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2012 Bahrain GP2 Series Rounds

The 2012 Bahrain GP2 Series rounds were a series of GP2 Series motor races held at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the 2012 GP2 Series season.[1] The first round was held on 21 and 22 April, in support of the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix. The second round was held one week later as an independent round of the championship, the only one of its kind on the 2012 calendar.

The rounds were the first time the GP2 Series has visited the Bahrain International Circuit since 2007. The circuit was a regular fixture on the calendar of the now-defunct GP2 Asia Series from its inception in 2008 until 2011, when the race was cancelled due to anti-government protests.[2] With the GP2 Asia series being discontinued at the end of the 2011 season and merged into its parent series,[3] the Bahrain International Circuit returned to the larger GP2 Series as part of the series' expansion to include fly-away rounds.

In the week before the first race, Barwa Addax driver Josef Král was replaced by Dani Clos.[4] Brendon Hartley also replaced Ocean Racing Technology's Jon Lancaster.[5]

DAMS driver Davide Valsecchi qualified on pole for the first feature race, and won both the feature and sprint races. Valsecchi also won the second feature race, with Rapax driver Tom Dillmann taking his first GP2 Series win in the second sprint.

The first race was also the first time that the series introduced the points system used by Formula One since 2010 for the feature race, with points awarded to the top ten drivers and twenty-five points awarded to the race winner. The points for the sprint race were changed too, with the winner receiving fifteen points and the top eight drivers scoring points. The points for pole and fastest lap were doubled as well.

Classification (first round)

Bahrain    2012 First Bahrain GP2 round
Round details
Round 2 of 12 rounds in the
2012 GP2 Series
Bahrain International Circuit--Grand Prix Layout.svg
Location Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
Course Permanent racing facility
5.412 km (3.359 mi)
Feature race
Date 21 April 2012
Laps 32
Pole position
Driver Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS
Time 1:41.200
Podium
First Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS
Second Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International
Third Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS
Time 1:44.380 (on lap 25)
Sprint race
Date 22 April 2012
Laps 23
Podium
First Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS
Second Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP
Third United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP
Fastest lap
Driver Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing
Time 1:45.650 (on lap 3)

Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Grid
1 3 Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:41.200 1
2 10 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:41.479 2
3 4 Brazil Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:41.785 3
4 5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:41.798 4
5 1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax Team 1:41.858 5
6 16 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:41.862 6
7 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:41.933 171
8 9 United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP 1:41.939 7
9 23 Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International 1:41.962 8
10 26 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 1:41.980 9
11 27 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:42.097 10
12 12 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:42.139 11
13 8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:42.156 12
14 2 Spain Dani Clos Barwa Addax Team 1:42.158 13
15 21 France Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:42.190 14
16 15 Italy Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:42.374 15
17 11 Venezuela Rodolfo González Caterham Racing 1:42.409 16
18 6 France Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:42.427 18
19 17 Colombia Julián Leal Trident Racing 1:42.456 19
20 18 Italy Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:42.706 20
21 24 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.782 262
22 14 Monaco Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:42.853 21
23 25 Netherlands Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:42.895 22
24 22 Switzerland Simon Trummer Arden International 1:43.014 23
25 19 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:43.907 24
26 20 Portugal Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:44.078 25

Notes:

Feature Race

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS 32 59:31.115 1 31 (25+4+2)
2 23 Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International 32 +7.770 8 18
3 10 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 32 +13.528 2 15
4 26 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 32 +14.088 9 12
5 9 United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP 32 +16.278 7 10
6 21 France Tom Dillmann Rapax 32 +16.559 14 8
7 5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 32 +17.243 4 6
8 15 Italy Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 32 +28.109 15 4
9 27 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Carlin 32 +32.846 10 2
10 24 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 32 +36.093 26 1
11 16 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 32 +37.377 6
12 17 Colombia Julián Leal Trident Racing 32 +38.677 19
13 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson iSport International 32 +40.627 17
14 18 Italy Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 32 +41.009 20
15 11 Venezuela Rodolfo González Caterham Racing 32 +44.028 16
16 22 Switzerland Simon Trummer Arden International 32 +44.552 23
17 20 Portugal Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 32 +47.776 25
18 19 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 32 +52.464 24
19 2 Spain Dani Clos Barwa Addax Team 30 Brakes3 13
20 25 Netherlands Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 30 Accident damage3 22
21 6 France Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 29 Accident damage3 18
Ret 1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax Team 16 Collision 5
Ret 4 Brazil Felipe Nasr DAMS 16 Collision 3
Ret 12 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 16 Accident damage 11
Ret 14 Monaco Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 2 Collision 21
DNS 8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International Electrical 12
Fastest lap: Davide Valsecchi (DAMS) -- 1:44.380 (lap 25)

Notes:

Sprint race

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS 22 39:22.363 8 15
2 10 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 22 +0.399 6 12
3 9 United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP 22 +10.617 4 10
4 23 Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International 22 +12.463 7 8
5 26 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 22 +13.573 5 6
6 4 Brazil Felipe Nasr DAMS 22 +15.414 264 4
7 8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International 22 +22.950 25 2
8 22 Switzerland Simon Trummer Arden International 22 +30.425 16 1
9 12 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 22 +31.976 23 2
10 21 France Tom Dillmann Rapax 22 +32.545 37
11 2 Spain Dani Clos Barwa Addax Team 22 +32.632 19
12 5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 22 +32.856 2
13 20 Portugal Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 22 +36.275 17
14 15 Italy Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 22 +36.477 1
15 27 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Carlin 22 +39.988 9
16 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson iSport International 22 +40.386 13
17 17 Colombia Julián Leal Trident Racing 22 +47.410 12
18 25 Netherlands Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 22 +56.196 20
19 18 Italy Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 22 +59.488 14
20 19 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 22 +1:53.295 18
21 11 Venezuela Rodolfo González Caterham Racing 22 +2:12.9685 15
22 1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax Team 21 Retired6 22
23 14 Monaco Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 20 Retired6 24
Ret 6 France Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 15 Retired 21
Ret 24 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 2 Retired 10
Ret 16 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 0 Retired 11
Fastest lap: Giedo van der Garde (Caterham Racing) -- 1:45.650 (lap 3)

Notes:

Classification (second round)

Bahrain    2012 Second Bahrain GP2 round
Round details
Round 3 of 12 rounds in the
2012 GP2 Series
Bahrain International Circuit--Grand Prix Layout.svg
Location Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain
Course Permanent racing facility
5.412 km (3.359 mi)
Feature race
Date 27 April 2012
Laps 32
Pole position
Driver Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing
Time 1:42.451
Podium
First Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS
Second Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering
Third Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP
Time 1:43.964 (on lap 28)
Sprint race
Date 28 April 2012
Laps 23
Podium
First France Tom Dillmann Rapax
Second Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International
Third Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International
Time 1:46.064 (on lap 2)

Qualifying

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Grid
1 12 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 1:42.451 1
2 3 Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS 1:42.596 2
3 5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:42.619 3
4 26 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 1:42.628 4
5 27 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Carlin 1:42.691 5
6 23 Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International 1:42.839 6
7 11 Venezuela Rodolfo González Caterham Racing 1:42.951 7
8 2 Spain Dani Clos Barwa Addax 1:43.080 8
9 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson iSport International 1:43.124 9
10 21 France Tom Dillmann Rapax 1:43.163 10
11 4 Brazil Felipe Nasr DAMS 1:43.172 11
12 14 Monaco Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 1:43.206 12
13 10 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 1:43.213 13
14 24 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 1:43.219 14
15 18 Italy Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:43.311 15
16 6 France Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 1:43.328 16
17 8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International 1:43.391 17
18 14 Italy Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 1:43.447 18
19 25 Netherlands Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 1:43.453 19
20 1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax 1:43.599 20
21 17 Colombia Julián Leal Trident Racing 1:43.659 21
22 9 United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP 1:43.757 22
23 22 Switzerland Simon Trummer Arden International 1:43.929 23
24 16 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 1:44.100 24
25 20 Portugal Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 1:44.850 25
26 19 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:45.036 26

Feature race

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS 32 57:35.088 2 27 (25+2)
2 5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 32 +7.711 3 18
3 12 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 32 +14.824 1 19 (15+4)
4 23 Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International 32 +24.142 6 12
5 26 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 32 +24.705 4 10
6 27 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Carlin 32 +40.965 5 8
7 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson iSport International 32 +50.645 9 6
8 21 France Tom Dillmann Rapax 32 +52.522 10 4
9 1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax 32 +55.578 20 2
10 10 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 32 +56.211 13 1
11 4 Brazil Felipe Nasr DAMS 32 +1:05.7727 11
12 6 France Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 32 +1:06.906 16
13 24 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 32 +1:07.254 14
14 22 Switzerland Simon Trummer Arden International 32 +1:15.486 23
15 17 Colombia Julián Leal Trident Racing 32 +1:16.363 21
16 9 United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP 32 +1:20.506 22
17 16 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 32 +1:21.441 24
18 11 Venezuela Rodolfo González Caterham Racing 32 +1:29.2067 7
19 25 Netherlands Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 32 +1:29.955 19
20 14 Italy Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 32 +1:47.146 18
21 14 Monaco Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 31 +1 lap 12
22 19 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 31 +1 lap 26
23 20 Portugal Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 31 +1 lap 25
24 8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International 30 Retired8 17
Ret 18 Italy Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 24 Retired 15
Ret 2 Spain Dani Clos Barwa Addax 8 Retired 8
Fastest lap: James Calado (Lotus GP) -- 1:43.964 (lap 28)

Notes:

  • ^7 -- Felipe Nasr and Rodolfo González were both issued with twenty-second time penalties after the race for ignoring yellow flags.[9]
  • ^8 -- Jolyon Palmer was classified as having finished the race, as he had completed 90% of the winners race distance.

Sprint race

Pos. No. Driver Team Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 21 France Tom Dillmann Rapax 23 41:16.276 1 15
2 23 Brazil Luiz Razia Arden International 23 +0.198 5 14 (12+2)
3 3 Italy Davide Valsecchi DAMS 23 +3.958 8 10
4 10 Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP 23 +16.488 10 8
5 4 Brazil Felipe Nasr DAMS 23 +18.602 11 6
6 27 Indonesia Rio Haryanto Carlin 23 +20.425 3 4
7 7 Sweden Marcus Ericsson iSport International 23 +26.294 2 2
8 5 Switzerland Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 23 +29.605 7 1
9 14 Italy Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni 23 +33.490 20
10 6 France Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering 23 +34.078 12
11 25 Netherlands Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology 23 +43.463 19
12 9 United Kingdom James Calado Lotus GP 23 +44.371 16
13 26 United Kingdom Max Chilton Carlin 23 +46.743 4
14 17 Colombia Julián Leal Trident Racing 23 +47.439 15
15 11 Venezuela Rodolfo González Caterham Racing 23 +54.991 18
16 24 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology 23 +59.764 13
17 16 Monaco Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 23 +1:00.655 17
18 14 Monaco Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 23 +1:02.090 21
19 12 Netherlands Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing 23 +1:02.632 6
20 20 Portugal Ricardo Teixeira Rapax 23 +1:07.468 23
21 19 Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 23 +1:08.293 22
22 8 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer iSport International 23 +1:18.688 24
23 18 Italy Fabrizio Crestani Venezuela GP Lazarus 23 +1:26.049 269
24 22 Switzerland Simon Trummer Arden International 21 Retired10 14
Ret 2 Spain Dani Clos Barwa Addax 19 Retired 25
Ret 1 Venezuela Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax 0 Retired 9
Fastest lap: Jolyon Palmer (iSport International) -- 1:46.064 (lap 2)

Notes:

  • ^9 -- Fabrizio Crestani was given a five grid position penalty for ignoring yellow flags during Feature race.[9]
  • ^10 -- Simon Trummer was classified as having finished the race, as he had completed 90% of the winners race distance.

Standings after the rounds

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ Collantine, Keith (16 December 2011). "GP2 to support F1 in Singapore, Bahrain and Malaysia". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Bahrain withdraw from 2011 GP2 Asia Series calendar". GP2 Series. GP2 Motorsport Limited. 21 February 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Collantine, Keith (12 July 2011). "GP2 to drop Asia Series in 2012". F1 Fanatic. Keith Collantine. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Allen, Peter (18 April 2012). "Clos replaces Kral at Addax for Bahrain". The Checkered Flag. BlackEagleMedia Network. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Brendon Hartley rejoint Ocean" [Brendon Hartley joins Ocean]. AUTOhebdo (in French). Groupe Hommell. 19 April 2012. Archived from the original on 23 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  6. ^ "Ericsson handed a 10 place grid penalty". GP2 Series.com. GP2 Series Ltd. 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Hartley issued with five place grid penalty". GP2 Series.com. GP2 Series Ltd. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Felipe Nasr given five-place grid penalty for GP2 sprint race". Autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Sakhir post Feature Race penalties". GP2 Series. GP2 Series Limited. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.

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