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2005 GP2 Series
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The 2005 GP2 Series season was the thirty-ninth season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also first season under the GP2 Series moniker. The season started in Imola, Italy on 23 April, and ended in Manama, Bahrain on 30 September. The season was won by the German Nico Rosberg, with the Finn Heikki Kovalainen finishing second.

2005 was the first season of the newly renamed Formula One feeder series, from Formula 3000 to GP2. The inaugural season did not feature reigning F3000 champion Vitantonio Liuzzi, because the Italian was driving for Red Bull Racing in Formula One. The series did feature two former F1 drivers, Italians Gianmaria Bruni and Giorgio Pantano, driving for Coloni and SuperNova respectively.

Season summaryEdit

In the opening race at Imola, there were a number of mechanical problems and with organisers afraid of trouble at the start, the rolling start was used in both races despite the weather being dry. Nicolas Lapierre had taken his inaugural pole position but he was out before the race had started due to mechanical problems. The race was won by his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.

After the first weekend, it was decided that the points for the fastest lap would only be awarded if the driver was classified. This was due to the event in the Imola sprint race, where Lapierre started with a fuel load with which he wouldn't have been able to finish, set a fastest lap and retired soon after.

At Montmeló, the drivers could finally experience standing starts. F1 refugee Bruni won the feature race and José María López the sprint race. The first four races had been won by four drivers in four teams, highlighting that the field had many competitive drivers. Adam Carroll was the first driver to take a second victory after he won at Monaco, where only one race was held.

At Nürburgring, the sprint race was extended from 80 to 120 kilometres. This coincided with F1 dropping its second qualifying session on Sunday morning. The sprint race turned to be one of the most exciting of the season, with Monegasque Clivio Piccione winning.

Heikki Kovalainen was the top driver early in the season, winning three of the first five feature races. However, the season took a turnaround at Magny-Cours, where ART Grand Prix started going strong. Tactical errors caused them to lose the feature race, but Nico Rosberg gave them their first win at the sprint. Rosberg went on to win the next two feature races, while Olivier Pla won both sprints having started from pole position in both of them.

At the qualifying of the Hungaroring race, ART cars were disqualified for illegal position of their steering rack. They were sent to back of the grid but it didn't stop them taking points finishes in the feature and 1-2 in the sprint race, where Alexandre Prémat won his first race. Neel Jani joined the winners' list in the feature race.

Prémat also won the next race at Istanbul, while championship leading duo Kovalainen and Rosberg finished outside the points. The sprint race started in wet conditions but dried out, so tyre changes were necessary. Kovalainen did that move perfectly and won the race having started 10th. Rosberg jumped from 17th to 3rd.

Kovalainen and Jani won races at Monza but Rosberg took the most points with two second places and two fastest laps. Nelson Angelo Piquet then won the feature race at Spa-Francorchamps while Rosberg took the championship lead from Kovalainen who spun off on the last lap while battling for eighth place and pole for Sunday's race. Carroll led the sprint race from the start but following accidents involving Ernesto Viso, Hiroki Yoshimoto and Jani the race was stopped early and only half points were awarded. Viso still ended in 3rd position thanks to countback rule.

The championship was decided in Bahrain which held the only race not supporting F1. Rosberg led Kovalainen by three points and increased his lead by taking pole position. Rosberg also won the race and clinched the title as Kovalainen was 3rd. Rosberg then also won the sprint race, becoming the first driver in the series to win both races during an event.

Teams and driversEdit

All of the teams used the Dallara chassis with Renault-badged 4.0 litre (244 cu in) naturally-aspirated Mecachrome V8 engines in 2005 in order to keep the field fair.

As this was the inaugural season in the series, car numbers were distributed by a pre-season session held at Circuit Paul Ricard on 6 April. The fastest driver got number 1, his team-mate number 2, next best driver number 3 etc.

Team No. Driver name Rounds
  iSport International 1   Scott Speed All
2   Can Artam All
  Hitech/Piquet Racing 3   Nelson Angelo Piquet All
4   Alexandre Sarnes Negrão All
  BCN Competicion 5   Ernesto Viso All
6   Hiroki Yoshimoto All
  Super Nova Racing 7   Giorgio Pantano All
8   Adam Carroll All
  ART Grand Prix 9   Nico Rosberg All
10   Alexandre Prémat All
  David Price Racing 11   Olivier Pla All
12   Ryan Sharp 1–7
  Giorgio Mondini 8–12
  DAMS 14   José María López All
15   Fairuz Fauzy All
  Coloni Motorsport 16   Mathias Lauda All
17   Gianmaria Bruni 1–9
  Toni Vilander 10–11
  Ferdinando Monfardini 12
  Racing Engineering 18   Neel Jani All
19   Borja García All
  Campos Racing 20   Juan Cruz Álvarez All
21   Sergio Hernández All
  Arden International 22   Heikki Kovalainen All
23   Nicolas Lapierre All
  Durango 24   Clivio Piccione All
25   Ferdinando Monfardini 1–10
  Gianmaria Bruni 11–12

Driver changesEdit

Entering GP2

Midseason changesEdit

CalendarEdit

There were 23 races in the 2005 GP2 Series championship at 12 different circuits. Eleven race weekends had one race on Saturday and another on Sunday, the exception being the race at Circuit de Monaco where there was only one race on the weekend. The season began on 23 April 2005 and concluded on 25 September 2005.

The calendar was as follows:

Round Location Circuit Date Supporting
1 F   Imola, Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari 23 April San Marino Grand Prix
S 24 April
2 F   Montmeló, Spain Circuit de Catalunya 7 May Spanish Grand Prix
S 8 May
3 F   Monaco Circuit de Monaco 21 May Monaco Grand Prix
4 F   Nürburg, Germany Nürburgring 28 May European Grand Prix
S 29 May
5 F   Magny-Cours, France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours 2 July French Grand Prix
S 3 July
6 F   Silverstone, UK Silverstone Circuit 9 July British Grand Prix
S 10 July
7 F   Hockenheim, Germany Hockenheimring 23 July German Grand Prix
S 24 July
8 F   Mogyoród, Hungary Hungaroring 30 July Hungarian Grand Prix
S 31 July
9 F   Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Racing Circuit 20 August Turkish Grand Prix
S 21 August
10 F   Monza, Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 3 September Italian Grand Prix
S 4 September
11 F   Stavelot, Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 10 September Belgian Grand Prix
S 11 September
12 F   Manama, Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit 29 September Stand-alone event
S 30 September

ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 F   Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari   Nicolas Lapierre   Ernesto Viso   Heikki Kovalainen   Arden International Report
S   Nicolas Lapierre   Adam Carroll   Super Nova Racing
2 F   Circuit de Catalunya   Scott Speed   Nico Rosberg   Gianmaria Bruni   Coloni Motorsport Report
S   Ryan Sharp   José María López   DAMS
3 F   Circuit de Monaco   Heikki Kovalainen   Heikki Kovalainen   Adam Carroll   Super Nova Racing Report
4 F   Nürburgring   Giorgio Pantano   Scott Speed   Heikki Kovalainen   Arden International Report
S   Scott Speed   Clivio Piccione   Durango
5 F   Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours   Alexandre Prémat   Gianmaria Bruni   Heikki Kovalainen   Arden International Report
S   Gianmaria Bruni   Nico Rosberg   ART Grand Prix
6 F   Silverstone Circuit   Nico Rosberg   Alexandre Prémat   Nico Rosberg   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Scott Speed   Olivier Pla   David Price Racing
7 F   Hockenheimring   Nico Rosberg   Nico Rosberg   Nico Rosberg   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Nico Rosberg   Olivier Pla   David Price Racing
8 F   Hungaroring   Neel Jani   Hiroki Yoshimoto   Neel Jani   Racing Engineering Report
S   Clivio Piccione   Alexandre Prémat   ART Grand Prix
9 F   Istanbul Racing Circuit   Nico Rosberg   Scott Speed   Alexandre Prémat   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Olivier Pla   Heikki Kovalainen   Arden International
10 F   Autodromo Nazionale Monza   Heikki Kovalainen   Nico Rosberg   Heikki Kovalainen   Arden International Report
S   Nico Rosberg   Neel Jani   Racing Engineering
11 F   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps   Gianmaria Bruni   Adam Carroll   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Hitech/Piquet Racing Report
S   Adam Carroll   Adam Carroll   Super Nova Racing
12 F   Bahrain International Circuit   Nico Rosberg   Alexandre Prémat   Nico Rosberg   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Scott Speed   Nico Rosberg   ART Grand Prix

Championship standingsEdit

DriversEdit

Pos Driver IMO
 
CAT
 
MON
 
NÜR
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
BHR
 
Points
1   Nico Rosberg 8 Ret 9 4 3 3 4 7 1 1 4 1 4 5 2 17 3 2 2 3 5 1 1 120
2   Heikki Kovalainen 1 3 3 Ret 5 1 Ret 1 3 2 3 5 6 2 5 10 1 1 5 15† 9 3 Ret 105
3   Scott Speed 3 Ret 2 3 4 16 12 15 18 4 2 4 3 Ret 19 5 4 Ret 15 4 4 Ret 19 67.5
4   Alexandre Prémat 7 2 10 Ret Ret 4 Ret 9 Ret 3 5 2 9 4 1 1 14 Ret 18 Ret 12 2 3 67
5   Adam Carroll 5 1 7 6 1 Ret 2 4 6 21† 8 Ret 11 9 9 7 2 5 6 8 1 9 8 53
6   Giorgio Pantano 13† Ret 13 14 Ret 2 7 10 7 12 7 6 2 3 3 2 8 6 3 NC 11 5 5 49
7   Neel Jani 6 15 4 5 Ret 6 13† 5 4 5 6 Ret 22 1 4 Ret Ret 7 1 16 18 16 13 48
8   Nelson Angelo Piquet 14† 6 5 2 11† 5 3 Ret DSQ Ret Ret 3 8 15† 10 4 6 3 Ret 1 14 Ret 15 46
9   José María López 2 11 6 1 Ret 13 14 2 Ret 9 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 10 8 4 4 36
10   Gianmaria Bruni 4 4 1 Ret 2 8 Ret 18 11 7 11 NC 14 10 8 Ret 9 Ret 16 Ret 14 35
11   Ernesto Viso 10 DNS Ret Ret DSQ Ret 11 11 8 15 13 DSQ 12 6 Ret 14 12 Ret Ret 2 3 8 2 21
12   Nicolas Lapierre DNS Ret 11 9 Ret 12 Ret 3 5 10 Ret 9 7 12 6 Ret 13 4 Ret Ret 23† 6 20 21
13   Olivier Pla 9 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 9 8 1 8 1 7 Ret 9 17 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret DNS 20
14   Borja García Ret 10 Ret 10 10† Ret EX Ret 12 17 9 7 5 11 Ret 3 5 Ret 10 6 2 19 17 17.5
15   Clivio Piccione 15 Ret Ret 8 Ret 7 1 8 DSQ 6 Ret Ret 17 Ret 16 Ret 11 11 14 12 19 13 7 14
16   Hiroki Yoshimoto Ret 9 Ret 17 DNS 11 Ret 6 2 13 Ret 12 Ret 13 17 8 10 10 16 Ret 17 7 6 14
17   Ferdinando Monfardini Ret DNS Ret 11 DNS Ret 6 12 17† 14 10 Ret 15 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 4 Ret 11 5
18   Juan Cruz Álvarez Ret 7 Ret 12 Ret 18† 15 Ret NC 11 Ret 10 NC Ret 7 15 Ret 12 17† 5 6 10 12 4.5
19   Alexandre Negrão Ret 13 8 15 12† Ret Ret Ret 13 19 16† Ret 18 8 15 12 19 Ret 13 7 7 12 9 4
20   Sergio Hernández 11 8 Ret 18† 8 15 5 13 14 16 12 Ret 19 Ret 18† Ret 20† Ret 7 Ret 20† 15 18 3
21   Mathias Lauda 12 Ret Ret 13 6 10 Ret 16 15 20 15 14 21 Ret 14 16 18 13 12 9 24† 14 21 3
22   Can Artam 16† Ret Ret Ret 7 17 Ret 17 16 18 14 Ret 20 14 12 11 16 9 9 Ret 22† 17 16 2
23   Ryan Sharp Ret 14 Ret 16 Ret 9 9 19 Ret Ret NC 11 13 2
24   Fairuz Fauzy 17† 12 12 7 Ret 14 10 14 10 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 13 Ret 15 14 11 13 15 11 10 0
25   Toni Vilander 15 8 14 13 0
26   Giorgio Mondini Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 21† 18 22 0
Pos Driver IMO
 
CAT
 
MON
 
NÜR
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
BHR
 
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 feature race in bold.
  • Driver in italics has been awarded two points for fastest lap.
  • Drivers who did not finish the race but were classified are marked with †.

Note: Sprint race at Spa was stopped early and half points were awarded.

TeamsEdit

Pos Team Car
No.
IMO
 
CAT
 
MON
 
NÜR
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
BHR
 
Points
1   ART Grand Prix 9 8 Ret 9 4 3 3 4 7 1 1 4 1 4 5 2 17 3 2 2 3 5 1 1 187
10 7 2 10 Ret Ret 4 Ret 9 Ret 3 5 2 9 4 1 1 14 Ret 18 Ret 12 2 3
2   Arden International 22 1 3 3 Ret 5 1 Ret 1 3 2 3 5 6 2 5 10 1 1 5 15† 9 3 Ret 126
23 DNS Ret 11 9 Ret 12 Ret 3 5 10 Ret 9 7 12 6 Ret 13 4 Ret Ret 23† 6 20
3   Super Nova Racing 7 13† Ret 13 14 Ret 2 7 10 7 12 7 6 2 3 3 2 8 6 3 NC 11 5 5 102
8 5 1 7 6 1 Ret 2 4 6 21† 8 Ret 11 9 9 7 2 5 6 8 1 9 8
4   iSport International 1 3 Ret 2 3 4 16 12 15 18 4 2 4 3 Ret 19 5 4 Ret 15 4 4 Ret 19 69.5
2 16† Ret Ret Ret 7 17 Ret 17 16 18 14 Ret 20 14 12 11 16 9 9 Ret 22† 17 16
5   Racing Engineering 18 6 15 4 5 Ret 6 13† 5 4 5 6 Ret 22 1 4 Ret Ret 7 1 16 18 16 13 65.5
19 Ret 10 Ret 10 10† Ret EX Ret 12 17 9 7 5 11 Ret 3 5 Ret 10 6 2 19 17
6   Hitech/Piquet Racing 3 14† 6 5 2 11† 5 3 Ret DSQ Ret Ret 3 8 15† 10 4 6 3 Ret 1 14 Ret 15 50
4 Ret 13 8 15 12† Ret Ret Ret 13 19 16† Ret 18 8 15 12 19 Ret 13 7 7 12 9
7   DAMS 14 2 11 6 1 Ret 13 14 2 Ret 9 Ret 13 10 Ret Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 10 8 4 4 36
15 17† 12 12 7 Ret 14 10 14 10 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 13 Ret 15 14 11 13 15 11 10
8   Coloni Motorsport 16 12 Ret Ret 13 6 10 Ret 16 15 20 15 14 21 Ret 14 16 18 13 12 9 24† 14 21 36
17 4 4 1 Ret 2 8 Ret 18 11 7 11 NC 14 10 8 Ret 9 15 8 14 13 Ret 11
9   BCN Competición 5 10 DNS Ret Ret DSQ Ret 11 11 8 15 13 DSQ 12 6 Ret 14 12 Ret Ret 2 3 8 2 35
6 Ret 9 Ret 17 DNS 11 Ret 6 2 13 Ret 12 Ret 13 17 8 10 10 16 Ret 17 7 6
10   David Price Racing 11 9 5 Ret Ret 9 Ret 8 Ret 9 8 1 8 1 7 Ret 9 17 Ret Ret 11 10 Ret DNS 22
12 Ret 14 Ret 16 Ret 9 9 19 Ret Ret NC 11 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 21† 18 22
11   Durango 24 15 Ret Ret 8 Ret 7 1 8 DSQ 6 Ret Ret 17 Ret 16 Ret 11 11 14 12 19 13 7 21
25 Ret DNS Ret 11 DNS Ret 6 12 17† 14 10 Ret 15 Ret 11 Ret Ret 8 4 Ret 16 Ret 14
12   Campos Racing 20 Ret 7 Ret 12 Ret 18† 15 Ret NC 11 Ret 10 NC Ret 7 15 Ret 12 17† 5 6 10 12 7.5
21 11 8 Ret 18† 8 15 5 13 14 16 12 Ret 19 Ret 18† Ret 20† Ret 7 Ret 20† 15 18
Pos Team Car
No.
IMO
 
CAT
 
MON
 
NÜR
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
BHR
 
Points

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit