NEWS

15/07/2017

Leclerc flies to five in Silverstone feature

Leclerc flies to five in Silverstone feature

Monegasque grabs fifth win despite dramas

Charles Leclerc has claimed his fifth race of the season at a damp Silverstone in this afternoon’s feature race, making light of a big fluid leak and losing a mirror to fly to victory by almost 9 seconds over a race long battle between Norman Nato and Oliver Rowland.

The Monegasque driver led the grid away when the lights went out, easily holding the lead from pole as his fellow front row starter Rowland was slow off the line, allowing Nato into P2 before the first corner ahead of the Briton and countryman Jordan King, Nobuharu Matsushita, Artem Markelov, Sergio Canamasas, and Nicholas Latifi as the field shook out around the circuit.

The Russian got a good run on Matsushita next time around to grab P5, but the Japanese driver soon came back at him, battling all the way to the stops, with Luca Ghiotto also squeezing by Latifi just before the pitstops started on lap 6. Most of the front runners were straight in but Leclerc stayed out before suffering a huge fluid release from under his engine cover, coming straight into the pits next time through.

If his rivals were hoping for a mechanical gremlin they were to be denied: the Ferrari Academy driver was straight back out on track in the lead of the pitted drivers, behind only Matsushita, Ralph Boschung, Robert Visoiu, Alexander Albon and Callum Ilott, all of who started on the harder compound. With the fight between Nato and Rowland raging behind, Leclerc soon started slicing through the cars ahead of him back towards P1.

As the laps wound down Leclerc was moving up, but on lap 20 his left mirror flew off his car, giving him something else to consider as he tracked down Matsushita for the lead. The Japanese driver finally pitted a lap later and Leclerc was back where he started, and pulling away from his rivals just to twist the knife.

When the chequered flag dropped Leclerc was 9 seconds ahead of Nato, who denied race long pressure from Rowland to hold on for second. Markelov was the next man across the line, fighting his way past Canamasas and others for P6, while teammate Ghiotto mugged King and Latifi in the closing stages for 6th, with Sean Gelael and Matsushita filling the final points positions. 

Preliminary Feature Race Classification

 

Driver

Team

 

 

1.

Charles Leclerc

PREMA Racing

 

 

2.

Norman Nato

Pertamina Arden

 

 

3.

Oliver Rowland

DAMS

 

 

4.

Artem Markelov

RUSSIAN TIME

 

 

5.

Sergio Canamasas

Rapax

 

 

6.

Luca Ghiotto

RUSSIAN TIME

 

 

7.

Jordan King

MP Motorsport

 

 

8.

Nicholas Latifi

DAMS

 

 

9.

Sean Gelael

Pertamina Arden

 

 

10.

Nobuharu Matsushita

ART Grand Prix

 

 

11.

Ralph Boschung

Campos Racing

 

 

12.

Louis Delétraz

Racing Engineering

 

 

13.

Sergio Sette Camara

MP Motorsport

 

 

14.

Gustav Malja

Racing Engineering

 

 

15.

Nabil Jeffri

Trident

 

 

16.

Antonio Fuoco

PREMA Racing

 

 

17.

Robert Visoiu

Campos Racing

 

 

18.

Alexander Albon

ART Grand Prix

 

 

19.

Callum Ilott

Trident

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

Not Classified


 

 

 

Nyck De Vries

Rapax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fastest Lap  

 

 

 

 

Nobuharu Matsushita

1 :42.512 on lap 23

 

 

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