GP2 Series

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GP2 Series
CategorySingle seaters
Country or regionInternational
First season2005
Engine suppliersRenault
Tyre suppliersPirelli
Drivers' championUnited Kingdom Jolyon Palmer (2014)
Teams' championRussia Russian Time (2013)
GP2's logo.

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,[1] while Ecclestone also has the rights to the name GP1.[2] In 2010 the GP3 Series class was launched, as a feeder class for the GP2 series.[3]

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 | change source]

The GP2 Series car is used by all of the teams, and features a Dallara chassis powered by a V8 Renault engine and Bridgestone tyres.

The 4 L Renault V8 engine features design and software upgrades designed to improve performance and fuel consumption. The engine produces about 620 bhp (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 | change source]

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 | change source]


  • Pole for Saturday races: 2 points
Point system for race 1
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Point system for race 2
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
6 5 4 3 2 1
  • 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.


Point system for race 1
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

The top eight finishers in a sprint race receive points as follows:

Point system for race 2
 1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
  • Fastest Lap and Pole position are the same in the previous system

Champions[change | change source]

Season Champion Second Third Team Champion
2005 Germany Nico Rosberg (ART Grand Prix) Finland Heikki Kovalainen United States Scott Speed France ART Grand Prix
2006 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton (ART Grand Prix) Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Alexandre Prémat France ART Grand Prix
2007 Germany Timo Glock (iSport International) Brazil Lucas di Grassi Italy Giorgio Pantano United Kingdom iSport International
2008 Italy Giorgio Pantano (Racing Engineering) Brazil Bruno Senna Brazil Lucas di Grassi Spain Barwa International Campos Team
2009 Germany Nico Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix) Russia Vitaly Petrov Brazil Lucas di Grassi France ART Grand Prix
2010 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado (Rapax) Mexico Sergio Pérez France Jules Bianchi Italy Rapax
2011 France Romain Grosjean (DAMS) Italy Luca Filippi France Jules Bianchi Spain Barwa Addax Team
2012 Italy Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) Brazil Luiz Razia Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez France DAMS
2013 Switzerland Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) United Kingdom Sam Bird United Kingdom James Calado Russia Russian Time
2014 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer (DAMS)

Drivers graduated to F1[change | change source]

2005 Germany Nico Rosberg Finland Heikki Kovalainen  United States Scott Speed
2006 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 
2007 Germany Timo Glock Japan Kazuki Nakajima 
2008 Brazil Bruno Senna  Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
2009 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Russia Vitaly Petrov Brazil Lucas di Grassi France Romain Grosjean  Japan Kamui Kobayashi  India Karun Chandhok
2009 Mexico Sergio Pérez[4]
2010 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Mexico Sergio Pérez Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio
2011 France Jules Bianchi  France Charles Pic
2012 United Kingdom Max Chilton Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
2013 Sweden Marcus Ericsson

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 | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Spurgeon, Brad (2005-06-01). "Formula One experiments with its minor league". The International Herald Tribune. p. 22.
  2. August 11, 2005
  3. " October 3, 2008". Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. Retrieved 2010-09-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. "Sauber land Sergio Perez for 2011 Formula 1 season". BBC Sport. 2010-10-04. Retrieved 2010-10-04.

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