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2016 GP2 Series
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Parent series:
Formula One
Feeder series:
GP3 Series
ART Grand Prix started the season as the defending teams' champions.

The 2016 GP2 Series season was the fiftieth season of the second-tier of Formula One feeder championship and also twelfth and final season under the GP2 Series moniker, a motor racing feeder series that was run in support of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was the final season run under the "GP2 Series" name, with the championship being rebranded as the FIA Formula 2 Championship from 2017. It was also originally scheduled to be the final season for the Dallara GP2/11 chassis that was introduced in 2011 and the Mecachrome 4.0 litre V8 normally-aspirated engine package that débuted in the maiden season of the series in 2005 before a brand new chassis and engine package was introduced for 2017, however due to another cost-cutting, the series announced it would keep the current chassis and engine package for one more season.

ART Grand Prix started the season as the defending teams' champions after securing the title–their fourth in the championship–at the series' second visit to the Bahrain International Circuit in 2015.[1] Prema Racing won the Teams' championship, their first in the series and first attempt, while Pierre Gasly won the Drivers' championship.

The most races were won by Antonio Giovinazzi, who took 5 victories over the course of the season. Champion and teammate Pierre Gasly took 4 race wins, Sergey Sirotkin took victories at Mogyoród in the sprint race, and in Hockenheim - he took pole position and won the race. Alex Lynn got 3 sprint races wins, Racing Engineering drivers Jordan King and Norman Nato took 2 race wins each, and Luca Ghiotto, Artem Markelov, Mitch Evans and Nobuharu Matsushita each got 1 race win.

Teams and driversEdit

Team No. Driver Rounds
  ART Grand Prix[2] 1   Nobuharu Matsushita[3] 1–3, 5–11
  René Binder[4] 4
2   Sergey Sirotkin[5] All
  Racing Engineering[2] 3   Norman Nato[6] All
4   Jordan King[7] All
  DAMS[2] 5   Alex Lynn[8] All
6   Nicholas Latifi[8] All
  Campos Racing[2] 7   Mitch Evans[9] All
8   Sean Gelael[9] All
  Russian Time[2] 9   Raffaele Marciello[10] All
10   Artem Markelov[9] All
  Rapax[2] 11   Gustav Malja[11] All
12   Arthur Pic[12] 1–9
  Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[13] 10–11
  Trident[2] 14   Philo Paz Armand[14] All
15   Luca Ghiotto[15] All
  Carlin[2] 18   Sergio Canamasas[16] 1–6, 8–11
  René Binder[17] 7
19   Marvin Kirchhöfer[18] 1–10
  Louis Delétraz[19] 11
  Prema Racing[20] 20   Antonio Giovinazzi[21] All
21   Pierre Gasly[22] All
  MP Motorsport[2] 22   Oliver Rowland[23] All
23   Daniël de Jong[24] All
  Arden International[2] 24   Nabil Jeffri[25] All
25   Jimmy Eriksson[25] 1–9
  Emil Bernstorff[26] 11

Team changesEdit

  • Lazarus left the series at the end of the 2015 season, with their place taken by Prema Racing.[20]
  • Hilmer Motorsport left the series at the end of the 2015 season. As no replacement team could be found, the grid was left at twenty-two cars.
  • Status Grand Prix also left the series before the 2016 season due to not being able to find any well-budgeted drivers as well as lack of sponsorship for their second season.

Driver changesEdit

Changing teams
Entering GP2
Leaving GP2
Mid-season changes

CalendarEdit

On 4 March 2016, the full calendar was revealed with eleven rounds taking place.[36]

Round Circuit/Location Country Date Supporting
1 Feature Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Montmeló   Spain 14 May Spanish Grand Prix
Sprint 15 May
2 Feature Circuit de Monaco, Monaco   Monaco 27 May Monaco Grand Prix
Sprint 28 May
3 Feature Baku City Circuit, Baku   Azerbaijan 18 June European Grand Prix
Sprint 19 June
4 Feature Red Bull Ring, Spielberg   Austria 2 July Austrian Grand Prix
Sprint 3 July
5 Feature Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone   United Kingdom 9 July British Grand Prix
Sprint 10 July
6 Feature Hungaroring, Mogyoród   Hungary 23 July Hungarian Grand Prix
Sprint 24 July
7 Feature Hockenheimring, Hockenheim   Germany 30 July German Grand Prix
Sprint 31 July
8 Feature Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot   Belgium 27 August Belgian Grand Prix
Sprint 28 August
9 Feature Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza   Italy 3 September Italian Grand Prix
Sprint 4 September
10 Feature Sepang International Circuit, Sepang   Malaysia 1 October Malaysian Grand Prix
Sprint 2 October
11 Feature Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi   United Arab Emirates 26 November Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Sprint 27 November

Calendar changesEdit

Results and standingsEdit

Season summaryEdit

Round Circuit Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1 F   Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya   Pierre Gasly   Norman Nato   Norman Nato   Racing Engineering Report
S   Pierre Gasly   Alex Lynn   DAMS
2 F   Circuit de Monaco   Sergey Sirotkin   Artem Markelov[N 1]   Artem Markelov   Russian Time Report
S   Nobuharu Matsushita   Nobuharu Matsushita   ART Grand Prix
3 F   Baku City Circuit   Antonio Giovinazzi   Nobuharu Matsushita   Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Racing Report
S   Antonio Giovinazzi   Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Racing
4 F   Red Bull Ring   Sergey Sirotkin   Mitch Evans   Mitch Evans   Pertamina Campos Racing Report
S   Jordan King[N 2]   Jordan King   Racing Engineering
5 F   Silverstone Circuit   Norman Nato   Mitch Evans   Pierre Gasly   Prema Racing Report
S   Luca Ghiotto   Jordan King   Racing Engineering
6 F   Hungaroring   Pierre Gasly   Nobuharu Matsushita[N 3]   Pierre Gasly   Prema Racing Report
S   Pierre Gasly   Sergey Sirotkin   ART Grand Prix
7 F   Hockenheimring   Sergey Sirotkin   Sergey Sirotkin   Sergey Sirotkin   ART Grand Prix Report
S   Pierre Gasly[N 4]   Alex Lynn   DAMS
8 F   Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps   Antonio Giovinazzi   Artem Markelov[N 5]   Pierre Gasly   Prema Racing Report
S   Antonio Giovinazzi   Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Racing
9 F   Autodromo Nazionale Monza   Pierre Gasly   Luca Ghiotto   Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Racing Report
S   Artem Markelov   Norman Nato   Racing Engineering
10 F   Sepang International Circuit   Pierre Gasly   Sergey Sirotkin[N 5]   Antonio Giovinazzi   Prema Racing Report
S   Pierre Gasly[N 6]   Luca Ghiotto   Trident
11 F   Yas Marina Circuit   Pierre Gasly   Nobuharu Matsushita   Pierre Gasly   Prema Racing Report
S   Sergey Sirotkin   Alex Lynn   DAMS

Scoring systemEdit

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 CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
HOC
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
SEP
 
YMC
 
Points
1   Pierre Gasly 3 2 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 7 1 7 1 7 DSQ 6 1 4 4 2 11 3 1 9 219
2   Antonio Giovinazzi 18 Ret 11 18 1 1 Ret 5 2 4 2 17† 8 Ret 6 1 1 3 1 4 5 6 211
3   Sergey Sirotkin Ret 11 Ret Ret 2 3 12 6 18 21 3 1 1 2 9 16 14 Ret 2 Ret 4 3 159
4   Raffaele Marciello 8 5 6 3 3 11 3 4 9 6 4 8 3 7 4 5 2 14 6 2 10 13 159
5   Norman Nato 1 16 2 6 Ret Ret 7 12 7 22† 7 3 Ret 18 Ret 8 5 1 3 Ret 6 5 136
6   Alex Lynn 6 1 4 5 Ret 9 11 3 16 14 12 Ret 7 1 3 10 12 5 4 12 8 1 124
7   Jordan King 7 3 Ret 16 12† 4 8 1 8 1 8 2 15 11 2 12 7 4 5 14 13 10 122
8   Luca Ghiotto Ret 12 Ret 14 9 12 4 9 5 2 17 Ret 2 4 7 3 6 Ret 7 1 11 19 111
9   Oliver Rowland 10 6 3 7 4 15† 6 2 3 3 11 6 5 5 10 6 9 9 12 8 Ret 11 107
10   Artem Markelov 4 4 1 8 Ret 5 Ret 11 10 12 9 4 Ret 9 5 21† 10 10 DNS 13 3 7 97
11   Nobuharu Matsushita 11 8 8 1 6 Ret 6 5 6 Ret 9 12 11 11 11 6 Ret 7 2 4 92
12   Mitch Evans 12 14 5 4 5 Ret 1 8 4 13 10 5 Ret 10 16 13 8 Ret 8 6 15 8 90
13   Gustav Malja 9 10 14 12 10 Ret 13 16 22 19 13 14 6 8 8 2 3 7 9 5 Ret 14 53
14   Arthur Pic 13 Ret 10 9 Ret 8 9 18 14 11 5 Ret 4 3 14 22† Ret 11 36
15   Sean Gelael 17 13 13 Ret 7 Ret 2 Ret 21 18 22 10 Ret Ret 18 15 DSQ 16 16 Ret Ret 21 24
16   Nicholas Latifi 2 7 Ret Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 11 10 16 12 14 17 13 9 16 15 14 10 9 12 23
17   Marvin Kirchhöfer 15 15 7 2 Ret 10 Ret 19 12 8 14 13 10 14 Ret 14 18 8 15 11 21
18   Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 13 9 7 2 18
19   Sergio Canamasas 5 9 12 10 Ret 6 Ret 10 13 9 18 9 12 7 Ret 13 10 15 12 16 17
20   Jimmy Eriksson 16 19 Ret 15 11† Ret 5 13 15 17 21† Ret 12 13 15 20 15 18† 10
21   Daniël de Jong 14 17 9 11 8 14 14 20 19 16 15 11 Ret 16 17 17 17 19 17 Ret 14 Ret 6
22   Nabil Jeffri 19 18 Ret 17 Ret 7 Ret 17 17 15 20 16 11 Ret 19 18 13 12 18 Ret Ret 20 2
23   René Binder 16 15 13 15 0
24   Philo Paz Armand Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 20 20 19 15 16 Ret 20 19 19 17 19 Ret 16 18 0
25   Emil Bernstorff 17 15 0
26   Louis Delétraz Ret 17 0
Pos. Driver CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
HOC
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
SEP
 
YMC
 
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)

Bold – Pole (Feature race only)
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

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

Teams' championshipEdit

Pos. Team No. CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
HOC
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
SEP
 
YMC
 
Points
1   Prema Racing 20 18 Ret 11 18 1 1 Ret 5 2 4 2 17† 8 Ret 6 1 1 3 1 4 1 6 430
21 3 2 15 13 Ret 2 Ret 7 1 7 1 7 DSQ 6 1 4 4 2 11 3 5 9
2   Racing Engineering 3 1 16 2 6 Ret Ret 7 13 7 22† 7 3 Ret 18 Ret 8 5 1 3 Ret 6 5 258
4 7 3 Ret 16 12† 4 8 1 8 1 8 2 15 11 2 12 7 4 5 14 13 10
3   Russian Time 9 8 5 6 3 3 11 3 4 9 6 4 8 3 7 4 5 2 15 6 2 10 13 256
10 4 4 1 8 Ret 5 Ret 12 10 12 9 4 Ret 9 5 21† 10 10 DNS 13 3 7
4   ART Grand Prix 1 11 8 8 1 6 Ret 16 15 6 5 6 Ret 9 12 11 11 11 6 Ret 7 2 4 251
2 Ret 11 Ret Ret 2 3 12 6 18 21 3 1 1 2 9 16 14 Ret 2 Ret 4 3
5   DAMS 5 6 1 4 5 Ret 9 11 3 16 14 12 Ret 7 1 3 10 12 5 4 12 8 1 147
6 2 7 Ret Ret Ret 13 10 Ret 11 10 16 12 14 17 13 9 16 15 14 10 9 12
6   Campos Racing 7 12 14 5 4 5 Ret 1 8 4 13 10 5 Ret 10 16 13 8 Ret 8 6 15 8 114
8 17 13 13 Ret 7 Ret 2 Ret 21 18 22† 10 Ret Ret 18 15 DSQ 16 16 Ret Ret 21
7   MP Motorsport 22 10 6 3 7 4 15† 6 2 3 3 11 6 5 5 10 6 9 9 12 8 Ret 11 113
23 14 17 9 11 8 14 14 20 19 16 15 11 Ret 16 17 17 17 19 17 Ret 14 Ret
8   Trident 14 Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 15 14 20 20 19 15 16 Ret 20 19 19 17 19 Ret 16 18 111
15 Ret 12 Ret 14 9 12 4 9 5 2 17 Ret 2 4 7 3 6 Ret 7 1 11 19
9   Rapax 11 9 10 14 12 10 Ret 13 16 22 19 13 14 6 8 8 2 3 7 9 5 Ret 14 107
12 13 Ret 10 9 Ret 8 9 18 14 11 5 Ret 4 3 14 22† Ret 12 13 9 7 2
10   Carlin 18 5 9 12 10 Ret 6 Ret 10 13 9 18 9 13 15 12 7 Ret 13 10 15 12 16 38
19 15 15 7 2 Ret 10 Ret 19 12 8 14 13 10 14 Ret 14 18 8 15 11 Ret 17
11   Arden International 24 19 18 Ret 17 Ret 7 Ret 17 17 15 20 16 11 Ret 19 18 13 12 18 Ret Ret 20 12
25 16 19 Ret 15 11† Ret 5 11 15 17 21† Ret 12 13 15 20 15 18† 17 15
Pos. Team No. CAT
 
MON
 
BAK
 
RBR
 
SIL
 
HUN
 
HOC
 
SPA
 
MNZ
 
SEP
 
YMC
 
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)

Bold – Pole (Feature race only)
Italics – Fastest Lap

Notes:

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

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Pierre Gasly set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  2. ^ Norman Nato set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  3. ^ Oliver Rowland set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  4. ^ Artem Markelov set the fastest lap, but he changed his tyres, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  5. ^ a b Nobuharu Matsushita set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.
  6. ^ Sergio Canamasas set the fastest lap, but finished outside the top 10, so he was ineligible to score points for the fastest lap.

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