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15/05/2017

FIA Formula 2 provides a great show in Spain

FIA Formula 2 provides a great show in Spain

Pirelli Round 2 round up

The FIA Formula 2 Championship use soft and hard P Zero tyres last weekend for the second round of the 2017 season in Barcelona, Spain.

In the Feature Race, reigning GP3 champion Charles Leclerc won from pole, managing his tyre strategy perfectly. Like most of the front-running drivers, the PREMA driver started the race on the soft tyre: around one second per lap faster than the hard.

Leclerc pitted from the lead on lap eight to switch to the hard tyres, re-joining in 15th place, then gradually moved up the order as the drivers in front of him pitted. The Ferrari junior got the lead back in the closing stages, despite having no radio to communicate with his team.

The strategies were affected by a virtual and then a full safety car. DAMS driver Oliver Rowland used a different strategy by starting on the hard tyre and eventually taking the lead on lap 21 (of 37) after everyone else pitted. He made his own stop on lap 28, which dropped him to seventh, and fought his way back to third at the flag: making him the highest-placed driver of those who started on the hard.

The Sprint Race on Sunday was won by Nobuharu Matsushita from the third row of the grid, after capitalising on a couple of mistakes from drivers ahead of him, and managing his tyres perfectly. Leclerc extended his championship lead by finishing fourth.

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Pirelli’s head of car racing Mario Isola said: “We had lively races in Formula 2 at Barcelona, with Charles Leclerc executing his strategy perfectly to take the race win on Saturday under challenging circumstances thanks to high temperatures and a safety car.”

Charles Leclerc, Formula 2 Feature Race winner, added: “We had no radio, so on the grid we changed the strategy to take the simplest one to avoid confusion. So, we started on soft tyres then went to hard. It was a really hard race, with the safety car, trying to overtake and make my way up without losing time, and most of all without losing the tyres because they had to last. With 15 laps to go I thought it was going to be tough, but the tyres handled it really well”

The next Formula 2 round takes place in Monaco from May 26-27.

Pirelli press release

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