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2006 GP2 Season
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Nico Rosberg, the inaugural GP2 Series Champion
Season Information
No. Rounds 21
First Round Flag of Spain 2006 Valencia Feature Race
Last Round Flag of Italy 2006 Monza Sprint Race
Maker Dallara-Renault
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 114 Pt(s)
5 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 7 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr. 102 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 6 Pole(s) 4 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of France Alexandre Prémat 66 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 0 Pole(s), 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of France ART Grand Prix 180 Pt(s)
6 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 8 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Brazil Piquet Sports 115 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 6 Pole(s) 4 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of the United Kingdom iSport International 101 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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The 2006 FIA GP2 Series, otherwise known as the 2006 GP2 Season, was the second season of the FIA GP2 Series, staged between April and September 2006 in support of the FIA Formula One World Championship.[1] The season would see Lewis Hamilton secure the title after a season long-battle with Nelson Piquet Jr., winning five races to the Brazilian's four.

Nico Rosberg had won the inaugural 2005 GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix, although the German racer was unable to defend his title due to the new series' rules.[2] ART, who won the Teams Championship in 2005, subsequently employed Hamilton to partner Alexandre Prémat, with the Frenchman starting the season as the favourite.[3]

It was Piquet who claimed first blood at the start of the season, taking victory in the 2006 Valencia Feature Race, while Michael Ammermüller secured the win in the Sprint.[4] Gianmaria Bruni and Ernesto Viso were the next winners, before Hamilton secured a double victory at the Nürburgring.[5]

Prémat picked up a win in Barcelona, while Viso secured his second victory of the season in the corresponding Sprint.[6] Hamiltson then took charge of the Championship, securing three wins on the trot in Monte Carlo and Silverstone.[7]

Indeed, it was only when Piquet picked up three straight wins at the Hungaroring and Istanbul that the title fight opened up again, with the Brazilian moving just behind the Brit.[8] Hamilton responded by finishing second in the Sprint, meaning he could win the title in the 2006 Monza Feature Race.[9]

Ultimately, Hamilton would win the title in the Monza Feature, ending the season with a twelve point lead over Piquet.[9] Prémat completed the top three, albeit some 48 points off the pace, as ART secured the title for a second consecutive season.[10]

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2006 FIA GP2 Series Championship is shown below:

2006 FIA GP2 Series Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Spain 2005 Valencia GP2 Race F Circuit de Valencia 8 April 2006 Report
S 9 April 2006 Report
2 Flag of San Marino 2006 San Marino Grand Prix F Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari 22 April 2006 Report
S 23 April 2006 Report
3 Flag of Europe 2006 European Grand Prix F Nürburgring 6 May 2006 Report
S 7 May 2006 Report
4 Flag of Spain 2006 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 13 May 2006 Report
S 14 May 2006 Report
5 Flag of Monaco 2006 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 27 May 2006 Report
6 Flag of the United Kingdom 2006 British Grand Prix F Silverstone 10 June 2006 Report
S 11 June 2006 Report
7 Flag of France 2006 French Grand Prix F Magny Cours 15 July 2006 Report
S 16 July 2006 Report
8 Flag of Germany 2006 German Grand Prix F Hockenheimring 29 July 2006 Report
S 30 July 2006 Report
9 Flag of Hungary 2006 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 5 August 2006 Report
S 6 August 2006 Report
10 Flag of Turkey 2006 Turkish Grand Prix F Istanbul Racing Circuit 26 August 2006 Report
S 27 August 2005 Report
11 Flag of Italy 2006 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 9 September 2006 Report
S 10 September 2006 Report
2006 FIA GP2 Series Tests
I Flag of France 2006 Pre-season Test T Circuit Paul Ricard 6 April 2005 Report
II Flag of France 2006 Paul Ricard Test T Circuit Paul Ricard June 2005 Report
Source:[11]

Regulations

Sporting

Technical

Season Report

Entrants

The full 2006 FIA GP2 Series entry list is outlined below:

2006 FIA GP2 Series Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
1 Flag of France Alexandre Prémat[12] All
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[3] All
Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
3 Flag of Germany Michael Ammermüller[13] All
4 Flag of France Nicolas Lapierre[14] 1-5, 8-11
Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani[15] 6-7
Flag of the United Kingdom Super Nova Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
5 Flag of Argentina José María López[16] All
6 Template:MAL Fairuz Fauzy[17] All
Flag of the United Kingdom iSport International
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
7 Flag of Venezuela Ernesto Viso[18] All
8 Flag of France Tristan Gommendy[19] 1-5
Flag of Germany Timo Glock[20] 6-11
Flag of Spain Racing Engineering
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
9 Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll[21] All
10 Flag of Spain Javier Villa[22] All
Flag of Brazil Piquet Sports
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
11 Flag of Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.[23] All
12 Flag of Brazil Alexandre Negrão[24] All
Flag of France DAMS
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
14 Flag of Italy Ferdinando Monfardini[25] All
15 Flag of France Franck Perera[26] All
Flag of Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
16 Flag of Italy Luca Filippi[27] 1-3
Flag of Italy Giorgio Pantano[28] 4-11
17 Flag of Turkey Jason Tahincioglu[29] All
Flag of Spain BCN Competicion
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
18 Flag of Japan Hiroki Yoshimoto[30] All
19 Flag of Germany Timo Glock[31] 1-5
Flag of Italy Luca Filippi[27] 6-11
Flag of the United Kingdom DPR Direxiv
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
20 Flag of France Olivier Pla[32] 1-5, 7
Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway[33] 6
Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov[34] 8-11
21 Flag of Monaco Clivio Piccione[35] All
Flag of Italy Durango
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
22 Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi[36] All
23 Flag of Spain Sergio Hernández[37] All
Flag of Spain Campos Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
24 Flag of Spain Adrián Vallés[38] All
25 Flag of Spain Félix Porteiro[39] All
Flag of Italy Trident
Dallara-Renault GP2/05
26 Flag of Italy Gianmaria Bruni[40] All
27 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber[41] All

Standings

Drivers Championship

Teams Championship

References

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