Abu Dhabi Feature race winner Oliver Rowland has been disqualified, promoting Artem Markelov to the top step of the podium.
The pair had staged an exciting battle during Saturday night’s floodlit race, with Rowland overhauling the Russian to claim his third race win of the season, however the Englishman’s car subsequently failed post-race scrutineering checks.
The underfloor plank on the DAMS driver’s car was found to be below the minimum required thickness, forcing officials to exclude him from the classification.
In a further blow to Rowland, the loss of the race win to Markelov means that the RUSSIAN TIME driver will now claim runner-up spot in the Formula 2 Drivers’ Championship standings. The pair is now split by 17 points in Markelov’s favour, which is too big a gap for Rowland to overhaul with Sunday afternoon’s Sprint Race to run.
Rowland wasn’t the only driver to be excluded, however.
Third-placed finisher Antonio Fuoco was also stripped of his podium finish when scrutineers found his front tyres were below the minimum specified pressure.
The Italian driver had been gifted third place at the finish line by PREMA Racing teammate and newly-crowned champion Charles Leclerc, but his exclusion now means Leclerc moves from fourth to second.
In a further bonus for the RUSSIAN TIME team, Markelov’s teammate Luca Ghiotto is promoted to third place.
Nyck de Vries, Nicholas Latifi, Nobuharu Matsushita, Alexander Albon and Jordan King are all promoted two places respectively, with King now inheriting pole position for the reversed-grid Sprint Race.
Promoted into the points are Sérgio Sette Câmara and Louis Delétraz.
|2017 FIA Formula 2 Championship Race of Abu Dhabi – Final Feature Race Results (31 laps)|
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Artem Markelov||Russian Time||31||59:34.767|
|2.||Charles Leclerc||PREMA Racing||31||+ 16.265|
|3.||Luca Ghiotto||Russian Time||31||+ 25.438|
|4.||Nyck de Vries||Racing Engineering||31||+ 27.181|
|5.||Nicholas Latifi||DAMS||31||+ 29.967|
|6.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||31||+ 31.974|
|7.||Alexander Albon||ART Grand Prix||31||+ 34.618|
|8.||Jordan King||MP Motorsport||31||+ 40.639|
|9.||Sergio Sette Câmara||MP Motorsport||31||+ 43.305|
|10.||Louis Delétraz||Rapax||31||+ 52.356|
|11.||Gustav Malja||Racing Engineering||31||+ 1:01.198|
|12.||Álex Palou||Campos Racing||31||+ 1:04.596|
|13.||Norman Nato||Pertamina Arden||31||+ 1:12.209|
|14.||Santino Ferrucci||Trident||31||+ 1:21.496|
|15.||Sean Gelael||Pertamina Arden||31||+ 1:23.795|
|16.||Roberto Merhi||Rapax||30||+ 1 lap|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|DNF.||Lando Norris||Campos Racing||5||Engine|
|DQ.||Antonio Fuoco||PREMA Racing||Disqualified|
- Oliver Rowland – who was provisionally classified in 1st place – was disqualified for an overly worn skid block.
- Antonio Fuoco – who was provisionally classified in 3rd place – was disqualified for his front tyres being below the minimum specified tyre pressure.
Image via FIA Formula 2 Championship
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