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December 16, 2011
GP2: 2012 Race Calendar Announced
 


The GP2 Series organisers have revealed their 2012 calendar, which will consist of 12 events in total. Eleven of them will be support events of the official Formula One World Championship, whilst one round will be a standalone event. Two new venues have been added to the otherwise familiar circuits: Sepang and Singapore.

The GP2 Series will see its eighth season open for the first time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 23rd. Although the GP2 Asia Series raced in Sepang in 2008 and 2009, it is a new venue to the GP2 Series calendar, and it will be the first time the GP2/11 cars have raced on this demanding track. The 13 GP2 teams will then fly to Bahrain for back-to-back rounds in Sakhir, the first one as a support event to F1 on April 21-22, followed by the only standalone event of the season on April 27-28.

The month of May will mark the return of the series to Europe, starting with Barcelona on May 12-13, and Monaco two weeks later. After a short break, the action will resume in the streets of Valencia, Spain on June 23-24. The month of July will once again be extremely busy with three events Silverstone, Hockenheim and Budapest.

After the summer breather, the GP2 Series will return to Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on August 31st followed a week later by the Italian round in Monza. Finally, the 2012 season will be concluded two weeks later in Singapore at one of F1s most magnificent venues, marking the GP2 Series first visit to the Asian city.

"GP2 being the natural and logical path to Formula One, it is imperative that our calendar carries as many F1 tracks as possible including tracks outside Europe which is why we added Bahrain, Sepang and Singapore this season," GP2 Series CEO Bruno Michel commented. "However, the Series has also to remain affordable, therefore we did not want to add more overseas circuits.

"Racing on 11 F1 tracks in 2012 with a car close to F1 in performance and using the same tyres, GP2 drivers will gain as much experience as possible which will enable them to be immediately competitive in the next category as previously demonstrated by all our graduates. We have also made sure that we remain affordable by working together with our partners in order to keep down freight and spare parts costs.

"I am glad that we will be going back to Kuala Lumpur. Weve seen during the Asia Series some very exciting races there. It is a splendid venue to open a new chapter of our series which includes new sporting regulations. Weve always raced in Bahrain since the inception of our series Nico Rosberg won both races in 2005. We will close our season in Singapore. It will be the first time ever that our series goes there. It is very exciting!"

In addition to the 12 events, two pre-season test sessions will be organised first at Jerez de la Frontera on February 28-March 1, followed by Barcelona on March 6-8.


GP2 Series - 2012 Schedule

DateTrackLocation
March 24-25Sepang International CircuitKuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 21-22Bahrain International CircuitSakhir, Bahrain
April 27-28Bahrain International CircuitSakhir, Bahrain
May 12-13Circuit de CatalunyaBarcelona, Spain
May 25-26Streets of Monte CarloMonte Carlo, Monaco
June 23-24Streets of ValenciaValencia, Spain
July 7-8Silverstone CircuitSilverstone, England
July 21-22HockenheimringHockenheim, Germany
July 28-29HungaoringBudapest, Hungary
September 1-2Circuit Spa-FrancorchampsSpa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 8-9Autodromo Nazionale MonzaMonza, Italy
September 22-23Streets of SingaporeSingapore, Singapore

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