2014 GP2 Series Season Preview – Part 2 – The Schedule and Drivers


With the tenth season of the GP2 Series rapidly approaching, let us look at the venues the cars will race at this year, the rule changes made over the winter, how the series allocates its points in each feature and sprint race, and finally who is driving for who in 2014.

2014 GP2 Series Race Schedule

The calendar has changed from 2013, with the Malaysian and Singapore rounds dropped in favour of rounds at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and at Sochi in Russia.  The season begins in April 05th at the Sakhir circuit in the desert location of Bahrain and ends once again at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

There are 11 rounds in total in 2014.  There will be a solitary qualifying session for each event for the feature race, with the sprint race following the next day, with the grid decided by the result of the feature race but with the top eight in reverse order.

ROUND

CIRCUIT

COUNTRY

DATE

1

Feature

Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir

Bahrain

05 April

Sprint

06 April

2

Feature

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona

Spain

10 May

Sprint

11 May

3

Feature

Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo

Monaco

23 May

Sprint

24 May

4

Feature

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg

Austria

21 June

Sprint

22 June

5

Feature

Silverstone

Great Britain

05 July

Sprint

06 July

6

Feature

Hockenheimring

Germany

19 July

Sprint

20 July

7

Feature

Hungaroring, Budapest

Hungary

26 July

Sprint

27 July

8

Feature

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Belgium

23 August

Sprint

24 August

9

Feature

Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Italy

06 September

Sprint

07 September

10

Feature

Sochi International Street Circuit

Russia

11 October

Sprint

12 October

11

Feature

Yas Marina Circuit

Abu Dhabi

22 November

Sprint

23 November

 2014 GP2 Series Rule Changes

The only major rule change is with the tyre compound usage.  In following Formula 1’s lead, each driver will now have to use both compounds of Pirelli tyre brought to each event during the feature race.  Prior to 2014, they only had to use both tyre compounds at some point during the weekend.

The other rule change has seen an increase of 15 minutes the time of the free practice session of each weekend from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

2014 GP2 Series Points Allocations

Pole Position: 4 points

Feature Race Points: 1st – 25 Points; 2nd – 18 Points; 3rd – 15 Points; 4th – 12 Points; 5th – 10 Points; 6th – 8 Points; 7th – 6 Points; 8th – 4 Points; 9th – 2 Points; 10th – 1 Point

Feature Race Fastest Lap: 2 Points*

Sprint Race Points: 1st – 15 Points; 2nd – 12 Points; 3rd – 10 Points; 4th – 8 Points; 5th – 6 Points; 6th – 4 Points; 7th – 2 Points; 8th – 1 Point

Sprint Race Fastest Lap: 2 Points*

*Any driver who is not classified in the top ten positions at the end of the race or, didn’t start the race from their normal grid position or, changed tyres during race two at a time when climatic conditions did not necessitate the use of a different specification of tyre, will not be eligible for points awarded for fastest lap*

2014 GP2 Series Entry List

The only team change sees Spanish team Campos Racing re-joining the series having originally sold their entry to Alejandro Agag at the end of the 2008 season, and he promptly renamed the team Addax.  Campos ironically return after taking back over the Addax entry from Agag who is concentrating instead on organising the inaugural FIA Formula E Championship that begins this year.

The top three drivers from 2013 have all departed the series; Fabio Leimer, Sam Bird and James Calado have all joined teams in sportscar racing.  Marcus Ericsson is another driver to depart GP2, having signed to race for the Caterham F1 team.

There are eight rookies in the field this year so far, plus six drivers who have previously won races in GP2 in the form of Stefano Coletti, Jolyon Palmer, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, Alexander Rossi, Johnny Cecotto Jr and Nathanael Berthon.  Three seats – at MP Motorsport, Trident Racing and Venezuela GP Lazarus, remain unconfirmed.

NO

DRIVER

NAT

TEAM

1

Mitch Evans

NZL

RT Russian Time

2

Artem Markelov

RUS

3

Felipe Nasr

BRZ

Carlin

4

Julian Leal

COL

5

Raffaele Marciello

ITA

Racing Engineering

6

Stefano Coletti

MON

7

Jolyon Palmer

GBR

DAMS

8

Stephane Richelmi

MON

9

Takuya Izawa

JAP

ART Grand Prix

10

Stoffel Vandoorne

BEL

11

Daniel Abt

GER

Hilmer Motorsport

12

Facu Regalia

ARG

14

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs

GBR

Rapax

15

Simon Trummer

SWI

16

Rene Binder

AUT

Arden International

17

Andre Negrao

BRZ

18

Rio Haryanto

INO

EQ8 Caterham Racing

19

Alexander Rossi

USA

20

Daniel de Jong

NED

MP Motorsport

21

TBC

22

TBC

Trident Racing

23

Johnny Cecotto Jr

VEN

24

Nathanael Berthon

FRA

Venezuela GP Lazarus

25

TBC

26

Arthur Pic

FRA

Campos Racing

27

Kimiya Sato

JAP