The GP2 Asia Series will cease to exist in 2012 as the main series expands to include ‘flyaway’ races.
The fourth GP2 Asia championship will be contested over just six races. It will be its shortest season yet, half the length of the calendar used two years ago. The next edition of the championship will take place entirely in 2011 – the previous two series were split across two years. As in the previous … Continue reading Six-race calendar for GP2 Asia in 2011
Lotus Motorsport and ART Grand Prix have announced a collaboration which will see ART’s GP2, GP2 Asia and GP3 cars named Lotus ART from next year. This raises some questions as it was revealed earlier today that Lotus Racing team principal Tony Fernandes is entering a new team in GP2 next year to be called … Continue reading Lotus to back ART’s GP2 and GP3 teams
Daivde Valsecchi put himself in a commanding position to win the GP2 Asia championship with his second win of the season at Abu Dhabi. Starting from seventh on the grid Valsecchi reeled in leader Michael Herck in the closing stages. The DPR driver offered little resistance, settling for second place ahead of team mate Giacomo … Continue reading Valsecchi closes on title with win (GP2 Asia)
When I spoke to Oliver Turvey last month he reckoned missing the pre-race test at Abu Dhabi had kept him from doing better in his first two GP2 Asia races. He proved that with a fine win in the third race of the championship at the Yas Island circuit after a gripping and – at … Continue reading Turvey heads iSport 1-2 (GP2 Asia)
The second GP2 Asia race at Qatar was largely decided by the hectic dash to the first corner. The Arden duo of Luis Razia and Edoardo Mortara locked out the front row courtesy of their seventh and eighth place finishes in the feature race. But they lost time keeping Davide Valsechi behind, pinching the Durango … Continue reading First corner shuffle opens door for Perez (GP2 Asia)
Yelmer Buurman and Sakon Yamamoto were mercifully uninjured in this horrific smash at the start of GP2 Asia’s first night race at Losail International Circuit. Yamamoto failed to get away from sixth on the grid and Buurman, who started 23rd, hardly caught a glimpse of the ART car before he ploughed into it. One fan … Continue reading Fans’ videos of Buurman-Yamamoto GP2 shunt
Nico Hulkenberg took an emphatic win from pole position in GP2 Asia’s first ever night race at Losail International Circuit in Qatar. The ART driver started from pole position for his second GP2 Asia feature race – just as he did for his first at Bahrain. Sergio Perez, sprint race winner at Bahrain, joined him … Continue reading Hulkenberg wins in style in Qatar night race (GP2 Asia)
Two drivers are side-by-side down a straight at speeds pushing 150mph. Then one driver swerves across and pushes the other straight off the track. Surely he was disqualified? Had his licence ripped up? Massive fine? Not in GP2 Asia, where a worrying lapse in stewarding has taken place.
Sergio Perez took his first victory in GP2 Asia with a straightforward lights-to-flag drive from pole position at the Bahrain International Circuit. The Campos driver was chased to the flag by Davide Valsecchi, whose second place moves him up to second in the drivers’ standings. Kamui Kobayashi, who won yesterday’s feature race, was sixth and … Continue reading Sergio Perez cruises to Bahrain sprint race win (GP2 Asia)
Fresh from his Formula 1 testing duties in Portugal, Kamui Kobayashi turned up in Bahrain and won the GP2 Asia feature race with ease. Nico Hulkenberg, making his GP2 Asia debut, qualified on pole position and kept his lead through the first corner. But Kobayashi was quickly on his tail and while the two pulled … Continue reading Kobayashi stretches title lead with Bahrain win (GP2 Asia)
Davide Valsecchi won the sprint race at Shanghai quite comfortably from Earl Bamber. Javier Villa was third ahead of Chris van der Drift, Jerome D’Amrosio and Roldan Rodriguez. Rodriguez holds the lead in the championship having won yesterday’s race, with Kamui Kobayashi failing to score after retiring with damage. James Jakes impressed with a strong … Continue reading Davide Valsecchi converts pole to win in Shanghai (GP2 Asia)
Roldan Rodriguez lost the lead of the GP2 Asia feature race at Shanghai on the first lap, as Kamui Kobayashi dived past him at the hairpin. But he took the lead back five laps from the flag as Kobayashi ran wide at turn one.
In all the excitement of the F1 title finale I almost forgot that the GP2 Asia series begins its second season this weekend. British fans can catch the action on British Eurosport at 9am on Saturday (feature race live) and 10-11am on Sunday (presumably a re-run of the sprint race, possibly with highlights of the … Continue reading GP2 Asia starts this weekend
Romain Grosjean didn’t finish the GP2 Asia race at Bahrain this morning but by setting fastest lap he did enough to guarantee the title. From eighth on the grid Grosjean was in the lead by the end of the first lap and streaking away. But brake failure ended his hopes of victory in the second … Continue reading Romain Grosjean wins GP2 Asia title
He may not have won either of the race but for me Romain Grosjean was the star of the GP2 Asia races at Sepang. He stuck his ART car on pole by over three-quarters of a second, before becoming the something-hundredth driver to stall the notoriously flaky Mk 1 GP2 machine. Once he got going … Continue reading Grosjean impresses again in Sepang
Fairuz Fauzy converted pole position into victory in the wet sprint race at Sentul. But he was helped by the fact that so few laps were completed at race speed. Little had apparently been done to correct the numerous embarrassing organisational problems evident in yesterday’s race – cars were left in gravel traps for laps … Continue reading Fauzy wins another shambolic race at Sentul
Luca Filippi has been stripped of his victory in today’s GP2 Asia race, meaning Sebastien Buemi has been crowned the victor. The stewards excluded Filippi from the results after it was discovered his team mate’s tyres had been fitted to his car. His disqualification also raises Ben Hanley to third giving him a well-deserved podium … Continue reading Buemi handed Sentul trophy by stewards
Just watched the first GP2 Asia race from Sentul – it verged on farce at times but the closing stages were pure drama. Luca Filippi won from Sebastien Buemi, but they were so absorbed on their battle they completed an extra lap, which leaves me wondering if they might be disqualified. The GP2 Asia cars … Continue reading Luca Filippi wins bizarre Sentul GP2 Asia race
New ART Grand Prix driver Romain Grosjean took a dominant double win in the first ever GP2 Asia round in Dubai.