2019 Spa-Francorchamps FIA Formula 2 round

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Belgium  2019 Spa-Francorchamps Formula 2 round
Round details
Round 9 of 12 in the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship.
Spa-Francorchamps of Belgium.svg
Layout of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
LocationCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium
CoursePermanent racing facility
7.004 km (4.352 mi)
Feature race
Date 31 August 2019
Laps 25
Pole position
Driver Netherlands Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix
Time 1:58.304
Podium
First N/A N/A
Second N/A N/A
Third N/A N/A
Fastest lap
Driver N/A N/A
Time NC
Sprint race
Date 1 September 2019
Laps 18
Podium
First N/A N/A
Second N/A N/A
Third N/A N/A
Fastest lap
Driver N/A N/A
Time NC

The 2019 Spa-Francorchamps FIA Formula 2 round was to have been a pair of motor races that were due to be held on 31 August and 1 September 2019 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Stavelot, Belgium as part of the FIA Formula 2 Championship. It was to be the ninth round of the 2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship and run in support of the 2019 Belgian Grand Prix.

The feature race was abandoned after an accident involving Anthoine Hubert, Juan Manuel Correa and Giuliano Alesi. Hubert and Correa were taken to the circuit's medical centre where Hubert died of his injuries.[1][2] Correa was stabilised and transferred to a nearby hospital.[3] The sprint race was cancelled as a mark of respect.[4]

Report[edit]

Championship standings before the round[edit]

ART Grand Prix driver Nyck de Vries entered the round with a thirty point lead over Nicholas Latifi in the drivers' championship. Sérgio Sette Câmara was third, a further twenty-five points behind. In the teams' championship, DAMS started the round with a sixty-five point lead over UNI-Virtuosi Racing, and ART Grand Prix a further thirty-six points behind in third.[5]

Driver changes[edit]

Twenty drivers representing ten teams were entered into the event. Nineteen of the drivers who contested the previous round in Hungary returned for the Spa-Francorchamps round. The only exception was Campos Racing driver Arjun Maini, who left the team. Campos signed Euroformula Open championship leader Marino Sato to replace Maini prior to the round.[6]

Qualifying[edit]

Nyck de Vries qualified on pole position,[7] his third of the season. Sérgio Sette Câmara was second, a quarter of a second behind de Vries, but de Vries' championship rival Nicholas Latifi was only able to qualify in eleventh when a red flag interrupted his final flying lap.[8] Latifi was later promoted to tenth on the grid by way of a three-place penalty awarded to Jordan King for ignoring yellow flags.[8]

Feature race accident[edit]

The accident took place on the second lap of the race at the Raidillon corner. Trident driver Giuliano Alesi was running tenth when he spun while going through Eau Rouge, damaging the rear of the car and bouncing back onto the circuit at Raidillon. Ralph Boschung, Anthoine Hubert and Jordan King had been running eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth at the time and took evasive action. Boschung cleared Alesi's Trident by taking to the tarmac run-off on the outside of the corner and King was able to slow in time to avoid contact. Hubert ran wide while crossing onto the tarmac run-off, making slight contact with Boschung's right rear tyre and losing his front wing. Hubert's car continued along the run-off and crashed into a tyre barrier with the front and right side of the car. The car snapped around and was sitting at an angle that was perpendicular to the racing line, but it remained on the tarmac run-off area.

Juan Manuel Correa, who had been fourteenth at the time, was on the approach to Eau Rouge as Alesi lost control. He took evasive action of his own, moving to the tarmac run-off unaware of Hubert's prone car. Correa hit Hubert at right angles, his Charouz hitting Hubert's BWT Arden in the left side of the car. Correa was estimated to be travelling at 257 km/h (159.7 mph) at the time of the impact.[9][10] The force of the collision was enough to tear both Hubert and Correa's cars in half; Correa's car also rolled over. Hubert's Arden pivoted around again and came to a rest with its front wing assembly up against the barriers while Correa's Charouz continued travelling several metres further along the circuit and came to rest upside-down on the grassy verge on the opposite side of the circuit. Campos driver Marino Sato braked to a complete stop to avoid cars on track, but in so doing stalled his engine and could not continue. Alesi was similarly unharmed—the accident unfolded behind him as he continued onto the Kemmel Straight—but his contact with the wall meant that his car suffered from race-ending damage and he pulled over on the approach to Les Combes.

The seriousness of the accident and the amount of debris littered across the circuit meant that the race was immediately red-flagged. Hubert and Correa were extracted from their cars and rushed to the circuit's medical centre. Hubert died of his injuries eighty-three minutes after the accident while Correa was stabilised and transferred to a hospital in Liège. He was admitted to intensive care and diagnosed with a spinal injury and fractured legs.[3] He was reported to be conscious and lucid before undergoing surgery.[11] His injuries ruled him out of competing for the remainder of the season.[12] Correa was transferred to a specialist facility in Britain where he entered acute respiratory failure brought about acute respiratory distress syndrome. His condition was downgraded to critical, but stable,[13] but he was placed in a medically-induced coma on 7 September.[14]

The feature race was not restarted and no result was issued, as per FIA regulations, as the leader had only completed one lap.[15] The sprint race that had been planned for the following morning was cancelled after Hubert's death was announced. Hubert's death was the first fatality for a driver competing in the second tier of FIA-sanctioned formula racing since Henry Surtees' accident in the 2009 FIA Formula Two Championship.

Response[edit]

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the international governing body of motorsport, subsequently launched an investigation into the accident.[16] A manslaughter inquiry was opened by the Verviers prosecutor's office on 2 September; a number of auto racing and road safety experts have been employed as advisers.[17] The car driven by Giuliano Alesi was impounded by the authorities as part of the investigation, forcing Trident Racing to enter a single car at the following round in Monza one week after the Spa-Francorchamps round.[18] BWT Arden announced that they would only enter one car for Hubert's team-mate Tatiana Calderón at the Monza round.[19]

Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo admitted that he had given serious thought to withdrawing from the Belgian Grand Prix that took place the next day, and offered the opinion that other drivers had also considered it.[20][21] Race winner Charles Leclerc dedicated his victory to Hubert's memory.[22]

The managers of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps announced that a planned redesign of the Raidillon run-off area that had been scheduled for 2022 would be brought forward.[23] The redesign had been scheduled to be introduced to allow the circuit to host a round of the FIM Endurance World Championship. The proposal called for the addition of a gravel trap and make the circuit suitable for motorcycle racing events sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the international governing body of motorcycle racing. The managers argued that the gravel trap would benefit racing cars by arresting their speed when they left the circuit.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Grid
1 4 Netherlands Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 1:58.304 1
2 5 Brazil Sérgio Sette Câmara DAMS 1:58.576 +0.272 2
3 15 United Kingdom Jack Aitken Campos Racing 1:58.785 +0.481 3
4 2 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Carlin 1:58.832 +0.528 4
5 1 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Carlin 1:58.910 +0.606 5
6 9 Germany Mick Schumacher Prema Racing 1:59.141 +0.837 6
7 3 Russia Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 1:59.142 +0.838 7
8 16 United Kingdom Jordan King MP Motorsport 1:59.366 +1.062 111
9 7 China Guanyu Zhou UNI-Virtuosi 1:59.425 +1.121 8
10 8 Italy Luca Ghiotto UNI-Virtuosi 1:59.641 +1.310 9
11 6 Canada Nicholas Latifi DAMS 1:59.717 +1.443 10
12 20 France Giuliano Alesi Trident 1:59.961 +1.657 12
13 19 France Anthoine Hubert BWT Arden 2.00.005 +1.701 13
14 21 Switzerland Ralph Boschung Trident 2:00.030 +1.716 14
15 12 United States Juan Manuel Correa Sauber Junior Team by Charouz 2:00.250 +1.936 15
16 10 Indonesia Sean Gelael Prema Racing 2:00.327 +2.023 16
17 14 Japan Marino Sato Campos Racing 2:01.185 +2.881 17
18 17 Netherlands Mahaveer Raghunathan MP Motorsport 2:01.226 +2.922 191
19 18 Colombia Tatiana Calderón BWT Arden 2:03.224 +4.920 18
107% time: 2:06.585
11 United Kingdom Callum Ilott Sauber Junior Team by Charouz no time 202
Source:[7]
  • ^1Jordan King and Mahaveer Raghunathan were both given a three-place grid penalty for failing to slow under yellow flags. Both drivers also had two penalty points added to their racing licences.[8][24]
  • ^2Callum Ilott failed to set a lap time, but was given permission by the stewards to start the race.[24]

Championship standings after the round[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "French driver Anthoine Hubert dies in Formula Two accident". The Toronto Star. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Motorsport in mourning after F2 driver Anthoine Hubert dies". apnews.com. Associated Press. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Serious accident for Juan Manuel Correa during race today". jmcorrea.com. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  12. ^ Malsher, David (2 September 2019). "Correa begins recovery after horror shunt at Spa". motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  13. ^ Coch, Mat (7 September 2019). "Correa in 'induced state of unconsciousness' after UK transfer". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Anthoine Hubert: Formula 2 driver Juan Manuel Correa critical but stable in induced coma". 7 September 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  15. ^ "2019 FIA Formula 2 Championship sporting regulations". fia.com. FIA. 11 May 2019. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  16. ^ "Statement: Incident during FIA Formula 2 Feature Race, Spa-Francorchamps". fia.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 31 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.
  17. ^ "Motor racing: Belgium opens probe into F2 race death". New Straits Times. Agence France-Presse. 2 September 2019. Retrieved 3 September 2019.
  18. ^ Larkam, Lewis (4 September 2019). "Trident to run one car at Monza due to Hubert crash investigation". crash.net. Crash Media Group. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  19. ^ Benyon, Jack (1 September 2019). "Arden to run only one Formula 2 car at Monza for Calderon". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  20. ^ Herrero, Daniel (2 September 2019). "Ricciardo thought about not racing after Hubert's death". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  21. ^ Smale, Simon (2 September 2019). "Daniel Ricciardo glad to put tough Spa Grand Prix weekend behind him as F1 mourns Anthoine Hubert". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  22. ^ Herrero, Daniel (2 September 2019). "Leclerc 'can't fully enjoy' first F1 victory". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  23. ^ Herrero, Daniel (5 September 2019). "Spa aiming to finalise gravel trap design this year". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  24. ^ a b Gillard, Aaron (30 August 2019). "MP F2 duo handed grid penalty for Spa; Raghunathan edges closer to second ban". thecheckeredflag.co.uk. Retrieved 1 September 2019.

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