The 2012 Bahrain 1st GP2 Series round was the second round of the 2012 GP2 Series. It was held on 21 and 22 April 2012 at Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain. The race supported 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.
Round 2 of 12 rounds in the |
2012 GP2 Series
|Location||Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain|
Permanent racing facility |
5.412 km (3.359 mi)
|Date||21 April 2012|
|Second||Luiz Razia||Arden International|
|Third||Esteban Gutiérrez||Lotus GP|
|Time||1:44.380 (on lap 25)|
|Date||22 April 2012|
|Second||Esteban Gutiérrez||Lotus GP|
|Third||James Calado||Lotus GP|
|Driver||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham Racing|
|Time||1:45.650 (on lap 3)|
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. With the GP2 Asia series being discontinued at the end of the 2011 season and merged into its parent series, the Bahrain International Circuit returned to the larger GP2 Series as part of the series' expansion to include fly-away rounds.
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.
- ^1 — Marcus Ericsson was given a ten-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident with Davide Valsecchi at Sepang.
- ^2 — Brendon Hartley received a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision with Giedo van der Garde during the qualifying session.
- ^3 — Dani Clos, Nigel Melker and Nathanaël Berthon were classified as having finished the race, as they had completed 90% of the winners race distance.
- ^4 — Felipe Nasr was given a five-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable collision with Johnny Cecotto Jr. in the feature race. He later started from the pit lane.
- ^5 — Rodolfo González received a post-race 20-second penalty.
- ^6 — Johnny Cecotto Jr. and Stefano Coletti were both classified as having finished the race, as they had completed 90% of the winners race distance.
- ^7 — Tom Dillmann started from the pit lane.
Standings after the roundEdit
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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