Nine events alongside Formula One including a new venue for the Series
GP3 Series organisers are pleased to announce the 2016 calendar for the upcoming season. Once again, the Series will be contested over a total of nine rounds – all of which are support events to the Formula One World Championship. Seven rounds will be held on European soil, with two flyaway events concluding the campaign. There is a new venue on the calendar with the addition of Sepang in Malaysia to the category.
New season made of eleven support events of Formula OneTM World Championship
The 2016 GP2 SeriesTM calendar was confirmed today. Once again, it will consist of eleven rounds in total, all support events of the Formula OneTM World Championship. Eight rounds will be held in Europe with three flyaway events to complete the calendar: new venue Baku in Azerbaijan, the return of Sepang in Malaysia, and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Pic Joins Rapax Team For 2016 GP2 Series Title Tilt
Arthur Pic will compete with title-winning outfit Rapax Team for their assault on the 2016 GP2 Series championship.
The 24-year-old, now contesting his third season in the FIA’s official Formula 1 feeder series, will be looking to gain even more podiums and victories in his new venture with the competitive Italian entry, which has claimed two championships and numerous race wins since its inception in 2010.
Jordan King Confident That He Can Go For The GP2 Championship With Racing Engineering In 2016
Racing Engineering are pleased to announce that the British driver Jordan King will be staying with the Spanish team for the 2016 GP2 season. Just 21 years old Jordan has already shown considerable talent in the junior formulae and following a very impressive debut season in the 2015 GP2 Series championship he will be a very strong contender in the 2016 Series.
As 18 year-old Ralph Boschung’s first GP3 Series campaign draws to a close, the youngest competitor from the 2015 field’s track record is remarkable. With 10 points-scoring finishes, including an impressive podium in Silverstone, over the course of his rookie year, Ralph was top Swiss driver in the highly competitive junior category.
ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer sets the early pace in Abu Dhabi
The gloves are off! German ace Marvin Kirchhöfer led the way in an exciting Free Practice session in Abu Dhabi. The fight for P1 was fierce – with Series leader Luca Ghiotto from Trident finishing second; one place ahead of his fellow title contender Esteban Ocon (ART Grand Prix).
Back fresh from his F1 stint, Alexander Rossi looked on a mission in this morning’s free practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit: the American driver set the quickest laptime in a 1:41.180 – three hundredths better than newly crowned GP2 Champion Stoffel Vandoorne. Red Bull protégé Pierre Gasly finished the session in third place.
ART Grand Prix’s Esteban Ocon tops first session in Bahrain
Frenchman Esteban Ocon led the way in the opening session at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. The ART Grand Prix driver’s best laptime of 1:47.121 was three tenths quicker than Koiranen GP’s Matthew Parry. Carlin and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco was third.
For the second time this season the GP2 teams are assembling at the Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain for the penultimate round of the 2015 GP2 Series. The last three race weekends at Spa, Monza and Sochi have seen Alexander Rossi on the top step of the podium and the young American will be looking for more solid results in the final four races as he fights to secure the runner-up spot in this year’s Drivers’ Championship.
Following a request from the teams, GP3 Series organisers have decided to allow them to line up a maximum of four cars per squad instead of the three that is currently authorised. Therefore, the 2016 GP3 grid will be made of a maximum 28 cars. The new GP3/16 car will be delivered early next year to the teams given an entry for the next three year cycle.
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