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2016 Red Bull Ring GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

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Date  2 July 2016
Driver  Sergey Sirotkin
Laps  40
Time  1:13.663
2016 Red Bull Ring GP2 and GP3 Series rounds
Location  Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course  Permanent racing facility 4.326 km (2.688 mi)

The 2016 Red Bull Ring GP2 and GP3 Series rounds were a pair of motor races that were held on 2 and 3 July 2016 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria as part of the GP2 Series and GP3 Series. It was the fourth round of the 2016 GP2 season and the second round of the 2016 GP3 season. The race weekend supported the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix.

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Background

Following the Baku round, Nobuharu Matsushita was suspended from competing in the Austrian GP2 round due to erratic driving that caused several collisions during the restarts. On June 28, ART Grand Prix announced René Binder as Matsushita's replacement.

Before the weekend commenced, Mahaveer Raghunathan announced that he would call time on his GP3 campaign to focus on his efforts in Auto GP. In the weekend's only practice session, Giuliano Alesi withdrew from the weekend after an accident which saw him unfit to complete the rest of the weekend.

Qualifying

Arden International GP2 driver, Jimmy Eriksson will carry through a three-place grid penalty from the previous round after GP2 stewards deemed him to be at fault in the collision between himself and Jordan King.

Sergey Sirotkin achieved the fastest time of 1:13.663, thereby achieving his second pole position of the year. Antonio Giovinazzi narrowly missed out by six-thousandths of a second and Pierre Gasly occupied third. The session however, ended under yellow flags after Jimmy Eriksson's car stopped at turn seven.

Notes
1.^ – Jeffri received a three-place grid penalty after having failed to slow down under yellow flag conditions. 2.^ – Canamasas received a three-place grid penalty after having been deemed to impede a fellow driver. 3.^ – Latifi received a three-place grid penalty after having been deemed to impede a fellow driver. 4.^ – Eriksson received a three-place grid penalty adhered from the previous round in Baku. Arden subsequently elected to start him from the pitlane.

Feature Race

The Feature Race for GP2 was delayed by 15 minutes due to incidents that occurred in the preceding Formula One qualifying session. The race saw changing conditions that effected the outcome of the race. While the bottom of the circuit would be dry, heavy rainfall would be at the top. Gasly spun from the lead which triggered a safety car and a flurry of pitstops. On lap 28, Marvin Kirchhöfer also spun, which triggered another safety car. Upon exiting the pitlane shortly thereafter, Artem Markelov hit the wall on pit exit, prompting a red flag due to damage to the track. After a lengthy delay, the race was restarted behind the safety car with the Campos pair of Mitch Evans and Sean Gelael leading and Philo Paz Armand, who incurred a penalty after overtaking the safety car. Raffaele Marciello began to charge through the field on fresh super soft tyres, but as the pace in the compound started to fade away, Evans took control and won his first race of the season.

Notes
1.^ – Sirotkin was given a ten-second time penalty for failing to re-establish his original starting position before the safety car line and of failing to re-enter the pitlane. 2.^ – Malja was given a ten-second time penalty for passing several cars as well as the safety car between turns seven and eight during the safety car period without permission from the Race Director.

Sprint Race

The Sprint Race was held under atrocious conditions, with rain affecting the entire race. This would catch out drivers throughout the race and would lead to two safety cars. The first of which came as a result of Sean Gelael retiring after being hit by Arthur Pic on lap three. The second safety car came after Nicholas Latifi spun on the exit of turn one on lap ten. By this stage, the circuit was beginning to dry and some drivers elected to pit for dry tyres in an attempt to take advantage of the changing conditions. However, the track had not dried out sufficiently by this stage and so saw most of the competitors struggling for grip for the first few laps into the stint. As well as this, the restart was prompt and the group that had pitted for dry tyres were left far behind the leading pack by the time of the restart. In the end, Racing Engineering's Jordan King completed a dominant performance and earned his first GP2 win and Racing Engineering's second of the season.

Qualifying

It was a dominant session for the ART Grand Prix outfit with the top-three being Charles Leclerc, Alexander Albon and Nyck de Vries. Leclerc achieved a time of 1:19.071, half a second faster than his nearest competitor, Albon.

Standings after the round

GP2 Series
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • GP3 Series
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
  • References

    2016 Red Bull Ring GP2 and GP3 Series rounds Wikipedia


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