2008 GP2 Series season

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2008 GP2 Series season
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For the Asian-based series, see 2008 GP2 Asia Series season.

The 2008 GP2 Series season was the fourth GP2 Series season. It began on 26 April at Barcelona, Spain and it finished on 14 September at Monza, Italy. This is the first season using a new car design to be used during the following 3 seasons. The series was won by Giorgio Pantano.

Season summary[edit]

4th GP2 Series season started in Circuit de Catalunya. Pastor Maldonado took first pole position of the season, but he couldn't use the advantage after a very bad start. Alvaro Parente won in his debut race in the series. In the sprint race, Romain Grosjean was heading for victory until late-race safety car. When the safety car went back to the pits, Grosjean straight-lined chicane and lost momentum. He then blocked Kamui Kobayashi, receiving drive through penalty. Kobayashi won the race while Grosjean was left without points.

At Turkey, Giorgio Pantano won from pole in the feature race. Grosjean won the sprint race which included several accidents on the first lap, as well as two stray dogs on the track. One of them was hit by Bruno Senna whose car was damaged and he had to retire. Luckily Senna escaped without injury. Senna then won at Monaco, on the track where his uncle Ayrton had won six times. In the sprint race, which was held for the first time in Monaco, Mike Conway was victorious. He was heading for third place in feature race before being punted off by Javier Villa on the final lap. He was lucky in the event, as only eight drivers were unlapped, so he ended in eight and therefore for the pole in the sprint.

Magny-Cours feature race was won by Pantano after Grosjean and Senna suffered mechanical retirements. The sprint race started on damp track and few drivers gambled starting with slicks. This worked well for Arden drivers, as Sébastien Buemi won from 21st on the grid. His team-mate Yelmer Buurman was second. At Silverstone Pantano won the feature again, and wet sprint race was dominated by Senna.

At Hockenheim Grosjean finished first on the road, but he was later penalized for overtaking under yellow flag, giving Pantano third straight feature race victory. Karun Chandhok won the sprint race from pole. At Hungaroring, Lucas di Grassi who had returned to GP2 in Magny-Cours, won the feature race, while Buemi won the sprint after polesitter Andy Soucek made a small mistake.

The feature race at Valencia ended in dramatic fashion. Pantano was on road for victory before he ran out of fuel on the final lap. Several other drivers suffered same fate, including Senna who could get his car over the finish line but in 9th place. Vitaly Petrov inherited the win. Pantano recovered well in sprint race to take third place while Senna crashed out. di Grassi was the winner.

With four races to go, Pantano led by 13 points on Senna and 20 on di Grassi. Senna took the pole in Spa, but his race was destroyed by drive through penalty for unsafe release by the team in his pit stop. Pantano suffered mechanical glitch during safety car and was dropped to back of the field. He was recovering until he collided with di Grassi on the final lap. Pantano was disqualified for the race and also excluded from the sprint. Grosjean won the feature while Maldonado took his first victory of the season in the sprint, overtaking Jérôme d'Ambrosio on the final lap.

Pantano got perfect start for final weekend with pole, therefore knocking di Grassi out from the championship hunt. A race started in wet conditions and mandatory pit stop was done as late as possible, as the track was ready for slicks. di Grassi won while Pantano ended in 10th after drive through penalty for crossing white line at the pit exit. It didn't matter much: while Senna couldn't finish better than 5th, Pantano clinched the title with one race to go. The sprint race was held in wet conditions as well and won by polesitter Davide Valsecchi.

Teams and drivers[edit]

On 19 October 2007, it was announced that the same 13 teams which took part in 2007 would continue into 2008.[1]

Team No. Driver Rounds
United Kingdom iSport International 1 India Karun Chandhok[2] All
2 Brazil Bruno Senna[2] All
France ART Grand Prix 3 Italy Luca Filippi[3] 1–5
Japan Sakon Yamamoto[4] 6–10
4 France Romain Grosjean[5] All
Spain Barwa International Campos Team 5 Russia Vitaly Petrov[6] All
6 United Kingdom Ben Hanley[6] 1–3
Brazil Lucas di Grassi[7] 4–10
United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 7 Denmark Christian Bakkerud[8] 1, 3
Spain Andy Soucek[9][10] 2, 4–10
8 Portugal Álvaro Parente[8] All
France DAMS 9 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[11] All
10 Japan Kamui Kobayashi[12] All
Spain Racing Engineering 11 Spain Javier Villa All
12 Italy Giorgio Pantano[13] All
Netherlands Trust Team Arden 14 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[14] All
15 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman[15] 1–5
Italy Luca Filippi[16] 6–10
Italy Durango 16 Italy Davide Valsecchi[17] 1–2, 5–10
Italy Marcello Puglisi[18] 3
United Kingdom Ben Hanley[19] 4
17 Brazil Alberto Valerio[17] All
Italy FMS International 18 Spain Roldán Rodríguez[20] All
19 Spain Adrián Vallés[21] 1
United Kingdom Adam Carroll[22] 2–3
Estonia Marko Asmer[23] 4–10
Italy Trident Racing 20 United Kingdom Mike Conway[24] All
21 China Ho-Pin Tung[25] All
BrazilItaly Piquet Sports 22 United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber[26] All
23 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado[27] All
United Kingdom David Price Racing 24 Romania Michael Herck[28] 4–10
Italy Giacomo Ricci[29] 1–2
Spain Andy Soucek[30] 3
25 Brazil Diego Nunes[28] All
Spain BCN Competición 26 Italy Paolo Maria Nocera[31] 1
Spain Adrián Vallés[22] 2–9
27 Serbia Miloš Pavlović[32] 1–3
Brazil Carlos Iaconelli[33] 4–10

Schedule and results[edit]

Round Location Circuit Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 R1 Spain Barcelona, Spain Circuit de Catalunya 26 April Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Portugal Álvaro Parente Portugal Álvaro Parente United Kingdom Super Nova Racing Report
R2 27 April Japan Kamui Kobayashi Japan Kamui Kobayashi France DAMS
2 R1 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Park 10 May Italy Giorgio Pantano United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber Italy Giorgio Pantano Spain Racing Engineering Report
R2 11 May France Romain Grosjean France Romain Grosjean France ART Grand Prix
3 R1 Monaco Monte-Carlo, Monaco Circuit de Monaco 23 May Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Brazil Bruno Senna Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom iSport International Report
R2 24 May United Kingdom Mike Conway United Kingdom Mike Conway Italy Trident Racing
4 R1 France Magny-Cours, France Circuit de Magny-Cours 21 June Brazil Bruno Senna Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Spain Racing Engineering Report
R2 22 June Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Netherlands Trust Team Arden
5 R1 United Kingdom Silverstone, Great Britain Silverstone Circuit 5 July Brazil Bruno Senna Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Spain Racing Engineering Report
R2 6 July Russia Vitaly Petrov Brazil Bruno Senna United Kingdom iSport International
6 R1 Germany Hockenheim, Germany Hockenheimring 19 July Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Spain Racing Engineering Report
R2 20 July Switzerland Sébastien Buemi India Karun Chandhok United Kingdom iSport International
7 R1 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Hungaroring 2 August France Romain Grosjean Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Brazil Lucas di Grassi Spain Campos Grand Prix Report
R2 3 August Brazil Lucas di Grassi Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Netherlands Trust Team Arden
8 R1 Spain Valencia, Spain Valencia Street Circuit 23 August Italy Giorgio Pantano Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Russia Vitaly Petrov Spain Campos Grand Prix Report
R2 24 August Brazil Lucas di Grassi Brazil Lucas di Grassi Spain Campos Grand Prix
9 R1 Belgium Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 6 September Brazil Bruno Senna France Romain Grosjean France Romain Grosjean France ART Grand Prix Report
R2 7 September Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Brazil Piquet Sports
10 R1 Italy Monza, Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 13 September Italy Giorgio Pantano Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Brazil Lucas di Grassi Spain Campos Grand Prix Report
R2 14 September Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Davide Valsecchi Italy Durango

The original calendar was released on 25 March 2008 and had a standalone event on the 31 May – 1 June at the Valencia's Ricardo Tormo circuit. However, on the 18 April 2008, it was confirmed that a deal had been agreed for a GP2 event to run alongside the new European GP at the Valencia Street Circuit instead of the original date at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.

Also, for the first time in the history of GP2, two races were held at Monaco.

All of the races supported the Formula One Grands Prix indicated by the relevant flags, except the round at Valencia which supported the 2008 European Grand Prix.

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Pos Driver ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
Points
1 Italy Giorgio Pantano 4 3 1 4 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 3 1 Ret 14 5 14 3 DSQ EX 10 5 76
2 Brazil Bruno Senna 2 4 15 Ret 1 5 Ret 5 6 1 4 3 3 3 9 Ret 11 Ret 5 9 64
3 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2 4 2 2 5 Ret 1 10 4 1 20† 5 1 11 63
4 France Romain Grosjean 5 13 2 1 Ret 10 Ret Ret 5 8 2 4 17 12 3 Ret 1 9 4 3 62
5 Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 12 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 7 Ret 15† 6 17 5 18† 2 Ret 3 1 2 4 60
6 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 7 2 6 3 Ret 11 Ret 1 4 DNS Ret 8 7 1 6 Ret 5 4 3 7 50
7 Russia Vitaly Petrov 6 Ret 5 2 Ret 15 4 18† 10 5 Ret 11 Ret 9 1 15† 4 3 Ret Ret 39
8 Portugal Álvaro Parente 1 7 Ret 8 5 3 9 Ret 16 Ret 3 6 16 Ret 16† Ret 2 Ret Ret 12 34
9 United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 3 Ret 3 Ret 11 17 5 8 7 11 11† 2 2 7 Ret Ret DSQ Ret Ret 10 32
10 India Karun Chandhok 9 Ret 4 12 3 Ret 7 Ret 3 Ret 8 1 4 DNS 15† Ret 10 7 11 Ret 31
11 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 7 6 Ret 9 12 Ret 10 9 Ret 5 2 8 2 7 6 21
12 United Kingdom Mike Conway Ret 8 9 5 8† 1 8 6 14 4 Ret 9 6 11 Ret 8 7 Ret 13 Ret 20
13 Spain Roldán Rodríguez Ret Ret 12 13 6 4 Ret 16 11 Ret 18 15 19 Ret Ret 10 21† Ret 6 2 14
14 Spain Andy Soucek 19 Ret 13 6 13 Ret 12 Ret 7 Ret 8 2 7 Ret 6 Ret 9 18 14
15 Italy Davide Valsecchi 10 5 DNS DNS 19 6 Ret 13 Ret 13 NC 7 Ret 6 8 1 11
16 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 8 1 Ret 9 Ret 18 Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 18 11 8 Ret 6 9 14 Ret 13 10
17 Spain Javier Villa 14 6 7 15 14 13 14 10 13 Ret 10† 5 13 6 Ret 5 17 8 Ret EX 8
18 China Ho-Pin Tung Ret 14 11 Ret 7 2 Ret 14 18 Ret 13 7 Ret 14 Ret 9 15 10 Ret 8 7
19 Italy Luca Filippi 11 Ret 16 14 Ret 12 10 3 8 Ret Ret Ret 15 Ret 8 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 6
20 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman Ret 10 14 Ret 12 8 12 2 15 10 5
21 Spain Adrián Vallés 18 11 10 Ret 4 16 15 12 22 14† 15 Ret Ret 19 11 Ret 13 13 WD WD 5
22 Brazil Diego Nunes 15 16 13 10 15 9 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret 12 15 10 4 12 Ret Ret 16 3
23 Japan Sakon Yamamoto 12† NC 10 4 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 3
24 United Kingdom Ben Hanley Ret 9 17 6 16 14 Ret Ret 1
25 United Kingdom Adam Carroll 8 Ret Ret Ret 1
26 Brazil Alberto Valerio 13 Ret 18 7 Ret Ret 18 17 21 9 9 14 DNS 17 Ret 12 Ret Ret 12 15 0
27 Denmark Christian Bakkerud Ret DNS 10 Ret 0
28 Brazil Carlos Iaconelli 16 13 DNS Ret 16 16 Ret Ret 13 11 Ret 12 14 14 0
29 Estonia Marko Asmer 17 11 20 13 14 12 18 Ret DNS Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 0
30 Romania Michael Herck Ret 15 23 DNS 17 Ret Ret 17 12 14 14 11 Ret 17 0
31 Italy Giacomo Ricci 16 Ret Ret 11 0
32 Serbia Miloš Pavlović DNS 12 Ret 16 DNS DNS 0
33 Italy Marcello Puglisi 17 19 0
34 Italy Paolo Maria Nocera 17 Ret 0
Pos Driver ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Teams[edit]

Pos Team Car
No.
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
Points
1 Spain Barwa Int. Campos Team 5 6 Ret 5 2 Ret 15 4 18† 10 5 Ret 12 Ret 9 1 15† 4 3 Ret Ret 103
6 Ret 9 17 6 16 14 2 4 2 2 5 Ret 1 10 4 1 20† 5 1 11
2 United Kingdom iSport International 1 9 Ret 4 12 3 Ret 7 Ret 3 Ret 8 1 4 DNS 15† Ret 10 7 11 Ret 95
2 2 4 15 Ret 1 5 Ret 5 6 1 4 3 3 3 9 Ret 11 Ret 5 8
3 BrazilItaly Piquet Sports 22 3 Ret 3 Ret 11 Ret 5 8 7 11 11† 2 2 7 Ret Ret DSQ Ret Ret 10 92
23 12 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 3 7 Ret 15† 6 18 5 18† 2 Ret 3 1 2 4
4 Spain Racing Engineering 11 14 6 7 15 14 13 14 10 13 Ret 10† 5 13 6 Ret 5 17 8 Ret EX 84
12 4 3 1 4 Ret Ret 1 Ret 1 3 1 Ret 14 5 14 3 DSQ EX 10 5
5 France ART Grand Prix 3 11 Ret 16 14 Ret 12 10 3 8 Ret 12† NC 10 4 Ret Ret 18 Ret Ret Ret 70
4 5 13 2 1 Ret 10 Ret Ret 5 8 2 4 17 12 3 Ret 1 9 4 3
6 Netherlands Trust Team Arden 14 7 2 6 3 Ret 11 Ret 1 4 DNS Ret 8 7 1 6 Ret 5 4 3 7 56
15 Ret 10 14 Ret 12 8 12 2 15 10 Ret Ret 15 Ret 8 13 19 Ret Ret Ret
7 United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 7 Ret DNS 19 Ret 10 Ret 13 Ret 12 Ret 7 Ret 8 2 7 Ret 6 Ret 9 18 47
8 1 7 Ret 8 5 3 9 Ret 16 Ret 3 6 16 Ret 16† Ret 2 Ret Ret 12
8 France DAMS 9 Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 7 6 Ret 9 12 Ret 11 9 Ret 5 2 8 2 7 6 31
10 8 1 Ret 9 Ret 18 Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 18 11 8 Ret 6 9 14 Ret 13
9 Italy Trident Racing 20 Ret 8 9 5 8† 1 8 6 14 4 Ret 9 6 11 Ret 8 7 Ret 13 Ret 27
21 Ret 14 11 Ret 7 2 Ret 14 18 Ret 13 7 Ret 14 Ret 9 15 10 Ret 9
10 Italy FMS International 18 Ret Ret 12 13 6 4 Ret 16 11 Ret 18 16 19 Ret Ret 10 21† Ret 6 2 15
19 18 11 8 Ret Ret Ret 17 11 20 13 14 13 18 Ret DNS Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret
11 Italy Durango 16 10 5 DNS DNS 17 Ret Ret Ret 19 6 Ret 14 Ret 13 NC 7 Ret 6 8 1 11
17 13 Ret 18 7 Ret Ret 18 17 21 9 9 15 DNS 17 Ret 12 Ret Ret 12 15
12 Spain BCN Competición 26 17 Ret 10 Ret 4 16 15 12 22 14† 15 Ret Ret 19 11 Ret 13 13 WD WD 5
27 DNS 12 Ret 16 DNS DNS 16 13 DNS Ret 16 17 Ret Ret 13 11 Ret 12 14 14
13 United Kingdom David Price Racing 24 16 Ret Ret 11 13 6 Ret 15 12 DNS 17 Ret Ret 17 12 14 14 11 Ret 17 4
25 15 16 13 10 15 9 11 Ret 17 Ret Ret Ret 12 15 10 4 12 Ret Ret 16
Pos Team Car
No.
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)
  • Pole-winners in bold; feature race pole-winners are awarded two points, whereas no points are given for the reverse-grid pole winner in the sprint race.
  • Drivers who achieve fastest lap in italics; earn one point, if classified in the top ten.
  • Drivers who didn't finish the race but were classified are marked with †.

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