When a racing driver goes through a period of particularly positive results, one of the most commonly used terms by the own pilots to refer to this emotional state and control is the “being in the zone”. Until the incidents seem to play in favor of such a pilot, to which nothing can stop in its pursuit of the win. What transpired on Saturday in Silverstone is a perfect definition of “the zone” in which you will find a Charles Leclerc that is moving inexorably towards the title of Formula 2 after achieving his fifth victory of the season.
During the race, the Leclerc suffered up to three incidents which may put at serious risk the test of a pilot, but that he just accused. Before an exit that had to be aborted because of the problems to come out of Nyck de Vries (which ended up leaving after), Alexander Albon and Callum Ilott, the pilot of monaco suffered a small fire in the brakes. This didn’t stop him to go out with precision and to lead the race, opening a gap of almost six seconds in just five laps. Then, shortly before stopping in the pits on lap 7, his engine started to smoke so blatant, fearing for a broken engine. Far from lifting, Leclerc continued to walk to the table to make your change of wheels.
not even his team knew what it was all about that fire, but the pilot of Prema is not stopped to check it out, and said that three of the five pilots who had gone out with the hard tyre. Shortly before the stops of the other two will devolviesen the lead, his rear left was released in full straight. But it was time that Leclerc since not looked back. Satisfied with the right to terminate earning authoritarian way with an advantage of nine seconds. After him, Norman Born and Oliver Rowland fought for almost the entirety of the race for second place, but the French, who had passed to the british in the exit, learned to endure the moments of greatest pressure.
Jordan King started the race in fourth position and remained for a good part of the test. Behind, Artem Markelov exchanged overtaking Nobuharu Matsushita, which had won three seats in the exit. While the japanese continued on the track having gone out with the hard tyre, which turned out to be an erroneous strategy, Markelov stood in the pit and began his attack on King, which culminated on lap 15, and that gave him the fourth place finish. The british driver continued to lose pace and position in the second half of the race to finish seventh.
In fifth position, signing his best performance of the year and its best result since the main race of Barcelona in 2016, ended an inspired Sergio Canamasas. The pilot of the Rapax retained the seventh position in the output going to Nicholas Latifi, remained behind the canadian several times, took the strategic mistake of Matsushita, he ended up overtaking King on lap 21 and finished the test just one second of Markelov. A solid performance that will allow it to leave the fourth morning, in search of the one who would be his third podium in the category, the first in two years and the first outside of Monaco. After it, ended up Luca Ghiotto, who signed another good comeback and won two seats in the final stretch. Latifi ended up getting the eighth position that gives you the right to the pole for the test sprint on Sunday, ahead of a surprisingly solid Sean Gelael, which continues with its good run puntuadora, and Matsushita, who failed to win a single position after his stop.
The advantage of points of Charles Leclerc is very next to the two events of difference: their 63 points on Oliver Rowland are the practical equivalent of the maximum number of points to add in a main race and two sprint (65). Markelov keeps the pulse with the british, six points behind, while Latifi has already Ghiotto to just two points in his fight for the fourth position, in which Matsushita is a bit off the hook. For its part, the 10 points allowed to Canamasas to climb two positions in the general. A podium tomorrow, in the test, which will be held from 10:20, could make you win other two. You never know.
biggest Race of the Formula 2 2017 at Silverstone
|Pos.||Pilot||Turns||Time / difference|
|1||Charles Leclerc||PREMA Racing||28||49:23.075|
|2º||Norman Nato||Pertamina Arden||28||8.866|
|4º||Artem Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||28||17.743|
|6º||Luca Ghiotto||RUSSIAN TIME||28||24.284|
|7º||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||28||26.498|
|9º||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Arden||28||28.904|
|10º||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||28||34.560|
|11º||Ralph Boschung||Fields Racing||28||44.764|
|12º||Louis Delétraz||Racing Engineering||28||46.536|
|13º||Sergio Sette Câmara||MP Motorsport||28||47.050|
|14º||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||28||50.673|
|16º||Antonio Fuoco||PREMA Racing||28||1:01.355|
|17º||Robert Visoiu||Fields Racing||28||1:09.543|
|18º||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||28||1:12.549|
|Nyck de Vries||Rapax||0|
overall Classification of the Formula 2 2017 (round 6 11)
|1º||Charles Leclerc||Prema Racing||180|
|3rd||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||111|
|5th||Luca Ghiotto||Russian Time||74|
|6th||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||65|
|7th||Norman Born||Pertamina Arden||63|
|8th||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||59|
|9th||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||49|
|10th||Nyck de Vries||Rapax||45|
|11th||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||28|
|12||Antonio Fuoco||Prema Racing||23|
|13th||Johnny Cecotto, Jr.||Rapax||16|
|14th||SERGIO CANAMASAS||Trident / Rapax||13|
|15||Ralph Boschung||Campos Racing||11|
|16th||Sergey Sirotkin||ART Grand Prix||9|
|17||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Arden||3|