2011 GP3 Series season

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2011 GP3 Series season
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The 2011 GP3 Series season was the second season of the GP3 Series, a feeder series for the GP2 Series. The season began at Istanbul Park on 7 May and concluded at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on 11 September after eight rounds made up of two races each and all in support of European Formula 1 Grands Prix. The 2010 champion Esteban Gutierrez graduated to the GP2 Series so did not defend his title.

After the early rounds, the likes of Mitch Evans, Nigel Melker, Andrea Caldarelli and Alexander Sims were fighting for the championship lead. However, Caldarelli had to retire from the series due to failing to raise a sufficient budget for the whole season. Sims then held the lead after consistent podium finishes in both Valencia and Silverstone. This was not to last though, as the Finn Valtteri Bottas started to find his speed at Nürburgring, taking the top spot after winning the first race at Hungaroring while Sims was disqualified due rear floor height check. Bottas led the championship with 7 points from Sims. Total of 6 drivers were within 13 points from Bottas at that time.

Bottas was able to secure the title in the first race of Monza. In that race he took the chequered flag and his closest rival and team-mate James Calado was left to second place. As 7 points is the maximum from Sunday's race and Bottas had more victories than Calado, the 7 point gap between them was enough for Bottas to clinch the title with one race still to go.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team No.[1] Driver Rounds
France Lotus ART[2][3] 1 Brazil Pedro Nunes[4] 1–6
New Zealand Richie Stanaway[5] 7–8
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas[6] All
3 United Kingdom James Calado[7] All
Republic of Ireland Status Grand Prix[2] 4 United Kingdom Alexander Sims[8] All
5 Portugal António Félix da Costa[9] All
6 Russia Ivan Lukashevich[10] All
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport[2] 7 Switzerland Nico Müller[11] All
8 Russia Maxim Zimin[12] All
9 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli[13] 1–6
Switzerland Alex Fontana[14] 7
Switzerland Christophe Hurni[15] 8
United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing[2] 10 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs[16] All
11 Indonesia Rio Haryanto[16] All
12 Finland Matias Laine[16] All
United Kingdom Carlin[2] 14 United States Conor Daly[17] All
15 France Tom Dillmann[17] 1
Canada Daniel Morad[18] 2–4
United Kingdom Callum MacLeod[19] 5–8
16 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro[17] All
France Tech 1 Racing[2] 17 Finland Aaro Vainio[20] All
18 Italy Andrea Caldarelli[21] 1–2
Netherlands Thomas Hylkema[22] 3–8
19 Hungary Tamás Pál Kiss[23] All
United Kingdom ATECH CRS GP[2] 20 Philippines Marlon Stöckinger[24] All
21 United Kingdom Nick Yelloly[25] All
22 Switzerland Zoël Amberg[26] All
Spain Addax Team[2] 23 New Zealand Dominic Storey[27] 1–2
France Tom Dillmann[28] 3–8
24 Colombia Gabriel Chaves[29] All
25 United Kingdom Dean Smith[27] 1–7
Italy Vittorio Ghirelli[30] 8
Australia MW Arden[2] 26 New Zealand Mitch Evans[31] All
27 Switzerland Simon Trummer[32] All
28 United Kingdom Lewis Williamson[33] All
Germany RSC Mücke Motorsport[2] 29 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta[34] 1–6
Italy Daniel Mancinelli[35] 7–8
30 Denmark Michael Christensen[36] All
31 Netherlands Nigel Melker[37] All

Driver changes[edit]

Changed teams
Entering/Re-Entering GP3 Series
Leaving GP3 Series

2011 Schedule[edit]

The 2011 calendar was announced on 18 January 2011. The series consisted of eight rounds. A prospective ninth round in Monaco was dropped on 2 February 2011 due to a lack of paddock space.[38] It supported every other European Formula One event.[1]

Round Location Circuit Date Supporting
1 R1 Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Racing Circuit 7 May Turkish Grand Prix
R2 8 May
2 R1 Spain Catalunya, Spain Circuit de Catalunya 21 May Spanish Grand Prix
R2 22 May
3 R1 Spain Valencia. Spain Valencia Street Circuit 25 June European Grand Prix
R2 26 June
4 R1 United Kingdom Silverstone, UK Silverstone Circuit 9 July British Grand Prix
R2 10 July
5 R1 Germany Nürburg, Germany Nürburgring 23 July German Grand Prix
R2 24 July
6 R1 Hungary Budapest, Hungary Hungaroring 30 July Hungarian Grand Prix
R2 31 July
7 R1 Belgium Spa, Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 27 August Belgian Grand Prix
R2 28 August
8 R1 Italy Monza, Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 10 September Italian Grand Prix
R2 11 September

Results[edit]

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 R1 Istanbul Park France Tom Dillmann Italy Andrea Caldarelli Netherlands Nigel Melker Germany RSC Mücke Motorsport Report
R2 United Kingdom Alexander Sims United Kingdom Alexander Sims Republic of Ireland Status Grand Prix
2 R1 Circuit de Catalunya New Zealand Mitch Evans Finland Valtteri Bottas New Zealand Mitch Evans Australia MW Arden Report
R2 Italy Andrea Caldarelli Hungary Tamás Pál Kiss France Tech 1 Racing
3 R1 Valencia Street Circuit United Kingdom Lewis Williamson United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing Report
R2 United Kingdom James Calado United Kingdom James Calado France Lotus ART
4 R1 Silverstone Circuit United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs United Kingdom Alexander Sims Switzerland Nico Müller Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport Report
R2 United Kingdom Dean Smith United Kingdom Lewis Williamson Australia MW Arden
5 R1 Nürburgring New Zealand Mitch Evans United Kingdom Lewis Williamson Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing Report
R2 Netherlands Nigel Melker Finland Valtteri Bottas France Lotus ART
6 R1 Hungaroring Finland Valtteri Bottas Denmark Michael Christensen Finland Valtteri Bottas France Lotus ART Report
R2 Netherlands Nigel Melker Indonesia Rio Haryanto United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing
7 R1 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom James Calado Finland Valtteri Bottas Finland Valtteri Bottas France Lotus ART Report
R2 United Kingdom James Calado New Zealand Richie Stanaway France Lotus ART
8 R1 Autodromo Nazionale Monza United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Indonesia Rio Haryanto Finland Valtteri Bottas France Lotus ART Report
R2 United Kingdom Callum MacLeod Portugal António Félix da Costa Republic of Ireland Status Grand Prix

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver TUR
Turkey
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
ESP
Spain
VAL
Spain
VAL
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
ITA
Italy
Points
1 Finland Valtteri Bottas 4 8 10 7 7 3 15 12 3 1 1 2 1 19 1 17 62
2 United Kingdom James Calado 17 13 2 21 8 1 6 5 4 6 25 3 2 2 2 14 55
3 Netherlands Nigel Melker 1 3 6 2 Ret 19 Ret 8 10 3 8 4 3 Ret 9 Ret 38
4 Switzerland Nico Müller 11 15 5 Ret Ret 14 1 11 15 7 4 5 7 3 4 3 36
5 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 24 16 11 23 1 8 4 15 5 Ret 3 10 4 Ret Ret 6 36
6 United Kingdom Alexander Sims 8 1 Ret Ret 6 2 2 3 12 2 DSQ 9 Ret Ret 21† Ret 34
7 Indonesia Rio Haryanto 26 10 20 11 19 22† 10 4 1 10 9 1 12 9 3 2 31
8 United Kingdom Lewis Williamson Ret 20 14 9 2 6 7 1 2 14 6 Ret 9 DNS 18 10 31
9 New Zealand Mitch Evans 6 7 1 5 3 4 9 Ret 19 22 Ret 24† 11 Ret 8 Ret 29
10 Italy Andrea Caldarelli 2 5 4 4 20
11 Denmark Michael Christensen 7 2 18 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 26† 12 2 13 15 4 12 11 19
12 United Kingdom Dean Smith 9 6 7 3 5 11 8 2 24 Ret 24 19 20 20 18
13 Portugal António Félix da Costa 5 4 12 17 Ret 20† 19 9 28 Ret 11 6 Ret 11 7 1 16
14 France Tom Dillmann 3 9 20 Ret Ret 25† 22 5 7 22 6 Ret Ret 9 15
15 Finland Aaro Vainio 15 Ret 3 20 Ret Ret 11 18 7 13 5 7 13 Ret 22† 8 12
16 Hungary Tamás Pál Kiss 16 18 8 1 16 13 Ret 20 8 4 10 20 17 14 Ret 12 11
17 United States Conor Daly 21 25 21 22 12 7 13 7 6 8 13 11 5 7 6 Ret 10
18 Switzerland Simon Trummer 19 21 27 25† Ret Ret 12 10 9 16 16 12 19 5 5 4 9
19 Colombia Gabriel Chaves 10 12 13 6 4 5 Ret 14 27† 17 23 Ret 16 16 17 7 8
20 New Zealand Richie Stanaway 8 1 10 19 7
21 United Kingdom Nick Yelloly 13 11 25 18 9 12 3 6 16 9 21 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 7
22 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta Ret 19 22 16 18 10 5 19 25 25 17 Ret 4
23 United Kingdom Callum MacLeod 29 21 26 18 Ret Ret 11 5 3
24 Switzerland Alex Fontana 14 6 1
25 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 25 Ret 9 8 13 9 14 22 13 11 22 Ret Ret 18 0
26 Russia Ivan Lukashevich 14 24 17 13 Ret Ret 18 24 11 18 28 23 10 8 Ret Ret 0
27 Russia Maxim Zimin 23 17 Ret 19 Ret 21† DSQ EX 20 15 19 8 Ret 15 Ret 16 0
28 Switzerland Zoël Amberg 12 14 16 10 11 18 Ret 16 21 20 15 16 Ret 12 Ret Ret 0
29 Philippines Marlon Stöckinger Ret 23 26 Ret 14 16 16 Ret Ret DNS 12 17 Ret 10 19 13 0
30 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro Ret 22 23 15 10 17 17 23 17 19 20 15 21 18 13 Ret 0
31 Finland Matias Laine 18 Ret 19 24 17 Ret Ret Ret 14 23 14 21 18 Ret 20 Ret 0
32 Brazil Pedro Nunes 22 26† 15 26† Ret 15 Ret 17 23 Ret 18 14 0
33 Canada Daniel Morad 24 14 15 Ret DNS DNS 0
34 Netherlands Thomas Hylkema Ret Ret 20 21 18 24† 27 Ret 22 21 14 Ret 0
35 Italy Daniel Mancinelli Ret 17 15 15 0
36 Switzerland Christophe Hurni 16 20 0
37 New Zealand Dominic Storey 20 Ret Ret 27† 0
Pos Driver TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
VAL
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
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' Championship[edit]

Pos Team Car
No.
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
VAL
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
Points
1 France Lotus ART 1 22 26† 15 26† Ret 15 Ret 17 23 Ret 18 14 8 1 10 19 124
2 4 8 10 7 7 3 15 12 3 1 1 2 1 19 1 17
3 17 13 2 21 8 1 6 5 4 6 25 3 2 2 2 14
2 Australia MW Arden 26 6 7 1 5 3 4 9 Ret 19 22 Ret 24† 11 Ret 8 Ret 69
27 19 21 27 25† Ret Ret 12 10 9 16 16 12 19 5 5 4
28 Ret 20 14 9 2 6 7 1 2 14 6 Ret 9 DNS 18 10
3 United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing 10 24 16 11 23 1 8 4 15 5 Ret 3 10 4 Ret Ret 6 67
11 26 10 20 11 19 22 10 4 1 10 9 1 12 9 3 2
12 18 Ret 19 24 17 Ret Ret Ret 14 23 14 21 18 Ret 20 Ret
4 Germany RSC Mücke Motorsport 29 Ret 19 22 16 18 10 5 19 25 25 17 Ret Ret 17 15 15 61
30 7 2 18 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 26† 12 2 13 15 4 12 11
31 1 3 6 2 Ret 19 Ret 8 10 3 8 4 3 Ret 9 Ret
5 Republic of Ireland Status Grand Prix 4 8 1 Ret Ret 6 2 2 3 12 2 DSQ 9 Ret Ret 21† Ret 50
5 5 4 12 17 Ret 20† 19 9 28 Ret 11 6 Ret 11 7 1
6 14 24 17 13 Ret Ret 18 24 11 18 28 23 10 8 Ret Ret
6 France Tech 1 Racing 17 15 Ret 3 20 Ret Ret 11 18 7 13 5 7 13 Ret 22† 8 43
18 2 5 4 4 Ret Ret 20 21 18 24† 27 Ret 22 21 14 Ret
19 16 18 8 1 16 13 Ret 20 8 4 10 20 17 14 Ret 12
7 Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 7 11 15 5 Ret Ret 14 1 11 15 7 4 5 7 3 4 3 37
8 23 17 Ret 19 Ret 21† DSQ EX 20 15 19 8 Ret 15 Ret 16
9 25 Ret 9 8 13 9 14 22 13 11 22 Ret 14 6 16 20
8 Spain Addax Team 23 20 Ret Ret 27† 20 Ret Ret 25† 22 5 7 22 6 Ret Ret 9 33
24 10 12 13 6 4 5 Ret 14 27† 17 23 Ret 16 16 17 7
25 9 6 7 3 5 11 8 2 24 Ret 24 19 20 20 Ret 18
9 United Kingdom Carlin 14 21 25 21 22 12 7 13 7 6 8 13 11 5 7 6 Ret 21
15 3 9 24 14 15 Ret DNS DNS 29 21 26 18 Ret Ret 11 5
16 Ret 22 23 15 10 17 17 23 17 19 20 15 21 18 13 Ret
10 United Kingdom ATECH CRS GP 20 Ret 23 26 Ret 14 16 16 Ret Ret DNS 12 17 Ret 10 19 13 7
21 13 11 25 18 9 12 3 6 16 9 21 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret
22 12 14 16 10 11 18 Ret 16 21 20 15 16 Ret 12 Ret Ret
Pos Team Car
No.
TUR
Turkey
ESP
Spain
VAL
Spain
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
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 were awarded two points, whereas no points were given for the reverse-grid pole winner in the sprint race.
  • Drivers who achieved fastest lap in italics; earning one point, if classified in the top ten.
  • Drivers who did not finish the race but were classified are marked with †.

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