|Country or region||International|
|Drivers' champion||Pastor Maldonado|
The GP2 Series, GP2 for short, is a form of open wheel motor racing. GP2 was started in 2005 after the Formula 3000 was stopped. The format was conceived by Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, while Ecclestone also has the rights to the name GP1. In 2010 the GP3 Series class was launched, as a feeder class for the GP2 series.
GP2 was designed to be an affordable racing series and a training series for Formula One. GP2 requires all of the teams to use the same chassis, engine and tyre supplier. Almost all races have taken place as support races on Formula One race weekends. Many drivers have used GP2 as a stepping stone into Formula One.
GP2 Series cars [change]
The 4 L Renault V8 engine features design and software upgrades designed to improve performance and fuel consumption. The engine produces about 580 hp (432.5 kW). GP2 Series engines are rev-limited to 10,000 rpm.
Bridgestone supplying three slick tyre compounds for racing on dry (soft, medium and hard). They also provide a wet weather tyre. The choice of tyre to be raced is made by the Bridgestone and the GP2 Series organizers prior to each event.
Brembo supplies the brakes.
Race weekend [change]
On Friday, drivers have a 30-minute practice session and a 30-minute qualifying session. The qualifying session decides the grid order for Saturday's race which has a length of 180 kilometers.
During Saturday's race, each driver has to make a pit stop in which at least two tyres have to be changed.
On Sunday there is a sprint race of 120 km. The grid is decided by the Saturday result with top 8 being reversed, so the driver who finished 8th on Saturday will start from pole position and the winner will start from 8th place.
Point system [change]
- Pole for Saturday races: 2 points
|Point system for race 1|
|Point system for race 2|
- Fastest lap: 1 point in each race. Driver recording fastest lap has to drive 90% of race laps. The driver must now also start the race from his allocated grid position and as of 2008 must finish in the top ten of the race to be eligible for the fastest lap point.
With this points system, the most number of points anyone can score in one round is 20 by claiming pole position, winning both races with the fastest lap in each race. This has only been achieved twice in GP2 Racing's short history. By Brazilian Nelson Piquet, Jr. in the 9th round of the 2006 season in Hungary and by German Nico Hülkenberg in the 5th round of the 2009 season] in Germany.
|2005||Nico Rosberg (ART Grand Prix)||Heikki Kovalainen||Scott Speed||ART Grand Prix|
|2006||Lewis Hamilton (ART Grand Prix)||Nelson Piquet, Jr.||Alexandre Prémat||ART Grand Prix|
|2007||Timo Glock (iSport International)||Lucas di Grassi||Giorgio Pantano||iSport International|
|2008||Giorgio Pantano (Racing Engineering)||Bruno Senna||Lucas di Grassi||Barwa International Campos Team|
|2009||Nico Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix)||Vitaly Petrov||Lucas di Grassi||ART Grand Prix|
|2010||Pastor Maldonado (Rapax)||Sergio Pérez||Jules Bianchi||Rapax|
Drivers graduated to F1 [change]
Drivers are listed by their last year in GP2 Series. Usually they started in F1 at the start of the following season.
‡ = graduated to F1 later
† = started in F1 mid-season
Note: Timo Glock had four Grand Prix starts in 2004, drove in GP2 Series in 2006-07 before moving to F1 in 2008.
Related pages [change]
- Spurgeon, Brad (2005-06-01). "Formula One experiments with its minor league". The International Herald Tribune: p. 22.
- grandprix.com August 11, 2005
- autosport.com October 3, 2008 Archived 1 February 2010 at WebCite
- "Sauber land Sergio Perez for 2011 Formula 1 season". news.bbc.co.uk (BBC Sport). 2010-10-04. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9059645.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-04.