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2008 GP2 Season
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Giorgio Pantano became the fourth GP2 Champion.
Season Information
No. Rounds 20
First Round Flag of Spain 2008 Barcelona Feature Race
Last Round Flag of Italy 2008 Monza Feature Race
Maker Dallara-Renault
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of Italy Giorgio Pantano 76 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 3 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Brazil Bruno Senna 64 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 3 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi 63 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 0 Pole(s), 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of Spain Barwa Int. Campos Team 103 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 3 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of the United Kingdom iSport International 95 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 3 Pole(s) 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Brazil Piquet Sports 92 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 2 Pole(s) 4 Fastest Lap(s)
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The 2008 FIA GP2 Series, otherwise known as the 2008 GP2 Season, was the fourth season of the FIA GP2 Series, staged between the 26 April and 14 September 2008, primarily in Europe.[1] The season would see former Formula One driver Giorgio Pantano secure the Championship, after fending off challenges from Bruno Senna, Lucas di Grassi and Romain Grosjean.

2007 had seen Timo Glock beat di Grassi to the title, with the German duly leaving the series to take a seat in F1.[2] iSport International, in contrast, would defend their Teams Championship crown, hiring Senna and promising Indian talent Karun Chandhok.[3]

Álvaro Parente opened the season with victory in Barcelona, beating pole sitter Pastor Maldonado in his first race.[4] Kamui Kobayashi subsequently claimed victory in Sprint, after Grosjean was given a drive-through for illegal blocking, while Pantano secured his first win of the season in the Istanbul Feature Race.[5]

Indeed, Pantano would go on to dominate the early part of the season, claiming four wins in the opening six Feature Races of the season. However, his Sprint form kept the rest of the field in the hunt, with Bruno Senna and Grosjean able to keep pace.

di Grassi entered the Championship hunt late in the season, having missed the first part of the campaign due to his work developing the new Dallara GP2/08.[6] Regardless, di Grassi would outscore many of his rivals in his second half charge, and was set to mount a title challenge ahead of the final two rounds.

Ultimately di Grassi and Grosjean were ruled out of the fight at the penultimate round, with di Grassi literally coming to blows with Giorgio Pantano in the Spa Sprint.[7] That left just Pantano and Senna in the title fight, with their duel for the crown settled at the final race as Senna failed to score.[8]

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2008 FIA GP2 Series Championship is shown below:

2008 GP2 Series Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Spain 2008 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 26 April 2008 Report
S 27 April 2008 Report
2 Flag of Turkey 2008 Turkish Grand Prix F Istanbul Park 10 May 2008 Report
S 11 May 2008 Report
3 Flag of Monaco 2008 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 23 May 2008 Report
S 24 May 2008 Report
4 Flag of France 2008 French Grand Prix F Circuit de Magny-Cours 21 June 2008 Report
S 22 June 2008 Report
5 Flag of the United Kingdom 2008 British Grand Prix F Silverstone Circuit 5 July 2008 Report
S 6 July 2008 Report
6 Flag of Germany 2008 German Grand Prix F Hockenheimring 19 July 2008 Report
S 20 July 2008 Report
7 Flag of Hungary 2008 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 2 August 2008 Report
S 3 August 2008 Report
8 Flag of Europe 2008 European Grand Prix F Valencia Street Circuit 23 August 2008 Report
S 24 August 2008 Report
9 Flag of Belgium 2008 Belgian Grand Prix F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 6 September 2008 Report
S 7 September 2008 Report
10 Flag of Italy 2008 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 13 September 2008 Report
S 14 September 2008 Report
2008 FIA GP2 Series Tests
I Flag Unknown 2008 Pre-season Test T Report
II Flag Unknown 2008 Test T Report
Source:[9]

Regulations

Technical

Sporting

Season Report

Entrants

The full 2008 FIA GP2 Series entry list is outlined below:

2008 FIA GP2 Series Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of the United Kingdom iSport International
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
1 Flag of India Karun Chandhok[3] All
2 Flag of Brazil Bruno Senna[10] All
Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
3 Flag of Italy Luca Filippi[11] 1-5
Flag of Japan Sakon Yamamoto[12] 6-10
4 Flag of France Romain Grosjean[13] All
Flag of Spain Barwa International Campos Team
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
5 Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov[14] All
6 Flag of the United Kingdom Ben Hanley[15] 1-3
Flag of Brazil Lucas di Grassi[16] 4-10
Flag of the United Kingdom Super Nova Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
7 Flag of Denmark Christian Bakkerud[17] 1, 3
Flag of Spain Andy Soucek[18] 2, 4-10
8 Flag of Portugal Álvaro Parente[19] All
Flag of France DAMS
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
9 Flag of Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio[20] All
10 Flag of Japan Kamui Kobayashi[21] All
Flag of Spain Racing Engineering
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
11 Flag of Spain Javier Villa[22] All
12 Flag of Italy Giorgio Pantano[23] All
Flag of the Netherlands Trust Team Arden
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
14 Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[24] All
15 Flag of the Netherlands Yelmer Buurman[25] 1-5
Flag of Italy Luca Filippi[26] 6-10
Flag of Italy Durango
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
16 Flag of Italy Davide Valsecchi[27] 1-2, 5-10
Flag of Italy Marcello Puglisi[28] 3
Flag of the United Kingdom Ben Hanley[15] 4
17 Flag of Brazil Alberto Valerio[29] All
Flag of Italy FMS International
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
18 Flag of Spain Roldán Rodríguez[30] All
19 Flag of Spain Adrián Vallés[31] 1
Flag of the United Kingdom Adam Carroll[32] 2-3
Flag of Estonia Marko Asmer[33] 4-10
Flag of Italy Trident Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
20 Flag of the United Kingdom Mike Conway[34] All
21 Flag of China Ho-Pin Tung[35] All
Flag of Brazil Piquet Sports
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
22 Flag of the United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber[36] All
23 Flag of Venezuela Pastor Maldonado[37] All
Flag of the United Kingdom David Price Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
24 Flag of Italy Giacomo Ricci[38] 1-2
Flag of Spain Andy Soucek[39] 3
Flag of Romania Michael Herck[40] 4-10
25 Flag of Brazil Diego Nunes[41] All
Flag of Spain BCN Competición
Dallara-Renault GP2/08
26 Flag of Italy Paolo Nocera[42] 1
Flag of Spain Adrián Vallés[43] 2-10
27 Template:SER Miloš Pavlović[44] 1-3
Flag of Brazil Carlos Iaconelli[45] 4-10

Standings

2008 GP2 Series Championship for Drivers

The full Championship standings from the 2008 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers is outlined below:

2008 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name Flag of Spain Flag of Turkey Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Europe Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st Pantano 4th 3rd 1st 4th Ret Ret 1st Ret 1st 3rd 1st Ret 14th 5th 14th 3rd DSQ EXC 10th 5th 76
2nd Senna 2nd 4th 15th Ret 1st 5th Ret 5th 6th 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 9th Ret 11th Ret 5th 9th 64
3rd Lucas di Grassi 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 5th Ret 1st 10th 4th 1st 20th 5th 1st 11th 63
4th Grosjean 5th 13th 2nd 1st Ret 10th Ret Ret 5th 8th 2nd 4th 17th 12th 3rd Ret 1st 9th 4th 3rd 62
5th Maldonado 12th Ret Ret Ret 2nd Ret 3rd 7th Ret 15th 6th 17th 5th 18th 2nd Ret 3rd 1st 2nd 4th 60
6th Buemi 7th 2nd 6th 3rd Ret 11th Ret 1st 4th DNS Ret 8th 7th 1st 6th Ret 5th 4th 3rd 7th 50
7th Petrov 6th Ret 5th 2nd Ret 15th 4th 18th 10th 5th Ret 11th Ret 9th 1st 15th 4th 3rd Ret Ret 39
8th Parente 1st 7th Ret 8th 5th 3rd 9th Ret 16th Ret 3rd 6th 16th Ret 16th Ret 2nd Ret Ret 12th 34
9th Zuber 3rd Ret 3rd Ret 11th 17th 5th 8th 7th 11th 11th 2nd 2nd 7th Ret Ret DSQ Ret Ret 10th 32
10th Chandhok 9th Ret 4th 12th 3rd Ret 7th Ret 3rd Ret 8th 1st 4th DNS 15th Ret 10th 7th 11th Ret 31
11th d'Ambrosio Ret 15th Ret Ret 9th 7th 6th Ret 9th 12th Ret 10th 9th Ret 5th 2nd 8th 2nd 7th 6th 21
12th Conway Ret 8th 9th 5th 8th 1st 8th 6th 14th 4th Ret 9th 6th 11th Ret 8th 7th Ret 13th Ret 20
13th Rodríguez Ret Ret 12th 13th 6th 4th Ret 16th 11th Ret 18th 15th 19th Ret Ret 10th 21st Ret 6th 2nd 14
14th Andy Soucek 19th Ret 13th 6th 13th Ret 12th Ret 7th Ret 8th 2nd 7th Ret 6th Ret 9th 18th 14
15th Valsecchi 10th 5th DNS DNS 19th 6th Ret 13th Ret 13th NC 7th Ret 6th 8th 1st 11
16th Kobayashi 8th 1st Ret 9th Ret 18th Ret 9th Ret 7th Ret 18th 11th 8th Ret 6th 9th 14th Ret 13th 10
17th Villa 14th 6th 7th 15th 14th 13th 14th 10th 13th Ret 10th 5th 13th 6th Ret 5th 17th 8th Ret EXC 8
18th Tung Ret 14th 11th Ret 7th 2nd Ret 14th 18th Ret 13th 7th Ret 14th Ret 9th 15th 10th Ret 8th 7
19th Filippi 11th Ret 16th 14th Ret 12th 10th 3rd 8th Ret Ret Ret 15th Ret 8th 13th 19th Ret Ret Ret 6
20th Buurman Ret 10th 14th Ret 12th 8th 12th 2nd 15th 10th 5
21st Vallés 18th 11th 10th Ret 4th 16th 15th 12th 22nd 14th 15th Ret Ret 19th 11th Ret 13th 13th WD WD 5
22nd Diego Nunes 15th 16th 13th 10th 15th 9th 11th Ret 17th Ret Ret Ret 12th 15th 10th 4th 12th Ret Ret 16th 3
23rd Yamamoto 12th NC 10th 4th Ret Ret 18th Ret Ret Ret 3
24th Hanley Ret 9th 17th 6th 16th 14th Ret Ret 1
25th Carroll 8th Ret Ret Ret 1
26th Valerio 13th Ret 18th 7th Ret Ret 18th 17th 21st 9th 9th 14th DNS 17th Ret 12th Ret Ret 12th 15th 0
27th Bakkerud Ret DNS 10th Ret 0
28th Iaconelli 16th 13th DNS Ret 16th 16th Ret Ret 13th 11th Ret 12th 14th 14th 0
29th Asmer 17th 11th 20th 13th 14th 12th 18th Ret DNS Ret 16th Ret Ret Ret 0
30th Herck Ret 15th 23rd DNS 17th Ret Ret 17th 12th 14th 14th 11th Ret 17th 0
31st Ricci 16th Ret Ret 11th 0
32nd Pavlović DNS 12th Ret 16th DNS DNS 0
33rd Puglisi 17th 19th 0
34th Nocera 17th Ret 0
Pos. Name F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S Pts.
Flag of Spain Flag of Turkey Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Europe Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy

2008 GP2 Series Championship for Teams

The full Championship standings from the 2008 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Teams is outlined below:

2008 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name No. Flag of Spain Flag of Turkey Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Europe Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st Barwa Int. Campos Team 5 6th Ret 5th 2nd Ret 15th 4th 18th 10th 5th Ret 11th Ret 9th 1st 15th 4th 3rd Ret Ret 103
6 Ret 9th 17th 6th 16th 14th 2nd 4th 2nd 2nd 5th Ret 1st 10th 4th 1st 20th 5th 1st 11th
2nd iSport International 1 9th Ret 4th 12th 3rd Ret 7th Ret 3rd Ret 8th 1st 4th DNS 15th Ret 10th 7th 11th Ret 95
2 2nd 4th 15th Ret 1st 5th Ret 5th 6th 1st 4th 3rd 3rd 3rd 9th Ret 11th Ret 5th 9th
3rd Piquet Sports 22 3rd Ret 3rd Ret 11th 17th 5th 8th 7th 11th 11th 2nd 2nd 7th Ret Ret DSQ Ret Ret 10th 92
23 12th Ret Ret Ret 2nd Ret 3rd 7th Ret 15th 6th 17th 5th 18th 2nd Ret 3rd 1st 2nd 4th
4th Racing Engineering 11 14th 6th 7th 15th 14th 13th 14th 10th 13th Ret 10th 5th 13th 6th Ret 5th 17th 8th Ret EXC 84
12 4th 3rd 1st 4th Ret Ret 1st Ret 1st 3rd 1st Ret 14th 5th 14th 3rd DSQ EXC 10th 5th
5th ART Grand Prix 3 11th Ret 16th 14th Ret 12th 10th 3rd 8th Ret 12th NC 10th 4th Ret Ret 18th Ret Ret Ret 70
4 5th 13th 2nd 1st Ret 10th Ret Ret 5th 8th 2nd 4th 17th 12th 3rd Ret 1st 9th 4th 3rd
6th Trust Team Arden 14 7th 2nd 6th 3rd Ret 11th Ret 1st 4th DNS Ret 8th 7th 1st 6th Ret 5th 4th 3rd 7th 56
15 Ret 10th 14th Ret 12th 8th 12th 2nd 15th 10th Ret Ret 15th Ret 8th 13th 19th Ret Ret Ret
7th Super Nova Racing 7 Ret DNS 19th Ret 10th Ret 13th Ret 12th Ret 7th Ret 8th 2nd 7th Ret 6th Ret 9th 18th 47
8 1st 7th Ret 8th 5th 3rd 9th Ret 16th Ret 3rd 6th 16th Ret 16th Ret 2nd Ret Ret 12th
8th DAMS 9 Ret 15th Ret Ret 9th 7th 6th Ret 9th 12th Ret 10th 9th Ret 5th 2nd 8th 2nd 7th 6th 31
10 8th 1st Ret 9th Ret 18th Ret 9th Ret 7th Ret 18th 11th 8th Ret 6th 9th 14th Ret 13th
9th Trident Racing 20 Ret 8th 9th 5th 8th 1st 8th 6th 14th 4th Ret 9th 6th 11th Ret 8th 7th Ret 13th Ret 27
21 Ret 14th 11th Ret 7th 2nd Ret 14th 18th Ret 13th 7th Ret 14th Ret 9th 15th 10th Ret 8th
10th FMS International 18 Ret Ret 12th 13th 6th 4th Ret 16th 11th Ret 18th 15th 19th Ret Ret 10th 21st Ret 6th 2nd 15
19 18th 11th 8th Ret Ret Ret 17th 11th 20th 13th 14th 12th 18th Ret DNS Ret 16th Ret Ret Ret
11th Durango 16 10th 5th DNS DNS 17th 19th Ret Ret 19th 6th Ret 13th Ret 13th NC 7th Ret 6th 8th 1st 11
17 13th Ret 18th 7th Ret Ret 18th 17th 21st 9th 9th 14th DNS 17th Ret 12th Ret Ret 12th 15th
12th BCN Competición 26 17th Ret 10th Ret 4th 16th 15th 12th 22nd 14th 15th Ret Ret 19th 11th Ret 13th 13th WD WD 5
27 DNS 12th Ret 16th DNS DNS 16th 13th DNS Ret 16th 16th Ret Ret 13th 11th Ret 12th 14th 14th
13th David Price Racing 24 16th Ret Ret 11th 13th 6th Ret 15th 23rd DNS 17th Ret Ret 17th 12th 14th 14th 11th Ret 17th 4
25 15th 16th 13th 10th 15th 9th 11th Ret 17th Ret Ret Ret 12th 15th 10th 4th 12th Ret Ret 16th
Pos. Name No. F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S Pts.
Flag of Spain Flag of Turkey Flag of Monaco Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Europe Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy

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