2011 GP2 Asia Series season

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2011 GP2 Asia Series season
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The 2011 GP2 Asia Series was the fourth and final season of the GP2 Asia Series, and the second to be held entirely in a single calendar year. Rather than starting at the end of 2010 and running through the winter as with the previous two seasons of GP2 Asia, the 2011 season did not start until the beginning of February, to allow for the delivery of the brand new GP2/11 car to the teams and allow for testing before using it in the Asia Series. Previously the Asia Series had used the first generation GP2 car. The season also saw the début of three teams in the Series: two new teams, Carlin and Team Air Asia, as well as Racing Engineering, who had not competed in the Asia Series since its establishment.[1]

The season was originally scheduled for six races to be held at three meetings, beginning on 11 February at the Yas Marina Circuit in the United Arab Emirates, and finishing on 13 March at the Bahrain International Circuit.[2] However, both meetings due to be held in Bahrain, scheduled for 17–19 February and 11–13 March, were cancelled due to anti-government protests in the country's capital, Manama.[3] On 1 March 2011, series organisers added a replacement final round of the Asia Series, to be held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy on 19–20 March.[4]

Inaugural Asia Series champion Romain Grosjean of the DAMS team won the championship for the second time after title rival Jules Bianchi of Lotus ART was taken out of the final race by Super Nova Racing's Fairuz Fauzy. Giedo van der Garde finished third for the Barwa Addax Team, taking podiums in both races at Imola. As well as feature race victories apiece for Grosjean and Bianchi, sprint race victories were taken by Stefano Coletti of Trident Racing and Dani Clos of Racing Engineering. As well as Grosjean's drivers' championship win, DAMS also claimed the teams' championship by four points from Lotus ART.

Entry list[edit]

Team No Driver Rounds
United Kingdom iSport International[1] 1 Sweden Marcus Ericsson[5] All
2 United Kingdom Sam Bird[5] All
United Kingdom Arden International[1] 3 Czech Republic Josef Král[6] All
4 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer[6] All
France Lotus ART[1][7] 5 France Jules Bianchi[8] All
6 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez[9] All
United Kingdom Super Nova Racing[1] 7 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy[10] All
8 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[11] All
France DAMS[1] 9 France Romain Grosjean[12] All
10 Norway Pål Varhaug[12] All
Italy Scuderia Coloni[1] 11 Romania Michael Herck[13] All
12 United Kingdom James Jakes[14] 1
Italy Luca Filippi[15] 2
Portugal Ocean Racing Technology[1] 14 Italy Andrea Caldarelli[16] All
15 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey[16] All
Spain Barwa Addax Team[1] 16 France Charles Pic[17] All
17 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde[17] All
Italy Trident Racing[1] 18 Monaco Stefano Coletti[8] All
19 Venezuela Rodolfo González[18] All
Italy Rapax[1] 20 Switzerland Fabio Leimer[19] All
21 Italy Julián Leal[20] All
Spain Racing Engineering[1] 22 France Nathanaël Berthon[21] All
23 Spain Dani Clos[21] All
United Kingdom Carlin[1] 24 Russia Mikhail Aleshin[22] All
25 United Kingdom Max Chilton[22] All
Malaysia Team AirAsia[1] 26 Brazil Luiz Razia[23] All
27 Italy Davide Valsecchi[23] All

Calendar[edit]

The calendar was announced on 7 October 2010, with three rounds to be held in February and March, down from four in 2009–2010. Organisers explained the reduction of the calendar as being necessary because of the need to deliver the brand-new Dallara GP2/11 chassis to all teams. Yas Marina hosted the season-opening event, before two scheduled meetings in Bahrain.[2] The Bahrain events were subsequently cancelled due to civil unrest in the country, and was later replaced by a special event to be held at Imola.[24] The race in Abu Dhabi was the first time the GP2/11 chassis was used.

Round Circuit Country Date Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 R1 Yas Marina Circuit  United Arab Emirates 11 February France Romain Grosjean France Jules Bianchi France Jules Bianchi France Lotus ART Report
R2 12 February France Jules Bianchi Monaco Stefano Coletti Italy Trident Racing
R1 Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir  Bahrain 18 February Cancelled due to anti-government protests[3]
R2 19 February
R1 Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir  Bahrain 12 March Cancelled due to anti-government protests[3]
R2 13 March
2 R1 Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola  Italy 19 March France Romain Grosjean France Romain Grosjean France Romain Grosjean France DAMS Report
R2 20 March France Romain Grosjean Spain Dani Clos Spain Racing Engineering

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 YMC
United Arab Emirates
IMO
Italy
Points
1 France Romain Grosjean 2 Ret 1 7 24
2 France Jules Bianchi 1 8 3 Ret 18
3 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 5 23 2 3 16
4 Monaco Stefano Coletti 8 1 5 Ret 11
5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer 10 6 6 2 9
6 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 4 3 10 16 9
7 Italy Davide Valsecchi 3 4 DSQ 17 9
8 Romania Michael Herck 13 5 4 5 9
9 Spain Dani Clos Ret 22 7 1 8
10 Czech Republic Josef Král 6 2 12 9 8
11 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Ret 12 11 4 3
12 United Kingdom Sam Bird 7 Ret Ret Ret 2
13 Norway Pål Varhaug Ret 20 13 6 1
14 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy Ret 15 8 Ret 1
15 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 15 7 15 19† 0
16 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 18 19 14 8 0
17 Venezuela Rodolfo González 11 9 9 Ret 0
18 France Charles Pic 9 21 20 11 0
19 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 14 10 18 Ret 0
20 Italy Luca Filippi 22 10 0
21 Italy Andrea Caldarelli 16 11 17 12 0
22 United Kingdom Max Chilton 12 18 21 15 0
23 France Nathanaël Berthon Ret 14 Ret 13 0
24 United Kingdom James Jakes 17† 13 0
25 Brazil Luiz Razia Ret 16 Ret 14 0
26 Italy Julian Leal Ret 17 16 18 0
27 Russia Mikhail Aleshin Ret 24† 19 20† 0
Pos Driver YMC
United Arab Emirates
IMO
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

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.
YMC
United Arab Emirates
IMO
Italy
Points
1 France DAMS 9 2 Ret 1 7 25
10 Ret 20 13 6
2 France Lotus ART 5 1 8 3 Ret 22
6 Ret 12 11 4
3 Spain Barwa Addax Team 16 9 21 20 11 16
17 5 23 2 3
4 Italy Trident Racing 18 8 1 5 Ret 11
19 11 9 9 Ret
5 United Kingdom iSport International 1 4 3 10 16 11
2 7 Ret Ret Ret
6 Italy Rapax 20 10 6 6 2 9
21 Ret 17 16 18
7 Malaysia Team AirAsia 26 Ret 16 Ret 14 9
27 3 4 DSQ 17
8 Italy Scuderia Coloni 11 13 5 4 5 9
12 17† 13 22 10
9 Spain Racing Engineering 22 Ret 14 Ret 13 8
23 Ret 22 7 1
10 United Kingdom Arden International 3 6 2 12 9 8
4 14 10 18 Ret
11 United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 7 Ret 15 8 Ret 1
8 15 7 15 19†
12 Portugal Ocean Racing Technology 14 16 11 17 12 0
15 18 19 14 8
13 United Kingdom Carlin 24 Ret 24† 19 20† 0
25 12 18 21 15
Pos Team Car
No.
YMC
United Arab Emirates
IMO
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

Notes:

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

References[edit]

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