2016 GP2 Series

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2016 GP2 Series
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Parent series:
Formula One
Feeder series:
GP3 Series
ART Grand Prix started the season as the defending teams' champions.

The 2016 GP2 Series season was the twelfth season of the GP2 Series, a motor racing feeder series that was run in support of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the final season run under the "GP2 Series" name, with the championship being rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship from 2017. It was also originally scheduled to be the final season for the Dallara GP2/11 chassis that was introduced in 2011 and the Mecachrome 4.0 litre V8 normally-aspirated engine package that débuted in the maiden season of the series in 2005 before a brand new chassis and engine package was introduced for 2017, however due to another cost-cutting, the series announced it would keep the current chassis and engine package for one more season.

ART Grand Prix started the season as the defending teams' champions after securing the title–their fourth in the championship–at the series' second visit to the Bahrain International Circuit in 2015.[1] Prema Racing won the Teams' championship, their first in the series and first attempt, while Pierre Gasly won the Drivers' championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team No. Driver Rounds
France ART Grand Prix[2] 1 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[3] 1–3, 5–11
Austria René Binder[4] 4
2 Russia Sergey Sirotkin[5] All
Spain Racing Engineering[2] 3 France Norman Nato[6] All
4 United Kingdom Jordan King[7] All
France DAMS[2] 5 United Kingdom Alex Lynn[8] All
6 Canada Nicholas Latifi[8] All
Spain Campos Racing[2] 7 New Zealand Mitch Evans[9] All
8 Indonesia Sean Gelael[9] All
Russia Russian Time[2] 9 Italy Raffaele Marciello[10] All
10 Russia Artem Markelov[9] All
Italy Rapax[2] 11 Sweden Gustav Malja[11] All
12 France Arthur Pic[12] 1–9
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[13] 10–11
Italy Trident[2] 14 Indonesia Philo Paz Armand[14] All
15 Italy Luca Ghiotto[15] All
United Kingdom Carlin[2] 18 Spain Sergio Canamasas[16] 1–6, 8–11
Austria René Binder[17] 7
19 Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer[18] 1–10
Switzerland Louis Delétraz[19] 11
Italy Prema Racing[20] 20 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi[21] All
21 France Pierre Gasly[22] All
Netherlands MP Motorsport[2] 22 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[23] All
23 Netherlands Daniël de Jong[24] All
United Kingdom Arden International[2] 24 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri[25] All
25 Sweden Jimmy Eriksson[25] 1–9
United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff[26] 11

Team changes[edit]

  • Lazarus left the series at the end of the 2015 season, with their place taken by Prema Racing.[20]
  • Hilmer Motorsport left the series at the end of the 2015 season. As no replacement team could be found, the grid was left at twenty-two cars.
  • Status Grand Prix also left the series before the 2016 season due to not being able to find any well-budgeted drivers as well as lack of sponsorship for their second season.

Driver changes[edit]

Changing teams
Entering GP2
Leaving GP2
Mid-season changes

Calendar[edit]

On 4 March 2016, the full calendar was revealed with eleven rounds taking place.[36]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Supporting
1 Feature Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona  Spain 14 May Spanish Grand Prix
Sprint 15 May
2 Feature Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo  Monaco 27 May Monaco Grand Prix
Sprint 28 May
3 Feature Baku City Circuit, Baku  Azerbaijan 18 June European Grand Prix
Sprint 19 June
4 Feature Red Bull Ring, Spielberg  Austria 2 July Austrian Grand Prix
Sprint 3 July
5 Feature Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone  United Kingdom 9 July British Grand Prix
Sprint 10 July
6 Feature Hungaroring, Budapest  Hungary 23 July Hungarian Grand Prix
Sprint 24 July
7 Feature Hockenheimring, Hockenheim  Germany 30 July German Grand Prix
Sprint 31 July
8 Feature Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps  Belgium 27 August Belgian Grand Prix
Sprint 28 August
9 Feature Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza  Italy 3 September Italian Grand Prix
Sprint 4 September
10 Feature Sepang International Circuit, Sepang  Malaysia 1 October Malaysian Grand Prix
Sprint 2 October
11 Feature Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 26 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Sprint 27 November

Calendar changes[edit]

Results and standings[edit]

Season summary[edit]

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 F Spain Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya France Pierre Gasly France Norman Nato France Norman Nato Spain Racing Engineering Report
S France Pierre Gasly United Kingdom Alex Lynn France DAMS
2 F Monaco Circuit de Monaco Russia Sergey Sirotkin Russia Artem Markelov[N 1] Russia Artem Markelov Russia Russian Time Report
S Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Japan Nobuharu Matsushita France ART Grand Prix
3 F Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Prema Racing Report
S Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Prema Racing
4 F Austria Red Bull Ring Russia Sergey Sirotkin New Zealand Mitch Evans New Zealand Mitch Evans Indonesia Pertamina Campos Racing Report
S United Kingdom Jordan King[N 2] United Kingdom Jordan King Spain Racing Engineering
5 F United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit France Norman Nato New Zealand Mitch Evans France Pierre Gasly Italy Prema Racing Report
S Italy Luca Ghiotto United Kingdom Jordan King Spain Racing Engineering
6 F Hungary Hungaroring France Pierre Gasly Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[N 3] France Pierre Gasly Italy Prema Racing Report
S France Pierre Gasly Russia Sergey Sirotkin France ART Grand Prix
7 F Germany Hockenheimring Russia Sergey Sirotkin Russia Sergey Sirotkin Russia Sergey Sirotkin France ART Grand Prix Report
S France Pierre Gasly[N 4] United Kingdom Alex Lynn France DAMS
8 F Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Russia Artem Markelov[N 5] France Pierre Gasly Italy Prema Racing Report
S Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Prema Racing
9 F Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza France Pierre Gasly Italy Luca Ghiotto Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Prema Racing Report
S Russia Artem Markelov France Norman Nato Spain Racing Engineering
10 F Malaysia Sepang International Circuit France Pierre Gasly Russia Sergey Sirotkin[N 5] Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Italy Prema Racing Report
S France Pierre Gasly[N 6] Italy Luca Ghiotto Italy Trident
11 F United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit France Pierre Gasly Japan Nobuharu Matsushita France Pierre Gasly Italy Prema Racing Report
S Russia Sergey Sirotkin United Kingdom Alex Lynn France DAMS

Scoring system[edit]

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
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   Pole   FL 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 4 2
Sprint race points

Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   FL 
Points 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 2

Drivers' championship[edit]

Pos. Driver CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
HOC
Germany
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
SEP
Malaysia
YMC
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 France Pierre Gasly 3 2 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 7 1 7 1 7 DSQ 6 1 4 4 2 11 3 1 9 219
2 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 18 Ret 11 18 1 1 Ret 5 2 4 2 17† 8 Ret 6 1 1 3 1 4 5 6 211
3 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Ret 11 Ret Ret 2 3 12 6 18 21 3 1 1 2 9 16 14 Ret 2 Ret 4 3 159
4 Italy Raffaele Marciello 8 5 6 3 3 11 3 4 9 6 4 8 3 7 4 5 2 14 6 2 10 13 159
5 France Norman Nato 1 16 2 6 Ret Ret 7 12 7 22† 7 3 Ret 18 Ret 8 5 1 3 Ret 6 5 136
6 United Kingdom Alex Lynn 6 1 4 5 Ret 9 11 3 16 14 12 Ret 7 1 3 10 12 5 4 12 8 1 124
7 United Kingdom Jordan King 7 3 Ret 16 12† 4 8 1 8 1 8 2 15 11 2 12 7 4 5 14 13 10 122
8 Italy Luca Ghiotto Ret 12 Ret 14 9 12 4 9 5 2 17 Ret 2 4 7 3 6 Ret 7 1 11 19 111
9 United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 10 6 3 7 4 15† 6 2 3 3 11 6 5 5 10 6 9 9 12 8 Ret 11 107
10 Russia Artem Markelov 4 4 1 8 Ret 5 Ret 11 10 12 9 4 Ret 9 5 21† 10 10 DNS 13 3 7 97
11 Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 11 8 8 1 6 Ret 6 5 6 Ret 9 12 11 11 11 6 Ret 7 2 4 92
12 New Zealand Mitch Evans 12 14 5 4 5 Ret 1 8 4 13 10 5 Ret 10 16 13 8 Ret 8 6 15 8 90
13 Sweden Gustav Malja 9 10 14 12 10 Ret 13 16 22 19 13 14 6 8 8 2 3 7 9 5 Ret 14 53
14 France Arthur Pic 13 Ret 10 9 Ret 8 9 18 14 11 5 Ret 4 3 14 22† Ret 11 36
15 Indonesia Sean Gelael 17 13 13 Ret 7 Ret 2 Ret 21 18 22 10 Ret Ret 18 15 DSQ 16 16 Ret Ret 21 24
16 Canada Nicholas Latifi 2 7 Ret Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 11 10 16 12 14 17 13 9 16 15 14 10 9 12 23
17 Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 15 15 7 2 Ret 10 Ret 19 12 8 14 13 10 14 Ret 14 18 8 15 11 21
18 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 13 9 7 2 18
19 Spain Sergio Canamasas 5 9 12 10 Ret 6 Ret 10 13 9 18 9 12 7 Ret 13 10 15 12 16 17
20 Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 16 19 Ret 15 11† Ret 5 13 15 17 21† Ret 12 13 15 20 15 18† 10
21 Netherlands Daniël de Jong 14 17 9 11 8 14 14 20 19 16 15 11 Ret 16 17 17 17 19 17 Ret 14 Ret 6
22 Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 19 18 Ret 17 Ret 7 Ret 17 17 15 20 16 11 Ret 19 18 13 12 18 Ret Ret 20 2
23 Austria René Binder 16 15 13 15 0
24 Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 20 20 19 15 16 Ret 20 19 19 17 19 Ret 16 18 0
25 United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff 17 15 0
26 Switzerland Louis Delétraz Ret 17 0
Pos. Driver CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
HOC
Germany
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
SEP
Malaysia
YMC
United Arab Emirates
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)

Bold – Pole (Feature race only)
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 No. CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
HOC
Germany
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
SEP
Malaysia
YMC
United Arab Emirates
Points
1 Italy Prema Racing 20 18 Ret 11 18 1 1 Ret 5 2 4 2 17† 8 Ret 6 1 1 3 1 4 1 6 430
21 3 2 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 7 1 7 1 7 DSQ 6 1 4 4 2 11 3 5 9
2 Spain Racing Engineering 3 1 16 2 6 Ret Ret 7 13 7 22† 7 3 Ret 18 Ret 8 5 1 3 Ret 6 5 258
4 7 3 Ret 16 12† 4 8 1 8 1 8 2 15 11 2 12 7 4 5 14 13 10
3 Russia Russian Time 9 8 5 6 3 3 11 3 4 9 6 4 8 3 7 4 5 2 15 6 2 10 13 256
10 4 4 1 8 Ret 5 Ret 12 10 12 9 4 Ret 9 5 21† 10 10 DNS 13 3 7
4 France ART Grand Prix 1 11 8 8 1 6 Ret 16 15 6 5 6 Ret 9 12 11 11 11 6 Ret 7 2 4 251
2 Ret 11 Ret Ret 2 3 12 6 18 21 3 1 1 2 9 16 14 Ret 2 Ret 4 3
5 France DAMS 5 6 1 4 5 Ret 9 11 3 16 14 12 Ret 7 1 3 10 12 5 4 12 8 1 147
6 2 7 Ret Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 11 10 16 12 14 17 13 9 16 15 14 10 9 12
6 Spain Campos Racing 7 12 14 5 4 5 Ret 1 8 4 13 10 5 Ret 10 16 13 8 Ret 8 6 15 8 114
8 17 13 13 Ret 7 Ret 2 Ret 21 18 22† 10 Ret Ret 18 15 DSQ 16 16 Ret Ret 21
7 Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 10 6 3 7 4 15† 6 2 3 3 11 6 5 5 10 6 9 9 12 8 Ret 11 113
23 14 17 9 11 8 14 14 20 19 16 15 11 Ret 16 17 17 17 19 17 Ret 14 Ret
8 Italy Trident 14 Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 20 20 19 15 16 Ret 20 19 19 17 19 Ret 16 18 111
15 Ret 12 Ret 14 9 12 4 9 5 2 17 Ret 2 4 7 3 6 Ret 7 1 11 19
9 Italy Rapax 11 9 10 14 12 10 Ret 13 16 22 19 13 14 6 8 8 2 3 7 9 5 Ret 14 107
12 13 Ret 10 9 Ret 8 9 18 14 11 5 Ret 4 3 14 22† Ret 12 13 9 7 2
10 United Kingdom Carlin 18 5 9 12 10 Ret 6 Ret 10 13 9 18 9 13 15 12 7 Ret 13 10 15 12 16 38
19 15 15 7 2 Ret 10 Ret 19 12 8 14 13 10 14 Ret 14 18 8 15 11 Ret 17
11 United Kingdom Arden International 24 19 18 Ret 17 Ret 7 Ret 17 17 15 20 16 11 Ret 19 18 13 12 18 Ret Ret 20 12
25 16 19 Ret 15 11† Ret 5 11 15 17 21† Ret 12 13 15 20 15 18† 17 15
Pos. Team No. CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
BAK
Azerbaijan
RBR
Austria
SIL
United Kingdom
HUN
Hungary
HOC
Germany
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
SEP
Malaysia
YMC
United Arab Emirates
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)

Bold – Pole (Feature race only)
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

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

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Pierre Gasly set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  2. ^ Norman Nato set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  3. ^ Oliver Rowland set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  4. ^ Artem Markelov set the fastest lap, but he changed his tyres, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  5. ^ a b Nobuharu Matsushita set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  6. ^ Sergio Canamasas set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.

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