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2018 Formula Two Season
Dallara-f2-2018
The new-for-2018 Dallara F2 2018 race car.
Season Information
No. Rounds 24
First Round Bahrain
Last Round Yas Marina
Maker Dallara-Mecachrome
Tyre(s) Pirelli
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell 287 Pt(s)
7 Win(s), 5 Pole(s) 6 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris 219 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon 212 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 3 Pole(s), 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 381 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 2 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of France ART Grand Prix 350 Pt(s)
8 Win(s), 5 Pole(s) 6 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of France DAMS 303 Pt(s)
5 Win(s), 3 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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The 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship, otherwise known as the 2018 Formula Two Season, was the second season of the FIA Formula Two Championship, and the fourteenth for the "GP2 Series" format.[1] The 2018 Season would see the debut of the new Dallara F2 2018 chassis, an evolution of the old Dallara GP2/11, with a new turbocharged Mecachrome 3.6L V6 engine, replacing the old, normally aspirated, 4.0L V8.[2]

According to Formula Two rules, reigning Champion Charles Leclerc was unable to defend his crown, although the Monegasque racer had secured a seat in Formula One for 2018.[3] Elsewhere defending Teams' Champions Russian Time had hired F2 rookie Tadasuke Makino to partner their lead driver Artem Markelov.[4]

However, neither Markelov nor Makino would emerge as title favourites, as pole, victory and fastest lap in the Bahrain Feature for Lando Norris, arriving in F2 as the reigning FIA Formula 3 European Championship Champion, made the Brit the favourite for the crown.[5] Yet, fate would have it that the future McLaren F1 racer would only take one victory, leaving a fellow future F1 racer to come to the fore.[6]

That man appeared in the form of the 2017 GP3 Series Champion George Russell, although the Mercedes F1 backed youngster had to wait until the Baku Sprint to claim victory.[6] From then, however, Russell would barely lose his grip on the top of the F2 standings, picking up five further wins to head into the final pair of races in Abu Dhabi with a huge lead.[7]

Indeed, ahead of the penultimate race of the season only one other driver could deny Russell the crown, and only if they had a perfect weekend. That man proved to be Alexander Albon, whose momentum had steadily built throughout the season, although it was ultimately too late for the Anglo-Thai ace to realistically challenge.[8] Indeed, victory in the penultimate race of the season ensured that Russell claimed the title with a race to spare, while Norris' team Carlin secured the Teams' Championship.[8]

Across 24 races on the 2018 calendar there would be nine different winners representing six different teams, including two making their debuts in F2. There would also be a wave of mid-season seat changes as drivers were either banned, dropped or found employment elsewhere, with more than a dozen new faces to F2 making their debuts across the season.

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship is shown below:

2018 FIA Formula Two Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Bahrain 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix F Bahrain International Circuit 7 April 2018 Report
S 8 April 2018 Report
2 Flag of Azerbaijan 2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix F Baku City Circuit 28 April 2018 Report
S 29 April 2018 Report
3 Flag of Spain 2018 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 12 May 2018 Report
S 13 May 2018 Report
4 Flag of Monaco 2018 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 25 May 2018 Report
S 26 May 2018 Report
5 Flag of France 2018 French Grand Prix F Le Castellet 23 June 2018 Report
S 24 June 2018 Report
6 Flag of Austria 2018 Austrian Grand Prix F Red Bull Ring 30 June 2018 Report
S 1 July 2018 Report
7 Flag of the United Kingdom 2018 British Grand Prix F Silverstone 7 July 2018 Report
S 8 July 2018 Report
8 Flag of Hungary 2018 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 28 July 2018 Report
S 29 July 2018 Report
9 Flag of Belgium 2018 Belgian Grand Prix F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 25 August 2018 Report
S 26 August 2018 Report
10 Flag of Italy 2018 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 1 September 2018 Report
S 2 September 2018 Report
11 Flag of Russia 2018 Russian Grand Prix F Sochi Autodrom 29 September 2018 Report
S 30 September 2018 Report
12 Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F Yas Marina Circuit 24 November 2018 Report
S 25 November 2018 Report
2018 FIA Formula Two Championship Tests
I Flag of France 2018 Pre-Season Test 1 T Circuit Paul Ricard 6-8 March 2018 Report
II Flag of Bahrain 2018 Pre-Season Test 2 T Bahrain International Circuit 21-23 March 2018 Report
III Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2018 Yas Marina Test T Yas Marina Circuit 29-30 November 2018 Report
Source:[9]

Regulations

Technical

Sporting

Season Report

Entrants

The full 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship entry list is outlined below:

2018 FIA Formula Two Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of Russia Russian Time[4]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
1 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov[4] All
2 Flag of Japan Tadasuke Makino[4] All
Flag of Italy Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
3 Flag of Monaco Sean Gelael[11] All
4 Flag of the Netherlands Nyck de Vries[12] All
Flag of France DAMS[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
5 Flag of Thailand Alexander Albon[13] All
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi[14] All
Flag of France ART Grand Prix[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jack Aitken[15] All
8 Flag of the United Kingdom George Russell[16] All
Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
9 Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi[17] 1-8
Flag of France Dorian Boccolacci[18] 9-12
10 Flag of Switzerland Ralph Boschung[19] 1-10
Flag of Finland Niko Kari[20] 11-12
Flag of the United Kingdom BWT Arden[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
11 Flag of Germany Maximilian Günther[21] 1-11
Flag of the United Kingdom Dan Ticktum[22] 12
12 Flag of Japan Nirei Fukuzumi[23] All
Flag of Spain Campos Vexatec Racing[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
14 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto[24] All
15 Flag of Israel Roy Nissany[25] 1-10
Flag of Spain Roberto Merhi[26] 11-12
Flag of Italy Trident[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
16 Flag of India Arjun Maini[27] All
17 Flag of the United States Santino Ferrucci[27] 1-7
Flag of Italy Alessio Lorandi[28] 8-12
Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
18 Flag of Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara[29] All
19 Flag of the United Kingdom Lando Norris[29] All
Flag of the Czech Republic Charouz Racing System[10]
Dallara-Mecachrome F2 2018
20 Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz[30] All
21 Flag of Italy Antonio Fuoco[30] All

Standings

2018 FIA Formula Two Championship for Drivers

The full standings for the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship for Drivers is outlined below:

2018 FIA Formula Two Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name Flag of Bahrain Flag of Azerbaijan Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Russia Flag of the United Arab Emirates Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st Russell 5th 19th 12th 1st 1st 4th Ret Ret 1st 17th 1st 2nd 2nd 2nd Ret 8th 3rd 7th 4th 1st 4th 1st 1st 4th 287
2nd Norris 1st 4th 6th 4th 3rd 3rd 6th 3rd 16th 5th 2nd 11th 10th 3rd 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 6th 5th Ret Ret 5th 2nd 219
3rd Albon 4th 13th 1st 13th 5th 2nd Ret Ret Ret 7th 5th 5th 1st 7th 5th 1st 5th 3rd 3rd Ret 1st 3rd 14th 8th 212
4th de Vries 6th 5th Ret 2nd 2nd Ret Ret 9th 5th 1st Ret 14th 7th 6th 1st 7th 1st 4th 9th 17th 3rd 4th 4th 5th 202
5th Markelov 3rd 1st Ret Ret 8th 9th 1st 4th 14th 14th 8th 1st 6th 4th 8th 13th 6th 5th 2nd 2nd 11th 5th 2nd 7th 186
6th Câmara 2nd 3rd 4th DSQ 7th Ret DNS DNS 2nd 6th 6th 3rd Ret 17th 7th 3rd 2nd 9th 7th 3rd 5th 2nd 16th 10th 164
7th Fuoco 17th 12th 3rd DNS 10th 7th 8th 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 3rd Ret 3rd 17th 17th 19th DSQ 10th 6th 9th 7th 1st 141
8th Ghiotto 12th 6th Ret 14th 4th 5th Ret 10th 3rd 3rd 12th 13th 5th 10th 6th 2nd 7th 6th 10th 6th Ret 14th 3rd 9th 111
9th Latifi 11th 10th 5th 3rd 14th 8th 9th 8th 7th 8th 11th 8th 17th 16th Ret 16th 8th 1st 5th 4th 2nd Ret Ret 15th 91
10th Delétraz 13th 9th Ret 10th Ret 10th 4th 2nd 6th 2nd Ret Ret 4th 5th 17th 9th 18th 13th 13th 11th 12th 13th 6th 6th 74
11th Aitken 9th 18th 2nd 11th 6th 1st 7th Ret 11th Ret Ret 18th 13th 12th 4th 10th 11th 10th 17th 8th 14th Ret 10th 13th 63
12th Merhi DNS 11th 8th 7th 13th Ret 3rd 7th DSQ 15th 4th 16th 11th 9th 11th 5th 9th 6th 8th 3rd 61
13th Makino 19th 17th 9th 9th 9th Ret 14th Ret 8th Ret 7th 6th 12th 11th 9th 12th 12th 11th 1st 14th 10th 11th 9th Ret 48
14th Günther 8th 2nd Ret 15th Ret 12th 11th 6th 12th 11th 15th 12th 8th 1st 16th Ret 9th 16th 12th 16th 16th 10th 41
15th Gelael 7th 16th 10th Ret Ret 6th 2nd Ret Ret 18th 13th Ret Ret 15th 13th 11th 16th Ret 11th Ret DNS 12th 17th Ret 29
16th Maini 15th 14th Ret 5th Ret 13th 5th 5th 10th 13th 14th 10th 14th 13th 12th 14th 14th 8th Ret 9th 15th 15th Ret DNS 24
17th Fukuzumi 18th 8th 13th 12th 11th Ret 10th 11th 9th 12th 9th 9th Ret DNS 10th 6th Ret 17th 14th 13th 8th 7th Ret 12th 17
18th Boschung 10th 7th 7th 8th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16th Ret 15th 9th 8th 18th Ret Ret 12th 8th Ret 17
19th Ferrucci 14th 20th 11th 6th DNS 11th 13th 12th 13th 9th 10th 7th 16th DSQ 7
20th Lorandi 14th Ret 13th 15th 15th 12th 7th Ret 13th 14th 6
21st Boccolacci 15th 18th Ret 7th 13th 8th 12th 11th 3
22nd Nissany 16th 15th Ret Ret 12th 14th 12th Ret 15th 10th Ret 17th 15th 14th 15th 15th 10th 14th 16th 15th 1
23rd Ticktum 11th Ret 0
24th Kari Ret Ret 15th Ret 0

2018 FIA Formula Two Championship for Teams

The full standings for the 2018 FIA Formula Two Championship for Teams is outlined below: Template:Results Grid/2018/team/full

References

Images and Videos:

References:

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