2006 GP2 Series

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2006 GP2 Series
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The 2006 GP2 Series season began at Valencia, Spain on 8 April 2006 and ended in Monza, Italy on 10 September 2006. The season was won by Briton Lewis Hamilton, with Brazilian Nelson Angelo Piquet finishing second.

2006 GP2 car modifications[edit]

The chassis[edit]

The 2006 specification GP2 Car has been designed by Dallara Automobili. The 2006 GP2 car features a biplane rear wing, with the triplane rear wing used in 2005 only to be used at the Monaco race. The front upper and lower wishbones have been reinforced, as have the front and rear suspension uprights.

Engine[edit]

The 4 litre V8 engine features internal, cartographic and software upgrades designed to improve performance and fuel consumption.

The gearbox[edit]

The 2006 gearbox has been manufactured by GearTek, and features an 8 position barrel, with ratchet body and software upgrades, as well as a new transverse shafts fixing system designed to facilitate improved gear selection.

The tyres[edit]

The tyres supplied by Bridgestone for the 2006 season are slick, not featuring the grooves seen in the 2005 season. Bridgestone will supply a soft, medium, and hard compound tire, with the tyre choice being made by Bridgestone and the GP2 Series prior to each event. The wet specification tyre remains the same as 2005.

Other parts[edit]

Brembo is supplying a new development of monobloc brake calipers and disc bells, which are exclusive to GP2.

The car also features internal cooling upgrades, a new water radiator, radiator duct, oil/water heat exchanger, modified oil degazer, new oil and water pipes and new heat exchanger fixing brackets.

Sporting regulations changes[edit]

The only change to the sporting regulations for the 2006 season is that drivers will only be awarded a single point for fastest lap in a race, rather than the two points that were awarded in 2005. The driver must now also start the race from his allocated grid position to be eligible to claim the fastest lap.

Season summary[edit]

Nelson Piquet, Jr. started the season on high note, winning the first race at Valencia ahead of two rookies, Lewis Hamilton and Adrián Vallés. The latter one failed to score in the rest of the season apart from one point for fastest lap at Barcelona. In a sprint race, Vallés was involved in a collision with Adam Carroll who rolled multiple times. The sprint race was won by Michael Ammermüller who had promising start to the season but failed to score during last six weekends.

Gianmaria Bruni and Ernesto Viso then shared victories at Imola, where Hamilton failed to score, after being black-flagged in the feature race and therefore starting sprint race from back of the grid. He recovered well to win both races at Nürburgring, where Piquet had a bad weekend. He had taken pole position but had a big crash following car failure in the feature race. He also failed to score in the sprint.

Hamilton was on course to win feature race at Barcelona too, but he collided with his team-mate Alexandre Prémat on the last lap. The Frenchman went on to win with Hamilton second. Viso took second victory of the season by winning the sprint. Hamilton then went to win three races in a row, taking single Monaco event where Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla were injured and missed some races. At his home circuit in Silverstone Hamilton won the feature and then the sprint, where he overtook Clivio Piccione and Piquet in one move.

There were few notable driver changes during the early season. Giorgio Pantano returned to the series with after missing first three rounds and Timo Glock moved from BCN to iSport between Monaco and British rounds. Both were serious contenders for race wins for the rest of the season and they shared victories at Magny-Cours. Glock also won at Hockenheim after overtaking José María López on the final lap.

At this point, Hamilton had a massive 26-point lead over Piquet, but the Brazilian bounced back with a perfect weekend at Hungary, taking pole, two wins and two fastest laps. Hamilton spun in qualifying and started feature race from back of the grid. He failed to score there but took second place in the wet Sunday sprint.

Piquet's form continued in Turkey, where he won the feature race from pole. Hamilton was second, and in the sprint, Hamilton recovered well from early spin to take 2nd place, while Piquet had to settle for 5th. Andreas Zuber took advantage of his front row starting position and won the race.

Hamilton led by ten points before final weekend in Monza. Piquet cut the lead to eight by taking pole. Pantano beat both of them in the feature race and had set fastest lap as well. Piquet finished second and Hamilton third, so it looked like championship would be decided in final race. However, Pantano was deemed to have ignored yellow flags on his fastest lap so that time was disallowed, giving a point to Hamilton who now clinched the title. Pantano made a fantastic start in the sprint and went from 8th to 1st before first corner, and went on to win the race. Hamilton followed and took 2nd, beating Piquet by 12 points in the end.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team No. Driver Rounds
France ART Grand Prix 1 France Alexandre Prémat All
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All
United Kingdom Arden International 3 Germany Michael Ammermüller All
4 France Nicolas Lapierre 1–5, 8–11
Switzerland Neel Jani 6–7
United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 5 Argentina José María López All
6 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy All
United Kingdom iSport International 7 Venezuela E.J. Viso All
8 France Tristan Gommendy 1–5
Germany Timo Glock 6–11
Spain Racing Engineering 9 United Kingdom Adam Carroll All
10 Spain Javier Villa All
Brazil Piquet Sports 11 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. All
12 Brazil Alexandre Sarnes Negrão All
France DAMS 14 Italy Ferdinando Monfardini All
15 France Franck Perera All
Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International 16 Italy Luca Filippi 1–3
Italy Giorgio Pantano 4–11
17 Turkey Jason Tahincioğlu All
Spain BCN Competicion 18 Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto All
19 Germany Timo Glock 1–5
Italy Luca Filippi 6–11
United Kingdom DPR Direxiv 20 France Olivier Pla 1–5, 7
United Kingdom Mike Conway 6
Russia Vitaly Petrov 8–11
21 Monaco Clivio Piccione All
Italy Durango 22 Brazil Lucas di Grassi All
23 Spain Sergio Hernández All
Spain Campos Racing 24 Spain Adrián Vallés All
25 Spain Félix Porteiro All
Italy Trident Racing 26 Italy Gianmaria Bruni All
27 United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber All

Driver changes[edit]

Changed Teams
Entering GP2
Leaving GP2

Midseason changes[edit]

Calendar[edit]

Round Location Circuit Date Supporting
1 F Spain Valencia, Spain Circuit de Valencia 8 April Stand-alone event
S 9 April
2 F Italy Imola, Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari 22 April San Marino Grand Prix
S 23 April
3 F Germany Nürburg, Germany Nürburgring 6 May European Grand Prix
S 7 May
4 F Spain Barcelona, Spain Circuit de Catalunya 13 May Spanish Grand Prix
S 14 May
5 F Monaco Monte Carlo, Monaco Circuit de Monaco 27 May Monaco Grand Prix
6 F United Kingdom Silverstone, Great Britain Silverstone Circuit 10 June British Grand Prix
S 11 June
7 F France Magny-Cours, France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours 15 July French Grand Prix
S 16 July
8 F Germany Hockenheim, Germany Hockenheimring 29 July German Grand Prix
S 30 July
9 F Hungary Budapest, Hungary Hungaroring 5 August Hungarian Grand Prix
S 6 August
10 F Turkey Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Park 26 August Turkish Grand Prix
S 27 August
11 F Italy Monza, Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 9 September Italian Grand Prix
S 10 September

Results[edit]

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 F Spain Circuit de Valencia Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Nicolas Lapierre Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Piquet Sports Report
S Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Germany Michael Ammermüller United Kingdom Arden International
2 F Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Trident Racing Report
S Venezuela Ernesto Viso Venezuela Ernesto Viso United Kingdom iSport International
3 F Germany Nürburgring Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton France ART Grand Prix Report
S Italy Gianmaria Bruni United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton France ART Grand Prix
4 F Spain Circuit de Catalunya Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Spain Adrián Vallés France Alexandre Prémat France ART Grand Prix Report
S Italy Gianmaria Bruni Venezuela Ernesto Viso United Kingdom iSport International
5 F Monaco Circuit de Monaco United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton France ART Grand Prix Report
6 F United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit United Kingdom Adam Carroll United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton France ART Grand Prix Report
S United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton France ART Grand Prix
7 F France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Argentina José María López United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom iSport International Report
S Germany Timo Glock Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International
8 F Germany Hockenheimring Italy Gianmaria Bruni France Alexandre Prémat Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy Trident Racing Report
S Argentina José María López Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom iSport International
9 F Hungary Hungaroring Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Piquet Sports Report
S Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Piquet Sports
10 F Turkey Istanbul Racing Circuit Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Brazil Piquet Sports Report
S United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber Italy Trident Racing
11 F Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International Report
S United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International

Championship standings[edit]

Drivers[edit]

Pos Driver VAL
Spain
IMO
Italy
NÜR
Germany
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
IST
Turkey
MNZ
Italy
Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2 6 DSQ 10 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 19 5 2 3 10 2 2 2 3 2 114
2 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1 4 5 2 Ret 19† 4 2 12† 4 5 4 2 13 DNS 1 1 1 5 2 6 102
3 France Alexandre Prémat 9 Ret 4 Ret 2 17 1 3 3 6 Ret 2 3 19 Ret 6 3 3 7 5 Ret 66
4 Germany Timo Glock 16 8 7 4 17 Ret 11 10 Ret 2 6 1 4 3 1 2 5 4 4 Ret DNS 58
5 Italy Giorgio Pantano 9 7 Ret 5 4 6 1 4 5 3 13 Ret Ret 1 1 44
6 Venezuela Ernesto Viso 8 2 6 1 6 11 8 1 Ret Ret 8 10 Ret 5 4 4 4 Ret 13 Ret 10 42
7 Italy Gianmaria Bruni 6 5 1 Ret Ret 16 Ret 17 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 1 6 Ret 8 Ret 15 Ret 9 33
8 United Kingdom Adam Carroll 14 Ret Ret 12 3 5 10 12 Ret 3 2 20 14 6 8 7 Ret 6 3 Ret Ret 33
9 France Nicolas Lapierre 4 3 3 7 5 2 Ret Ret Ret 20 7 Ret Ret 14 6 6 4 32
10 Argentina José María López 5 Ret Ret 19† 4 3 Ret Ret NC Ret 14 3 Ret 7 2 8 Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 30
11 Germany Michael Ammermüller 7 1 2 Ret 10 6 3 8 7 Ret Ret 12 8 9 Ret Ret 11 13 Ret 12 Ret 25
12 Monaco Clivio Piccione Ret Ret Ret 16 11 8 16† Ret 4 7 3 13 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 18
13 Brazil Alexandre Sarnes Negrão 13 7 Ret 11 7 7 7 18 Ret Ret 12 5 Ret 16 9 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 13
14 United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber Ret 13 Ret 8 14 Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 14 14 9 7 1 Ret NC 12
15 Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto Ret 12 8 3 8 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18† 9 Ret 23† Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 8 5 12
16 France Franck Perera 11 14 Ret 14 Ret 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 10 Ret 12 14 11 9 Ret 12 8 15† 15† 8
17 Brazil Lucas di Grassi 17 16† Ret Ret 18 13 12 9 11 Ret EX 7 6 Ret Ret 13 Ret 5 9 10 14 8
18 Spain Adrián Vallés 3 Ret 9 Ret Ret 14 18 16 Ret 9 Ret 15 13 18 Ret Ret 7 Ret 14 Ret 11 7
19 Italy Luca Filippi Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 21 16 12 Ret 10 Ret 4 7 7
20 France Tristan Gommendy Ret 11 Ret 17 13 12 5 5 Ret 6
21 Italy Ferdinando Monfardini 12 Ret 12 9 Ret 10 6 6 9 Ret DNS 8 Ret Ret 12 11 6 18† 12 Ret Ret 6
22 Spain Félix Porteiro Ret Ret 10 6 16 Ret 17 Ret 6 8 DSQ 18 10 12 18 Ret 12 19† Ret Ret NC 5
23 Spain Sergio Hernández Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret 13 8 10 EX 14 11 10 NC Ret Ret 11 10 13 Ret 1
24 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 15 10 Ret 15 19 9 Ret 14 10 12 7 Ret 15 22 10 16 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 0
25 Switzerland Neel Jani NC Ret 11 7 0
26 Spain Javier Villa 18 9 13 18 9 20 14 15 Ret 14 13 17 16 11 13 Ret 15† 15 16 9 Ret 0
27 France Olivier Pla 10 15 Ret 20† 15 Ret DSQ 20 Ret 16 9 0
28 Russia Vitaly Petrov 15 15 15 10 16 18 Ret 12 0
29 United Kingdom Mike Conway 11 11 0
30 Turkey Jason Tahincioglu Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 18 15 19 Ret 13 16 Ret 17 17 17 Ret 14 17 17 11 13 0
Pos Driver VAL
Spain
IMO
Italy
NÜR
Germany
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
IST
Turkey
MNZ
Italy
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (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 (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Polesitter for the feature race on bold. Driver in italics has been awarded point for fastest lap.

Notes[edit]

  • Drivers who did not finish the race but were classified are marked with †.
  • Lewis Hamilton was disqualified during the first race at Imola for passing the safety car. Team ART Grand Prix's statement on this is that he was following the Campos Racing cars which led him past the car. [1] (archive [2])
  • Olivier Pla was disqualified in Barcelona from 8th place for car being under weight limit
  • Durango cars were excluded from second Silverstone race for illegal rear wing which caused di Grassi's accident in first race.
  • Felix Porteiro was disqualified from 2nd place in Silverstone sprint race for illegal position of steering rack.

Teams[edit]

Pos Team Car
No.
VAL
Spain
IMO
Italy
NÜR
Germany
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
IST
Turkey
MNZ
Italy
Points
1 France ART Grand Prix 1 9 Ret 4 Ret 2 17 1 3 3 6 Ret 2 3 19 Ret 6 3 3 7 5 Ret 180
2 2 6 DSQ 10 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 19 5 2 3 10 2 2 2 3 2
2 Brazil Piquet Sports 11 1 4 5 2 Ret 19† 4 2 12† 4 5 4 2 13 DNS 1 1 1 5 2 6 115
12 13 7 Ret 11 7 7 7 18 Ret Ret 12 5 Ret 16 9 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret
3 United Kingdom iSport International 7 8 2 6 1 6 11 8 1 Ret Ret 8 10 Ret 5 4 4 4 Ret 13 Ret 10 101
8 Ret 11 Ret 17 13 12 5 5 Ret 2 6 1 4 3 1 2 5 4 4 Ret DNS
4 United Kingdom Arden International 3 7 1 2 Ret 10 6 3 8 7 Ret Ret 12 8 9 Ret Ret 11 13 Ret 12 Ret 57
4 4 3 3 7 5 2 Ret Ret Ret NC Ret 11 7 20 7 Ret Ret 14 6 6 4
5 Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International 16 Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret 9 7 Ret 5 4 6 1 4 5 3 13 Ret Ret 1 1 46
17 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 18 15 19 Ret 13 16 Ret 17 17 17 Ret 14 17 17 11 13
6 Italy Trident Racing 26 6 5 1 Ret Ret 16 Ret 17 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 1 6 Ret 8 Ret 15 Ret 9 45
27 Ret 13 Ret 8 14 Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 14 14 9 7 1 Ret NC
7 Spain Racing Engineering 9 14 Ret Ret 12 3 5 10 12 Ret 3 2 20 14 6 8 7 Ret 6 3 Ret Ret 33
10 18 9 13 18 9 20 14 15 Ret 14 13 17 16 11 13 Ret 15† 15 16 9 Ret
8 United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 5 5 Ret Ret 19† 4 3 Ret Ret NC Ret 14 3 Ret 7 2 8 Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 30
6 15 10 Ret 15 19 9 Ret 14 10 12 7 Ret 15 22 10 16 Ret Ret Ret 14 10
9 Spain BCN Competición 18 Ret 12 8 3 8 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18† 9 Ret 23† Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 8 5 22
19 16 8 7 4 17 Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 21 16 12 Ret 10 Ret 4 7
10 United Kingdom DPR Direxiv 20 10 15 Ret 20† 15 Ret DSQ 20 Ret 11 11 16 9 15 15 15 10 16 18 Ret 12 18
21 Ret Ret Ret 16 11 8 16† Ret 4 7 3 13 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3
11 France DAMS 14 12 Ret 12 9 Ret 10 6 6 9 Ret DNS 8 Ret Ret 12 11 6 18† 12 Ret Ret 14
15 11 14 Ret 14 Ret 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 10 Ret 12 14 11 9 Ret 12 8 15† 15†
12 Spain Campos Racing 24 3 Ret 9 Ret Ret 14 18 16 Ret 9 Ret 15 13 18 Ret Ret 7 Ret 14 Ret 11 12
25 Ret Ret 10 6 16 Ret 17 Ret 6 8 DSQ 18 10 12 18 Ret 12 19† Ret Ret NC
13 Italy Durango 22 17 16† Ret Ret 18 13 12 9 11 Ret EX 7 6 Ret Ret 13 Ret 5 9 10 14 9
23 Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret 13 8 10 EX 14 11 10 NC Ret Ret 11 10 13 Ret
Pos Team Car
No.
VAL
Spain
IMO
Italy
NÜR
Germany
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
SIL
United Kingdom
MAG
France
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
IST
Turkey
MNZ
Italy
Points

References[edit]

External links[edit]