2011 GP2 Series Season
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2011 GP2 Series Season

The 2011 GP2 Series season was the forty-fifth season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also seventh season under the GP2 Series moniker, the pan-European motor racing series for single specification open wheel GP2 cars. Thirteen teams competed over a nine event series that run from 7 May 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. Luca Filippi, Jules Bianchi and Charles Pic were all divided just by two points in their battle for the second, third and fourth places respectively. Christian Vietoris, Davide Valsecchi, Stefano Coletti, Esteban Gutiérrez and Fabio Leimer was the other race winners.

Romain Grosjean (DAMS) won the drivers' championship.

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 engine configuration remained the same until the end of the 2017 season, with the only modifications being to the exhaust systems.[1] The series changed tyre supplier from Bridgestone to Pirelli for 2011-13.[2] The 2011 season saw the addition of two new teams to the grid, Carlin and Team AirAsia.[3] Meanwhile, DPR was not selected to continue in the series.

On 22 November 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.[4] 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.

Team changes

Driver changes

Changed teams
Entering/Re-Entering GP2 Series
Leaving GP2
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 in Montmeló 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.[33]
  • 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.[34]
  • 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.

2011 Schedule

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.[35] It will support all the European Formula One events.[36]

On 12 July 2011, it was announced that a non-championship round will take place in Abu Dhabi under the name 2011 GP2 Final.[37]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Supporting
1 F Istanbul Park  Turkey 7 May Turkish Grand Prix
S 8 May
2 F Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló  Spain 21 May Spanish Grand Prix
S 22 May
3 F Circuit de Monaco, Monaco  Monaco 27 May Monaco Grand Prix
S 28 May
4 F Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia  Spain 25 June European Grand Prix
S 26 June
5 F Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone  United Kingdom 9 July British Grand Prix
S 10 July
6 F Nürburgring, Nürburg  Germany 23 July German Grand Prix
S 24 July
7 F Hungaroring, Mogyoród  Hungary 30 July Hungarian Grand Prix
S 31 July
8 F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot  Belgium 27 August Belgian Grand Prix
S 28 August
9 F Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza  Italy 10 September Italian Grand Prix
S 11 September
NC F Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi  United Arab Emirates 12 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
S 13 November

Results

Championship standings

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
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1
Sprint race points

Points are awarded to the top 6 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 6 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers' Championship

Pos Driver IST
Turkey
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
VAL
Spain
SIL
United Kingdom
NÜR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
Points
1 France Romain Grosjean 1 10 DSQ 9 4 3 1 Ret 4 1 3 1 1 3 3 4 3 21 89
2 Italy Luca Filippi Ret 14 Ret Ret 3 4 Ret 15 13 12 1 3 6 Ret 4 1 1 5 54
3 France Jules Bianchi 3 7 7 Ret Ret 19 Ret 7 1 5 4 2 7 6 2 2 8 3 53
4 France Charles Pic 7 4 1 19 8 1 Ret Ret 11 10 2 DSQ 2 13 Ret 19 2 Ret 52
5 4 2 2 Ret Ret 9 2 3 8 3 6 Ret 4 4 Ret 20 21 13 49
6 United Kingdom Sam Bird 2 3 3 5 Ret 13 5 12 5 6 8 7 17 5 12 5 4 4 45
7 Germany Christian Vietoris 11 Ret Ret 13 2 7 Ret 4 8 10 1 13 6 1 35
8 Italy Davide Valsecchi 16 16 4 4 1 5 3 4 14 17 13 Ret 16 14 10 10 20 Ret 30
9 Spain Dani Clos 8 15 6 2 Ret 18 4 5 6 2 7 Ret 10 Ret 6 6 13 7 30
10 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 9 8 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 11 3 4 5 16+ 5 16 Ret 12 14 8 25
11 Monaco Stefano Coletti 5 1 10 20+ 5 Ret 17 19+ 7 22 Ret Ret 21 1 Ret DNS 22
12 Brazil Luiz Razia 6 18 Ret Ret Ret 20 6 2 17 14 Ret 14 3 7 Ret Ret 10 9 19
13 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Ret 11 Ret 12 12 DNS 7 1 10 8 12 Ret Ret 2 14 7 9 6 15
14 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Ret 20 8 1 9 7 Ret 14 15 11 DSQ 8 11 11 Ret Ret 7 2 15
15 Czech Republic Josef Král 13 6 9 21+ 6 2 8 Ret 23 20 18 11 9 17 8 3 Ret 17 15
16 Portugal Álvaro Parente 11 7 2 16 Ret 18 9 9 20+ Ret 12 12 8
17 United Kingdom Adam Carroll 15 5 19 12 9 11 5 11 6
18 Malaysia Fairuz Fauzy 12 5 14 6 15+ 10 16 16 21 15 16 12 Ret Ret 7 21 18 Ret 5
19 New Zealand Brendon Hartley 5 9 22 20 4
20 United Kingdom Max Chilton Ret 17 12 11 7 6 Ret Ret Ret 19 17 6 18 Ret 15 16 Ret 18 4
21 Romania Michael Herck 14 12 Ret Ret 13 15 10 6 24 18 11 10 12 Ret 16 15 Ret DNS 1
22 Germany Kevin Mirocha 15+ 19 21+ 16 10 Ret 12 8 DNS DNS Ret 13 14 8 0
23 Norway Pål Varhaug 18 21 15 8 Ret 21 13 10 16 23 Ret 17 13 Ret 13 18 11 10 0
24 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Ret 13 14 13 Ret 17 14 17 12 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 11 8 17 15 0
25 United Kingdom Oliver Turvey 14 8 0
26 Venezuela Rodolfo González Ret 22 20 10 Ret 14 15 Ret 18 13 9 15 Ret 9 Ret 17 19 16 0
27 Colombia Julián Leal 19 Ret 17 14 Ret Ret 11 9 22 21 14 9 20 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 0
28 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 17 9 18 17 NC 11 9 Ret 20 16 19 Ret 22 18+ Ret 14 Ret 19 0
29 Italy Davide Rigon 10 Ret 0
30 Italy Kevin Ceccon 19 15 11 12 18 20+ 19 Ret 0
31 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi 15 14 0
32 Russia Mikhail Aleshin DNS DNS 16 18 15 15 Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver IST
Turkey
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
VAL
Spain
SIL
United Kingdom
NÜR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

Notes:

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

Teams' Championship

Pos Team No. IST
Turkey
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
VAL
Spain
SIL
United Kingdom
NÜR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
Points
1 Spain Barwa Addax Team 3 7 4 1 19 8 1 Ret Ret 11 10 2 DSQ 2 13 Ret 19 2 Ret 101
4 4 2 2 Ret Ret 9 2 3 8 3 6 Ret 4 4 Ret 20 21 13
2 France DAMS 11 1 10 DSQ 9 4 3 1 Ret 4 1 3 1 1 3 3 4 3 21 89
12 18 21 15 8 Ret 21 13 10 16 23 Ret 17 13 Ret 13 18 11 10
3 Spain Racing Engineering 7 8 15 6 2 Ret 18 4 5 6 2 7 Ret 10 Ret 6 6 13 7 73
8 11 Ret 11 7 2 16 Ret 13 2 7 Ret 4 8 10 1 13 6 1
4 United Kingdom iSport International 9 2 3 3 5 Ret 13 5 12 5 6 8 7 17 5 12 5 4 4 70
10 9 8 5 3 Ret Ret Ret 11 3 4 5 16+ 5 16 Ret 12 14 8
5 France Lotus ART 5 3 7 7 Ret Ret 19 Ret 7 1 5 4 2 7 6 2 2 8 3 68
6 Ret 11 Ret 12 12 DNS 7 1 10 8 12 Ret Ret 2 14 7 9 6
6 Malaysia Team AirAsia (1-3)
Malaysia Caterham Team AirAsia (4-9)
26 6 18 Ret Ret Ret 20 6 2 17 14 Ret 14 3 7 Ret Ret 10 9 49
27 16 16 4 4 1 5 3 4 14 17 13 Ret 16 14 10 10 20 Ret
7 Italy Scuderia Coloni 18 14 12 Ret Ret 13 15 10 6 24 18 11 10 12 Ret 16 15 Ret DNS 46
19 10 Ret 19 15 11 12 18 20+ 19 Ret 1 3 6 Ret 4 1 1 5
8 Italy Trident Racing 20 Ret 22 17 10 Ret 14 15 Ret 18 13 9 15 Ret 9 Ret 17 19 16 22
21 5 1 10 20+ 5 Ret 17 19+ 7 22 Ret Ret 21 1 Ret DNS 15 14
9 United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 16 12 5 13 6 15+ 10 16 16 21 15 16 12 Ret Ret 7 21 18 Ret 20
17 Ret 14 Ret Ret 3 4 Ret 15 13 12 15 5 19 12 9 11 5 11
10 Italy Rapax 1 Ret 20 8 1 9 7 Ret 14 15 11 DSQ 8 11 11 Ret Ret 7 2 15
2 19 Ret 17 14 Ret Ret 11 9 22 21 14 9 20 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret
11 United Kingdom Arden International 14 13 6 9 21+ 6 2 8 Ret 23 20 18 11 9 17 8 3 Ret 17 15
15 17 9 18 17 NC 11 9 Ret 20 16 19 Ret 22 18+ Ret 14 Ret 19
12 Portugal Ocean Racing Technology 22 15+ 19 21+ 16 10 Ret 12 8 DNS DNS Ret 13 14 8 5 9 22 20 4
23 Ret 13 14 13 Ret 17 14 17 12 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 11 8 17 15
13 United Kingdom Carlin 24 Ret 17 12 11 7 6 Ret Ret Ret 19 17 6 18 Ret 15 16 Ret 18 4
25 DNS DNS 16 18 14 8 Ret 18 9 9 20+ Ret 15 15 Ret Ret 12 12
Pos Team No. IST
Turkey
CAT
Spain
MON
Monaco
VAL
Spain
SIL
United Kingdom
NÜR
Germany
HUN
Hungary
SPA
Belgium
MNZ
Italy
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Text formatting Meaning
Bold Pole position point(s)
Italics Fastest lap point(s)

Notes:

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

Notes

  1. ^ Leal is a Colombian driver who competed under an Italian racing licence in rounds 1-4.
  2. ^ Sam Bird set the fastest lap, but did not finish in the top 10, so was ineligible to be the point-scorer for the fastest lap. Romain Grosjean was the point-scorer instead for setting the fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
  3. ^ Stefano Coletti set the fastest lap, but did not finish in the top 10, so was ineligible to be the point-scorer for the fastest lap. Esteban Gutiérrez was the point-scorer instead for setting the fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
  4. ^ Stefano Coletti set the fastest lap, but did not finish in the top 10, so was ineligible to be the point-scorer for the fastest lap. Romain Grosjean was the point-scorer instead for setting the fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
  5. ^ Sam Bird set the fastest lap, but did not finish in the top 10, so was ineligible to be the point-scorer for the fastest lap. Luca Filippi was the point-scorer instead for setting the fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.
  6. ^ Marcus Ericsson set the fastest lap, but did not finish in the top 10, so was ineligible to be the point-scorer for the fastest lap. Christian Vietoris was the point-scorer instead for setting the fastest lap of those finishing in the top 10.

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