2018 Bahrain FIA Formula 2 round

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Bahrain  2018 Bahrain Formula 2 round
Round details
Round 1 of 12 in the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
Circuit Bahrain 2004.svg
Layout of the Bahrain International Circuit
LocationBahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
CoursePermanent racing facility
5.406 km (3.359 mi)
Feature race
Date 7 April 2018
Laps 31[N 1]
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Lando Norris Carlin
Time 1:41.761
Podium
First United Kingdom Lando Norris Carlin
Second Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Carlin
Third Russia Artem Markelov Russian Time
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Lando Norris Carlin
Time 1:48.072 (on lap 19)
Sprint race
Date 8 April 2018
Laps 23
Podium
First Russia Artem Markelov Russian Time
Second Germany Maximilian Günther BWT Arden
Third Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Carlin
Fastest lap
Driver Netherlands Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing
Time 1:47.711 (on lap 11)

The 2018 Bahrain FIA Formula 2 round was a pair of motor races for Formula 2 cars that took place on 7 and 8 April 2018 at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain as part of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. It was the first round of the 2018 FIA Formula 2 Championship and ran in support of the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix.[1]

The round saw the competitive début of the new Dallara F2 2018 chassis and its turbocharged Mecachrome engine. The F2 2018 was introduced as a replacement for the aging Dallara GP2/11 chassis and its naturally-aspirated engine, which had been used by the championship and its predecessor, the GP2 Series since 2011.[2][3]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The race saw the introduction of a brand new chassis to replace the Dallara GP2/11 which had been used since 2011 when the series was known as the GP2 Series. The new car, the Dallara F2 2018, features substantial technical revisions to its design, making it similar to the current Formula One cars. It features the "halo" cockpit protection device for driver head protection and is also powered by a brand new engine, a 3.4 litre (207 cu in) single-turbocharged V6 engine developed by Mecachrome. This was brought in as a replacement for the 4.0 litre (244 cu in) naturally aspirated V8 engine which was used since the GP2 Series began back in 2005.

Driver changes for this season saw reigning champion Charles Leclerc join Formula One with the Alfa Romeo Sauber team, replacing Pascal Wehrlein. His teammate from Prema Racing last year, Antonio Fuoco, joined the new Charouz Racing System team, joining Louis Delétraz, who joined the team after racing with Racing Engineering and Rapax in 2017. Reigning teams' champions Russian Time signed Japanese driver Tadasuke Makino to partner Artem Markelov. Luca Ghiotto, who raced for Russian Time in 2017, joined Campos Racing. DAMS signed Alexander Albon to replace Oliver Rowland, Prema Racing brought in Sean Gelael and Nyck de Vries, and MP Motorsport signed Roberto Merhi and Ralph Boschung, who were also teammates at Campos at the Catalunya round in 2017.

Other débutants this season were Roy Nissany, son of Chanoch Nissany, who joined Campos, Maximilian Günther and Nirei Fukuzumi, who both moved up from the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and GP3 Series respectively with BWT Arden, Arjun Maini, who also graduated from the GP3 Series, joined Trident, partnering Santino Ferrucci. ART Grand Prix promoted Jack Aitken and reigning GP3 Series champion George Russell to their F2 team, and Lando Norris began his first full season with Carlin.

Qualifying[edit]

Two Formula 2 full-time rookies Lando Norris and George Russell occupied the front row of the grid.[4] While the second row was locked by more experienced Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries.

Feature race[edit]

After starting from pole Lando Norris dominated the race, finishing ahead of his teammate Sérgio Sette Câmara with almost seven second margin.[5] Sette Câmara defended his runner-up spot on the podium after pressure in the final laps from Russian Time driver Artem Markelov, who was forced to start from pitlane after stalling on the grid. Alexander Albon finished ahead of Russell, who was the highest-placed driver without previous Formula 2 starts. The Prema pairing of Nyck de Vries and Sean Gelael finished behind Russell. Rookie Maximilian Günther finished eighth and will start from pole in the sprint race. Russell's teammate and another rookie driver Jack Aitken finished ninth. Ralph Boschung completed the top-ten. Nicholas Latifi, Luca Ghiotto, Louis Delétraz and Santino Ferrucci were unable to use their experience to score points. Arjun Maini and Roy Nissany finished 15th and 16th on their F2 race debut. Antonio Fuoco finished ahead of the pair of the Japanese rookies Nirei Fukuzumi and Tadasuke Makino, who were the last finished drivers. Like Markelov, Roberto Merhi stalled on the grid, but was unable to start the race from pit lane.

Sprint race[edit]

Artem Markelov took his first victory of the season with Maximilian Günther second, Sérgio Sette Câmara rounding out the podium in third and Lando Norris fourth. The final points places went to Nyck de Vries, who also set the fastest lap, Luca Ghiotto, Ralph Boschung, and Nirei Fukuzumi scored his first points with 8th. All drivers finished in this race, with Santino Ferrucci the last finisher in 20th place.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 19 United Kingdom Lando Norris Carlin 1:41.761 1
2 8 United Kingdom George Russell ART Grand Prix 1:41.823 +0.062 2
3 5 Thailand Alexander Albon DAMS 1:41.850 +0.089 3
4 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:41.880 +0.119 4
5 20 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 1:42.174 +0.413 5
6 18 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Carlin 1:42.221 +0.460 6
7 12 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 1:42.246 +0.485 7
8 2 Japan Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 1:42.264 +0.503 8
9 7 United Kingdom Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 1:42.282 +0.521 9
10 11 Germany Maximilian Günther BWT Arden 1:42.336 +0.575 10
11 21 Italy Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 1:42.342 +0.581 11
12 14 Italy Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 1:42.414 +0.653 12
13 9 Spain Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 1:42.423 +0.662 13
14 16 India Arjun Maini Trident 1:42.437 +0.676 14
15 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:42.447 +0.686 15
16 10 Switzerland Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 1:42.460 +0.699 16
17 1 Russia Artem Markelov Russian Time 1:42.816 +1.055 17
18 17 United States Santino Ferrucci Trident 1:42.818 +1.057 18
19 3 Indonesia Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 1:43.016 +1.255 19
20 15 Israel Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 1:43.350 +1.589 20
Source:[6]

Feature race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Entrant Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 19 United Kingdom Lando Norris Carlin 31 57:46.206 1 25 (6)
2 18 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Carlin 31 +8.321 6 18
3 1 Russia Artem Markelov Russian Time 31 +8.532 PL1 15
4 5 Thailand Alexander Albon DAMS 31 +9.349 3 12
5 8 United Kingdom George Russell ART Grand Prix 31 +13.947 2 10
6 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 31 +14.661 4 8
7 3 Indonesia Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 31 +19.326 19 6
8 11 Germany Maximilian Günther BWT Arden 31 +22.573 10 4
9 7 United Kingdom Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 31 +28.559 9 2
10 10 Switzerland Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 31 +31.585 16 1
11 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi DAMS 31 +35.514 15
12 14 Italy Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 31 +44.273 12
13 20 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 31 +49.429 5
14 17 United States Santino Ferrucci Trident 31 +55.424 18
15 16 India Arjun Maini Trident 31 +57.453 14
16 15 Israel Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 31 +1:27.436 20
17 21 Italy Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 31 +1:47.169 11
18 12 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 31 +1:50.462 7
19 2 Japan Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 30 +1 lap 8
DNS 9 Spain Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 0 Hydraulics PL2
Fastest Lap: Lando Norris (Carlin) — 1:48.072 (on lap 19)
Source:[5]
Notes
  • ^1  – Artem Markelov started from pit lane after stalling on the grid.
  • ^2  – Roberto Merhi stalled on the grid and was due to start the race from pit lane, but was unable to restart the car.

Sprint race[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Entrant Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Russia Artem Markelov Russian Time 23 42:42.161 6 15
2 11 Germany Maximilian Günther BWT Arden 23 +2.106 1 12
3 18 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara Carlin 23 +3.803 7 10
4 19 United Kingdom Lando Norris Carlin 23 +5.043 8 8
5 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 23 +10.265 3 6 (2)
6 14 Italy Luca Ghiotto Campos Vexatec Racing 23 +15.696 12 4
7 10 Switzerland Ralph Boschung MP Motorsport 23 +23.511 10 2
8 12 Japan Nirei Fukuzumi BWT Arden 23 +24.582 18 1
9 20 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Charouz Racing System 23 +25.194 13
10 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi DAMS 23 +25.687 11
11 9 Spain Roberto Merhi MP Motorsport 23 +25.804 20
12 21 Italy Antonio Fuoco Charouz Racing System 23 +26.638 17
13 5 Thailand Alexander Albon DAMS 23 +31.759 5
14 16 India Arjun Maini Trident 23 +36.793 15
15 15 Israel Roy Nissany Campos Vexatec Racing 23 +43.989 16
16 3 Indonesia Sean Gelael Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing 23 +57.845 2
17 2 Japan Tadasuke Makino Russian Time 23 +63.819 19
18 7 United Kingdom Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix 23 +99.757 9
19 8 United Kingdom George Russell ART Grand Prix 22 +1 lap 4
20 17 United States Santino Ferrucci Trident 22 +1 lap 14
Fastest lap: Nyck de Vries (Pertamina Prema Theodore Racing) — 1:47.711 (on lap 11)
Source:[7]

Championship standings after the round[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The feature race was scheduled to be run over 32 laps. Artem Markelov and Roberto Merhi stalled on the grid, requiring a second formation lap. The race distance was subsequently adjusted to 31 laps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Di Zinno, Tony (6 November 2017). "F2, GP3 2018 schedules released". motorsports.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  2. ^ "F2 reveals new car, confirms halo from 2018". speedcafe.com. 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  3. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (16 December 2016). "GP2 aiming for V6 switch, but not wider tyres for 2018 car". Motorsport.com. Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  4. ^ Esler, William (6 April 2018). "Lando Norris takes pole on his F2 debut with Carlin in Bahrain". skysports.com. Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b Esler, William (7 April 2018). "Lando Norris takes dominant victory in the F2 Feature Race in Bahrain". skysports.com. Sky Sports. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 FIA Formula 2 Bahrain results". FIA Formula 2 Championship. FIA Formula 2. 6 April 2018. Retrieved 7 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Markelov clinches victory in Bahrain sprint race". fiaformula2.com. FIA Formula 2 Championship. 8 April 2018. Retrieved 10 April 2018.

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