Support Series: Shortened GP2 Asia Series Calendar Will Give First Viewing Of Pirelli Rubber
The popular winter race series, GP2 Asia have announced their schedule for the 2011 season today. The calendar has been vastly reduced from the past running of the series, which will be entering into its fourth season in February.
The series has proven popular with teams and drivers wishing to prove their skills, or just continue racing through the usually fallow winter months especially with restricted testing in Formula One limited opportunities for young drivers to show top level employers their skills.
The series will be using the 2008-2010 GP2 cars for the first time, the old first edition GP2 car bowed out of service at the end of the last season when Davide Velsecchi won the title. The main GP2 series will be moving to their new cars for 2011. It is even more exciting this year as it gives us our first opportunity to see the new Pirelli rubber, and to see how the logistics behind the scenes and on track performance pan out. There is a jump from GP2 to F1 compounds admittedly, but it will still be a big day for the Italian company and the F1 world will be watching with bated breath.
The season is the shortest so far, and takes in only one pre season test and three rounds at only the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi and the Sakhir Circuit in Bahrain. The final round of the series will be a support race to the F1 calendar at Bahrain before the GP2 series takes over as the main support race.
“It is true that this season’s calendar is particularly short due to the fact that we have a new car to deliver to our teams,” said GP2 boss Bruno Michel.
“It will be the first that we use the same car for both GP2 Asia and GP2 Series, and it will definitely be an exciting new season: not only will we have a new car, new tyres, new drivers, but also two new teams with Carlin and Team Air Asia joining us.
“Since the beginning of the GP2 Asia Series, we have seen great races and I am confident that this coming season will provide us with the same quality show. It will be exciting for everyone to see how quickly teams and drivers will adapt to the new car and tyres!”
February 11-12: Yas Marina, Abu Dhabi
February 18-19: Sakhir, Bahrain
March 12-13; Sakhir, Bahrain