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Flag of Monaco 2017 Monaco Feature Race
Circuit Monaco 2015
The Circuit de Monaco in 2017.
Race Information
Date 26 May 2017
Event Flag of Monaco 2017 Monaco Grand Prix
Location Flag of Monaco Circuit de Monaco Monte-Carlo, Monaco
Lap length 3.337 km (2.074 mi)
Distance 42 laps / 140.154 km (87.088mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:19.309
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland
Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:21.562 on lap 27
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita
Winner Team Flag of France DAMS
Time 1:00:46.545
Race Guide
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The 2017 Monaco Feature Race, also known as the 2017 Monte Carlo Race 1, was the fifth race of the 2017 FIA Formula Two Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco on the 26 May 2017.[1] The race would see home-hero and Championship leader Charles Leclerc lead early on, only for a mechanical drama to leave him on the sidelines.[2]

Leclerc had started the weekend well, sweeping to pole ahead of Alexander Albon in the unique-to-Monte Carlo qualifying format.[3] Both drivers had topped their respective groups, with Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov sharing the second row.[3]

The Monegasque racer duly swept into the lead at the start, swatting aside a challenge from Albon to lead into Sainte Devote.[2] Rowland led the rest of the field through with Nobuharu Matsushita just behind, with no major incidents on the opening tour.[2]

Leclerc and Albon set about building a gap early on, knowing that they needed an advantage over those on supersofts to avoid getting caught behind slower cars after their pitstops.[2] However, their hops were dashed when Nicholas Latifi rolled to a stop in the tunnel, prompting a safety car to appear just as those on the supersoft Pirelli tyres were beginning to struggle.[2]

Albon gambled on making a swap to supersofts during the safety car, hoping that he could keep the re-walled tyres alive for long enough.[2] Leclerc, meanwhile, would ace the restart to begin rebuilding his lead, with Rowland also sprinting clear of the pack in second.[2]

Indeed, they were soon to be gifted with a second safety car, thrown when Louis Delétraz and Robert Vișoiu clashed at Mirabeau.[2] Those who had not stopped duly did so, with Leclerc emerging in fourth behind Rowland, Markelov, and Matsushita.[2] However, his hopes of victory were to be ended within a lap of his stop, with the Prema limping back to the pits a lap later with a suspension failure.[2]

With that the race was run, for Rowland duly sprinted clear at the restart to claim victory, despite a brief challenge from Markelov early on.[2] Matsushita claimed third ahead of Albon, who had had Ghiotto glued to his tail for most of the race, while Gustav Malia claimed sixth.[2]

Background

The FIA Formula Two Championship tour of 2017 arrived at the Circuit de Monaco for the fifth race of the season, again supporting Formula One.[1] The circuit itself remained unchanged from 2016, with the DRS zone unchanged, and the barriers remaining perilously close to the circuit.[1] Pirelli, meanwhile, had brought along the familiar soft and supersoft compounds, with three sets of the first compound and two of the second handed to each driver.[1]

In terms of the Championship Charles Leclerc had seen his title lead slightly chipped away in the second Barcelona race, ending the afternoon with 26 points in hand over Oliver Rowland. The Brit himself had moved into second, overtaking Luca Ghiotto, while Artem Markelov had retained fourth. Victory, meanwhile, had put Nobuharu Matsushita into the top five, with no new scorers on the list.

In the Teams' Championship it was Prema Racing whom arrived in Monte Carlo in the lead, having finally overhauled Russian Time in Barcelona. Indeed, the Russian squad had slipped to third, albeit just three points off the lead, with DAMS level with Prema in second, but behind having failed to win a race. Elsewhere ART Grand Prix were a secure fourth ahead of MP Motorsport, while Campos Racing and Trident had failed to score once again.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2017 Monaco Feature Race is displayed below:

2017 Monaco Feature Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[4]

Practice

Qualifying

Report

Results

The final qualifying result for the 2017 Monaco Feature Race are outlined below:

2017 Monaco Feature Race Qualifying Result
Pos. No. Name Team Time Gap Grid*
1st 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:19.309 1
2nd 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:19.321 +0.012s 2
3rd 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 1:19.541 +0.232s 3
4th 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:19.647 +0.338s 4
5th 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:19.803 +0.494s 6
6th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 1:19.814 +0.505s 14
7th 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 1:19.922 +0.613s 5
8th 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 1:20.042 +0.733s 7
9th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:20.058 +0.749s 8
10th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 1:20.089 +0.780s 9
11th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 1:20.272 +0.963s 10
12th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:20.282 +0.973s 11
13th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 1:20.413 +1.104s 12
14th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 1:20.415 +1.106s 15
15th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 1:20.593 +1.284s 13
16th 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:20.867 +1.558s 16
17th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 1:21.239 +1.930s 18
18th 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 1:21.271 +1.962s 20
19th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1:21.592 +2.283s 17
20th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 1:21.664 +2.355s 19
107% Time: 1:24.860[4]
Source:[4]
  • Positions highlighted in blue indicate a driver who qualified in Group B.
  • * Grid positions were based off the best times from each group, with the odd numbered cars on one side of the grid, and even numbered cars on the other before penalties were applied.[3]
  • de Vries was handed two three place grid penalties, one for causing a collision in Barcelona, and another for impeding Fuoco.[5]

Grid

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Charles Leclerc
Alexander Albon ______________
______________ 3
4 Oliver Rowland
Artem Markelov ______________
______________ 5
6 Nobuharu Matsushita
Norman Nato ______________
______________ 7
8 Jordan King
Luca Ghiotto ______________
______________ 9
10 Nicholas Latifi
Sean Gelael ______________
______________ 11
12 Gustav Malja
Johnny Cecotto, Jr. ______________
______________ 13
14 Antonio Fuoco
Nyck de Vries ______________
______________ 15
16 Sergio Canamasas
Robert Vișoiu ______________
______________ 17
18 Louis Delétraz
Nabil Jeffri ______________
______________ 19
20 Ralph Boschung
Sérgio Sette Câmara ______________

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2017 Monaco Feature Race is displayed below:

2017 Monaco Feature Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 9 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of France DAMS 41 1:00:46.545 1:21.562 27
2nd 6 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 41 +0.864s 1:21.592 18
3rd 7 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 41 +13.769s 1:21.654 15
4th 8 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon Flag of France ART Grand Prix 41 +19.738s 1:22.198 12
5th 5 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Russia Russian Time 41 +24.657s 1:23.113 10
6th 4 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 41 +28.082s 1:23.369 8
7th 18 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries Flag of Italy Rapax 41 +28.453s 1:23.146 6
8th 19 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 41 +29.125s 1:23.402 4
9th 15 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 41 +45.552s 1:22.910 2
10th 17 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of Italy Trident 41 +46.581s 1:22.875 1
11th 2 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco Flag of Italy Prema Racing 41 +47.818s 1:23.702
12th 11 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung Flag of Spain Campos Racing 41 +50.772s 1:23.588
13th 21 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 41 +53.694s 1:23.313
14th 16 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of Italy Trident 40 +1 Lap 1:23.583
15th 3 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 39 +2 Laps 1:21.983
Ret 14 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 33 Oil leak 1:23.451
Ret* 1 Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc Flag of Italy Prema Racing 26 Suspension 1:21.403 4
Ret 20 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 23 Hydraulics 1:23.574
Ret 12 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu Flag of Spain Campos Racing 20 Accident 1:23.087
Ret 10 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 6 Engine 1:24.555
Source:[4]
  • Bold indicates a driver started from pole.
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Leclerc set the fastest lap but was ineligible to take the points as he did not finish in the top ten.[2]

Milestones

Standings

Victory, combined with Charles Leclerc failing to finish, meant that Oliver Rowland moved right onto the Monegasque's tail at the head of the field, heading into the second race of the weekend just three points behind. Artem Markelov was next, 22 points behind, with Luca Ghiotto slipping further back in fourth. Behind, Nobuharu Matsushita completed the top five, while Johnny Cecotto, Jr. and Sergio Canamasas had added their names to the scorers list.

There was another shuffle in the Teams' Championship after the Feature Race, with DAMS emerging at the head of the field, becoming one of two teams to break the 100 point barrier. The French squad ended the afternoon on 102 points, just two ahead of Russian Time, while Prema Racing had slipped to third with neither of their drivers taking major points. At the back, meanwhile, Trident had secured their first point, leaving Campos Racing as the only team yet to register a point.

 
2017 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Monaco Charles Leclerc 77 ◄0
2nd Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 74 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 52 ▲1
4th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 48 ▼1
5th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 46 ◄0
6th Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 33 ▲2
7th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 28 ▼1
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 28 ▼1
9th Flag of France Norman Nato 18 ◄0
10th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 18 ◄0
11th Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries 12 ◄0
12th Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 4 ▲1
13th Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco 2 ▼1
14th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 1 ◄0
2017 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of France DAMS 102 ▲1
2nd Flag of Russia Russian Time 100 ▲1
3rd Flag of Italy Prema Racing 79 ▼2
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 79 ◄0
5th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 28 ◄0
6th Flag of the United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 18 ◄0
7th Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 18 ◄0
8th Flag of Italy Rapax 16 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Trident 1 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 'GP2 SERIES 2017 SEASON CALENDAR REVEALED', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 27/01/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/01_January/GP2-Series-2017-season-calendar-revealed/, (Accessed 12/07/2018)
  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 2.12 'ROWLAND FLIES TO MONACO FEATURE WIN', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 26/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Rowland-flies-to-Monaco-feature-win/, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'LECLERC SOARS TO POLE IN MONACO', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Leclerc-soars-to-pole-in-Monaco-/, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'Formula 2 2017 Results: Circuit de Monaco', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula 2, 2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/Results/?raceid=975&seasonid=174, (Accessed 01/10/2018)
  5. 'PENALTY FOR DE VRIES', fiaformula2.com, (FIA Formula Two, 25/05/2017), http://www.fiaformula2.com/News-Room/News/2017/05_May/Penalty-for-De-Vries-/, (Accessed 01/10/2018)

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