The triumphal march of Charles Leclerc continues to full performance after winning the biggest race of the Formula 2 at the Red Bull Ring. The pilot monegasque, starting from the pole, kept the lead at the start and, with the exception of the lap in which the japanese Nobuharu Matsushita stretched out his stop, he led all to the checkered flag, while at all times maintaining a safety margin with the second classified.
for much of the race, that runner-up was his teammate, Antonio Fuoco, who accompanied him on the first line. Both they and Alexander Albon and Matsushita, the pilots of ART and his main pursuers in the race, opted to leave with the tire harder and stop at the end of the race. For its part, the DAMS preferred to go out with the soft, and stop soon. Oliver Rowland paid for a bad start falling from the fourth to the sixth position behind his teammate Nicholas Latifi, but your strategy gave benefits to both: the match stops, were the second and the fourth.
Rowland chipped away more rubber than his teammate during the race, in an attempt futile of reach Leclerc, and ended up being overtaken by Fuoco and Latifi. All in all, the Italian, who had a new set of soft tyres, he could not contain the canadian, riding hard from the back 5, and was advanced to only two laps from the end. Despite this, Fuoco added that, by far, is his best result of the season. Leclerc had problems similar to those of Fuoco in the last two laps, but his mattress, which reached nearly 7 seconds, it was enough to see the checkered flag before anyone else.
on the Sidelines of the fight for the podium, Albon and Matsushita completed a right career in fifth and sixth position. The duel for the remaining points positions was more intense. Norman Born and Luca Ghiotto battled in the first laps, but the first abandoned soon by a mechanical problem, and the second stalled at the exit of pit lane. Thus, the group led by Jordan King passed to the action. After him, it was Sergio Canamasas, after a good first lap which placed him tenth, but the spaniard was quite lacking in rhythm with the hard tyre.
Having stopped later than others, on lap 8, Ralph Boschung managed to overtake King in the 15th round to get that seventh position and the first line in the sprint race. In the pole position tomorrow, having finished eighth today, will Artem Markelov, who gained several positions in the first laps and opted for the strategy of the men of head. After King, the area of points was a pitched battle in which they ended up imposing, surprisingly, Sean Gelael. The indonesian, who last year scored an unlikely podium helped by a Safety Car, made the latter point to base of overtaking to the limit. One of them was to Canamasas, who finished the race in 15th position, being surpassed by Ghiotto in the final turn.
With this victory, the advantage of Leclerc reaches the impressive figure of 59 points on Rowland, a margin of more than one event can be decisive. Markelov is maintained in the third position and Latifi extended his advantage in the fourth position, while Matsushita exceeds the unfortunate Ghiotto in the fifth position of the general. The sprint race will take place the morning of Sunday, the 10:20.
main Race of the Formula 2 2017 at the Red Bull Ring
|Position||Pilot||Turns||Time / difference|
|1||Charles Leclerc||Prema Racing||40||52:21.629|
|3rd||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Racing||40||5.160|
|5º||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||40||9.846|
|6th||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||40||12.179|
|7th||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||40||19.400|
|8th||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||40||20.385|
|9th||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||40||30.481|
|10th||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Arden||40||33.662|
|11th||Robert Visoiu||Campos Racing||40||35.636|
|12||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||40||36.011|
|13th||Nyck de Vries||Rapax||40||44.145|
|14th||Luca Ghiotto||Russian Time||40||46.896|
|16th||Sérgio Sette Câmara||MP Motorsport||40||50.940|
|17||Louis Delétraz||Racing Engineering||40||53.423|
|Norman Nato||Pertamina Arden||5|
overall Classification of the Formula 2 2017 (round 5 11)
|1º||Charles Leclerc||Prema Racing||151|
|3rd||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||82|
|5th||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||60|
|6th||Luca Ghiotto||Russian Time||58|
|7th||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||47|
|8th||Nyck de Vries||Rapax||45|
|9th||Norman Born||Pertamina Arden||43|
|10th||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||39|
|11th||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||28|
|12||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Racing||17|
|13th||Johnny Cecotto, Jr.||Rapax||16|
|14th||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||11|
|15||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||9|
|16th||SERGIO CANAMASAS||Trident / Rapax||3|