Artem Markelov, winner following the disqualification of Leclerc and Rowland


despite the tough competition with the premises behind and the difficult nature of the circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Charles Leclerc had been able to ratify your condition of head indisputable of the category, and what he had done with the action more forceful of the season. Starting from the pole, and with no one to the side to not be able to take the output Nicholas Latifi by a mechanical problem, the pilot monegasque retained the lead before Oliver Rowland and has not stopped to extend their advantage throughout the race, especially after his first stop. When you cross the finish line to clinch his sixth win of the season, the advantage was of 26.6 seconds, obtained in just 25 laps, having come to roll two seconds per lap faster than the rest.

however, in the afternoon, we promised you a trick for the second time in little more than a month. Hovering around midnight Saturday, the category announced that the pilot of Prema had been disqualified for a violation of in the inspection post-race. According to the statement, the stewards found that the wooden plank on the floor of the car had worn out more than what is legally allowed, an illegality which entails the disqualification to be considered that the car has rolled to a lower altitude due.

therefore, the victory went to the hands of Artem Markelov, who had returned to stand as the great animator of the race, running a comeback of six positions. The Russian pilot, who started in eighth place, won the game Roberto Merhi, and in the second round, he got rid of the two pilots of Racing Engineering, Gustav Malja, third on the grid, and Nyck de Vries. They both went back to get ahead by delaying Markelov his stop until lap 15, but only lasted three laps of the man of Russian Time. Having won the position at his stop Antonio Fuoco, only Luca Ghiotto interposed between Markelov and the podium, but the Italian ended up giving in on lap 21.

from there, the race became a hunt for the man on the second, Rowland. Despite damage slightly spoiler on the output and not be able to continue to Leclerc, the british maintained a comfortable advantage the rest. However, it stopped before anyone else, on lap 6, and the difference of tires between the two was nine laps. Rolling two seconds faster, Markelov reached out to Rowland in the last lap, but he defended himself quickly with the little tire he had left, especially with an aggressive defense approaching Pouhon. At the Bus Stop, trying one last maneuver to the exit at the exterior, the Russian pilot had to to go by the way, returning to the track ahead of Rowland and reclaiming the position by 72 thousandths of a second. Both drivers receive a penalty of five seconds for their respective maneuvers, which in principle should have left things as is.


unfortunately for Rowland, the british committed the same infraction that Leclerc, and was also disqualified with night, promoted to podium positions to Ghiotto, who keeps his good run of results, and Fuoco, which more than compensated for the three positions lost in your stop overtaking cars Racing Engineering and attacking the final to his compatriot: Malja was also harassed in the final moments by De Vries, retaining what would end up being the fourth place with his new partner. The brazilian Sérgio Sette Câmara scored their first points of the season, and the sanctions were promoted to the sixth position.

Merhi, for his part, had a solid career, rolling in all the time in the top 10. A stop something slow cost him two positions, but your pressure on Robert Visoiu gave revenues when the Romanian made a mistake in Bruxelles on lap 21. The ninth final position became the seventh night, which will allow him to start second in the main race. The lottery of the pole inverted, therefore, fell to Norman Born , finishing ahead of Santino Ferrucci and Visoiu. With his win, the advantage of Charles Leclerc returns to be three races. After all this rigmarole, the advantage of Charles Leclerc is maintained at 54 points on Rowland, but Markelov was about only eight of the british. The sprint race from Spa-Francorchamps, precisely, will begin at 10:15.

main Race of Formula 2 in Spa-Francorchamps (25v)

Pos. Pilot Time / difference
1 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 52:55.172
2nd Luca Ghiotto RUSSIAN TIME + 1.057
3rd Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing + 1.446
4th Gustav Malja Racing Engineering + 14.912
5th Nyck de Vries Racing Engineering + 16.149
6th Sérgio Sette Câmara MP Motorsport + 24.356
7th ROBERTO MERHI Rapax + 28.479
8th Norman Born Pertamina Arden + 30.611
9th Santino Ferrucci Trident + 37.735
10th Robert Visoiu Campos Racing + 39.133
11th Nabil Jeffri Trident + 42.608
12 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix + 54.552
13th Ralph Boschung Campos Racing + 55.217
14th Louis Delétraz Rapax + 56.070
15 Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden + 1:09.082
16th Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix + 1 return
Jordan King MP Motorsport Problem mec (v1)
Nicholas Latifi DAMS Not started (v0)
Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing Disqualified
Oliver Rowland DAMS Descalificado

overall Classification of the Formula 2 2017 (round 8 11)

Position Pilot Puntos
Charles Leclerc Prema Racing 212
2nd Oliver Rowland DAMS 158
3rd Artem Markelov Russian Time 150
4th Nicholas Latifi DAMS 115
5th Luca Ghiotto Russian Time 113
6th Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 91
7th Norman Born Pertamina Arden 83
8th Nyck de Vries Rapax / Racing Engineering 82
9th Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 65
10th Jordan King MP Motorsport 49
11th Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 40
12 Antonio Fuoco Prema Racing 38
13th SERGIO CANAMASAS Trident / Rapax 21
14th Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Rapax 16
15 Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 11
16th Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 9
17 Sérgio Sette Câmara MP Motorsport 8
19th Santino Ferrucci Trident 4
20th Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 3
21 Robert Visoiu Campos Racing 1
22 Louis Delétraz Racing Engineering 1