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2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship

2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship
Drivers' Champion: Charles Leclerc
Teams' Champion: Russian Time
Previous: 2016
(GP2 Series)
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 was the fifty-first season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also the first season under the moniker of 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 was 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.

Champion Charles Leclerc took 7 wins, while runner-up Artem Markelov took 5 victories, Oliver Rowland took 2 wins, Luca Ghiotto, who finished fourth in the championship, took 1 win, Nobuharu Matsushita took 2 victories, Norman Nato, Nicholas Latifi, Antonio Fuoco, Nyck de Vries and Sérgio Sette Câmara each took one race win.

Teams and driversEdit

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
  Prema Racing 1   Charles Leclerc[5] All
2   Antonio Fuoco[5] All
  Racing Engineering 3   Louis Delétraz[6] 1–7
  Nyck de Vries[7] 8–11
4   Gustav Malja[8] All
  Russian Time 5   Luca Ghiotto[9] All
6   Artem Markelov[9] All
  ART Grand Prix 7   Nobuharu Matsushita[10] All
8   Alexander Albon[11] 1–3, 5–11
  Sergey Sirotkin[12] 4
  DAMS 9   Oliver Rowland[13] All
10   Nicholas Latifi[13] All
  Campos Racing 11   Ralph Boschung[14] 1–10
  Lando Norris[15] 11
12   Stefano Coletti[16] 1
  Roberto Merhi[17] 2
  Robert Vișoiu[18] 3–9
  Álex Palou[N 1][19] 10–11
  MP Motorsport 14   Sérgio Sette Câmara[20] All
15   Jordan King[21] All
  Trident 16   Nabil Jeffri[22] All
17   Sergio Canamasas[16] 1–4
  Raffaele Marciello[23] 5
  Callum Ilott[24] 6
  Santino Ferrucci[25] 7–11
  Rapax 18   Nyck de Vries[26] 1–7
  Louis Delétraz[7] 8–11
19   Johnny Cecotto Jr.[26] 1–4
  Sergio Canamasas[23] 5–7
  Roberto Merhi[7][27] 8–9, 11
  René Binder[28] 10
  Pertamina Arden[29] 20   Norman Nato[30] All
21   Sean Gelael[30] All

Team changesEdit

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 changesEdit

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

CalendarEdit

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

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

Calendar changesEdit

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]

ChangesEdit

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 standingsEdit

Season summaryEdit

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

Scoring systemEdit

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' championshipEdit

Pos. Driver BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
JER
 
YMC
 
Points
1   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   Alexander Albon 6 7 5 8 4 6 5 2 18 10 8 7 12 18 14 8 12 9 7 2 86
11   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   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   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   Sergio Canamasas 14 11 Ret 11 10 17 9 15 15 9 5 4 Ret Ret 21
15   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   Johnny Cecotto Jr. 15 9 17 10 8 2 Ret 14 16
17   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   Roberto Merhi 19† 12 7 6 11 5 16 10 16
19   Ralph Boschung 12 Ret 12 17 12 Ret 8 8 7 Ret 11 Ret 11 16 13 13 15 13 Ret 19† 11
20   Sergey Sirotkin 10 4 9
21   Álex Palou 8 8 12 12 5
22   Santino Ferrucci 9 14 9 10 Ret 14 Ret 13 14 15 4
23   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   Robert Vișoiu Ret 15 15 11 11 17† 17 11 Ret Ret 10 16 16 19 1
25   Lando Norris Ret 13 0
26   Callum Ilott 19 14 0
27   Stefano Coletti 16 15 0
28   René Binder 15 17 0
29   Raffaele Marciello 19 Ret 0
Pos. Driver BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
JER
 
YMC
 
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' championshipEdit

Pos. Team No. BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
JER
 
YMC
 
Points
1   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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
 
CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
JER
 
YMC
 
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.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ 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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