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2007 GP2 Series

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2007 GP2 Series
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The 2007 GP2 Series season was the forty-first season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also third season under the GP2 Series moniker. The series began on 14 April at Bahrain. Timo Glock was crowned series champion on 30 September after winning the final round at Cheste, with Brazilian Lucas di Grassi finishing second.

Season summaryEdit

The season started in Bahrain. Luca Filippi started the season with win from pole, while Nicolas Lapierre took his first GP2 win in his third season in the sprint race. One of pre-season favourites, Timo Glock finished 2nd in both races. Michael Ammermüller, who was driving for defending teams' champion ART Grand Prix was injured and missed next two races.

Next event started with big start crash involving several drivers, including series leader Filippi. Safety car was instantly deployed and majority of the field opted to make their mandatory pit stop. Glock wasn't one of those and he lost his chances to win the race as a result. Bruno Senna took his first GP2 victory in his third race. Glock finally got his first win of the season after three second places in the sprint.

At Monaco, only one race was held which was won by Pastor Maldonado who had celebrated a victory in World Series there in the previous year. Glock increased his podium streak to five races after finishing 3rd.

Two drivers made their comeback to GP2 in Magny-Cours. Adam Carroll replaced underperforming Antônio Pizzonia while Ernesto Viso replaced Sérgio Jimenez.

Glock took pole position in Magny-Cours but the race started difficult time for him. He crashed with his teammate Andreas Zuber who started second, just a few metres after the start. Later on the first lap, Viso had massive shunt in which his car turned over and flew over the concrete barrier. Viso was lucky not to suffer serious injuries. The race was eventually won by a veteran Giorgio Pantano, giving Campos Racing its first victory in GP2. Viso's teammate Javier Villa won the sprint race, becoming youngest ever winner in GP2 at that time (the record was broken a year later by Sébastien Buemi).

Glock failed to finish both Silverstone races as well. Zuber won the feature race while Carroll took the sprint, making it nine winners in nine races. More amazingly, they were divided to eight different teams: only iSport International had two drivers who had won a race at this point.

Glock rebounded to take feature race victory at his home soil in Nürburgring. Sprint race was won by Villa. Glock was also on pole in Hungaroring but failed to score after mistake during the race. Hungaroring race was won by Carroll who leap-frogged several positions with well-timed pit stop during the safety car, as those who had made their stops already had to use start/finish straight which had lots of debris on it. Villa was again victorious in sprint race, with Carroll taking 2nd. Despite starting later in the season, he was en route to good position in the championship.

At Istanbul, Lucas di Grassi, who had finished in the points in every race except one at that point, took his first victory of the season. Glock won the sprint race, so he eventually got more points than di Grassi while these two were battling for the championship.

At Monza, Pantano won the feature race and Glock the sprint. di Grassi failed to get podium after car troubles at the end of the feature race. Pantano, meanwhile, was disqualified in the sprint race after driving several laps with broken front wing.

At Spa, Glock stalled at the start and finished the race in 17th position. Lapierre was the eventual winner. Glock then collided with Ricardo Risatti during reconnaissance lap of the sprint race and failed to start. di Grassi got good chance to close the gap on him but couldn't do better than 3rd in a race which was won by the Indian Karun Chandhok.

The final race was held in Cheste and that was only race of the season which was not supporting F1. Glock started the weekend two points ahead of di Grassi. The feature race started on damp track. Tyre choice was crucial. The best drivers started on intermediates and then quite soon moved to slicks as the mandatory pit window had opened. The gaps in the race were exceptionally big, only five drivers finished in the same lap with the winner Vitaly Petrov. Glock was seventh while di Grassi spun off on damp track, just after switching to slicks. Glock got to start from the front row in the sprint race while di Grassi's place was near the back of the grid. Glock confirmed his championship with the victory in the final race, 11 points ahead of di Grassi. Pantano finished third in the series on countback ahead of Filippi.

Teams and driversEdit

CalendarEdit

ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 F   Bahrain International Circuit   Luca Filippi   Kazuki Nakajima   Luca Filippi   Super Nova Racing Report
S   Timo Glock   Nicolas Lapierre   DAMS
2 F   Circuit de Catalunya   Timo Glock   Kazuki Nakajima   Bruno Senna   Arden International Report
S   Timo Glock   Timo Glock   iSport International
3 F   Circuit de Monaco   Pastor Maldonado   Alexandre Sarnes Negrão   Pastor Maldonado   Trident Racing Report
4 F   Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours   Timo Glock   Roldán Rodríguez   Giorgio Pantano   Campos Grand Prix Report
S   Michael Ammermüller   Javier Villa   Racing Engineering
5 F   Silverstone Circuit   Andreas Zuber   Andreas Zuber   Andreas Zuber   iSport International Report
S   Kazuki Nakajima   Adam Carroll   Petrol Ofisi FMS International
6 F   Nürburgring   Timo Glock   Mike Conway   Timo Glock   iSport International Report
S   Sébastien Buemi   Javier Villa   Racing Engineering
7 F   Hungaroring   Timo Glock   Karun Chandhok   Adam Carroll   Petrol Ofisi FMS International Report
S   Sébastien Buemi   Javier Villa   Racing Engineering
8 F   Istanbul Park   Luca Filippi   Nicolas Lapierre   Lucas di Grassi   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Andreas Zuber   Timo Glock   iSport International
9 F   Autodromo Nazionale Monza   Giorgio Pantano   Giorgio Pantano   Giorgio Pantano   Campos Grand Prix Report
S   Adam Carroll   Timo Glock   iSport International
10 F   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps   Nicolas Lapierre   Timo Glock   Nicolas Lapierre   DAMS Report
S   Nicolas Lapierre   Karun Chandhok   Durango
11 F   Circuit de Valencia   Kazuki Nakajima   Karun Chandhok   Vitaly Petrov   Campos Grand Prix Report
S   Timo Glock   Timo Glock   iSport International

Championship standingsEdit

DriversEdit

Pos Driver BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
NÜR
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
VAL
 
Points
1   Timo Glock 2 2 2 1 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 5 10 Ret 4 1 3 1 17 DNS 7 1 88
2   Lucas di Grassi 5 Ret 3 3 5 2 4 4 4 2 6 4 4 1 11 13 4 3 3 Ret 13 77
3   Giorgio Pantano DNS Ret Ret 6 2 1 3 Ret 8 4 7 Ret 7 2 12 1 DSQ Ret 14 2 5 59
4   Luca Filippi 1 3 Ret 11 4 4 2 5 7 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 7 2 2 2 7 18† 6 59
5   Kazuki Nakajima 17 6 15 7 10 17 6 3 3 3 3 2 Ret 6 Ret DSQ 18 Ret 9 3 7 44
6   Javier Villa Ret 10 8 2 Ret 7 1 13 22† 8 1 8 1 12 Ret 6 Ret 4 15 8 2 42
7   Adam Carroll DSQ 14 6 1 Ret 14 1 2 3 3 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret 15 36
8   Bruno Senna 4 8 1 4 11 3 7 11 10 15 Ret 13 12 10 6 4 3 Ret 8 Ret 14 34
9   Andreas Zuber 3 Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 15 1 6 Ret 21 3 6 Ret 14 Ret 5 18 12 12 12 30
10   Borja García 8 4 5 14 16† 12 20† 20† 17 19 12 5 5 5 4 Ret 19 16 17 5 4 28
11   Pastor Maldonado DNS 16† Ret 17† 1 10 8 7 2 6 4 Ret Ret 25
12   Nicolas Lapierre 7 1 Ret DNS Ret 8 Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 14 15 Ret 10 17† 1 21 Ret 21 23
13   Vitaly Petrov 14 11 10 16† 6 5 5 9 9 11 17 Ret 9 17 5 12 12 9 11 1 8 21
14   Mike Conway Ret 5 Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret 2 5 18 15 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 9 5 5 16 9 19
15   Karun Chandhok 9 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 16 12 13 Ret 16 14 15† 8 Ret 5 6 7 1 17 Ret 16
16   Andy Soucek 12 9 14 Ret 14 13 10 Ret 20 Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 6 2 6 3 15
17   Roldán Rodríguez Ret 12 4 Ret Ret 16 9 8 11 10 9 6 3 11 8 Ret 8 15 10 Ret 17 14
18   Adrian Zaugg 6 17 Ret 13 9 6 Ret 14 19 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret 15† Ret Ret 13 19 10
19   Kohei Hirate 18 Ret 13 10 12 Ret 11 18 Ret 5 2 11 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 Ret 16 9
20   Alexandre Negrão Ret 15 Ret DNS 15 Ret Ret Ret 18 12 10 Ret 13 7 2 14 Ret 19† 16 15 18 8
21   Sébastien Buemi 7 Ret 20 15 17 Ret 13 7 14 10 Ret 6
22   Marcos Martínez DNQ DNQ 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 22 5
23   Ho-Pin Tung 15 Ret 11 Ret 13 14 17 17 15 16 22† 9 Ret 9 9 Ret 16† 8 4 11 11 4
24   Sérgio Jimenez 19† Ret 7 5 17† 4
25   Mikhail Aleshin 6 Ret 9 20 3
26   Michael Ammermüller 10 7 Ret 19 10 12 1
27   Antônio Pizzonia 16 Ret Ret 8 8 1
28   Ricardo Risatti 16 10 8 Ret 20† 18 1
29   Ernesto Viso Ret DNS 14 8 0
30   Sakon Yamamoto 11 14 9 18† Ret 11 13 16 Ret 13 11 0
31   Markus Niemelä Ret DNS 9 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 0
32   Filipe Albuquerque 15 14 10 10 0
33   Jason Tahincioğlu Ret 13 DNS Ret Ret 15 18 19 16 17† 19 Ret 11 14 Ret 11 20 14 20 13 Ret 0
34   Christian Bakkerud 13 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 21 Ret 18 Ret DNS DNQ DNQ 12 Ret Ret Ret 0
35   Olivier Pla Ret 13 0
36   Sergio Hernández Ret 19 0
  Henri Karjalainen Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
NÜR
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
VAL
 
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 †.

TeamsEdit

Pos Team Car
No.
BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
NÜR
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
VAL
 
Points
1   iSport International 5 2 2 2 1 3 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 5 10 Ret 4 1 3 1 17 DNS 7 1 118
6 3 Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 15 1 6 Ret 21 3 6 Ret 14 Ret 5 18 12 12 12
2   ART Grand Prix 1 10 7 6 Ret 7 Ret 19 10 12 Ret 20 15 17 Ret 13 7 14 10 Ret 9 20 87
2 5 Ret 3 3 5 2 4 4 4 2 6 4 4 1 11 13 4 3 3 Ret 13
3   Campos Grand Prix 24 14 11 10 16† 6 5 5 9 9 11 17 Ret 9 17 5 12 12 9 11 1 8 80
25 DNS Ret Ret 6 2 1 3 Ret 8 4 7 Ret 7 2 12 1 DSQ Ret 14 2 5
4   Super Nova Racing 16 1 3 Ret 11 4 4 2 5 7 Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret 7 2 2 2 7 18† 6 78
17 Ret 5 Ret 12 Ret 9 Ret 2 5 18 15 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 9 5 5 16 9
5   DAMS 22 17 6 15 7 10 17 6 3 3 3 3 2 Ret 6 Ret DSQ 18 Ret 9 3 7 67
23 7 1 Ret DNS Ret 8 Ret Ret DNS 9 Ret Ret 14 15 Ret 10 17† 1 21 Ret 21
6   Racing Engineering 14 Ret 10 8 2 Ret 7 1 13 22† 8 1 8 1 12 Ret 6 Ret 4 15 8 2 51
15 19† Ret 7 5 17† Ret DNS 15 14 14 8 DNQ DNQ 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 22
7   Arden International 7 4 8 1 4 11 3 7 11 10 15 Ret 13 12 10 6 4 3 Ret 8 Ret 14 44
8 6 17 Ret 13 9 6 Ret 14 19 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret 15† Ret Ret 13 19 10 10
8   Durango 26 8 4 5 14 16† 12 20† 20† 17 19 12 5 5 5 4 Ret 19 16 17 5 4 44
27 9 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 16 12 13 Ret 16 14 15† 8 Ret 5 6 7 1 17 Ret
9   Petrol Ofisi FMS International 9 16 Ret Ret 8 8 DSQ 14 6 1 Ret 14 1 2 3 3 Ret 15 Ret 6 Ret 15 37
10 Ret 13 DNS Ret Ret 15 18 19 16 17† 19 Ret 11 14 Ret 11 20 14 20 13 Ret
10   Trident Racing 11 DNS 16† Ret 17† 1 10 8 7 2 6 4 Ret Ret 16 10 8 Ret 20† 18 Ret 19 35
12 18 Ret 13 10 12 Ret 11 18 Ret 5 2 11 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 13 Ret 16
11   Minardi Piquet Sports 3 Ret 15 Ret DNS 15 Ret Ret Ret 18 12 10 Ret 13 7 2 14 Ret 19† 16 15 18 22
4 Ret 12 4 Ret Ret 16 9 8 11 10 9 6 3 11 8 Ret 8 15 10 Ret 17
12   David Price Racing 20 13 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 21 Ret 18 Ret DNS DNQ DNQ Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret 15
21 12 9 14 Ret 14 13 10 Ret 20 Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 6 2 6 3
13   BCN Competición 18 11 14 9 18† Ret 11 13 16 Ret 13 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 11 11 Ret 14 Ret 4
19 15 Ret 11 Ret 13 14 17 17 15 16 22† 9 Ret 9 9 Ret 16† 8 4 11 11
Pos Team Car
No.
BHR
 
CAT
 
MON
 
MAG
 
SIL
 
NÜR
 
HUN
 
IST
 
MNZ
 
SPA
 
VAL
 
Points

NotesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

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