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.
|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.
|1||Alex Fontana||SWI||ART Grand Prix|
|4||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Arden International|
|7||Carmen Jorda||ESP||Koiranen GP|
|12||Luis Sa Silva||MAC|
|14||Patrick Kujala||FIN||Marussia Manor Racing|
|17||Ivan Taranov||RUS||Hilmer Motorsport|
|20||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Jenzer Motorsport|
|23||Victor Carbone||BRZ||Trident Racing|
|24||Roman de Beer||RSA|
|26||Nick Yelloly||GBR||Status Grand Prix|
|28||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX|