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2006 GP2 Series
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The 2006 GP2 Series season was the fortieth season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also second season under the GP2 Series moniker. The season began at Cheste, Spain on 8 April 2006 and ended in Monza, Italy on 10 September 2006. The season was won by ART Grand Prix driver Lewis Hamilton, over Piquet Sports driver Nelson Angelo Piquet, who was the only other contender.

2006 GP2 car modificationsEdit

The chassisEdit

The 2006 specification GP2 Car has been designed by Dallara Automobili. The 2006 GP2 car features a biplane rear wing, with the triplane rear wing used in 2005 only to be used at the Monaco race. The front upper and lower wishbones have been reinforced, as have the front and rear suspension uprights.

EngineEdit

The 4 litre V8 engine features internal, cartographic and software upgrades designed to improve performance and fuel consumption.

The gearboxEdit

The 2006 gearbox has been manufactured by GearTek, and features an 8 position barrel, with ratchet body and software upgrades, as well as a new transverse shafts fixing system designed to facilitate improved gear selection.

The tyresEdit

The tyres supplied by Bridgestone for the 2006 season are slick, not featuring the grooves seen in the 2005 season. Bridgestone will supply a soft, medium, and hard compound tire, with the tyre choice being made by Bridgestone and the GP2 Series prior to each event. The wet specification tyre remains the same as 2005.

Other partsEdit

Brembo is supplying a new development of monobloc brake calipers and disc bells, which are exclusive to GP2.

The car also features internal cooling upgrades, a new water radiator, radiator duct, oil/water heat exchanger, modified oil degasser, new oil and water pipes and new heat exchanger fixing brackets.

Sporting regulations changesEdit

The only change to the sporting regulations for the 2006 season is that drivers will only be awarded a single point for fastest lap in a race, rather than the two points that were awarded in 2005. The driver must now also start the race from his allocated grid position to be eligible to claim the fastest lap.

Season summaryEdit

Nelson Piquet, Jr. started the season on high note, winning the first race at Cheste ahead of two rookies, Lewis Hamilton and Adrián Vallés. The latter one failed to score in the rest of the season apart from one point for fastest lap at Barcelona. In a sprint race, Vallés was involved in a collision with Adam Carroll who rolled multiple times. The sprint race was won by Michael Ammermüller who had promising start to the season but failed to score during last six weekends.

Gianmaria Bruni and Ernesto Viso then shared victories at Imola, where Hamilton failed to score, after being black-flagged in the feature race and therefore starting sprint race from back of the grid. He recovered well to win both races at Nürburgring, where Piquet had a bad weekend. He had taken pole position but had a big crash following car failure in the feature race. He also failed to score in the sprint.

Hamilton was on course to win feature race at Barcelona too, but he collided with his teammate Alexandre Prémat on the last lap. The Frenchman went on to win with Hamilton second. Viso took second victory of the season by winning the sprint. Hamilton then went to win three races in a row, taking single Monaco event where Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla were injured and missed some races. At his home circuit in Silverstone Hamilton won the feature and then the sprint, where he overtook Clivio Piccione and Piquet in one move.

There were few notable driver changes during the early season. Giorgio Pantano returned to the series with after missing first three rounds and Timo Glock moved from BCN to iSport between Monaco and British rounds. Both were serious contenders for race wins for the rest of the season and they shared victories at Magny-Cours. Glock also won at Hockenheim after overtaking José María López on the final lap.

At this point, Hamilton had a massive 26-point lead over Piquet, but the Brazilian bounced back with a perfect weekend at Hungary, taking pole, two wins and two fastest laps. Hamilton spun in qualifying and started feature race from back of the grid. He failed to score there but took second place in the wet Sunday sprint.

Piquet's form continued in Turkey, where he won the feature race from pole. Hamilton was second, and in the sprint, Hamilton recovered well from early spin to take 2nd place, while Piquet had to settle for 5th. Andreas Zuber took advantage of his front row starting position and won the race.

Hamilton led by ten points before final weekend in Monza. Piquet cut the lead to eight by taking pole. Pantano beat both of them in the feature race and had set fastest lap as well. Piquet finished second and Hamilton third, so it looked like championship would be decided in final race. However, Pantano was deemed to have ignored yellow flags on his fastest lap so that time was disallowed, giving a point to Hamilton who now clinched the title. Pantano made a fantastic start in the sprint and went from 8th to 1st before first corner, and went on to win the race. Hamilton followed and took 2nd, beating Piquet by 12 points in the end.

Teams and driversEdit

Team No. Driver Rounds
  ART Grand Prix 1   Alexandre Prémat All
2   Lewis Hamilton All
  Arden International 3   Michael Ammermüller All
4   Nicolas Lapierre 1–5, 8–11
  Neel Jani 6–7
  Super Nova Racing 5   José María López All
6   Fairuz Fauzy All
  iSport International 7   E.J. Viso All
8   Tristan Gommendy 1–5
  Timo Glock 6–11
  Racing Engineering 9   Adam Carroll All
10   Javier Villa All
  Piquet Sports 11   Nelson Piquet, Jr. All
12   Alexandre Sarnes Negrão All
  DAMS 14   Ferdinando Monfardini All
15   Franck Perera All
  Petrol Ofisi FMS International 16   Luca Filippi 1–3
  Giorgio Pantano 4–11
17   Jason Tahincioğlu All
  BCN Competicion 18   Hiroki Yoshimoto All
19   Timo Glock 1–5
  Luca Filippi 6–11
  DPR Direxiv 20   Olivier Pla 1–5, 7
  Mike Conway 6
  Vitaly Petrov 8–11
21   Clivio Piccione All
  Durango 22   Lucas di Grassi All
23   Sergio Hernández All
  Campos Racing 24   Adrián Vallés All
25   Félix Porteiro All
  Trident Racing 26   Gianmaria Bruni All
27   Andreas Zuber[N 1] All

Driver changesEdit

Changed Teams
Entering GP2
Leaving GP2

Midseason changesEdit

CalendarEdit

ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 F   Circuit de Valencia   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nicolas Lapierre   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Piquet Sports Report
S   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Michael Ammermüller   Arden International
2 F   Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari   Gianmaria Bruni   Gianmaria Bruni   Gianmaria Bruni   Trident Racing Report
S   Ernesto Viso   Ernesto Viso   iSport International
3 F   Nürburgring   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Gianmaria Bruni   Lewis Hamilton   ART Grand Prix
4 F   Circuit de Catalunya   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Adrián Vallés   Alexandre Prémat   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Gianmaria Bruni   Ernesto Viso   iSport International
5 F   Circuit de Monaco   Lewis Hamilton   Lucas di Grassi   Lewis Hamilton   ART Grand Prix Report
6 F   Silverstone Circuit   Adam Carroll   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Lewis Hamilton   Lewis Hamilton   ART Grand Prix
7 F   Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours   José María López   Lewis Hamilton   Timo Glock   iSport International Report
S   Timo Glock   Giorgio Pantano   Petrol Ofisi FMS International
8 F   Hockenheimring   Gianmaria Bruni   Alexandre Prémat   Gianmaria Bruni   Trident Racing Report
S   José María López   Timo Glock   iSport International
9 F   Hungaroring   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Piquet Sports Report
S   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Piquet Sports
10 F   Istanbul Racing Circuit   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Piquet Sports Report
S   Lewis Hamilton   Andreas Zuber   Trident Racing
11 F   Autodromo Nazionale Monza   Nelson Piquet, Jr.   Lewis Hamilton   Giorgio Pantano   Petrol Ofisi FMS International Report
S   Lewis Hamilton   Giorgio Pantano   Petrol Ofisi FMS International

Championship standingsEdit

DriversEdit

Pos Driver VAL
 
IMO
 
NÜR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
SIL
 
MAG
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
Points
1   Lewis Hamilton 2 6 DSQ 10 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 19 5 2 3 10 2 2 2 3 2 114
2   Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1 4 5 2 Ret 19† 4 2 12† 4 5 4 2 13 DNS 1 1 1 5 2 6 102
3   Alexandre Prémat 9 Ret 4 Ret 2 17 1 3 3 6 Ret 2 3 19 Ret 6 3 3 7 5 Ret 66
4   Timo Glock 16 8 7 4 17 Ret 11 10 Ret 2 6 1 4 3 1 2 5 4 4 Ret DNS 58
5   Giorgio Pantano 9 7 Ret 5 4 6 1 4 5 3 13 Ret Ret 1 1 44
6   Ernesto Viso 8 2 6 1 6 11 8 1 Ret Ret 8 10 Ret 5 4 4 4 Ret 13 Ret 10 42
7   Gianmaria Bruni 6 5 1 Ret Ret 16 Ret 17 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 1 6 Ret 8 Ret 15 Ret 9 33
8   Adam Carroll 14 Ret Ret 12 3 5 10 12 Ret 3 2 20 14 6 8 7 Ret 6 3 Ret Ret 33
9   Nicolas Lapierre 4 3 3 7 5 2 Ret Ret Ret 20 7 Ret Ret 14 6 6 4 32
10   José María López 5 Ret Ret 19† 4 3 Ret Ret NC Ret 14 3 Ret 7 2 8 Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 30
11   Michael Ammermüller 7 1 2 Ret 10 6 3 8 7 Ret Ret 12 8 9 Ret Ret 11 13 Ret 12 Ret 25
12   Clivio Piccione Ret Ret Ret 16 11 8 16† Ret 4 7 3 13 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 18
13   Alexandre Negrão 13 7 Ret 11 7 7 7 18 Ret Ret 12 5 Ret 16 9 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 13
14   Andreas Zuber Ret 13 Ret 8 14 Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 14 14 9 7 1 Ret NC 12
15   Hiroki Yoshimoto Ret 12 8 3 8 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18† 9 Ret 23† Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 8 5 12
16   Franck Perera 11 14 Ret 14 Ret 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 10 Ret 12 14 11 9 Ret 12 8 15† 15† 8
17   Lucas di Grassi 17 16† Ret Ret 18 13 12 9 11 Ret EX 7 6 Ret Ret 13 Ret 5 9 10 14 8
18   Adrián Vallés 3 Ret 9 Ret Ret 14 18 16 Ret 9 Ret 15 13 18 Ret Ret 7 Ret 14 Ret 11 7
19   Luca Filippi Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 21 16 12 Ret 10 Ret 4 7 7
20   Tristan Gommendy Ret 11 Ret 17 13 12 5 5 Ret 6
21   Ferdinando Monfardini 12 Ret 12 9 Ret 10 6 6 9 Ret DNS 8 Ret Ret 12 11 6 18† 12 Ret Ret 6
22   Félix Porteiro Ret Ret 10 6 16 Ret 17 Ret 6 8 DSQ 18 10 12 18 Ret 12 19† Ret Ret NC 5
23   Sergio Hernández Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret 13 8 10 EX 14 11 10 NC Ret Ret 11 10 13 Ret 1
24   Fairuz Fauzy 15 10 Ret 15 19 9 Ret 14 10 12 7 Ret 15 22 10 16 Ret Ret Ret 14 10 0
25   Neel Jani NC Ret 11 7 0
26   Javier Villa 18 9 13 18 9 20 14 15 Ret 14 13 17 16 11 13 Ret 15† 15 16 9 Ret 0
27   Olivier Pla 10 15 Ret 20† 15 Ret DSQ 20 Ret 16 9 0
28   Vitaly Petrov 15 15 15 10 16 18 Ret 12 0
29   Mike Conway 11 11 0
30   Jason Tahincioğlu Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 18 15 19 Ret 13 16 Ret 17 17 17 Ret 14 17 17 11 13 0
Pos Driver VAL
 
IMO
 
NÜR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
SIL
 
MAG
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
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 the feature race on bold. Driver in italics has been awarded point for fastest lap.

NotesEdit

  • Drivers who did not finish the race but were classified are marked with †.
  • Lewis Hamilton was disqualified during the first race at Imola for passing the safety car. Team ART Grand Prix's statement on this is that he was following the Campos Racing cars which led him past the car. [1] (archive [2])
  • Olivier Pla was disqualified in Montmeló from 8th place for car being under weight limit
  • Durango cars were excluded from second Silverstone race for illegal rear wing which caused di Grassi's accident in first race.
  • Felix Porteiro was disqualified from 2nd place in Silverstone sprint race for illegal position of steering rack.

TeamsEdit

Pos Team Car
No.
VAL
 
IMO
 
NÜR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
SIL
 
MAG
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
Points
1   ART Grand Prix 1 9 Ret 4 Ret 2 17 1 3 3 6 Ret 2 3 19 Ret 6 3 3 7 5 Ret 180
2 2 6 DSQ 10 1 1 2 4 1 1 1 19 5 2 3 10 2 2 2 3 2
2   Piquet Sports 11 1 4 5 2 Ret 19† 4 2 12† 4 5 4 2 13 DNS 1 1 1 5 2 6 115
12 13 7 Ret 11 7 7 7 18 Ret Ret 12 5 Ret 16 9 5 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret
3   iSport International 7 8 2 6 1 6 11 8 1 Ret Ret 8 10 Ret 5 4 4 4 Ret 13 Ret 10 101
8 Ret 11 Ret 17 13 12 5 5 Ret 2 6 1 4 3 1 2 5 4 4 Ret DNS
4   Arden International 3 7 1 2 Ret 10 6 3 8 7 Ret Ret 12 8 9 Ret Ret 11 13 Ret 12 Ret 57
4 4 3 3 7 5 2 Ret Ret Ret NC Ret 11 7 20 7 Ret Ret 14 6 6 4
5   Petrol Ofisi FMS International 16 Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret 9 7 Ret 5 4 6 1 4 5 3 13 Ret Ret 1 1 46
17 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 18 15 19 Ret 13 16 Ret 17 17 17 Ret 14 17 17 11 13
6   Trident Racing 26 6 5 1 Ret Ret 16 Ret 17 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 1 6 Ret 8 Ret 15 Ret 9 45
27 Ret 13 Ret 8 14 Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 14 14 9 7 1 Ret NC
7   Racing Engineering 9 14 Ret Ret 12 3 5 10 12 Ret 3 2 20 14 6 8 7 Ret 6 3 Ret Ret 33
10 18 9 13 18 9 20 14 15 Ret 14 13 17 16 11 13 Ret 15† 15 16 9 Ret
8   Super Nova Racing 5 5 Ret Ret 19† 4 3 Ret Ret NC Ret 14 3 Ret 7 2 8 Ret 9 11 Ret Ret 30
6 15 10 Ret 15 19 9 Ret 14 10 12 7 Ret 15 22 10 16 Ret Ret Ret 14 10
9   BCN Competición 18 Ret 12 8 3 8 4 Ret Ret Ret Ret 18† 9 Ret 23† Ret Ret Ret Ret 19 8 5 22
19 16 8 7 4 17 Ret 11 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 21 16 12 Ret 10 Ret 4 7
10   DPR Direxiv 20 10 15 Ret 20† 15 Ret DSQ 20 Ret 11 11 16 9 15 15 15 10 16 18 Ret 12 18
21 Ret Ret Ret 16 11 8 16† Ret 4 7 3 13 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3
11   DAMS 14 12 Ret 12 9 Ret 10 6 6 9 Ret DNS 8 Ret Ret 12 11 6 18† 12 Ret Ret 14
15 11 14 Ret 14 Ret 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 10 Ret 12 14 11 9 Ret 12 8 15† 15†
12   Campos Racing 24 3 Ret 9 Ret Ret 14 18 16 Ret 9 Ret 15 13 18 Ret Ret 7 Ret 14 Ret 11 12
25 Ret Ret 10 6 16 Ret 17 Ret 6 8 DSQ 18 10 12 18 Ret 12 19† Ret Ret NC
13   Durango 22 17 16† Ret Ret 18 13 12 9 11 Ret EX 7 6 Ret Ret 13 Ret 5 9 10 14 9
23 Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret 13 8 10 EX 14 11 10 NC Ret Ret 11 10 13 Ret
Pos Team Car
No.
VAL
 
IMO
 
NÜR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
SIL
 
MAG
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
Points

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Zuber is an Austrian driver who raced this year under Emirati racing license.

ReferencesEdit

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