Racing Engineering are looking for further gains at Monaco.

Racing Engineering are looking for further gains at Monaco.

24.05.2017: The second round of the 2017 FIA F2 Championship at the Barcelona Circuit saw Racing Engineering’s driver Gustav Malja scoring

The second round of the 2017 FIA F2 Championship at the Barcelona Circuit saw Racing Engineering’s driver Gustav Malja scoring points in both races which allowed him to move up six positions in the Championship standings, more than any other driver.



 Louis Delétraz, Gustav’s teammate, would have almost certainly scored in Saturday’s race if another competitor hadn’t made contact and relegated him to the back of the field which, in turn, badly compromised Sunday’s race.



Round three sees the F2 cars and drivers at that most glamorous of racing venues, the streets of Monte Carlo where the smallest mistake can mean instant retirement and where, more than any other track, a good performance in qualifying is vital to a good race result.



For Gustav, this is an opportunity to continue his progress and add to his points tally while for Louis, a good result here would be the ideal base for the rest of the season.



In a change to the normal F2 programme, practice and qualifying will take place on Thursday and for qualifying the drivers will be split into two groups, one driver from each team in each group, to avoid overcrowding on the track when looking for a fast lap.



The Feature Race will be run on Friday afternoon and the Sprint Race on Saturday morning. Due to the relatively low speeds at Monaco, Pirelli will be supplying their P Zero Yellow soft and P Zero Red supersoft compounds to the teams.




Timetable:


Practice: Thu 25 May 2017, 11:55 (GMT+2)
Qualifying Group A: Thu 25 May 2017, 15:55 (GMT+2)
Qualifying Group B: Thu 25 May 2017, 16:16 (GMT+2)
Race 1: Fri 26 May 2017, 15:40 (GMT+2)
Race 2: Sat 27 May 2017, 10:35 (GMT+2)



Length of lap:    3.340 km

 2016 best Racing Engineering:    P2 in Qualifying – P2 in R1 – P6 in R2
 Tyre Wear:    Low
 Brake Wear:    Low
 Downforce:    High
 Throttle Average:    52%
 Fastest turn:    T9 (tunnel)
 Hardest Braking Point:    Chicane at the Exit of the Tunnel
 Gear shifts per lap:    37
 Top Speed:    270 km/h
 Average Speed (Qualifying) 2016:    151.708 km/h
 Average Speed (Race) 2016:    143.048 km/h
 Pole Position Time 2016:    1:19.186



  1. Circuit de Monaco is a street circuit laid out on the city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine around the harbour of the Principality of Monaco.


2. In Monaco, the qualifying session is divided into two groups. Louis Delétraz will drive in group A and Gustav Malja in group B.


3. The race circuit has many elevation changes, tight corners and is narrow.


4. For our Swiss driver Louis Delétraz, it will be the first time he has raced in Monte Carlo.


5. A lap at Monaco lap starts with a short sprint to the tight Sainte-Dévote corner, this is a nearly 90-degree right-hand bend.


6. After the very slow hairpin, the cars head downhill to a double right-hander called Portier before heading into the famous tunnel.


7. The track goes up until the left-right of the Casino of Monte Carlo, from there, goes down again to the right-hand curve of the Mirabeau.


8. The drivers must drive with only millimetres separating them from walls, barriers and other trackside limits to attain fast lap times.


9. For the spectators the proximity of the cars to the grandstands can make it seem as if the cars are faster than at any other circuit.


10. In 2016 Racing Engineering’s drivers finished qualifying first and second in their respective groups.






 • The race average speed around the track is the lowest of the year, just 154 km/h in F1 and only 143 km/h in F2.


• There is not a big difference when it comes to throttle use during one lap, 50% in F1 vs. 52% in F2.



• F1 top speed is 305 km/h – F2 is 270 km/h.


• F1 drivers will change gear 48 times per lap against the 37 times that a F2 driver will have to do so.


• Race distance is different: F1 goes around the circuit for 78 laps and GP2 does a total of 70 laps during its two races- 40 laps in the Feature Race and 30 in the Sprint Race.


• Downforce levels are alike but still different: Maximum downforce levels in F1 against high levels in F2.


• Pole position in F1 was set in 2016 at 1:13.622 – Pole position in GP2 was set in 2016 at 1:19.186.






- Ines Koschutnig - photos FIA F2

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