2012 GP2 Series season
|2012 GP2 Series season|
The 2012 GP2 Series season was the eighth GP2 Series season and the first season after merging with the GP2 Asia Series. The championship was expanded to include rounds in Malaysia, Bahrain and Singapore, in support of the 2012 Formula One season.
The series adopted the points system used by Formula One for the feature race, with points awarded to the top ten drivers and twenty-five points on offer for victory. The points awarded in the sprint race were also changed, with the winner receiving fifteen points and top eight drivers receiving points. Further changes mean that drivers must use two compounds of tyres over a race weekend, as is the case in Formula One. The points awarded for pole position and the fastest lap of the race were doubled as well.
Teams and drivers
- Changed teams
- Ocean Racing Technology's Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Arden International's Josef Král both joined Barwa Addax Team.
- Stefano Coletti switched from Trident Racing to Scuderia Coloni, having driven for the team in the 2011 GP2 Final.
- After competing with Trident, Rodolfo González moved to Caterham.
- Fabio Leimer left Rapax to join Racing Engineering.
- Julián Leal moved from Rapax to Trident Racing, having competed for Trident at the 2011 GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi.
- Jolyon Palmer switched from Arden International to iSport International.
- Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi both moved from Caterham Team AirAsia to Arden International and DAMS respectively.
- Giedo van der Garde switched from teams' champions Barwa Addax Team to Caterham Racing; he also joined parent team Caterham F1 as test and reserve driver.
- Entering/Re-entering GP2 Series
- French driver Nathanaël Berthon, who finished 13th in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, joined Racing Engineering.
- After finishing runner-up in the GP3 Series with Lotus ART, British driver James Calado joined the Lotus ART GP2 squadron, replacing Jules Bianchi.
- After competing at three rounds in 2010 with David Price Racing, Fabrizio Crestani returned to the series with Venezuela GP Lazarus, the team for which he competed in Auto GP.
- Tom Dillmann, who finished 14th in the GP3 Series, joined Rapax. Dillmann competed for iSport at the 2011 GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi.
- Rio Haryanto, who finished seventh in both the GP3 Series and Auto GP in 2011, joined Marussia Carlin. Haryanto competed for DAMS at the 2011 GP2 Final in Abu Dhabi.
- Auto GP race winner Jon Lancaster signed with Ocean Racing Technology.
- Dutch driver Nigel Melker, who finished third in the GP3 Series, joined Ocean Racing Technology. Melker had previously competed in the 2011 GP2 Final with DAMS.
- British Formula Three champion Felipe Nasr joined DAMS for 2012.
- Italian Fabio Onidi, who finished fifth in Auto GP, signed with Scuderia Coloni. He competed in the 2011 GP2 Final with Super Nova Racing.
- Venezuelan Giancarlo Serenelli, a three-time LATAM Challenge Series champion, joined Venezuela GP Lazarus.
- Ricardo Teixeira, who competed in GP2 in 2009 with Trident Racing, returned to the series with Rapax.
- After competing for MW Arden in the GP3 Series, Swiss driver Simon Trummer joined Arden's GP2 team for 2012.
- Leaving GP2
- Part-time Carlin driver and 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Mikhail Aleshin returned to Formula Renault 3.5 with Team RFR.
- After competing in two seasons with ART Grand Prix, Jules Bianchi moved to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series with Tech 1 Racing whilst serving as Force India's third driver for the 2012 Formula One season.
- Sam Bird, who drove for iSport in 2011, also switched to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, joining the ISR team.
- After a partial campaign for Scuderia Coloni, Kevin Ceccon left the GP2 Series to debut in the GP3 Series with Ocean Racing Technology.
- Reigning champion Romain Grosjean returned to Formula One with Lotus.
- Álvaro Parente, who competed for Racing Engineering and Carlin Motorsport in 2011, joined the GT World Championship, driving for Hexis Racing.
- Barwa Addax driver Charles Pic moved into Formula One, signing a contract with Marussia F1.
- DAMS driver Pål Varhaug left the championship to compete in the 2012 Auto GP World Series.
- Two-time 2011 race-winner Christian Vietoris elected to concentrate on his DTM programme, joining the junior Mercedes scheme, earning a place in the HWA Team.
- Mid-season changes
- René Binder replaced Giancarlo Serenelli in the Lazarus team for the tenth round of the championship, held at Spa-Francorchamps.
- Sergio Canamasas replaced Venezuela GP Lazarus's Fabrizio Crestani for the Hockenheim round of the championship.
- Dani Clos replaced Josef Král at the Barwa Addax Team for the Bahrain rounds of the championship. No explanation was given for the replacement. Král returned to the seat in Barcelona after Clos drove for HRT F1 in the first practice session of the Grand Prix; under the rules of the GP2 Series, no driver who takes part in a Grand Prix weekend is permitted to drive in the event's GP2 support races.
- In the week before the penultimate round of the championship at Monza, Scuderia Coloni announced that Stefano Coletti would be leaving the team with immediate effect as "season objectives" had not been met. Luca Filippi, who drove for the team when finished runner-up in 2011, was announced as Coletti's replacement. Coletti later joined Rapax, replacing Daniël de Jong.
- Brendon Hartley replaced Jon Lancaster at Ocean Racing Technology for the Bahrain rounds of the championship, for budgetary reasons. For the Catalunya round of the championship, Hartley was replaced by Victor Guerin.
- Daniël de Jong joined Rapax for the Valencia round after regular driver Ricardo Teixeira was taken ill. Tom Dillmann was moved to Teixeira's car to represent Teixeira's sponsors, while de Jong drove Dillmann's vacated car. Teixeira returned to his car for the Silverstone round, with de Jong replacing Dillmann; Dillmann rejoined the team in his original car for Hockenheim, before sitting out the remainder of the season.
- Jake Rosenzweig replaced Josef Král at the Barwa Addax Team for the penultimate round of the season at Monza.
- Carlin Motorsport entered into a partnership with Russian car manufacturer Marussia Motors and Formula One team Marussia F1, forming a similar relationship to their alliance with GP3 Series team Manor Racing.
- After competing as Lotus ART in 2011, ART Grand Prix was renamed as Lotus Grand Prix in both the GP2 and GP3 Series championships, reflecting their increased relationship with title sponsor Lotus Cars. The cars will carry a black and gold livery modelled on the livery used by parent team Lotus F1.
- Team Lazarus replaced Super Nova Racing, using the name "Venezuela GP Lazarus".
The calendar for the 2012 series was unveiled on 16 December 2011. The calendar was expanded to twelve rounds, featuring new races in Malaysia, Singapore, and Bahrain. The championship featured twenty-four races, a record high for the series.
- The series travelled to Malaysia in support of the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix. The GP2 Asia Series had previously visited the circuit during the 2008–09 season.
- The series also supported the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix on the weekend of 22 April, with an independent round of the championship also taking place at the circuit during the following week.
- The series travelled to Singapore for the first time in its history, supporting the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix.
- The round at Istanbul Park was removed from the calendar after the Turkish Grand Prix was discontinued.
- The round at Yas Marina Circuit was also discontinued.
- The venue hosting the round in Germany followed the German Grand Prix from the Nürburgring to Hockenheim.
- Scoring system
Points were awarded to the top 10 classified finishers in the Feature race, and to the top 8 classified finishers in the Sprint race. The pole-sitter in the feature race also received four points, and two points were given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both the feature and sprint races. No extra points were awarded to the pole-sitter in the sprint race.
- Feature race points
- Sprint race points
Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.
Bold – Pole
- † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
Bold – Pole
- † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
- Barwa Addax Team were disqualified from the Feature race in Valencia due to a technical infringement.
- Following what the team described as a "disagreement" between the team and series organisers, Scuderia Coloni announced its intentions to leave the GP2 Series at the end of the 2012 season, and formally forfeited all of the points it had received to date and would receive for the remainder of the season.
- "GP2 Series and GP2 Asia Series to be merged". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 12 July 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "GP2 Series introduces Pirelli prime and option tyres in 2012". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 4 October 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
- "GP2 Series announce teams for 2011–2013". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 21 September 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
- "Johnny Cecotto Jr and Barwa Addax join forces in 2012". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 20 January 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2012.
- "Josef Král completes the team line-up for reigning GP2 champions, Barwa Addax". Barwa Addax (Addax Team). 3 February 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- Allen, Peter (18 April 2012). "Clos replaces Kral at Addax for Bahrain". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 18 April 2012.
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- "Davide Valsecchi joins the DAMS team for the 2012 season". DAMS.fr (DAMS). 19 January 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
- "Felipe Nasr joins DAMS". DAMS.fr (DAMS). 16 February 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2012.
- "Fabio Leimer will drive for Racing Engineering in the 2012 GP2 Series". racing-engineering.com (Racing Engineering). 3 February 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2012.
- "Nathanaël Berthon to join Racing Engineering for the 2012 GP2 Series.". racing-engineering.com (Racing Engineering). 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
- "Ericsson remains with iSport for 2012". GPUpdate.net (JHED Media BV). 1 November 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Jolyon Palmer joins iSport for 2012 season". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 23 December 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011.
- "Lotus ART becomes Lotus GP in 2012". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 10 January 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012.
- "Lotus ART complete 2012 line up". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 25 October 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Esteban Gutierrez to race with Lotus ART in 2012". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 27 September 2011. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
- "AirAsia GP2 team becomes Caterham for 2012". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 27 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
- "Van der Garde and Gonzalez confirmed". Caterham Racing (Dinato Racing Ltd.). 27 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
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- Allen, Peter (12 January 2012). "Surprise as Coloni announce Onidi alongside Coletti". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Filippi back with Scuderia Coloni in Monza". scuderiacoloni.com (Scuderia Coloni). 5 September 2012. Retrieved 5 September 2012.
- "Stéphane Richelmi to drive for Trident Racing in 2012". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 12 December 2011. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
- "Julian Leal completes Trident Racing's 2012 line-up". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 20 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Venezuela GP Lazarus joins GP2 Series". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 17 February 2012. Retrieved 17 February 2012.
- Allen, Peter (23 February 2012). "Venezuela GP Lazarus sign Crestani as first driver". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 23 February 2012.
- Elizalde, Pablo (17 July 2012). "Canamasas to make GP2 debut in Germany with Lazarus". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 17 July 2012.
- "2012 GP2 Series Round 1 Preview – Sepang". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 22 March 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
The opening round of the 2012 season sees three rookies join: Felipe Nasr (DAMS), Giancarlo Serenelli (Venezuela GP Lazarus), and Jon Lancaster (Ocean Racing Technology).
- O'Leary, Jamie (2012-08-31). "Rene Binder replaces Giancarlo Serenelli at Lazarus GP2 team". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2012-08-31.
- "Tom Dillmann and Ricardo Teixeira to drive for Rapax in 2012". Rapax Team (Rapax S.R.L.). 17 March 2012. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- "De Jong to stand in for Teixeira in Valencia's GP2 races". Autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). 20 June 2012. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
- "Stefano Coletti joins Rapax". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 6 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
- "Simon Trummer Joins Arden for 2012 GP2 season". Arden International (Arden International Motorsport Limited). 13 January 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2012.
- "Luiz Razia completes Arden GP2 driver line-up". Arden International (Arden International Motorsport Limited). 27 February 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
- "Jon Lancaster joins Ocean for GP2". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 6 March 2012. Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- "2012 GP2 Series Round 2 Preview – Sakhir, Bahrain". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 20 April 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
There will be two driver changes this week: Dani Clos replaces Josef Kral at Barwa Addax Team whilst Brendon Hartley takes over Jon Lancaster at Ocean Racing Technology.
- Allen, Peter (9 May 2012). "Guerin takes Ocean GP2 seat while Kral returns at Addax". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 9 May 2012.
- Allen, Peter (14 December 2011). "Melker to race for Ocean in 2012 GP2 season". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Chilton and Haryanto confirmed at Marussia Carlin GP2 Team". Carlin (Capsicum). 24 February 2012. Retrieved 24 February 2012.
- "Trident Racing with Leal and Richelmi". GP2 Series (GP2 Motorsport Limited). 27 October 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
- "Aleshin and Nebylitskiy in FR 3.5 with Russian team RFR". World Series by Renault (Renault Sport). 4 April 2012. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- Bell, Josh (10 February 2012). "Jules Bianchi joins Tech 1 Racing". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Jules Bianchi joins Sahara Force India as reserve driver for 2012". ForceIndiaF1.com (Force India). 27 January 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- Bell, Josh (24 February 2012). "Sam Bird Switches To FR3.5 And Plans Title Challenge". The Checkered Flag (BlackEagleMedia Network). Retrieved 4 April 2012.
- "Kevin Ceccon signs on with Ocean Racing Technology in the GP3 Séries". oceanracingtech.com (Ocean Racing Technology). 6 April 2012. Retrieved 6 April 2012.
- "Romain Grosjean joins Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus Renault for 2012". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 9 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
- "Hexis announce driver line-up". FIA GT1 World Championship (Stéphane Ratel Organisation). 1 February 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
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- O'Leary, Jamie (2 April 2012). "Robert Wickens and Roberto Merhi join Mercedes for DTM assault". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Archived from the original on 4 April 2012. Retrieved 2 April 2012.
- Bradley, Charles (11 May 2012). "Josef Kral fastest for Addax in GP2 practice in Barcelona". Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 11 May 2012.
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- "Scuderia Coloni and Stefano Coletti part ways". scuderiacoloni.com (Scuderia Coloni). 4 September 2012. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "Ocean GP2 team hopes Jon Lancaster's absence from Bahrain round is a one-off". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 20 April 2012. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Driver's announcement: Jake Rosenzweig joins @addaxteam in Monza". Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- Collantine, Keith (16 December 2011). "GP2 to support F1 in Singapore, Bahrain and Malaysia". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). Retrieved 16 December 2011.
- "Kral and Cecotto excluded from feature race". GP2 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 24 June 2012.
- Elizalde, Pablo (6 July 2012). "Coloni to leave GP2 at end of 2012". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 6 July 2012.