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|
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