The History Of GP2 and GP3

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GP2 was started in 2005 as a replacement for the F3000 series, and is often thought as the main feeder series for Formula 1. The inaugeral season had 23 rounds, 11 weekends of two races (one feature race on Saturday, and a sprint race on Sunday) while 1 weekend in Monaco just having a feature race.  Twelve teams featured in the first season.  GP2 Asia started in 2008 to help promote racing in Asia, and lasted for four seasons before merging with the main GP2 series in 2012.

GP2 Champions

  • 2005 – Nico Rosberg – Finland – ART Grand Prix
  • 2006 – Lewis Hamilton – Great Britain – ART Grand Prix
  • 2007 – Timo Glock – Germany – iSport International
  • 2008 – Giorgio Pantano – Italy – Racing Engineering
  • 2009 – Nico Hulkenberg – Germany – ART Grand Prix
  • 2010 – Pastor Maldonado – Venezuela – Rapax
  • 2011 – Romain Grosjean – France – DAMS
  • 2012 – Davide Valsecchi – Italy – DAMS

GP2 Feature Race Winners

  • 7 – Giorgio Pantano – Italy, Pastor Maldonado – Venezuela
  • 6 – Romain Grosjean – France
  • 4 – Heikki Kovalainen – Finland, Nelson Piquet Jr – Brazil, Luca Filippi – Italy, Vitaly Petrov – Russia
  • 3 – Gianmaria Bruni – Italy, Nico Rosberg – Germany, Lewis Hamilton – Great Britain, Lucas di Grassi – Brazil, Nico Hulkenberg – Germany, Davide Valsecchi – Italy
  • 2 – Adam Carroll – Great Britain, Alexandre Premat – France, Timo Glock – Germany, Bruno Senna – Brazil, Alvaro Parente – Portugal, Giedo van der Garde – Netherlands, Charles Pic – France, Sergio Perez – Mexico, Johnny Cecotto Jr – Venezuela, Esteban Gutierrez – Mexico, Max Chilton – Great Britain
  • 1 – Neel Jani – Switzerland, Andreas Zuber – United Arab Emirates, Nicolas Lapierre – France, Alberto Valerio – Brazil, Sam Bird – Great Britain, Jules Bianchi – France, Christian Vietoris – Germany, Luiz Razia – Brazil, Marcus Ericsson – Sweden

GP2 Sprint Race Winners

  • 5 – Timo Glock – Germany
  • 4 – Davide Valsecchi – Italy, Luiz Razia – Brazil
  • 3 – Adam Carroll – Great Britain, Javier Villa – Spain, Romain Grosjean – France, Pastor Maldonado – Venezuela, Giedo van der Garde – Netherlands, Sergio Perez – Mexico
  • 2 – Nico Rosberg – Germany, Olivier Pla – France, Ernesto Viso – Venezuela, Lewis Hamilton – Great Britain, Giorgio Pantano – Italy, Karun Chandhok – India, Sebastian Buemi – Switzerland, Lucas di Grassi – Brazil, Nico Hulkenberg – Germany, Luca Filippi – Italy, Fabio Leimer – Switzerland, Christian Vietoris – Germany, Stefano Coletti – Monaco, Esteban Gutierrez – Mexico, James Calado – Great Britain
  • 1 – Jose Maria Lopez – Argentina, Clivio Piccione – Monaco, Alexandre Premat – France, Heikki Kovalainen – Finland, Neel Jani – Switzerland, Michael Ammermuller – Germany, Nelson Piquet Jr – Brazil, Andreas Zuber – United Arab Emirates, Nicolas Lapierre – France, Kamui Kobayashi – Japan, Mike Conway – Great Britain, Bruno Senna – Brazil, Edoardo Mortara – Italy, Jerome d’Ambrosio – Belgium, Dani Clos – Spain, Marcus Ericcson – Sweden, Giacomo Ricci – Italy, Charles Pic – France, Tom Dillmann – France, Jolyon Palmer – Great Britain, Josef Kral – Czech Republic.

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GP2 Asia Champions

  • 2008 – Romain Grosjean – France – ART Grand Prix
  • 2008/09 – Kamui Kobayashi – Japan – DAMS
  • 2009/10 – Davide Valsecchi – Italy – iSport International
  • 2011 – Romain Grosjean – France – DAMS

GP2 Asia Feature Race Winners

  • 4 – Romain Grosjean – France
  • 2 – Kamui Kobayashi – Japan, Diego Nunes – Brazil, Davide Valsecchi – Italy
  • 1 – Sebastian Buemi – Switzerland, Vitaly Petrov – Russia, Roldan Rodriguez – Spain, Nico Hulkenberg – Germany, Oliver Turvey – Great Britain, Luca Filippi – Italy, Jules Bianchi – France

GP2 Asia Sprint Race Winners

  • 2 – Kamui Kobayashi – Japan, Davide Valsecchi – Italy, Sergio Perez – Mexico
  • 1 – Romain Grosjean – France, Fairuz Fauzy – Malaysia, Marco Bonanomi – Italy, Vitaly Petrov – Russia, Luiz Razia – Brazil, Christian Vietoris – Germany, Charles Pic – France, Giacomo Ricci – Italy, Stefano Coletti – Monaco, Dani Clos – Spain

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GP3 was started in 2010 as a feeder & support series to GP2, with two races held every weekend. Ten teams of three drivers competed in the inaugarel season, held over 8 race weekends.

GP3 Champions

  • 2010 – Esteban Gutierrez – Mexico – ART Grand Prix
  • 2011 – Valtteri Bottas – Finland – Lotus ART
  • 2012 – Mitch Evans – New Zealand – MW Arden

GP3 Race Winners

  • 5 – Esteban Gutierrez – Mexico
  • 4 – Mitch Evans – New Zealand, Valtteri Bottas – Finland, Antonio Felix da Costa – Portugal
  • 3 – Rio Haryanto – Indonesia, Nico Muller – Switzerland, Robert Wickens – Canada
  • 2 – Alexander Rossi – United States, Patric Niederhauser – Switzerland, Daniel Abt – Germany
  • 1 – Pal Varhaug – Norway, Daniel Morad – Canada, Adrien Tambay – France, Nigel Melker – Netherlands, Alexander Sims – Great Britain, Tamas Pal Kiss – Hungary, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs – Great Britain, James Calado – Great Britain, Lewis Williamson – Great Britain, Richie Stanaway – New Zealand, Conor Daly – United States, Aaro Vainio – Finland, Marlon Stockinger – Philippines, William Buller – Great Britain, Matias Laine – Finland, Tio Ellinas – Cyprus.
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