GP2 Series

former motor racing series

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 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.

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


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


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



  • 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


Season Champion Second Third Team Champion
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
2011   Romain Grosjean (DAMS)   Luca Filippi   Jules Bianchi   Barwa Addax Team
2012   Davide Valsecchi (DAMS)   Luiz Razia   Esteban Gutiérrez   DAMS
2013   Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering)   Sam Bird   James Calado   Russian Time
2014   Jolyon Palmer (DAMS)      

Drivers graduated to F1

2005   Nico Rosberg   Heikki Kovalainen    Scott Speed
2006   Lewis Hamilton   Nelson Piquet, Jr. 
2007   Timo Glock   Kazuki Nakajima 
2008   Bruno Senna    Sébastien Buemi
2009   Nico Hülkenberg   Vitaly Petrov   Lucas di Grassi   Romain Grosjean    Kamui Kobayashi    Karun Chandhok
2009   Sergio Pérez[4]
2010   Pastor Maldonado   Sergio Pérez   Jérôme d'Ambrosio
2011   Jules Bianchi    Charles Pic
2012   Max Chilton   Esteban Gutierrez   Giedo van der Garde
2013   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.



  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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