With the fifth season of the Auto GP World Series rapidly approaching, let us look at the venues the cars will race at this year, how the series allocates its points in each race over each weekend, and finally who is driving for who in 2014.
2014 Auto GP World Series Race Schedule
The calendar has changed a lot from 2013, with the rounds at Silverstone, Mugello, Donington Park and Masaryk all discarded in favour of Paul Ricard, Imola, the Red Bull Ring in Austria, and Estoril in Portugal. The Monza round that opened the series in 2013 has been moved back to round four this time around.
There are eight rounds in total in 2014, all consisting of two races, with one qualifying session dictating the grid for race one. For race two, the drivers will line up in the finishing order of race one, apart from the top eight who will be reversed.
|1||Race 1||Marrakech Street Circuit||Morocco||12 April|
|Race 2||13 April|
|2||Race 1||Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet||France||19 April|
|Race 2||20 April|
|3||Race 1||Hungaroring, Budapest||Hungary||03 May|
|Race 2||04 May|
|4||Race 1||Autodromo Nazionale Monza||Italy||31 May|
|Race 2||01 June|
|5||Race 1||Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari||Italy||28 June|
|Race 2||29 June|
|6||Race 1||Red Bull Ring, Spielberg||Austria||19 July|
|Race 2||20 July|
|7||Race 1||Nurburgring||Germany||16 August|
|Race 2||17 August|
|8||Race 1||Autodromo do Estoril||Portugal||18 October|
|Race 2||19 October|
2014 Auto GP World Series Points Allocations
All races over the year follow the Formula 1-style scoring system, and both the Saturday and Sunday races score the same. There are two points awarded for pole position.
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 2 Points: 1st – 20 Points; 2nd – 15 Points; 3rd – 12 Points; 4th – 10 Points; 5th – 8 Points; 6th – 6 Points; 7th – 4 Points; 8th – 3 Points; 9th – 2 Points; 10th – 1 Point.
2014 Auto GP World Series Entry List
So far, seven teams have confirmed their entry into the series, with eleven drivers announced. Other entries are likely. Dutch squad MP Motorsport confirmed they would not return for 2014, but Ghinzani Racing have been very quiet about their involvement, but are unlikely to participate as they missed all of the pre-season tests.
Kimiya Sato is running a partial series due to his GP2 commitments.
|Super Nova International||1||TBA|
|Virtuosi Racing||4||Andrea Roda||ITA|
|Ibiza Racing Team||7||Giuseppe Cipriani||ITA|
|Zele Racing||8||Sergio Campana||ITA|
|9||Tamas Pal Kiss||HUN|
|Euronova Racing||16||Kimiya Sato||JAP|
|Puma 3 M-Sport by Eurotech||28||Kevin Giovesi||ITA|
|MLR71 by Euronova||71||Michele La Rosa||ITA|