2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship

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2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Drivers' Champion: Charles Leclerc
Teams' Champion: Russian Time
Previous: none Next: 2018
Predecessor:
GP2 Series
Parent series:
FIA Formula One
Feeder series:
GP3 Series
Russian Time won the inaugural teams' championship.

The 2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship is the first season of the FIA Formula 2 Championship, a motor racing championship run in support of the 2017 FIA Formula One World Championship. The championship is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and is open to teams and drivers competing in cars complying with Formula 2 regulations.[1]

2017 was the final season that the Dallara GP2/11 chassis package—which débuted in the 2011 GP2 Series—was used in competition. It was also the final season that the Mecachrome 4.0 litre V8 normally-aspirated engine package that débuted in the 2005 GP2 Series was used, as a brand new chassis and engine package will be introduced for the 2018 season.[2][3]

The season was dominated by Charles Leclerc, who secured the drivers' championship with three races to go.[4] Second place went to Artem Markelov with Oliver Rowland finishing third. The teams' championship was decided in the final race, with Russian Time winning by fifteen points over Prema Racing and DAMS in third, a further eleven points behind.

Teams and drivers[edit]

All FIA Formula 2 drivers competed in a Dallara GP2/11 chassis, using a Mecachrome GP2 V8 engine and Pirelli tyres.

Team No. Drivers Rounds
Italy Prema Racing 1 Monaco Charles Leclerc[5] All
2 Italy Antonio Fuoco[5] All
Spain Racing Engineering 3 Switzerland Louis Delétraz[6] 1–7
Netherlands Nyck de Vries[7] 8–11
4 Sweden Gustav Malja[8] All
Russia Russian Time 5 Italy Luca Ghiotto[9] All
6 Russia Artem Markelov[9] All
France ART Grand Prix 7 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[10] All
8 Thailand Alexander Albon[11] 1–3, 5–11
Russia Sergey Sirotkin[12] 4
France DAMS 9 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[13] All
10 Canada Nicholas Latifi[13] All
Spain Campos Racing 11 Switzerland Ralph Boschung[14] 1–10
United Kingdom Lando Norris[15] 11
12 Monaco Stefano Coletti[16] 1
Spain Roberto Merhi[17] 2
Romania Robert Vișoiu[18] 3–9
Spain Álex Palou[N 1][19] 10–11
Netherlands MP Motorsport 14 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara[20] All
15 United Kingdom Jordan King[21] All
Italy Trident 16 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri[22] All
17 Spain Sergio Canamasas[16] 1–4
Italy Raffaele Marciello[23] 5
United Kingdom Callum Ilott[24] 6
United States Santino Ferrucci[25] 7–11
Italy Rapax 18 Netherlands Nyck de Vries[26] 1–7
Switzerland Louis Delétraz[7] 8–11
19 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr.[26] 1–4
Spain Sergio Canamasas[23] 5–7
Spain Roberto Merhi[7][27] 8–9, 11
Austria René Binder[28] 10
United Kingdom Pertamina Arden[29] 20 France Norman Nato[30] All
21 Indonesia Sean Gelael[30] All

Team changes[edit]

After six seasons in the series, Carlin withdrew to concentrate on their Indy Lights programme.[31] German entry Hilmer Motorsport were due to return to the series while it was still known as GP2, however, this never came to fruition.[32]

Driver changes[edit]

Changing teams
Joining Formula 2
Leaving Formula 2
Mid-season changes

Calendar[edit]

The following eleven rounds took place as part of the 2017 championship:

Round Circuit/Location Date Supporting
1 Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 15–16 April Bahrain Grand Prix
2 Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona 13–14 May Spanish Grand Prix
3 Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 26–27 May Monaco Grand Prix
4 Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit, Baku 24–25 June Azerbaijan Grand Prix
5 Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 8–9 July Austrian Grand Prix
6 United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 15–16 July British Grand Prix
7 Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 29–30 July Hungarian Grand Prix
8 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps 26–27 August Belgian Grand Prix
9 Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 2–3 September Italian Grand Prix
10 Spain Circuito de Jerez, Jerez de la Frontera 7–8 October stand-alone event
11 United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 25–26 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Source:[44]

Calendar changes[edit]

The series returned to the Bahrain International Circuit in support of the Bahrain Grand Prix,[44] while the rounds at the Hockenheimring and the Sepang International Circuit were discontinued.[44] The series made its début at the Circuito de Jerez, with a stand-alone event that was run as the penultimate round of the championship.[44]

Changes[edit]

The series was originally intended to be run as the GP2 Series before it was rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship in March 2017.[1] The decision to rebrand the series brings it in line with the FIA Global Pathway, which aims to create a linear path of feeder series from domestic Formula 4 to the top tier of open-wheel racing, Formula One. Despite the name change, it will retain the GP2 regulations as originally scheduled, making the 2017 season the thirteenth to use GP2 regulations. It will be the first time that a series has been run under the name of Formula 2 since Jonathan Palmer's unrelated series collapsed in 2012.

Results and standings[edit]

Season summary[edit]

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 F Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit Monaco Charles Leclerc Russia Artem Markelov[N 2] Russia Artem Markelov Russia Russian Time Report
S Monaco Charles Leclerc[N 3] Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing
2 F Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya Monaco Charles Leclerc Russia Artem Markelov Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing Report
S Canada Nicholas Latifi[N 4] Japan Nobuharu Matsushita France ART Grand Prix
3 F Monaco Circuit de Monaco Monaco Charles Leclerc United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[N 5] United Kingdom Oliver Rowland France DAMS Report
S Russia Artem Markelov Netherlands Nyck de Vries Italy Rapax
4 F Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Monaco Charles Leclerc Monaco Charles Leclerc Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing Report
S Monaco Charles Leclerc France Norman Nato United Kingdom Pertamina Arden
5 F Austria Red Bull Ring Monaco Charles Leclerc Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing Report
S Russia Artem Markelov Russia Artem Markelov Russia Russian Time
6 F United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit Monaco Charles Leclerc Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing Report
S Monaco Charles Leclerc Canada Nicholas Latifi France DAMS
7 F Hungary Hungaroring United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[N 6] Canada Nicholas Latifi United Kingdom Oliver Rowland France DAMS Report
S Russia Artem Markelov[N 7] Japan Nobuharu Matsushita France ART Grand Prix
8 F Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Monaco Charles Leclerc Russia Artem Markelov Russia Artem Markelov[N 8] Russia Russian Time Report
S Netherlands Nyck de Vries[N 9] Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Netherlands MP Motorsport
9 F Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Canada Nicholas Latifi[N 10] Italy Antonio Fuoco[N 10] Italy Prema Racing Report
S Italy Antonio Fuoco[N 9] Italy Luca Ghiotto Russia Russian Time
10 F Spain Circuito de Jerez Monaco Charles Leclerc United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing Report
S Netherlands Nyck de Vries[N 11] Russia Artem Markelov Russia Russian Time
11 F United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit Russia Artem Markelov Thailand Alexander Albon Russia Artem Markelov[N 12] Russia Russian Time Report
S Canada Nicholas Latifi[N 13] Monaco Charles Leclerc Italy Prema Racing

Scoring system[edit]

Points were awarded to the top 10 classified finishers in the Feature race, and to the top 8 classified finishers in the Sprint race. The pole-sitter in the feature race also received four points, and two points were given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both the feature and sprint races. No extra points were awarded to the pole-sitter in the sprint race.

Feature race points
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   Pole   FL 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 4 2
Sprint race points

Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   FL 
Points 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 2

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos. Driver BHR
Bahrain
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
JER
Spain
YMC
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 Monaco Charles Leclerc 3 1 1 4 Ret 18† 1 2 1 Ret 1 5 4 4 DSQ 5 17 9 1 7 2 1 282
2 Russia Artem Markelov 1 8 8 9 2 5 4 5 8 1 4 3 17† 9 1 Ret 9 15 5 1 1 6 210
3 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 5 3 3 2 1 9 7 Ret 4 3 3 17 1 2 DSQ 8 Ret 11 2 3 DSQ 7 191
4 Italy Luca Ghiotto 7 2 2 7 5 4 16 7 14 4 6 2 6 8 2 3 4 1 7 4 3 5 185
5 Canada Nicholas Latifi 11 4 6 3 Ret 13 3 3 2 8 8 1 2 6 DNS 9 3 16 4 2 5 3 178
6 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 8 14 4 1 3 7 12 6 6 14 10 8 5 1 16 Ret 2 7 18 11 6 4 131
7 Netherlands Nyck de Vries 10 6 10 Ret 7 1 2 Ret 13 16† DNS 7 3 3 5 2 18 12 13 6 4 9 114
8 Italy Antonio Fuoco 9 10 13 Ret 11 10 Ret 12 3 5 16 12 Ret 17 3 7 1 3 3 5 DSQ 11 98
9 France Norman Nato 2 Ret 16 13 Ret Ret 5 1 Ret 7 2 6 7 5 8 4 13 10 11 10 13 18† 91
10 Thailand Alexander Albon 6 7 5 8 4 6 5 2 18 10 8 7 12 18 14 8 12 9 7 2 86
11 United Kingdom Jordan King 4 5 9 5 9 8 6 DSQ 9 6 7 Ret 15 11 Ret 14 10 20 6 Ret 8 Ret 62
12 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara 13 18 14 15 Ret 14 13 9 16 10 13 15 16 13 6 1 6 2 10 14 9 8 47
13 Sweden Gustav Malja 18 13 7 6 6 3 11 13 12 15 14 9 13 NC 4 11 8 18 14 18 11 17 44
14 Spain Sergio Canamasas 14 11 Ret 11 10 17 9 15 15 9 5 4 Ret Ret 21
15 Indonesia Sean Gelael 17 17 15 16 13 12 14 10 10 11 9 16 14 10 15 17 5 6 16 16 15 14 17
16 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. 15 9 17 10 8 2 Ret 14 16
17 Switzerland Louis Delétraz 20 12 11 14 15 16 Ret 16 17 13 12 13 10 12 14 12 7 4 17 12 10 Ret 16
18 Spain Roberto Merhi 19† 12 7 6 11 5 16 10 16
19 Switzerland Ralph Boschung 12 Ret 12 17 12 Ret 8 8 7 Ret 11 Ret 11 16 13 13 15 13 Ret 19† 11
20 Russia Sergey Sirotkin 10 4 9
21 Spain Álex Palou[N 1] 8 8 12 12 5
22 United States Santino Ferrucci 9 14 9 10 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 15 4
23 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 19 16 18 18 14 11 Ret 17 18 12 15 18 12 15 11 15 12 17 9 15 Ret 16 2
24 Romania Robert Vișoiu Ret 15 15 11 11 17† 17 11 Ret Ret 10 16 16 19 1
25 United Kingdom Lando Norris Ret 13 0
26 United Kingdom Callum Ilott 19 14 0
27 Monaco Stefano Coletti 16 15 0
28 Austria René Binder 15 17 0
29 Italy Raffaele Marciello 19 Ret 0
Pos. Driver BHR
Bahrain
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
JER
Spain
YMC
United Arab Emirates
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole (Feature race only)
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Teams' championship[edit]

Pos. Team No. BHR
Bahrain
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
JER
Spain
YMC
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 Russia Russian Time 5 7 2 2 7 5 4 16 7 14 4 6 2 6 8 2 3 4 1 7 4 3 5 395
6 1 8 8 9 2 5 4 5 8 1 4 3 17 9 1 Ret 9 15 5 1 1 6
2 Italy Prema Racing 1 3 1 1 4 Ret 18† 1 2 1 Ret 1 5 4 4 DSQ 5 17 9 1 7 2 1 380
2 9 10 13 Ret 11 10 Ret 12 3 5 16 12 Ret 17 3 7 1 3 3 5 DSQ 11
3 France DAMS 9 5 3 3 2 1 9 7 Ret 4 3 3 17 1 2 DSQ 8 Ret 11 2 3 DSQ 7 369
10 11 4 6 3 Ret 13 3 3 2 8 8 1 2 6 Ret 9 3 16 4 2 5 3
4 France ART Grand Prix 7 8 14 4 1 3 7 12 6 6 14 10 8 5 1 16 Ret 2 7 18 11 6 4 222
8 6 7 5 8 4 6 10 4 5 2 18 10 8 7 12 18 13 8 12 9 7 2
5 Italy Rapax 18 10 6 10 Ret 7 1 2 Ret 13 16† DNS 7 3 3 14 12 7 4 17 12 10 Ret 137
19 15 9 17 10 8 2 Ret 14 15 9 5 4 Ret Ret 7 6 11 5 15 17 16 10
6 Netherlands MP Motorsport 14 13 18 14 15 Ret 14 13 9 16 10 13 15 16 13 6 1 6 2 10 14 9 8 109
15 4 5 9 5 9 8 6 DSQ 9 6 7 Ret 15 11 Ret 14 10 20 6 Ret 8 Ret
7 United Kingdom Pertamina Arden 20 2 Ret 16 13 Ret Ret 5 1 Ret 7 2 6 7 5 8 4 13 10 11 10 13 18† 108
21 17 17 15 16 13 12 14 10 10 11 9 16 14 10 15 17 5 6 16 17 15 14
8 Spain Racing Engineering 3 20 12 11 14 15 16 Ret 16 17 13 12 13 10 12 5 2 18 12 13 6 4 9 87
4 18 13 7 6 6 3 11 13 12 15 14 9 13 NC 4 11 8 18 14 18 11 17
9 Spain Campos Racing 11 12 Ret 12 17 12 Ret 8 8 7 Ret 11 Ret 11 16 13 13 15 13 Ret 19† Ret 13 17
12 16 15 19† 12 Ret 15 15 11 11 17† 17 11 Ret Ret 10 16 16 19 8 8 12 12
10 Italy Trident 16 19 16 18 18 14 11 Ret 17 18 12 15 18 12 15 11 15 12 17 9 15 Ret 16 9
17 14 11 Ret 11 10 17 9 15 19 Ret 19 14 9 14 9 10 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 15
Pos. Team No. BHR
Bahrain
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
JER
Spain
YMC
United Arab Emirates
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole (Feature race only)
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Palou is a Spanish driver who competed under a Japanese racing license.
  2. ^ Stefano Coletti set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  3. ^ Sérgio Sette Câmara set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  4. ^ Ralph Boschung set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  5. ^ Charles Leclerc set the fastest lap, but did not finish, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  6. ^ Charles Leclerc initially qualified on pole, but was later disqualified due to a technical breach.
  7. ^ Antonio Fuoco set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  8. ^ Charles Leclerc won the race, but was later disqualified due to a technical infringement.
  9. ^ a b Jordan King set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  10. ^ a b Luca Ghiotto won the race and set the fastest lap, but was later issued a time penalty and stripped of the fastest lap after he was found to have exceeded track limits and gained an advantage.
  11. ^ René Binder set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  12. ^ Oliver Rowland won the race, but was later disqualified due to a technical infringement.
  13. ^ Jordan King set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.

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