Flag of the United Kingdom.png 2018 Silverstone Sprint Race
Silverstone 2018.png
The Silverstone circuit with added DRS.
Race Information
Date 8 July 2018
No. {{{number}}}
Event Flag of the United Kingdom.png 2018 British Grand Prix
Location Flag of the United Kingdom.png Silverstone
Silverstone, Northamptonshire, UK
Format {{{format}}}
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.png George Russell
Team Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix
Time 1:43.731 on lap 12
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom.png George Russell Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lando Norris
Winner Team Flag of the United Kingdom.png BWT Arden
Time 0:37:09.802
Race Guide
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2018 Silverstone Feature Race 2018 Hungaroring Feature Race

The 2018 Silverstone Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2018 Silverstone Race 2, was the fourteenth race of the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at Silverstone on the 8 July 2018.[1] The race would see Maximilian Günther claim a maiden victory, as Santino Ferrucci earned himself a four race ban.[2]

It was Günther whom would lead the field away at the start, sprinting clear after the safety car pulled into the pits to hold a healthy lead over Nyck de Vries.[3] They were chased by Artem Markelov in third, while Louis Delétraz and Antonio Fuoco worked together to leap ahead of Luca Ghiotto.[3]

The early stages would see Günther maintain a small lead over de Vries, who had to look in his mirrors as much as the circuit ahead due to the attentions of Markelov in third.[3] Behind, title pretenders George Russell and Lando Norris were on the move, with the two Brits picking their way through the order to run in third and sixth just after half-distance.[3]

Indeed, the only blight in their charge came when Norris and Fuoco hit each other at Laffield, contact which spat Fuoco into the gravel and caused a VSC.[3] Norris, meanwhile, would continue on with a small amount of damage to his car, and would go unpunished for the collision.[3]

The Günther/de Vries tussle would come to an end after the VSC, although the Dutchman had never got close to a move on the German even with the advantage of DRS.[3] Indeed, after the VSC de Vries would come under direct fire from Russell, with the Brit sweeping through with three laps to go to claim second.[3]

Günther, meanwhile, had pulled out a four second lead over the pair during their scrap, and ergo looked set to claim his maiden victory at a cruise.[3] Yet, Russell was on a mission, and duly demolished the gap to under a second as the pair started the final lap.[3]

Yet, Günther was in no mood to roll over for the Championship leader, and duly managed to hold his lead to the chequered flag.[3] Russell therefore had to be content with second, while title rival Norris put together a late charge to take Markelov and de Vries in the closing stages to claim third.[3] Markelov himself was fourth ahead of Delétraz and Ghiotto, while de Vries' pace fell apart in the closing stages to finish seventh ahead of Alexander Albon.[3]

After the race there would be a rather distasteful incident between Trident teammates Arjun Maini and Ferrucci, with the latter driving into the former on the slow-down lap after the chequered flag.[2] Ferrucci was duly slapped with a €60,000 fine, with additional fines handed to him for using a phone while driving the car, driving with one glove off and failing to meet with the stewards of the meeting.[2] Furthermore, the American racer was banned from the next F2 meetings, although his antics on social media caused Trident to question whether they wished to employ Ferrucci after his ban.[4]

Background

Silverstone was in near-perfect condition ahead of the second Formula Two race of the weekend, with the lower temperatures of the morning set to aid the field in terms of pace.[3] In terms of the grid, it was Maximilian Günther whom would start from pole, the German having finished eighth in the Feature Race to secure pole for the Sprint.[3] Otherwise the field was unchanged from the Saturday race, although Nirei Fukuzumi was a doubt after an ignition issue in the F2 paddock.[3]

Into the Championship and in spite of missing out on a victory in front of his home fans, Championship leader George Russell had managed to extend his lead, moving 23 points clear of Lando Norris at the head of the field. The latter had endured a miserable Saturday in Silverstone, and was now under threat from race winner Alexander Albon. Indeed, the Thai racer had leapt back ahead of Artem Markelov to move into the top three, with those four all in triple figures for the season.

Carlin had seen their lead in the Teams Championship slashed apart by ART Grand Prix during the first race of the weekend, the French squad heading into the Sprint Race just four points behind the British effort. Behind, Charouz Racing System had pulled marginally closer, as had DAMS thanks to Albon's victory. Russian Time were next ahead of Pertamina Prema while, at the back of the field, BWT Arden had moved ahead of Trident.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2018 Silverstone Sprint Race is displayed below:

2018 Silverstone Sprint Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Russia.png Artem Markelov Flag of Russia.png Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
2 Flag of Japan.png Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia.png Russian Time Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
3 Flag of Indonesia.png Sean Gelael Flag of Italy.png Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
4 Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy.png Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
5 Flag of Thailand.png Alexander Albon Flag of France.png DAMS Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
6 Flag of Canada.svg.png Nicholas Latifi Flag of France.png DAMS Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
7 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jack Aitken Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png George Russell Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
9 Flag of Spain.png Roberto Merhi Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
10 Flag of Switzerland.png Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
11 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom.png BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
12 Flag of Japan.png Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom.png BWT Arden Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
14 Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain.png Campos Vexatec Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
15 Flag of Israel.png Roy Nissany Flag of Spain.png Campos Vexatec Racing Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
16 Flag of India.png Arjun Maini Flag of Italy.png Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
17 Flag of the United States.png Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy.png Trident Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
18 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom.png Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
19 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom.png Carlin Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
20 Flag of Switzerland.png Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic.png Charouz Racing System Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
21 Flag of Italy.png Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic.png Charouz Racing System Dallara F2 2018 Mecachrome 3.4L V6t
Source:[5]

Grid

The grid for the fourteenth race of the 2018 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA Formula Two rules.

Pos. Pos.
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Maximilian Günther 2
______________ Nyck de Vries
Row 2 3 ______________
Artem Markelov 4
______________ Luca Ghiotto
Row 3 5 ______________
Louis Delétraz 6
______________ Antonio Fuoco
Row 4 7 ______________
George Russell 8
______________ Alexander Albon
Row 5 9 ______________
Ralph Boschung 10
______________ Lando Norris
Row 6 11 ______________
Roberto Merhi 12
______________ Tadasuke Makino
Row 7 13 ______________
Jack Aitken 14
______________ Arjun Maini
Row 8 15 ______________
Roy Nissany 16
______________ Santino Ferrucci
Row 9 17 ______________
Nicholas Latifi 18
______________ Sérgio Sette Câmara
Row 10 19 ______________
Sean Gelael 20
______________ Nirei Fukuzumi

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2018 Silverstone Sprint Race is displayed below:

2018 Silverstone Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 11 Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther Flag of the United Kingdom.png BWT Arden 21 0:37:09.802 1:44.484 15
2nd 8 Flag of the United Kingdom.png George Russell Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix 21 +0.520s 1:43.731 14
3rd 19 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lando Norris Flag of the United Kingdom.png Carlin 21 +2.504s 1:44.134 10
4th 1 Flag of Russia.png Artem Markelov Flag of Russia.png Russian Time 21 +9.924s 1:44.434 8
5th 20 Flag of Switzerland.png Louis Delétraz Flag of the Czech Republic.png Charouz Racing System 21 +12.005s 1:44.626 6
6th 4 Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy.png Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 21 +13.929s 1:44.701 4
7th 5 Flag of Thailand.png Alexander Albon Flag of France.png DAMS 21 +14.006s 1:44.967 2
8th 10 Flag of Switzerland.png Ralph Boschung Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport 21 +14.684s 1:44.880 1
9th 9 Flag of Spain.png Roberto Merhi Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport 21 +16.487s 1:45.043
10th* 14 Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto Flag of Spain.png Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +18.051s 1:44.625
11th 2 Flag of Japan.png Tadasuke Makino Flag of Russia.png Russian Time 21 +19.632s 1:44.457
12th 7 Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jack Aitken Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix 21 +23.653s 1:45.218
13th 16 Flag of India.png Arjun Maini Flag of Italy.png Trident 21 +24.040s 1:44.603
14th 15 Flag of Israel.png Roy Nissany Flag of Spain.png Campos Vexatec Racing 21 +32.165s 1:45.064
15th 3 Flag of Indonesia.png Sean Gelael Flag of Italy.png Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 21 +33.318s 1:45.304
16th 6 Flag of Canada.svg.png Nicholas Latifi Flag of France.png DAMS 21 +34.042s 1:45.558
17th 18 Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the United Kingdom.png Carlin 21 +47.912s 1:43.318
DSQ 17 Flag of the United States.png Santino Ferrucci Flag of Italy.png Trident 21 Disqualified 1:45.222
Ret 21 Flag of Italy.png Antonio Fuoco Flag of the Czech Republic.png Charouz Racing System 14 Retired 1:44.601
DNS 12 Flag of Japan.png Nirei Fukuzumi Flag of the United Kingdom.png BWT Arden
Source:[6]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Ghiotto was awarded a five second time penalty for speeding during the VSC.[2]
  • Ferrucci was disqualified from the results and banned for four races after hitting teammate Maini after the chequered flag.[2]
  • Fukuzumi was unable to start due to an ignition failure.[3]

Milestones

Standings

George Russell had extended his lead atop the Championship standings in the second race of the Silverstone weekend, the Brit now leading compatriot Lando Norris by 37 points. Those two were on their own once again in the fight for the title, with Alexander Albon losing ground in third, just ahead of Artem Markelov. That quartet were still the only four drivers in the field that had score more than 100 points, while Roy Nissany was still the only driver yet to score.

There was a major change atop the Teams' Championship after the second Silverstone race, with Carlin finally pushed off the top of the Championship having led since the start of the season. Indeed, ART Grand Prix had been the team to finally topple the Brits, with the French squad leaving the UK level on points with the British effort, but with more wins to their name. Behind, Charouz Racing System had slipped to sixty points off the lead, with DAMS and Russian Time also falling away.

 
2018 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of the United Kingdom.png George Russell 170 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lando Norris 133 ◄0
3rd Flag of Thailand.png Alexander Albon 116 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia.png Artem Markelov 110 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy.png Antonio Fuoco 97 ◄0
6th Flag of Brazil.png Sérgio Sette Câmara 86 ◄0
7th Flag of the Netherlands.png Nyck de Vries 85 ◄0
8th Flag of Switzerland.png Louis Delétraz 62 ▲1
9th Flag of Italy.png Luca Ghiotto 57 ▼1
10th Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jack Aitken 49 ◄0
11th Flag of Germany.png Maximilian Günther 39 ▲3
12th Flag of Spain.png Roberto Merhi 35 ▼1
13th Flag of Canada.svg.png Nicholas Latifi 34 ▼1
14th Flag of Indonesia.png Sean Gelael 29 ▼1
15th Flag of India.png Arjun Maini 23 ▼1
16th Flag of Japan.png Tadasuke Makino 18 ◄0
17th Flag of Switzerland.png Ralph Boschung 13 ◄0
18th Flag of the United States.png Santino Ferrucci 7 ◄0
19th Flag of Japan.png Nirei Fukuzumi 6 ◄0
2018 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France.png ART Grand Prix 219 ▲1
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom.png Carlin 219 ▼1
3rd Flag of the Czech Republic.png Charouz Racing System 159 ◄0
4th Flag of France.png DAMS 149 ◄0
5th Flag of Russia.png Russian Time 128 ◄0
6th Flag of Italy.png Pertamina Prema 112 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain.png Campos Racing 57 ◄0
8th Flag of the Netherlands.png MP Motorsport 47 ◄0
9th Flag of the United Kingdom.png BWT Arden 45 ◄0
10th Flag of Italy.png Trident 30 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 'FERRUCCI HANDED MULTIPLE PENALTIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 08/07/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/07_July/Ferrucci-handed-multiple-penalties/, (Accessed 08/07/2018)
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 'GÜNTHER CRUISES TO MAIDEN VICTORY IN SILVERSTONE SPRINT RACE', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 08/07/2018), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2018/07_July/Gunther-cruises-to-maiden-victory-in-Silverstone-Sprint-Race/, (Accessed 08/07/2018)
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2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Entrants
ART Grand PrixBWT ArdenCampos Vexatec RacingCarlinCharouz Racing SystemDAMSMP MotorsportPertamina Prema Theodore RacingRussian TimeTrident
Manufacturers
DallaraMecachrome
Car/engine
Dallara F2 2018Mecachrome V634T 3.4l V6t
Drivers
1 Artem Markelov2 Tadasuke Makino3 Sean Gelael4 Nyck de Vries5 Alexander Albon6 Nicholas Latifi7 Jack Aitken8 George Russell9 Roberto Merhi/Dorian Boccolacci10 Ralph Boschung/Niko Kari11 Maximilian Günther/Dan Ticktum12 Nirei Fukuzumi14 Luca Ghiotto15 Roy Nissany/Roberto Merhi16 Arjun Maini17 Santino Ferrucci/Alessio Lorandi18 Sérgio Sette Câmara19 Lando Norris20 Louis Delétraz21 Antonio Fuoco
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