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The start of the season-opening race at Sepang.

The 2012 GP2 Series season was the eighth GP2 Series season and the first season after merging with the GP2 Asia Series.[1] The championship was expanded to include rounds in Malaysia, Bahrain and Singapore, in support of the 2012 Formula One season.

The series adopted the points system used by Formula One for the feature race, with points awarded to the top ten drivers and twenty-five points on offer for victory. The points awarded in the sprint race were also changed, with the winner receiving fifteen points and top eight drivers receiving points. Further changes mean that drivers must use two compounds of tyres over a race weekend, as is the case in Formula One.[2] The points awarded for pole position and the fastest lap of the race were doubled as well.

The title was won by Italian Davide Valsecchi, driving for DAMS. After leading in the championship after winning sprint race in Silverstone, Luiz Razia ultimately get to second in the championship after score four victories. Esteban Gutierrez also was in top three with 3 victories and finished just ahead of Max Chilton, who gets 2 wins.

Contents

Teams and driversEdit

Team No. Driver Rounds
  Barwa Addax Team[3] 1   Johnny Cecotto Jr.[4] All
2   Josef Král[5] 1, 4–10
  Dani Clos[6] 2–3
  Jake Rosenzweig[7] 11–12
  DAMS[3] 3   Davide Valsecchi[8] All
4   Felipe Nasr[9] All
  Racing Engineering[3] 5   Fabio Leimer[10] All
6   Nathanaël Berthon[11] All
  iSport International[3] 7   Marcus Ericsson[12] All
8   Jolyon Palmer[13] All
  Lotus GP[14] 9   James Calado[15] All
10   Esteban Gutiérrez[16] All
  Caterham Racing[17] 11   Rodolfo González[18] All
12   Giedo van der Garde[19] All
  Scuderia Coloni[3] 14   Stefano Coletti[20] 1–10
  Luca Filippi[21] 11–12
15   Fabio Onidi[20] All
  Trident Racing[3] 16   Stéphane Richelmi[22] All
17   Julián Leal[23] All
  Venezuela GP Lazarus[24] 18   Fabrizio Crestani[25] 1–7
  Sergio Canamasas[26] 8–12
19   Giancarlo Serenelli[27] 1–9
  René Binder[28] 10–12
  Rapax[3] 20   Ricardo Teixeira[29] 1–5, 7–12
  Tom Dillmann[29] 6
21   Tom Dillmann[29] 1–5, 8
  Daniël de Jong[30] 6–7, 9–10
  Stefano Coletti[31] 11–12
  Arden International[3] 22   Simon Trummer[32] All
23   Luiz Razia[33] All
  Ocean Racing Technology[3] 24   Jon Lancaster[34] 1
  Brendon Hartley[35] 2–3
  Victor Guerin[36] 4–12
25   Nigel Melker[37] All
  Carlin[38] 26   Max Chilton[38] All
27   Rio Haryanto[38] All

Team changesEdit

Driver changesEdit

Changed teams
Entering/Re-entering GP2 Series
Leaving GP2
Mid-season changes

2012 scheduleEdit

The calendar for the 2012 series was unveiled on 16 December 2011.[55] The calendar was expanded to twelve rounds, featuring new races in Malaysia, Singapore, and Bahrain. The championship featured twenty-four races, a record high for the series.

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Supporting
1 F Sepang International Circuit, Sepang   Malaysia 24 March Malaysian Grand Prix
S 25 March
2 F Bahrain International Circuit, Manama   Bahrain 21 April Bahrain Grand Prix
S 22 April
3 F Bahrain International Circuit, Manama   Bahrain 27 April stand-alone round
S 28 April
4 F Circuit de Catalunya, Montmeló   Spain 12 May Spanish Grand Prix
S 13 May
5 F Circuit de Monaco, Monaco   Monaco 25 May Monaco Grand Prix
S 26 May
6 F Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia   Spain 23 June European Grand Prix
S 24 June
7 F Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone   United Kingdom 7 July British Grand Prix
S 8 July
8 F Hockenheimring, Hockenheim   Germany 21 July German Grand Prix
S 22 July
9 F Hungaroring, Mogyoród   Hungary 28 July Hungarian Grand Prix
S 29 July
10 F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot   Belgium 1 September Belgian Grand Prix
S 2 September
11 F Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza   Italy 8 September Italian Grand Prix
S 9 September
12 F Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore   Singapore 22 September Singapore Grand Prix
S 23 September

Calendar changesEdit

ResultsEdit

Round Circuit Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team Report
1 F   Sepang International Circuit   Davide Valsecchi   Davide Valsecchi   Luiz Razia   Arden International Report
S   Rio Haryanto[N 1]   James Calado   Lotus GP
2 F   Bahrain International Circuit   Davide Valsecchi   Davide Valsecchi   Davide Valsecchi   DAMS Report
S   Giedo van der Garde   Davide Valsecchi   DAMS
3 F   Bahrain International Circuit   Giedo van der Garde   Davide Valsecchi   Davide Valsecchi   DAMS Report
S   Luiz Razia[N 2]   Tom Dillmann   Rapax
4 F   Circuit de Catalunya   James Calado   Esteban Gutiérrez   Giedo van der Garde   Caterham Racing Report
S   Luiz Razia[N 3]   Luiz Razia   Arden International
5 F   Circuit de Monaco   Johnny Cecotto Jr.   Stefano Coletti   Johnny Cecotto Jr.   Barwa Addax Team Report
S   Luiz Razia   Jolyon Palmer   iSport International
6 F   Valencia Street Circuit   James Calado   Esteban Gutiérrez   Esteban Gutiérrez   Lotus GP Report
S   Fabio Leimer[N 4]   Luiz Razia   Arden International
7 F   Silverstone Circuit   Fabio Leimer   Esteban Gutiérrez   Esteban Gutiérrez   Lotus GP Report
S   Marcus Ericsson   Luiz Razia   Arden International
8 F   Hockenheimring   Giedo van der Garde   Johnny Cecotto Jr.   Johnny Cecotto Jr.   Barwa Addax Team Report
S   James Calado[N 5]   James Calado   Lotus GP
9 F   Hungaroring   Max Chilton   Davide Valsecchi[N 6]   Max Chilton   Carlin Report
S   Esteban Gutiérrez   Esteban Gutiérrez   Lotus GP
10 F   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps   Rio Haryanto   Giedo van der Garde[N 7]   Marcus Ericsson   iSport International Report
S   Stefano Coletti[N 8]   Josef Král   Barwa Addax Team
11 F   Autodromo Nazionale Monza   Max Chilton   Fabio Leimer   Luca Filippi   Scuderia Coloni Report
S   Davide Valsecchi[N 9]   Davide Valsecchi   DAMS
12 F   Marina Bay Street Circuit   Luca Filippi   Esteban Gutiérrez[N 10]   Max Chilton   Carlin Report
S   Stefano Coletti[N 11]   Giedo van der Garde   Caterham Racing

Championship standingsEdit

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top 10 classified finishers in the Feature race, and to the top 8 classified finishers in the Sprint race. The pole-sitter in the feature race also received four points, and two points were given to the driver who set the fastest lap inside the top ten in both the feature and sprint races. No extra points were awarded to the pole-sitter in the sprint race.

Feature race points
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   Pole   FL 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 4 2
Sprint race points

Points were awarded to the top 8 classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   FL 
Points 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1 2

Drivers' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Driver SEP
 
BHR1
 
BHR2
 
CAT
 
MON
 
VAL
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
MRN
 
Points
1   Davide Valsecchi 2 Ret 1 1 1 3 4 3 4 Ret 18 10 7 2 13 7 2 4 3 Ret 6 1 4 5 247
2   Luiz Razia 1 5 2 4 4 2 8 1 15 6 3 1 5 1 7 10 3 3 6 20 Ret 16 5 4 222
3   Esteban Gutiérrez 7 2 3 2 10 4 10 7 23† 8 1 Ret 1 4 10 5 8 1 11 13 9 Ret 2 6 176
4   Max Chilton 3 7 4 5 5 13 7 5 5 2 7 4 9 19† 14 Ret 1 11 12 22 4 6 1 19 169
5   James Calado 8 1 5 3 16 12 2 4 7 Ret 8 2 Ret 20† 8 1 4 6 2 3 12 14 Ret 10 160
6   Giedo van der Garde 9 4 Ret 9 3 19 1 6 3 3 11 6 8 21† 5 2 5 10 5 21 Ret 10 8 1 160
7   Fabio Leimer 4 6 7 12 2 8 12 11 18 Ret 4 3 14 9 2 4 9 14 Ret 5 5 2 3 3 152
8   Marcus Ericsson 13 Ret 13 16 7 7 13 22 2 4 2 Ret 21 7 11 15 18 Ret 1 4 3 7 7 2 124
9   Johnny Cecotto Jr. Ret 22 Ret 22† 9 Ret 18 13 1 Ret DSQ Ret 2 18† 1 6 Ret Ret 17 Ret 2 5 Ret 9 104
10   Felipe Nasr 6 3 Ret 6 11 5 11 9 17 Ret Ret 14 6 3 4 3 25† 8 8 2 Ret 21 6 7 95
11   Jolyon Palmer 17 12 DNS 7 24† 22 9 DNS 6 1 Ret Ret 3 5 18 18 6 5 Ret 10 7 3 Ret Ret 78
12   Nathanaël Berthon 11 8 21† Ret 12 10 5 2 9 7 6 5 12 14 15 9 7 2 14 19 15 15 10 15 60
13   Stefano Coletti 5 23† Ret 23† 21 18 3 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 20 19 10 9 20† 8 8 4 13 8 50
14   Rio Haryanto 12 10 9 15 6 6 16 15 14 11 5 Ret 10 12 17 11 12 7 10 7 19 12 9 11 38
15   Tom Dillmann 18 11 6 10 8 1 22 12 11 Ret Ret 12 9 Ret 29
16   Luca Filippi 1 22 Ret DNS 29
17   Josef Král 14 9 20 16 Ret 10 DSQ 11 16 10 12 13 24† 17 4 1 27
18   Stéphane Richelmi 19 19 11 Ret 17 17 21 19 8 Ret 14 Ret 13 Ret 3 21 17 21 9 6 13 9 14 22† 25
19   Nigel Melker 16 14 20† 18 19 11 14 24 Ret 12 Ret 13 4 6 6 8 14 18 Ret DNS 11 Ret 12 12 25
20   Fabio Onidi 20 13 8 14 20 9 6 18 Ret Ret 13 17 22 8 19 22 11 24 16 12 21 Ret Ret 20 13
21   Julián Leal 15 15 12 17 15 14 24 17 21 Ret 12 8 20 17 21 12 16 15 7 9 10 8 11 16 9
22   Rodolfo González Ret 18 15 21 18 15 15 14 13 5 15 15 23 Ret 23 20 23 16 Ret 14 22 20 Ret 18 6
23   Simon Trummer 23 16 16 8 14 24† 23 20 12 9 10 7 15 11 16 17 13 13 15 16 16 17 Ret 14 4
24   Fabrizio Crestani 10 21 14 19 Ret 23 17 10 19 Ret Ret DNS 11 22† 1
25   Brendon Hartley 10 Ret 13 16 1
26   Daniël de Jong 16 9 Ret 13 15 19 13 11 0
27   Sergio Canamasas 22 14 22 12 Ret Ret 14 11 16 DSQ 0
28   Dani Clos 19† 11 Ret Ret 0
29   Ricardo Teixeira 21 24† 17 13 23 20 Ret 23 20 Ret 18 15 DSQ 16 19 20 18 15 20 18 17 21 0
30   Victor Guerin 19 21 16 Ret 17 18 17 DNS Ret 23 21 23 Ret 18 23 Ret Ret 13 0
31   René Binder 19 17 17 13 Ret Ret 0
32   Jake Rosenzweig 18 19 15 17 0
33   Giancarlo Serenelli 22 20 18 20 22 21 25 Ret 22 Ret Ret 16 19 16 24 Ret 20 22 0
34   Jon Lancaster Ret 17 0
Pos Driver SEP
 
BHR1
 
BHR2
 
CAT
 
MON
 
VAL
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
MRN
 
Points

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

Pos Team Car
No.
SEP
 
BHR1
 
BHR2
 
CAT
 
MON
 
VAL[N 12]
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
MRN
 
Points
1   DAMS 3 2 Ret 1 1 1 3 4 3 4 Ret 18 10 7 2 13 7 2 4 3 Ret 6 1 4 5 342
4 6 3 Ret 6 11 5 11 9 17 Ret Ret 14 6 3 4 3 25† 8 8 2 Ret 21 6 7
2   Lotus GP 9 8 1 5 3 16 12 2 4 7 Ret 8 2 Ret 20† 8 1 4 6 2 3 12 14 Ret 10 336
10 7 2 3 2 10 4 10 7 23† 8 1 Ret 1 4 10 5 8 1 11 13 9 Ret 2 6
3   Arden International 22 23 16 16 8 14 24† 23 20 12 9 10 7 15 11 16 17 13 13 15 16 16 17 Ret 14 226
23 1 5 2 4 4 2 8 1 15 6 3 1 5 1 7 10 3 3 6 20 Ret 16 5 4
4   Racing Engineering 5 4 6 7 12 2 8 12 11 18 Ret 4 3 14 9 2 4 9 14 Ret 5 5 2 3 3 212
6 11 8 21† Ret 12 10 5 2 9 7 6 5 12 14 15 9 7 2 14 19 15 15 10 15
5   Carlin 26 3 7 4 5 5 13 7 5 5 2 7 4 9 19† 14 Ret 1 11 12 22 4 6 1 19 207
27 12 10 9 15 6 6 16 15 14 11 5 Ret 10 12 17 11 12 7 10 7 19 12 9 11
6   iSport International 7 13 Ret 13 16 7 7 13 22 2 4 2 Ret 21 7 11 15 18 Ret 1 4 3 7 7 2 202
8 17 12 DNS 7 24† 22 9 DNS 6 1 Ret Ret 3 5 18 18 6 5 Ret 10 7 3 Ret Ret
7   Caterham Racing 11 Ret 18 15 21 18 15 15 14 13 5 15 15 23 Ret 23 20 23 16 Ret 14 22 20 Ret 14 166
12 9 4 Ret 9 3 19 1 6 3 3 11 6 8 21† 5 2 5 10 5 21 Ret 10 8 1
8   Barwa Addax Team 1 Ret 22 Ret 22† 9 Ret 18 13 1 Ret DSQ Ret 2 18† 1 6 Ret Ret 17 Ret 2 5 Ret 9 131
2 14 9 19† 11 Ret Ret 20 16 Ret 10 DSQ 11 16 10 12 13 24† 17 4 1 18 19 15 17
9   Rapax 20 21 24† 17 13 23 20 Ret 23 20 Ret Ret 12 18 15 DSQ 16 19 20 18 15 20 18 17 21 44
21 18 11 6 10 8 1 22 12 11 Ret 16 9 Ret 13 9 Ret 15 19 13 11 8 4 13 8
10   Trident Racing 16 19 19 11 Ret 17 17 21 19 8 Ret 14 Ret 13 Ret 3 21 17 21 9 6 13 9 14 22† 34
17 15 15 12 17 15 14 24 17 21 Ret 12 8 20 17 17 12 16 15 7 9 10 8 11 16
11   Ocean Racing Technology 24 Ret 17 10 Ret 13 16 19 21 16 Ret 17 18 17 DNS Ret 23 21 23 Ret 18 23 Ret Ret 13 26
25 16 14 20† 18 19 11 14 24 Ret 12 Ret 13 4 6 6 8 14 18 Ret DNS 11 Ret 12 12
12   Venezuela GP Lazarus 18 10 21 14 19 Ret 23 17 10 19 Ret Ret DNS 11 22† 22 14 22 12 Ret Ret 14 11 16 DSQ 1
19 22 20 18 20 22 21 25 Ret 22 Ret Ret 16 19 16 24 Ret 20 22 19 17 17 13 Ret Ret
 —   Scuderia Coloni 14 5 23† Ret 23† 21 18 3 8 10 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 20 19 10 9 20† 8 1 22 Ret DNS 0[N 13]
15 20 13 8 14 20 9 6 18 Ret Ret 13 17 22 8 19 22 11 24 16 12 21 Ret Ret 20
Pos Team Car
No.
SEP
 
BHR1
 
BHR2
 
CAT
 
MON
 
VAL[N 12]
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
HUN
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
MRN
 
Points

Notes:

  • † — Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Fabrizio Crestani set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  2. ^ Jolyon Palmer set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  3. ^ Victor Guerin set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  4. ^ Rio Haryanto set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  5. ^ Fabio Onidi set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  6. ^ Simon Trummer set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  7. ^ Esteban Gutiérrez set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  8. ^ Max Chilton set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  9. ^ Luca Filippi set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  10. ^ Luca Filippi set the fastest lap, but he did not finish, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  11. ^ Nathanaël Berthon set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  12. ^ a b Barwa Addax Team were disqualified from the Feature race in Valencia due to a technical infringement.[56]
  13. ^ Following what the team described as a "disagreement" between the team and series organisers, Scuderia Coloni announced its intentions to leave the GP2 Series at the end of the 2012 season, and formally forfeited all of the points it had received to date and would receive for the remainder of the season.[57]

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