2011 GP2 Series
|2011 GP2 Series|
- For the Asian-based series, see 2011 GP2 Asia Series.
The 2011 GP2 Series season was the seventh season of the pan-European motor racing series for single specification open wheel GP2 cars. Thirteen teams competed over a nine event series that run from May 7 at Istanbul Park in Turkey to September 11 at Monza in Italy. The series again performed the role of a series for developing emerging young drivers, acting as the principal supporting motor racing series that fills in time between sessions of the nine World Championship Formula One Grands Prix that are held in Europe. The championship was won by reigning GP2 Asia champion Romain Grosjean at the penultimate round of the series.
Following a three-year cycle, the previous GP2 chassis was replaced by a brand new car, the GP2/11, built by Italian racing car manufacturer Dallara. The series will change tyre supplier from Bridgestone to Pirelli for 2011–13. The 2011 season saw the addition of two new teams to the grid, Carlin and Team AirAsia. Meanwhile, DPR was not selected to continue in the series.
- On November 22, 2010 it was announced that Renault would no longer badge their Mecachrome GP2 Series engines, instead of Mecachrome would run its own engine program from 2011 onwards.
- All GP2 Series cars had a reverse gear for the first time in the series.
Teams and drivers
This section lists drivers who competed in the regular season. For the drivers who competed in the non-championship race in Abu Dhabi, see 2011 GP2 Final.
- David Price Racing will leave GP2, while Carlin and Team AirAsia will join the series, filling the vacancies left by DPR and Durango (who left ahead of the 2010 season).
- Lotus Cars will lend its name to ART Grand Prix in a similar arrangement to their sponsorship of Takuma Sato and KV Racing Technology in the IndyCar Series, while Team Lotus is behind the new Team AirAsia outfit. Aside from the name, there is no crossover between Lotus ART and Team Air Asia.
- Changed teams
- Sam Bird will move to iSport International after competing in his rookie season for ART Grand Prix. He will partner Marcus Ericsson, who moves over from Super Nova Racing.
- Johnny Cecotto Jr. will move from Trident Racing to Ocean Racing Technology, having competed for Trident in the first eight meetings of the 2010 season.
- Max Chilton will move from Ocean Racing Technology to be part of Carlin's inaugural GP2 pairing.
- Rodolfo González will return to Trident Racing after a season with Arden International. González drove for Trident at the German round in 2009.
- After driving for DPR for most of his GP2 career to date, Michael Herck will move to Scuderia Coloni.
- After driving for Super Nova Racing in his rookie season, Josef Král will move to Arden International.
- Fabio Leimer will move from Ocean Racing Technology to Rapax.
- Charles Pic will move from Arden International to partner Giedo van der Garde at Barwa Addax.
- Luiz Razia will switch from team's champions Rapax to debutants Team Air Asia. Davide Valsecchi will move from iSport International to be his team-mate.
- Entering/Re-Entering GP2 Series
- Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Mikhail Aleshin has extended his collaboration with Carlin for GP2, making a return to GP2 after contesting two meetings in 2007 with ART Grand Prix.
- Stefano Coletti will return to the series with Trident Racing, having competed in two rounds in 2009 for Durango.
- Fairuz Fauzy will return to the series with Super Nova Racing, the team that Fauzy competed with in 2006 and also in the 2008 Asia Series.
- GP3 Series champion Esteban Gutiérrez will move up to GP2 with Lotus ART, having raced for the team in GP3.
- Julián Leal will make his debut in the series with Rapax, having finished 20th in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for International DracoRacing.
- After a part season in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, Kevin Mirocha will graduate into GP2 with Ocean Racing Technology.
- FIA Formula Two Championship runner-up Jolyon Palmer will join Arden International.
- Davide Rigon will return to the series with Scuderia Coloni, having driven for Trident Racing in 2009.
- Pål Varhaug will move up from the GP3 Series to drive for DAMS.
- Leaving GP2
- 2010 champion Pastor Maldonado will move from Rapax to compete in Formula One with Williams alongside Rubens Barrichello.
- Jérôme d'Ambrosio will move from DAMS to compete in Formula One for Virgin Racing alongside former GP2 Champion Timo Glock, having previously driven for the team during Friday practice sessions at selected events in 2010.
- Sergio Pérez will move from Barwa Addax to compete in Formula One with Sauber alongside former Asia Series champion Kamui Kobayashi.
- Ho-Pin Tung moved to the IndyCar Series as a part-time entry with Dragon Racing, and failed to qualify for the 2011 Indianapolis 500.
- Alberto Valerio returned to his native Brazil to compete in the Copa Caixa Stock Car series.
- Adrian Zaugg moved to Auto GP, but completed only one event in 2011.
- Midseason Changes
- A number of midseason changes were also made during the season, to replace other drivers. Scuderia Coloni's Davide Rigon suffered stable fractures of the tibia and fibula in an accident with Julián Leal in Istanbul. He was replaced by Kevin Ceccon.
- Álvaro Parente returned to the series, replacing Christian Vietoris at Racing Engineering in Barcelona and Monaco after Vietoris' accident in Istanbul left him suffering from severe headaches. He continued with his campaign in DTM despite this, and returned to GP2 in time for the Valencia round.
- For Monaco, Oliver Turvey made his return to the category, replacing Mikhail Aleshin at Carlin. Turvey was later replaced by Álvaro Parente in Valencia. Aleshin returned at the Hungaroring, as Parente had a prior commitment to compete for McLaren at the Spa 24 Hours.
- Prior to the round at the Nürburgring, Kevin Ceccon left Scuderia Coloni to concentrate on Auto GP. He was replaced by fellow Auto GP racer Luca Filippi from Super Nova Racing. Filippi's vacated seat was taken by Adam Carroll, who returned to the series after participating between 2005 and 2008. Ceccon later returned to the team for the non-championship round in Abu Dhabi.
- For the round held at Spa-Francorchamps, Brendon Hartley replaced Kevin Mirocha in the Ocean Racing Technology team.
- For the round held at Monza, the injured Stefano Coletti was replaced by Stéphane Richelmi.
The 2011 calendar was announced on 21 December 2010. The series will consist of nine rounds, one less than in 2010, as the Abu Dhabi round will return to the GP2 Asia Series and will not be replaced. It will support all the European Formula One events.
|1||F||Istanbul Park||Turkey||7 May||Turkish Grand Prix|
|2||F||Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló||Spain||21 May||Spanish Grand Prix|
|3||F||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo||Monaco||27 May||Monaco Grand Prix|
|4||F||Valencia Street Circuit||Spain||25 June||European Grand Prix|
|5||F||Silverstone Circuit||United Kingdom||9 July||British Grand Prix|
|6||F||Nürburgring||Germany||23 July||German Grand Prix|
|7||F||Hungaroring, Mogyoród||Hungary||30 July||Hungarian Grand Prix|
|8||F||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps||Belgium||27 August||Belgian Grand Prix|
|9||F||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Italy||10 September||Italian Grand Prix|
|NC||F||Yas Marina Circuit||United Arab Emirates||12 November||Abu Dhabi Grand Prix|
- 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
- Sprint race points
Points are awarded to the top 6 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.
- Sam Bird set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score point for the fastest lap.
- Stefano Coletti set the fastest lap, but did not finish, so he was ineligible to score point for the fastest lap.
- Marcus Ericsson set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score point for the fastest lap.
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