looked set to go to the final day, with DAMS and Russian Time separated by just a single point at the end of the weekend. Indeed the French squad had just held onto their lead courtesy of Rowland's single point, keeping Russian Time in second, although the Russian squad had made huge gains across the weekend. Prema Racing were also in the fight, despite having lost ground across the two races, with just sixteen points separating them from the leaders.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco.png Charles Leclerc 218 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Oliver Rowland 159 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia.png Artem Markelov 150 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto 123 ▲1
5th Flag of Canada.svg.png Nicholas Latifi 115 ▼1
6th Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries 96 ▲2
7th Flag of Japan.png Nobuharu Matsushita 91 ▼1
8th Flag of France.png Norman Nato 91 ▼1
9th Flag of Thailand.png Alexander Albon 65 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jordan King 49 ◄0
11th Flag of Italy.png Antonio Fuoco 40 ▲1
12th Flag of Sweden.png Gustav Malja 40 ▼1
13th Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara 23 ▲4
14th Flag of Spain.png Sergio Canamasas 21 ▼1
15th Flag of Venezuela.png Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 16 ▼1
16th Flag of Switzerland.png Ralph Boschung 11 ▼1
17th Flag of Spain.png Roberto Merhi 10 ▲1
18th Flag of Russia.png Sergey Sirotkin 9 ▼2
19th Flag of the United States.png Santino Ferrucci 4 ◄0
20th Flag of Indonesia.png Sean Gelael 3 ◄0
21st Flag of Romania.png Robert Vișoiu 1 ◄0
22nd Flag of Switzerland.png Louis Delétraz 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France.png DAMS 274 ◄0
2nd Flag of Russia.png Russian Time 273 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy.png Prema Racing 258 ◄0
4th Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix 165 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy.png Rapax 116 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Pertamina Arden 94 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport 72 ◄0
8th Flag of Spain.png Racing Engineering 65 ◄0
9th Flag of Spain.png Campos Racing 12 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy.png Trident 7 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'GP2 SERIES 2017 SEASON CALENDAR REVEALED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 27/01/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/01_January/GP2-Series-2017-season-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 'SETTE CAMARA FLIES TO MAIDEN WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 27/08/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/08_August/Sette-Camara-flies-to-maiden-win/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
  3. 'LECLERC AND ROWLAND DISQUALIFIED FROM FEATURE RACE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/08/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/08_August/Leclerc-and-Rowland-disqualified-from-feature-race/, (Accessed 05/10/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=980&seasonid=174, (Accessed 03/10/2018)
2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Entrants
ART Grand PrixCampos RacingDAMSMP MotorsportPrema RacingPertamina ArdenRacing EngineeringRapaxRussian TimeTrident
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachromePirelli
Car/engine
Dallara GP2/11Mecachrome V8108 4.0l V8
Drivers
1 Charles Leclerc2 Antonio Fuoco3 Louis Delétraz/Nyck de Vries4 Gustav Malja5 Luca Ghiotto6 Artem Markelov7 Nobuharu Matsushita8 Alexander Albon/Sergey Sirotkin9 Oliver Rowland10 Nicholas Latifi11 Ralph Boschung/Lando Norris12 Stefano Coletti/Roberto Merhi/Robert Vișoiu/Álex Palou14 Sérgio Sette Câmara15 Jordan King16 Nabil Jeffri17 Sergio Canamasas/Raffaele Marciello/Callum Ilott/Santino Ferrucci18 Nyck de Vries/Louis Delétraz19 Johnny Cecotto, Jr./Sergio Canamasas/Roberto Merhi/René Binder20 Norman Nato21 Sean Gelael
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