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2016 GP2 Season
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Pierre Gasly, the final GP2 Series Champion
Season Information
No. Rounds 22
First Round 2016 Barcelona Feature Race
Last Round 2016 Yas Marina Sprint Race
Maker Dallara-Mecachrome
Tyre(s) Pirelli
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of France Pierre Gasly 219 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 4 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 211 Pt(s)
5 Win(s), 2 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 159 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 3 Pole(s), 3 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of Italy Prema Racing 430 Pt(s)
9 Win(s), 7 Pole(s) 6 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 258 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Russia Russian Time 256 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 3 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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The 2016 GP2 Season, officially known as the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, was the twelfth and final edition of the FIA GP2 Series, staged across 22 races in support of the FIA Formula One World Championship.[1] The series' final season would see one returning team dominate the season, with several future F1 graduates in the field.[2]

The team to dominate the 2016 Season would be Prema Racing, with their partnership of Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi duelling for the title.[3] Between them, the Red Bull Junior driver, and the Ferrari Driver Academy member would take nine wins, and head to the season finale at Yas Marina as the only drivers capable of taking the crown.[4]

Ultimately it was Red Bull backed Gasly who claimed the crown, beating teammate Giovinazzi by just eight points.[2] Sergey Sirotkin and Raffaele Marciello were their closest challengers come the end of the season, although they were tied on 159 points, 60 behind new Champion Gasly.[2]

Across the final GP2 campaign there would be ten different winners, with 26 drivers representing sixteen countries. They fought across twenty-two rounds staged at eleven different circuits, with the season opening in Barcelona in mid-May.[5] The series then chased F1 across Europe and Sepang, before concluding in late-November at the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.[2]

The 2016 campaign was also set to be the final season for the venerable Dallara GP2/11 chassis, as well as the Mecachrome V8108 engine, which had powered the series since its inception in 2005.[6] However, to keep costs down ahead of the series renaming to the FIA Formula 2 Championship in 2017, the new design was pushed back until 2018.[7]

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2016 FIA GP2 Series Championship is shown below:

2016 GP2 Series Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Spain 2016 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 14 May 2016 Report
S 15 May 2016 Report
2 Flag of Monaco 2016 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 27 May 2016 Report
S 28 May 2016 Report
3 Flag of Europe 2016 European Grand Prix F Baku City Circuit 18 June 2016 Report
S 19 June 2016 Report
4 Flag of Austria 2016 Austrian Grand Prix F Red Bull Ring 2 July 2016 Report
S 3 July 2016 Report
5 Flag of the United Kingdom 2016 British Grand Prix F Silverstone 9 July 2016 Report
S 10 July 2016 Report
6 Flag of Hungary 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 23 July 2016 Report
S 24 July 2016 Report
7 Flag of Germany 2016 German Grand Prix F Hockenheimring 30 July 2016 Report
S 31 July 2016 Report
8 Flag of Belgium 2016 Belgian Grand Prix F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 27 August 2016 Report
S 28 August 2016 Report
9 Flag of Italy 2016 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 3 September 2016 Report
S 4 September 2016 Report
10 Flag of Malaysia 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix F Sepang International Circuit 1 October 2016 Report
S 2 October 2016 Report
11 Flag of France 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F Yas Marina Circuit 26 November 2016 Report
S 27 November 2016 Report
2016 FIA GP2 Series Tests
I Flag of France 2016 Pre-season Test T Circuit Paul Ricard 6 April 2016 Report
Source:[8]

Regulations

Technical

Sporting

Season Report

Entrants

The full 2005 FIA GP2 Series entry list is outlined below:

2005 FIA GP2 Series Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[9] 1-3, 5-11
Flag of Austria René Binder[10] 4
2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin[11] All
Flag of Spain Racing Engineering
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
3 Flag of France Norman Nato[12] All
4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King[13] All
Flag of France DAMS
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn[14] All
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi[15] All
Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans[16] All
8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael[17] All
Flag of Russia Russian Time
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello All
10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov[18] All
Flag of Italy Rapax
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja[19] All
12 Flag of France Arthur Pic[20] 1-9
Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[21] 10-11
Flag of Italy Trident
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand[22] All
15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto[23] All
Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas[24] 1-6, 8-11
Flag of Austria René Binder[25] 7
19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 1-10
Flag of Switzerland Louis Delétraz[26] 11
Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi[27] All
21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly[28] All
Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[29] All
23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong All
Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri[30] All
25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson[31] 1-9
Flag of the United Kingdom Emil Bernstorff[32] 11

Standings

2016 GP2 Series Championship for Drivers

The full Championship standings from the 2016 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers is outlined below:

2016 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Europe Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Malaysia Flag of the United Arab Emirates Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st Gasly 3rd 2nd 15th 13th Ret 2nd Ret 7th 1st 7th 1st 7th DSQ 6th 1st 4th 4th 2nd 11th 3rd 1st 9th 219
2nd Giovinazzi 18th Ret 11th 18th 1st 1st Ret 5th 2nd 4th 2nd 17th 8th Ret 6th 1st 1st 3rd 1st 4th 5th 6th 211
3rd Sirotkin Ret 11th Ret Ret 2nd 3rd 12th 6th 18th 21st 3rd 1st 1st 2nd 9th 16th 14th Ret 2nd Ret 4th 3rd 159
4th Marciello 8th 5th 6th 3rd 3rd 11th 3rd 4th 9th 6th 4th 8th 3rd 7th 4th 5th 2nd 14th 6th 2nd 10th 13th 159
5th Nato 1st 16th 2nd 6th Ret Ret 7th 12th 7th 22nd 7th 3rd Ret 18th Ret 8th 5th 1st 3rd Ret 6th 5th 136
6th Lynn 6th 1st 4th 5th Ret 9th 11th 3rd 16th 14th 12th Ret 7th 1st 3rd 10th 12th 5th 4th 12th 8th 1st 124
7th King 7th 3rd Ret 16th 12th 4th 8th 1st 8th 1st 8th 2nd 15th 11th 2nd 12th 7th 4th 5th 14th 13th 10th 122
8th Ghiotto Ret 12th Ret 14th 9th 12th 4th 9th 5th 2nd 17th Ret 2nd 4th 7th 3rd 6th Ret 7th 1st 11th 19th 111
9th Rowland 10th 6th 3rd 7th 4th 15th 6th 2nd 3rd 3rd 11th 6th 5th 5th 10th 6th 9th 9th 12th 8th Ret 11th 107
10th Markelov 4th 4th 1st 8th Ret 5th Ret 11th 10th 12th 9th 4th Ret 9th 5th 21st 10th 10th DNS 13th 3rd 7th 97
11th Matsushita 11th 8th 8th 1st 6th Ret 6th 5th 6th Ret 9th 12th 11th 11th 11th 6th Ret 7th 2nd 5th 92
12th Evans 12th 14th 5th 4th 5th Ret 1st 8th 4th 13th 10th 5th Ret 10th 16th 13th 8th Ret 8th 6th 15th 8th 90
13th Malja 9th 10th 14th 12th 10th Ret 13th 16th 22nd 19th 13th 14th 6th 8th 8th 2nd 3rd 7th 9th 5th Ret 14th 53
14th Pic 13th Ret 10th 9th Ret 8th 9th 18th 14th 11th 5th Ret 4th 3rd 14th 22nd Ret 11th 36
15th Gelael 17th 13th 13th Ret 7th Ret 2nd Ret 21st 18th 22nd 10th Ret Ret 18th 15th DSQ 16th 16th Ret Ret 21st 24
16th Latifi 2nd 7th Ret Ret Ret 13th 10th Ret 11th 10th 16th 12th 14th 17th 13th 9th 16th 15th 14th 10th 9th 12th 23
17th Kirchhöfer 15th 15th 7th 2nd Ret 10th Ret 19th 12th 8th 14th 13th 10th 14th Ret 14th 18th 8th 15th 11th 21
18th Cecotto Jr. 13th 9th 7th 2nd 18
19th Canamasas 5th 9th 12th 10th Ret 6th Ret 10th 13th 9th 18th 9th 12th 7th Ret 13th 10th 15th 12th 16th 17
20th Eriksson 16th 19th Ret 15th 11th Ret 5th 13th 15th 17th 21st Ret 12th 13th 15th 20th 15th 18th 10
21st de Jong 14th 17th 9th 11th 8th 14th 14th 20th 19th 16th 15th 11th Ret 16th 17th 17th 17th 19th 17th Ret 14th Ret 6
22nd Jeffri 19th 18th Ret 17th Ret 7th Ret 17th 17th 15th 20th 16th 11th Ret 19th 18th 13th 12th 19th Ret Ret 20th 2
23rd Binder 16th 15th 13th 15th 0
24th Armand Ret Ret 16th Ret Ret Ret 15th 14th 20th 20th 19th 15th 16th Ret 20th 19th 19th 17th 19th Ret 16th 18th 0
25th Bernstorff 17th 15th 0
26th Delétraz Ret 17th 0

2016 GP2 Series Championship for Teams

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