2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season

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2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season
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The 2009–10 GP2 Asia Series season was the third season of the GP2 Asia Series. It began on 31 October 2009 and ended on 14 March 2010 after four double-header rounds. All teams from the 2009 GP2 Series season except for Racing Engineering were due to take part, with the thirteenth slot being filled by MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com. Durango withdrew from the season for financial reasons.[1] The season was the last to use the first specification of the GP2 car, as used in Europe between 2005 and 2007.[2]

Davide Valsecchi of iSport International won the drivers' championship title, clinching it with three races to spare, in Bahrain after a comprehensive performance in the first five races, winning a race at each of the first three meetings with two seconds before clinching the title. He added a fourth second place at the final round, to seal a 27-point championship-winning margin. Second place was settled by a tie-breaker between a pair of Italian drivers, MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com driver Luca Filippi and DPR's Giacomo Ricci. Despite not scoring in any of the sprint races to be held, a win and two second places in feature races for Filippi compared to six top-five finishes – including a first GP2 win at the final Bahrain race – for Ricci allowed Filippi to take the runner-up spot. Arden International drivers completed the top-five placings with Javier Villa fourth despite missing the first meeting at Abu Dhabi, and Charles Pic fifth, the only other driver to win a race during the campaign, winning at the first Bahrain meeting. In the teams' championship, iSport won the championship with two races to spare, after the points amassed by Valsecchi and Oliver Turvey put them out of reach of their rivals. Second place, 36 points behind iSport, were Arden due to the strong performances of Villa and Pic, while Ricci's DPR squad finished third, a point further back.

Entry list[edit]

Team No Driver Rounds
France DAMS 1 Germany Christian Vietoris[3] All
2 Italy Edoardo Piscopo[3] All
Brazil Piquet GP
Italy Rapax[4]
3 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev[5] All
4 Italy Daniel Zampieri[5] 1–3
Brazil Luiz Razia[6] 4
Spain Barwa Addax Team 5 United Kingdom Max Chilton[7] 1, 3–4
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde[8] 2
6 Brazil Luiz Razia[9] 1
Mexico Sergio Pérez[10] 2–3
Venezuela Rodolfo González[2] 4
France ART Grand Prix 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson[11] 1
France Jules Bianchi[12] 2–4
8 United Kingdom Sam Bird[13] All
Netherlands Arden International 11 France Charles Pic[14] All
12 Venezuela Rodolfo González[14] 1
Spain Javier Villa[15] 2–4
United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 14 United Kingdom James Jakes[16] 1
Sweden Marcus Ericsson[17] 2
United States Jake Rosenzweig[18] 3–4
15 Czech Republic Josef Král[19] All
United Kingdom iSport International 16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[20] All
17 Italy Davide Valsecchi[21] All
Italy Trident Racing 18 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[22] 1
Spain Dani Clos[23] 2, 4
South Africa Adrian Zaugg[24] 3
19 Bulgaria Plamen Kralev[25] All
Malaysia MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com 20 Italy Luca Filippi[26] All
21 Brazil Diego Nunes[27] 1
United States Alexander Rossi[28] 2–4
Portugal Ocean Racing Technology 22 United States Alexander Rossi[29] 1
United Kingdom Max Chilton[30] 2
Netherlands Yelmer Buurman[31] 3–4
23 Switzerland Fabio Leimer[29] All
Italy Scuderia Coloni 24 Spain Roldán Rodríguez[32] 1
Brazil Alberto Valerio[33] 2
Portugal Álvaro Parente 3–4
25 United Kingdom Will Bratt[34] All
United Kingdom DPR 26 Romania Michael Herck All
27 Italy Giacomo Ricci[35] All

Calendar[edit]

The season started with a two-day test over October 23–24, 2009 in Abu Dhabi at the new Yas Marina Circuit.[36] The series returned there a week later for the opening championship rounds, in support of the 2009 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[37]

A further round took place in Abu Dhabi, before the series moved to Bahrain.[37]

Race Calendar[edit]

Round Circuit Country Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 R1 Yas Marina Circuit  United Arab Emirates 31 October Italy Davide Valsecchi Italy Davide Valsecchi Italy Davide Valsecchi United Kingdom iSport International Report
R2 1 November Italy Davide Valsecchi Germany Christian Vietoris France DAMS
2 R1 Yas Marina Circuit  United Arab Emirates 5 February France Charles Pic Italy Davide Valsecchi United Kingdom Oliver Turvey United Kingdom iSport International Report
R2 6 February Italy Davide Valsecchi Italy Davide Valsecchi United Kingdom iSport International
3 R1 Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir  Bahrain 26 February France Jules Bianchi Spain Javier Villa Italy Davide Valsecchi United Kingdom iSport International Report
R2 27 February Italy Giacomo Ricci France Charles Pic Netherlands Arden International
4 R1 Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir  Bahrain 13 March Italy Luca Filippi Italy Luca Filippi Italy Luca Filippi Malaysia MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com Report
R2 14 March United Kingdom Sam Bird Italy Giacomo Ricci United Kingdom DPR

Results[edit]

Scoring system

Points are awarded to the top 8 classified finishers in the Feature race, and to the top 6 classified finishers in the Sprint race. The pole-sitter in the feature race will also receive two points, and one point is given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both the feature and sprint races. No extra points are awarded to the pole-sitter in the sprint race.

Feature race points
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Sprint race points

Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 6 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver ABU1
United Arab Emirates
ABU2
United Arab Emirates
BHR1
Bahrain
BHR2
Bahrain
Points
1 Italy Davide Valsecchi 1 2 2 1 1 20 2 4 56
2 Italy Luca Filippi 2 8 14† 17 2 18 1 8 29
3 Italy Giacomo Ricci Ret Ret 5 3 4 2 5 1 29
4 Spain Javier Villa 4 11 3 3 7 6 19
5 France Charles Pic Ret 15 10 8 5 1 3 19 18
6 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 8 4 1 5 9 6 9 11 17
7 United Kingdom Sam Bird 18† 18 Ret Ret 13 4 6 2 12
8 Portugal Álvaro Parente 6 Ret 4 3 12
9 United States Alexander Rossi 4 5 6 9 Ret Ret 11 5 12
10 Germany Christian Vietoris 6 1 Ret 14 14 9 Ret 14 9
11 Czech Republic Josef Král 5 3 9 Ret 21 11 16 10 8
12 France Jules Bianchi 3 7 10 NC 10 Ret 8
13 Romania Michael Herck 13 9 7 2 23 13 18 Ret 7
14 United Kingdom James Jakes 3 10 6
15 Mexico Sergio Pérez 12 4 7 17 5
16 Italy Edoardo Piscopo 9 7 Ret 16 15 5 8 DNS 3
17 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 7 6 3
18 United Kingdom Max Chilton 16 17 8 6 18 12 19† 15 2
19 South Africa Adrian Zaugg 8 19 1
20 Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev Ret Ret 13 10 17 7 12 9 0
21 Netherlands Yelmer Buurman 12 10 13 7 0
22 Italy Daniel Zampieri 15 Ret Ret 15 11 8 0
23 Spain Roldán Rodríguez 10 14 0
24 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 11 12 17† 12 0
25 United Kingdom Will Bratt 12 Ret 11 21† 16 Ret 15 16 0
26 Brazil Luiz Razia Ret 11 Ret 13 0
27 Spain Dani Clos Ret 13 14 12 0
28 Brazil Diego Nunes Ret 13 0
29 Venezuela Rodolfo González 14 16 Ret Ret 0
30 United States Jake Rosenzweig 19 14 17 17 0
31 Switzerland Fabio Leimer 17 Ret Ret Ret 20 15 Ret DNS 0
32 Brazil Alberto Valerio 15 18 0
33 Bulgaria Plamen Kralev Ret Ret 16 20 22 16 Ret 18 0
34 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Ret 19 0
Pos Driver ABU1
United Arab Emirates
ABU2
United Arab Emirates
BHR1
Bahrain
BHR2
Bahrain
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

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Teams' Championship[edit]

Pos Team Car
No.
ABU1
United Arab Emirates
ABU2
United Arab Emirates
BHR1
Bahrain
BHR2
Bahrain
Points
1 United Kingdom iSport International 16 8 4 1 5 9 6 9 11 73
17 1 2 2 1 1 20 2 4
2 Netherlands Arden International 11 Ret 15 10 8 5 1 3 19 37
12 14 16 4 11 3 3 7 6
3 United Kingdom DPR 26 13 9 7 2 23 13 18 Ret 36
27 Ret Ret 5 3 4 2 5 1
4 Malaysia MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com 20 2 8 14† 17 2 18 1 8 34
21 Ret 13 6 9 Ret Ret 11 5
5 France ART Grand Prix 7 11 12 3 7 10 NC 10 Ret 20
8 18† 18 Ret Ret 13 4 6 2
6 United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 14 3 10 17† 12 19 14 17 17 14
15 5 3 9 Ret 21 11 16 10
7 France DAMS 1 6 1 Ret 14 14 9 Ret 14 12
2 9 7 Ret 16 15 5 8 DNS
8 Italy Scuderia Coloni 24 10 14 15 18 6 Ret 4 3 12
25 12 Ret 11 21† 16 Ret 15 16
9 Portugal Ocean Racing Technology 22 4 5 8 6 12 10 13 7 9
23 17 Ret Ret Ret 20 15 Ret DNS
10 Spain Barwa Addax Team 5 16 17 Ret 19 18 12 19† 15 5
6 Ret 11 12 4 7 17 Ret Ret
11 Italy Trident Racing 18 7 6 Ret 13 8 19 14 12 4
19 Ret Ret 16 20 22 16 Ret 18
12 Brazil Piquet GP
Italy Rapax
3 Ret Ret 13 10 17 7 12 9 0
4 15 Ret Ret 15 11 8 Ret 13
Pos Team Car
No.
ABU1
United Arab Emirates
ABU2
United Arab Emirates
BHR1
Bahrain
BHR2
Bahrain
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

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

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