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2012 GP2 Season
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Davide Valsecchi won the Championship in 2012.
Season Information
No. Rounds 24
First Round Flag of Malaysia 2012 Sepang Feature Race
Last Round Flag of Indonesia 2012 Marina Bay Sprint Race
Maker Dallara-Renault
Tyre(s) Michelin
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of Italy Davide Valsecchi 247 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 2 Pole(s) 5 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Brazil Luiz Razia 222 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 176 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 0 Pole(s), 5 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of France DAMS 342 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 2 Pole(s) 5 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of France Lotus GP 336 Pt(s)
5 Win(s), 2 Pole(s) 6 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 226 Pt(s)
4 Win(s), 0 Pole(s) 2 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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The 2012 GP2 Season, otherwise known as the 2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship, was the eighth season of the FIA GP2 Series, staged between the 24 March and 23 September 2012 across Asia and Europe.[1] The season was the first since the full merger of the GP2 Series and GP2 Asia Series, and the first to feature a revised scoring system.[1]

Romain Grosjean would be listed as the defending Champion of the GP2 Series ahead of the 2012 campaign, but was unable to defend his crown due to the Series' rules.[2] Barwa Addax Team, meanwhile, were able to defend their maiden Teams Championship, and hence hired Johnny Cecotto, Jr. and Josef Král to lead their line-up.[3][4]

Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi would prove to be the early season pace setters, with Razia claiming victory at the opening race, while the Italian racer secure three in the first five races.[5] James Calado and Tom Dillmann were also early season winners, before the Series headed to Europe for the majority of the campaign.[6]

Razia mounted a mid-season challenge for the title, claiming victories in Barcelona, Valencia and Silverstone.[7] The Brazilian racer duly led the Series after his Silverstone victory, and continued to lead until Valsecchi claimed his fourth win the season at the penultimate round in Monza.[8]

Valsecchi ultimately claimed the title at the season finale in Singapore, defeating Razia by 25 points.[9] The Brazilian himself was 46 ahead of third placed Esteban Gutiérrez, with the Mexican having claimed two victories.

There were eleven winners across the 2012 season, with Max Chilton, Giedo van der Garde, Marcus Ericsson, Cecotto, Jolyon Palmer and Luca Filippi all collecting victories alongside the top three. In the Teams Championship, meanwhile, it was Valsecchi's team DAMS that claimed the crown, beating Lotus GP by just six points in the finale.[9]

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship is shown below:

2012 GP2 Series Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Malaysia 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix F Sepang International Circuit 24 March 2012 Report
S 25 March 2012 Report
2 Flag of Bahrain 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix F Bahrain International Circuit 21 April 2012 Report
S 22 April 2012 Report
3 Flag of Bahrain 2012 Sakhir GP2 Event F Bahrain International Circuit 27 April 2012 Report
S 28 April 2012 Report
4 Flag of Spain 2012 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 12 May 2012 Report
S 13 May 2012 Report
5 Flag of Monaco 2012 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 25 May 2012 Report
S 26 May 2012 Report
6 Flag of Europe 2012 European Grand Prix F Valencia Street Circuit 23 June 2012 Report
S 24 June 2012 Report
7 Flag of the United Kingdom 2012 British Grand Prix F Silverstone 7 July 2012 Report
S 8 July 2012 Report
8 Flag of Germany 2012 German Grand Prix F Hockenheimring 21 July 2012 Report
S 22 July 2012 Report
9 Flag of Hungary 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 28 July 2012 Report
S 29 July 2012 Report
10 Flag of Belgium 2012 Belgian Grand Prix F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 1 September 2012 Report
S 2 September 2012 Report
11 Flag of Italy 2012 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 8 September 2012 Report
S 9 September 2012 Report
12 Flag of Indonesia 2012 Singapore Grand Prix F Marina Bay Circuit 22 September 2012 Report
S 23 September 2012 Report
2012 FIA GP2 Series Tests
Source:[10]

Regulations

Technical

Sporting

Season Report

Entrants

The full 2012 FIA GP2 Series entry list is outlined below:

2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of Spain Barwa Addax Team
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
1 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[3] All
2 Flag of the Czech Republic Josef Král[4] 1, 4-10
Flag of Spain Dani Clos[11] 2-3
Flag of the United States Jake Rosenzweig[12] 11-12
Flag of France DAMS
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
3 Flag of Italy Davide Valsecchi[13] All
4 Flag of Brazil Felipe Nasr[14] All
Flag of Spain Racing Engineering
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
5 Flag of Switzerland Fabio Leimer[15] All
6 Flag of France Nathanaël Berthon[16] All
Flag of the United Kingdom iSport International
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
7 Flag of Sweden Marcus Ericsson[17] All
8 Flag of the United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer[18] All
Flag of France Lotus GP
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
9 Flag of the United Kingdom James Calado[19] All
10 Flag of Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez[20] All
Flag of Malaysia Caterham Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
11 Flag of Venezuela Rodolfo González[21] All
12 Flag of the Netherlands Giedo van der Garde[22] All
Flag of Italy Scuderia Coloni
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
14 Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti[23] 1-10
Flag of Italy Luca Filippi[24] 11-12
15 Flag of Italy Fabio Onidi[25] All
Flag of Italy Trident Racing
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
16 Flag of Monaco Stéphane Richelmi[26] All
17 Flag of Colombia Julián Leal[27] All
Flag of Italy Venezuela GP Lazarus
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
18 Flag of Italy Fabrizio Crestani[28] 1-7
Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas[29] 8-12
19 Flag of Venezuela Giancarlo Serenelli[30] 1-9
Flag of Austria René Binder[31] 10-12
Flag of Italy Rapax
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
20 Flag of Portugal Ricardo Teixeira[32] 1-5, 7-12
21 Flag of France Tom Dillmann*[33] 1-6, 8
Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong[34] 6-7, 9-10
Flag of Monaco Stefano Coletti[35] 11-12
Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
22 Flag of Switzerland Simon Trummer[36] All
23 Flag of Brazil Luiz Razia[37] All
Flag of Portugal Ocean Racing Technology
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
24 Flag of the United Kingdom Jon Lancaster[38] 1
Flag of New Zealand Brendon Hartley[39] 2-3
Flag of Brazil Victor Guerin[40] 4-12
25 Flag of the Netherlands Nigel Melker[41] All
Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin
Dallara-Renault GP2/11
26 Flag of the United Kingdom Max Chilton[42] All
27 Flag of Indonesia Rio Haryanto[43] All
  • * Dillmann drove the #20 Rapax car during the Valencia round.[44]

Standings

2012 GP2 Series Championship for Drivers

The full Championship standings from the 2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers is outlined below:

2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Europe Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Indonesia Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st VAL 2nd Ret 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 4th Ret 18th 10th 7th 2nd 13th 7th 2nd 4th 3rd Ret 6th 1st 4th 5th 247
2nd RAZ 1st 5th 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 8th 1st 15th 6th 3rd 1st 5th 1st 7th 10th 3rd 3rd 6th 20th Ret 16th 5th 4th 222
3rd GUT 7th 2nd 3rd 2nd 10th 4th 10th 7th 23rd 8th 1st Ret 1st 4th 10th 5th 8th 1st 11th 13th 9th Ret 2nd 6th 176
4th CHI 3rd 7th 4th 5th 5th 13th 7th 5th 5th 2nd 7th 4th 9th 19th 14th Ret 1st 11th 12th 22nd 4th 6th 1st 19th 169
5th CAL 8th 1st 5th 3rd 16th 12th 2nd 4th 7th Ret 8th 2nd Ret 20th 8th 1st 4th 6th 2nd 3rd 12th 14th Ret 10th 160
6th VDG 9th 4th Ret 9th 3rd 19th 1st 6th 3rd 3rd 11th 6th 8th 21st 5th 2nd 5th 10th 5th 21st Ret 10th 8th 1st 160
7th LEI 4th 6th 7th 12th 2nd 8th 12th 11th 18th Ret 4th 3rd 14th 9th 2nd 4th 9th 14th Ret 5th 5th 2nd 3rd 3rd 152
8th ERI 13th Ret 13th 16th 7th 7th 13th 22nd 2nd 4th 2nd Ret 21st 7th 11th 15th 18th Ret 1st 4th 3rd 7th 7th 2nd 124
9th CEC Ret 22nd Ret 22nd 9th Ret 18th 13th 1st Ret DSQ Ret 2nd 18th 1st 6th Ret Ret 17th Ret 2nd 5th Ret 9th 104
10th NAS 6th 3rd Ret 6th 11th 5th 11th 9th 17th Ret Ret 14th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 25th 8th 8th 2nd Ret 21st 6th 7th 95
11th PAL 17th 12th DNS 7th 24th 22nd 9th DNS 6th 1st Ret Ret 3rd 5th 18th 18th 6th 5th Ret 10th 7th 3rd Ret Ret 78
12th BER 11th 8th 21st Ret 12th 10th 5th 2nd 9th 7th 6th 5th 12th 14th 15th 9th 7th 2nd 14th 19th 15th 15th 10th 15th 60
13th COL 5th 23rd Ret 23rd 21st 18th 3rd 8th 10th Ret 9th Ret Ret Ret 20th 19th 10th 9th 20th 8th 8th 4th 13th 8th 50
14th RHA 12th 10th 9th 15th 6th 6th 16th 15th 14th 11th 5th Ret 10th 12th 17th 11th 12th 7th 10th 7th 19th 12th 9th 11th 38
15th DIL 18th 11th 6th 10th 8th 1st 22nd 12th 11th Ret Ret 12th 9th Ret 29
16th FIL 1st 22nd Ret DNS 29
17th KRA 14th 9th 20th 16th Ret 10th DSQ 11th 16th 10th 12th 13th 24th 17th 4th 1st 27
18th RIC 19th 19th 11th Ret 17th 17th 21st 19th 8th Ret 14th Ret 13th Ret 3rd 21st 17th 21st 9th 6th 13th 9th 14th 22nd 25
19th MEL 16th 14th 20th 18th 19th 11th 14th 24th Ret 12th Ret 13th 4th 6th 6th 8th 14th 8th Ret DNS 11th Ret 12th 12th 25
20th ONI 20th 13th 8th 14th 20th 9th 6th 18th Ret Ret 13th 17th 22nd 8th 19th 22nd 11th 24th 16th 12th 21st Ret Ret 20th 13
21st LEA 15th 15th 12th 17th 15th 14th 24th 17th 21st Ret 12th 8th 20th 17th 21st 12th 16th 15th 7th 9th 10th 8th 11th 16th 9
22nd GON Ret 18th 15th 21st 18th 15th 15th 14th 13th 5th 15th 15th 23rd Ret 23rd 20th 23rd 16th Ret 14th 22nd 20th Ret 18th 6
23rd TRU 23rd 16th 16th 8th 14th 24th 23rd 20th 12th 9th 10th 7th 15th 11th 16th 17th 13th 13th 15th 16th 16th 17th Ret 14th 4
24th CRE 10th 21st 14th 19th Ret 23rd 17th 10th 19th Ret Ret DNS 11th 22nd 1
25th HAR 10th Ret 13th 16th 1
26th DDJ 16th 9th Ret 13th 15th 19th 13th 11th 0
27th CAN 22nd 14th 22nd 12th Ret Ret 14th 11th 16th DSQ 0
28th CLO 19th 11th Ret Ret 0
29th TEI 21st 24th 17th 13th 23rd 20th Ret 23rd 20th Ret 18th 15th DSQ 16th 19th 20th 18th 15th 20th 18th 17th 21st 0
30th GUE 19th 21st 16th Ret 17th 18th 17th DNS Ret 23rd 21st 23rd Ret 18th 23rd Ret Ret 13th 0
31st BIN 19th 17th 17th 13th Ret Ret 0
32nd ROS 18th 19th 15th 17th 0
33rd SER 22nd 20th 18th 20th 22nd 21st 25th Ret 22nd Ret Ret 16th 19th 16th 24th Ret 20th 22nd 0
34th LAN Ret 17th 0
Pos. Name F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S Pts.
Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Europe Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Indonesia

2012 GP2 Series Championship for Teams

The full Championship standings from the 2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Teams is outlined below:

2012 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Teams
Pos. Name No. Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Europe Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Indonesia Pts.
F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S
1st DAMS 3 2nd Ret 1st 1st 1st 3rd 4th 3rd 4th Ret 18th 10th 7th 2nd 13th 7th 2nd 4th 3rd Ret 6th 1st 4th 5th 342
4 6th 3rd Ret 6th 11th 5th 11th 9th 17th Ret Ret 14th 6th 3rd 4th 3rd 25th 8th 8th 2nd Ret 21st 6th 7th
2nd Lotus GP 9 8th 1st 5th 3rd 16th 12th 2nd 4th 7th Ret 8th 2nd Ret 20th 8th 1st 4th 6th 2nd 3rd 12th 14th Ret 10th 336
10 7th 2nd 3rd 2nd 10th 4th 10th 7th 23rd 8th 1st Ret 1st 4th 10th 5th 8th 1st 11th 13th 9th Ret 2nd 6th
3rd Arden International 22 23rd 16th 16th 8th 14th 24th 23rd 20th 12th 9th 10th 7th 15th 11th 16th 17th 13th 13th 15th 16th 16th 17th Ret 14th 226
23 1st 5th 2nd 4th 4th 2nd 8th 1st 15th 6th 3rd 1st 5th 1st 7th 10th 3rd 3rd 6th 20th Ret 16th 5th 4th
4th Racing Engineering 5 4th 6th 7th 12th 2nd 8th 12th 11th 18th Ret 4th 3rd 14th 9th 2nd 4th 9th 14th Ret 5th 5th 2nd 3rd 3rd 212
6 11th 8th 21st Ret 12th 10th 5th 2nd 9th 7th 6th 5th 12th 14th 15th 9th 7th 2nd 14th 19th 15th 15th 10th 15th
5th Carlin 26 3rd 7th 4th 5th 5th 13th 7th 5th 5th 2nd 7th 4th 9th 19th 14th Ret 1st 11th 12th 22nd 4th 6th 1st 19th 207
27 12th 10th 9th 15th 6th 6th 16th 15th 14th 11th 5th Ret 10th 12th 17th 11th 12th 7th 10th 7th 19th 12th 9th 11th
6th iSport International 7 13th Ret 13th 16th 7th 7th 13th 22nd 2nd 4th 2nd Ret 21st 7th 11th 15th 18th Ret 1st 4th 3rd 7th 7th 2nd 202
8 17th 12th DNS 7th 24th 22nd 9th DNS 6th 1st Ret Ret 3rd 5th 18th 18th 6th 5th Ret 10th 7th 3rd Ret Ret
7th Caterham Racing 11 Ret 18th 15th 21st 18th 15th 15th 14th 13th 5th 15th 15th 23rd Ret 23rd 20th 23rd 16th Ret 14th 22nd 20th Ret 18th 166
12 9th 4th Ret 9th 3rd 19th 1st 6th 3rd 3rd 11th 6th 8th 21st 5th 2nd 5th 10th 5th 21st Ret 10th 8th 1st
8th Barwa Addax 1 Ret 22nd Ret 22nd 9th Ret 18th 13th 1st Ret DSQ Ret 2nd 18th 1st 6th Ret Ret 17th Ret 2nd 5th Ret 9th 131
2 14th 9th 19th 11th Ret Ret 20th 16th Ret 10th DSQ 11th 16th 10th 12th 13th 24th 17th 4th 1st 18th 19th 15th 17th
9th Rapax 20 21st 24th 17th 13th 23rd 20th Ret 23rd 20th Ret Ret 12th 18th 15th DSQ 16th 19th 20th 18th 15th 20th 18th 17th 21st 44
21 18th 11th 6th 10th 8th 1st 22nd 12th 11th Ret 16th 9th Ret 13th 9th Ret 15th 19th 13th 11th 8th 4th 13th 8th
10th Trident Racing 16 19th 19th 11th Ret 17th 17th 21st 19th 8th Ret 14th Ret 13th Ret 3rd 21st 17th 21st 9th 6th 13th 9th 14th 22nd 34
17 15th 15th 12th 17th 15th 14th 24th 17th 21st Ret 12th 8th 20th 17th 21st 12th 16th 15th 7th 9th 10th 8th 11th 16th
11th Ocean Racing Technology 24 Ret 17th 10th Ret 13th 16th 19th 21st 16th Ret 17th 18th 17th DNS Ret 23rd 21st 23rd Ret 18th 23rd Ret Ret 13th 26
25 16th 14th 20th 18th 19th 11th 14th 24th Ret 12th Ret 13th 4th 6th 6th 8th 14th 8th Ret DNS 11th Ret 12th 12th
12th Team Lazarus 18 10th 21st 14th 19th Ret 23rd 17th 10th 19th Ret Ret DNS 11th 22nd 22nd 14th 22nd 12th Ret Ret 14th 11th 16th DSQ 1
19 22nd 20th 18th 20th 22nd 21st 25th Ret 22nd Ret Ret 16th 19th 16th 24th Ret 20th 22nd 19th 17th 17th 13th Ret Ret
NC Scuderia Coloni 14 5th 23rd Ret 23rd 21st 18th 3rd 8th 10th Ret 9th Ret Ret Ret 20th 19th 10th 9th 20th 8th 1st 22nd Ret DNS 0
15 20th 13th 8th 14th 20th 9th 6th 18th Ret Ret 13th 17th 22nd 8th 19th 22nd 11th 24th 16th 12th 21st Ret Ret 20th
Pos. Name No. F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S F S Pts.
Flag of Malaysia Flag of Bahrain Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Europe Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Indonesia

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