2014 GP3 Series Season Preview – Part 2 – The Schedule and Drivers


With the fifth season of the GP3 Series rapidly approaching, let us look at the venues the cars will race at this year, how the series allocates its points in each feature and sprint race, and finally who is driving for who in 2014.

2014 GP3 Series Race Schedule

The calendar has changed from 2013, with the standalone Valencia round dropped after just one season, while races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and at Sochi in Russia have been added.  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 9 rounds in total in 2014.  There will be a solitary qualifying session for each event for race one, with race two 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 Race 1 Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona Spain 10 May
Race 2 11 May
2 Race 1 Red Bull Ring, Spielberg Austria 21 June
Race 2 22 June
3 Race 1 Silverstone Great Britain 05 July
Race 2 06 July
4 Race 1 Hockenheimring Germany 19 July
Race 2 20 July
5 Race 1 Hungaroring, Budapest Hungary 26 July
Race 2 27 July
6 Race 1 Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Belgium 23 August
Race 2 24 August
7 Race 1 Autodromo Nazionale Monza Italy 06 September
Race 2 07 September
8 Race 1 Sochi International Street Circuit Russia 11 October
Race 2 12 October
9 Race 1 Yas Marina Circuit Abu Dhabi 22 November
Race 2 23 November

2014 GP3 Series Points Allocations

Pole Position: 4 points

Race 1 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

Race 1 Fastest Lap: 2 Points*

Race 2 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

Race 2 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 GP3 Series Entry List

The only team change sees German team Hilmer Motorsport joining the series having taken over the entry of the Russian Time team, who in turn had taken the entry from Bamboo Engineering at the close of the 2013 season.

The top three drivers from 2013 have all departed the series; Daniil Kvyat is now a Toro Rosso F1 driver, Facu Regalia and James Calado have both moved up to GP2.  Jack Harvey is another driver to depart GP3, having signed to race for Sam Schmidt’s Indy Lights team in America.

There are ten rookies in the field this year so far, plus four drivers who have previously won races in GP3 in the form of Robert Visoiu, Patric Niederhauser, Pal Varhaug and Richie Stanaway.  Three seats – two at Hilmer Motorsport and a third at Trident Racing, remain unconfirmed.

NO DRIVER NAT TEAM
1 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix
2 Marvin Kirchhofer GER
3 Dino Zamparelli GBR
4 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International
5 Patric Niederhauser SWI
6 Jann Mardenborough GBR
7 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP
8 Jimmy Eriksson SWE
9 Santiago Urrutia URU
10 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin
11 Emil Bernstorff GBR
12 Luis Sa Silva MAC
14 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing
15 Ryan Cullen GBR
16 Dean Stoneman GBR
17 Ivan Taranov RUS Hilmer Motorsport
18 TBC
19 TBC
20 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport
21 Matheo Tuscher SWI
22 Adderly Fong CHI
23 Victor Carbone BRZ Trident Racing
24 Roman de Beer RSA
25 TBC
26 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix
27 Richie Stanaway NZL
28 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX