MP Motorsport’s Sergio Sette Câmara benefited from a lightning start to take his first ever victory in his rookie F2 season, while Charles Leclerc raced his way from the other end of the grid to take home a brilliant fifth.

Sette Câmara was able to rocket into the lead going into La Source and never looked back to take the chequered flag under Safety Car conditions after Nobuharu Matsushita suffered a violent crash in the latter stages.

The ART driver, who was running outside the top 8, simply lost control through Raidillon and crashed at high speed into the barriers. Despite his machine being a complete write-off, Matsushita was able to get out of the car unaided and walk away from the scene, despite being visibly winded and shaken.

This meant that the final few laps were driven behind the Safety Car, which enabled Sette Câmara to cruise to the flag and take his maiden victory in his rookie F2 season. He finished ahead of Nyck de Vries who kept the Brazilian honest for most of the race and Luca Ghiotto, who managed to overtake Nato for third just before Matsushita’s accident.

The big story though was Leclerc’s resurgence. Having been disqualified from the Feature Race on Saturday, Leclerc started 19th but carved his way to a P5 finish, moving up 14 places in the process.

Behind him, Roberto Merhi took more points in sixth ahead of Leclerc’s PREMA Racing teammate Antonio Fuoco and DAMS driver Oliver Rowland who also put in a great recovery drive, taking the final point of the race in eighth after starting 20th following his disqualification on Saturday.

With this result, Leclerc extends his lead to 218 points ahead of Rowland with 159 and Markelov 3rd with 150 while DAMS edge out RUSSIAN TIME in the teams’ standings with 274 to RUSSIAN TIME’s 273 as PREMA trail them in third with 258.

F2 returns next week at Monza for the Italian event, September 1-3.

2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship Race of Belgium – Sprint Race Final Classification (18 laps)
  Driver   Team / Entry   Laps Result
1. Sergio Sette Câmara MP Motorsport 18 39:40.215
2. Nyck de Vries Racing Engineering 18 + 0.623
3. Luca Ghiotto Russian Time 18 + 2.403
4. Norman Nato Pertamina Arden 18 + 3.109
5. Charles Leclerc PREMA Racing 18 + 3.820
6. Roberto Merhi Rapax 18 + 4.894
7. Antonio Fuoco PREMA Racing 18 + 5.448
8. Oliver Rowland DAMS 18 + 5.828
9. Nicholas Latifi DAMS 18 + 6.690
10. Santino Ferrucci Trident 18 + 9.202
11. Gustav Malja Racing Engineering 18 + 9.629
12. Louis Delétraz Rapax 18 + 10.556
13. Ralph Boschung Campos Racing 18 + 10.865
14. Jordan King MP Motorsport 18 + 11.095
15. Nabil Jeffri Trident 18 + 12.070
16. Robert Vișoiu Campos Racing 18 + 13.709
17. Sean Gelael Pertamina Arden 18 + 14.121
18. Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 18 + 17.543
  Not Classified   Team / Entry   Laps Result
DNF. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 14 Accident
DNF. Artem Markelov Russian Time 12 Retired

Post-Race Penalties:

  • None

Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship Media

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Ahmad Shallouf

Contributing Writer at MotorsportM8