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Flag of Monaco 2016 Monaco Sprint Race
Circuit Monaco 2015
The Circuit de Monaco in 2016.
Race Information
Date 28 May 2016
Event Flag of Monaco 2016 Monaco Grand Prix
Location Flag of Monaco Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco
Lap length 3.337 km (2.074 mi)
Distance 30 laps / 100.110 km (62.205mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 1:21.554 on lap 28
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello
Winner Team Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Time 0:41:59.392
Race Guide
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2016 Monaco Feature Race 2016 Baku Feature Race

The 2016 Monaco Sprint Race, otherwise known as the 2016 Monte Carlo Race 2, was the fourth race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Circuit de Monaco on the 28 May 2016.[1] The race, staged in support of the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix, would see Nobuharu Matsushita claim victory in dominant fashion.[2]

The Japanese ace would start from pole, although a poor start from the prime starting slot almost allowed Marvin Kirchhöfer to sneak ahead.[2] Fortunately for Matsushita he had the better line into Sainte Devote, meaning it was the ART that scrambled through into the lead out of the first corner.[2]

Another strong starter would be Mitch Evans, although he lost out into the opening corner as he got boxed in behind Raffaele Marciello.[2] That allowed Norman Nato to slip ahead of the Kiwi, while Alex Lynn, Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov exchanged blows just behind.[2]

Indeed, with Markelov streaking clear out front, and Kirchhöfer a clear second, it was the fighting between third and eighth that stole the show.[2] The only lull in the fighting would come mid-race, when as VSC was thrown to allow Sean Gelael to be plucked from the barriers.[2]

Yet, there would be no significant changes to the order, the tight confines of Monte Carlo preventing any real lunges.[2] Regardless, there quintet of cars would run nose-to-tail for most of the race, with the train even beginning to catch Kirchhöfer in the closing stages, until the group broke apart.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Matsushita was able to run at his own pace, and duly recorded fastest lap en-route to a dominant victory.[2] Kirchhöfer held off Marciello for second across the line, with Evans a lonely fourth after re-passing Nato late on.[2] The Frenchman would also slip behind Lynn, with Rowland and Markelov tucked right in behind.[2]

Background

The Circuit de Monaco was unmodified ahead of the Sprint Race, meaning there was no need for the GP2 Series to practice before the second race of the weekend.[1] There were, however, changes to the grid after some post-Feature penalties, with Antonio Giovinazzi once again knocked out of the top eight for an infringement.[3] That put Nobuharu Matsushita into the top eight in the results of the Feature, and therefore on pole for the Sprint Race.[3]

Into the Championship and Artem Markelov moved to the top after his maiden GP2 victory in the Feature, climbing two ahead of Norman Nato. Third after the third race would be Alex Lynn, while Pierre Gasly had tumbled to fourth after failing to score. At the back, meanwhile, Mitch Evans, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Sergey Sirotkin, Daniël de Jong and Arthur Pic had all added their names to the board.

Russian Time were leading the charge in the Teams' Championship with three races gone, moving four points clear of second placed Racing Engineering. DAMS were next, just ten off the lead, with Prema Racing in fourth having failed to register a point. MP Motorsport completed the top five, while Campos Racing were the latest team on the board in seventh.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2016 Monaco Sprint Race is displayed below:

2016 Monaco Sprint Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[4]

Grid

The grid for the fourth race of the 2016 campaign was formed from the finishing positions of the Feature Race, with the top eight reversed as per-FIA GP2 Series rules:

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Nobuharu Matsushita
Marvin Kirchhöfer ______________
______________ 3
4 Raffaele Marciello
Mitch Evans ______________
______________ 5
6 Alex Lynn
Oliver Rowland ______________
______________ 7
8 Norman Nato
Artem Markelov ______________
______________ 9
10 Daniël de Jong
Arthur Pic ______________
______________ 11
12 Antonio Giovinazzi
Sergio Canamasas ______________
______________ 13
14 Sean Gelael
Gustav Malja ______________
______________ 15
16 Pierre Gasly
Philo Paz Armand ______________
______________ 17
18 Luca Ghiotto
Jimmy Eriksson ______________
______________ 19
20 Jordan King
Nabil Jeffri ______________
______________ 21
22 Sergey Sirotkin
Nicholas Latifi ______________

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2016 Monaco Sprint Race is displayed below:

2016 Monaco Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 30 0:41:59.392 1:21.554 17
2nd 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 30 +13.660s 1:22.771 12
3rd 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 30 +15.453s 1:22.322 10
4th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 30 +20.894s 1:22.679 8
5th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 30 +32.560s 1:22.110 6
6th 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 30 +33.038s 1:21.607 4
7th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 30 +33.594s 1:23.019 2
8th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 30 +33.974s 1:22.067 1
9th 12 Flag of France Arthur Pic Flag of Italy Rapax 30 +36.777s 1:22.108
10th 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 30 +47.646s 1:22.833
11th 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 30 +54.291s 1:23.601
12th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 30 +55.476s 1:23.250
13th 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 30 +55.981s 1:21.970
14th 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 30 +56.501s 1:22.921
15th 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 30 +58.682s 1:23.524
16th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 30 +1:09.193 1:23.050
17th 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 30 +1:17.922 1:23.888
18th 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 30 +1:17.997 1:22.776
Ret 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 13 Gearbox 1:24.248
Ret 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 10 Extinguisher 1:23.792
Ret 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 7 Accident 1:24.718
Ret 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 3 Accident 1:24.677
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.

Milestones

Standings

Norman Nato would leave Monte Carlo at the head of the GP2 Series of 2016, a point clear of fellow race winner Artem Markelov after four races. Alex Lynn would end the weekend in third ahead of Pierre Gasly, mystified as to how he had failed to score, while Raffaele Marciello completed the top five. Elsewhere, Nobuharu Matsushita had leapt into seventh with his second victory in GP2, while there were no new faces on the scoreboard lower down.

In the Teams' Championship it was Russian Time whom had emerged on top on the Mediterranean coast, eleven clear of their nearest rivals. Those opponents appeared in the form of Racing Engineering, who were themselves five ahead of DAMS, suggesting there would be a close fight for the Championship. Indeed, Prema Racing barely had half the number of points of those ahead in fourth, and were instead in danger of slipping behind some vastly more experienced outfits behind them.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France Norman Nato 49 ▲1
2nd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 48 ▼1
3rd Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 41 ◄0
4th Flag of France Pierre Gasly 33 ◄0
5th Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 28 ▲2
6th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 22 ▲8
7th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 22 ▼1
8th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 20 ▼3
9th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 18 ▲2
10th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 18 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 16 ▼3
12th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 10 ▼3
13th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 4 ◄0
14th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 2 ◄0
15th Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 2 ◄0
16th Flag of France Arthur Pic 1 ◄0
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Russia Russian Time 76 ◄0
2nd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 65 ◄0
3rd Flag of France DAMS 61 ◄0
4th Flag of Italy Prema Racing 33 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 28 ▲1
6th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 26 ▲2
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 24 ▼2
8th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 18 ▼1
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 3 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'GP2 confirms 11-race calendar for 2016', f1destinations.com, (F1 Destinations, 04/03/2016), https://f1destinations.com/gp2-series-2016-calendar/, (Accessed 10/10/2018)
  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 Archived, 'MATSUSHITA POWERS TO VICTORY IN MONACO', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 28/05/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160624233545/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/May/Matsushita-powers-to-victory-in-Monaco-/, (Accessed 11/10/2018) - Original
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archived, 'ROUND 2 POST FEATURE RACE PENALTIES', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 27/05/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160630161000/http://www.gp2series.com:80/News-Room/News/2016/May/Round-2-post-feature-race-penalties/, (Accessed 11/10/2018) - Original
  4. 4.0 4.1 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Circuit de Monaco', fiaformula2.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20160529064912/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?seasonid=173&raceid=962, (Accessed 01/10/2018) - Original

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