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2015 GP2 Season
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Stoffel Vandoorne secured the penultimate GP2 crown.
Season Information
No. Rounds 22
First Round 2015 Bahrain Feature Race
Last Round 2015 Yas Marina Sprint Race
Maker Dallara-Mecachrome
Tyre(s) Pirelli
Driver's Championship
Champion Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 341.5 Pt(s)
7 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 7 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of the United States Alexander Rossi 181.5 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 139 Pt(s)
1 Win(s), 1 Pole(s), 1 Fastest Lap(s)
Team's Championship
Champion Flag of France ART Grand Prix 410 Pt(s)
8 Win(s), 4 Pole(s) 8 Fastest Lap(s)
Second Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 241.5 Pt(s)
3 Win(s), 1 Pole(s) 0 Fastest Lap(s)
Third Flag of France DAMS 220 Pt(s)
2 Win(s), 5 Pole(s) 4 Fastest Lap(s)
Season Guide
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The 2015 GP2 Season, otherwise officially known as the 2015 FIA GP2 Series, was the eleventh edition of the FIA GP2 Series, held between April and November 2015 in support of the FIA Formula One World Championship.[1] The 2015 campaign would see the introduction of the controversial "Drag Reduction System" into GP2, in a season that was to be dominated by one driver.[2]

That man proved to be 2014 runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne, who swept to seven victories with backing from the McLaren Young Driver Programme.[3] His nearest challenger proved to be Alexander Rossi, although the American ace was only able to score 181.5 points to Vandoorne's staggering total of 341.5.[4]

Indeed, Vandoorne would start the season as favourite, having been beaten to the 2014 crown by Jolyon Palmer, who was unable to defend his title due to the Series' rules.[5] Palmer's former team DAMS, who opened the season as the defending teams' Champions, would hence hire 2014 GP3 Series Champion Alex Lynn to replace him, while also obtaining Pierre Gasly who brought funding from Red Bull.[6][7]

Vandoorne would open the season in fine style, claiming pole, victory and fastest lap in the Bahrain Feature, before finishing second in the Sprint.[8] The Belgian would repeat those results in the second pair of races in Sakhir as well as the Barcelona and Red Bull Ring rounds.[9]

Such was Vandoorne's advantage that he was able to win the title with four races to spare, claiming the crown at the Sochi Sprint, while his team ART Grand Prix secured the Teams' Championship a race later.[10] However, the season would ultimately end prematurely after a huge accident at the start of the season ending race in Yas Marina saw the race ultimately cancelled.[11]

Ultimately, the 2015 edition of the GP2 series would see several drivers make their breakthroughs, including future F1 racers Rossi, Rio Haryanto and Sergey Sirotkin.[12] Indeed, seven drivers would claim victory across the 2015 campaign, with a total of 36 racers taking part for some or all of the season.

Background

Calendar

The full calendar for the 2015 FIA GP2 Series is outlined below:

2015 GP2 Series Championship Calendar
Round Event Type Circuit Date Report
1 Flag of Bahrain 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix F Bahrain International Circuit 18 April 2015 Report
S 19 April 2015 Report
2 Flag of Spain 2015 Spanish Grand Prix F Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya 9 May 2015 Report
S 10 May 2015 Report
3 Flag of Monaco 2015 Monaco Grand Prix F Circuit de Monaco 22 May 2015 Report
S 23 May 2015 Report
4 Flag of Austria 2015 Austrian Grand Prix F Red Bull Ring 20 June 2015 Report
S 21 June 2015 Report
5 Flag of the United Kingdom 2015 British Grand Prix F Silverstone 4 July 2015 Report
S 5 July 2015 Report
6 Flag of Hungary 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix F Hungaroring 25 July 2015 Report
S 26 July 2015 Report
7 Flag of Belgium 2015 Belgian Grand Prix F Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 22 August 2015 Report
S 23 August 2015 Report
8 Flag of Italy 2015 Italian Grand Prix F Autodromo Nazionale Monza 5 September 2015 Report
S 6 September 2015 Report
9 Flag of Russia 2015 Russian Grand Prix F Sochi Autodrom 10 October 2015 Report
S 11 October 2015 Report
10 Flag of Bahrain 2015 Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain F Bahrain International Circuit 20 November 2015 Report
S 21 November 2015 Report
11 Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2015 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix F Yas Marina Circuit 28 November 2015 Report
S 29 November 2015 Report
2015 FIA GP2 Series Tests
I Flag of France 2015 Pre-season Test T Circuit Paul Ricard 6 April 2016 Report
II Flag of the United Arab Emirates 2015 Yas Marina Test T Yas Marina Circuit Report
Source:[13]

Regulations

Technical

Sporting

Season Report

Entrants

The full 2015 FIA GP2 Series entry list is outlined below:

2015 FIA GP2 Series Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Name Rounds
Flag of France DAMS[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
1 Flag of France Pierre Gasly[15] All
2 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn[15] All
Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
3 Flag of Colombia Julián Leal[16] 1-8
Flag of the United Kingdom Dean Stoneman[17] 9-11
4 Flag of Denmark Marco Sørensen[18] 1-4
Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[19] 5
Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael[20] 6-7, 9-11
Flag of the United Kingdom Jann Mardenborough[21] 8
Flag of France ART Grand Prix[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
5 Flag of Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne[22] All
6 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita[23] All
Flag of Spain Racing Engineering[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
7 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King[24] All
8 Flag of the United States Alexander Rossi[25] All
Flag of Russia Russian Time[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
9 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans[26] All
10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov[26] All
Flag of Italy Trident[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
11 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello[27] All
12 Flag of Austria René Binder[28] 1-6
Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja[29] 7
Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[30] 8-9
Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong[31] 10-11
Flag of Spain Campos Racing[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
14 Flag of France Arthur Pic[32] All
15 Flag of Indonesia Rio Haryanto[33] All
Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
16 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas[34] 1-3
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[35] 5, 7
Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi[36] 6, 9-11
Flag of the Netherlands Meindert van Buuren[37] 8
17 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong[38] 1-7
Flag of Austria René Binder[39] 8-11
Flag of Italy Rapax[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
18 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin[40] All
19 Flag of Romania Robert Vișoiu[41] 1-9
Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja[42] 10-11
Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
20 Flag of Brazil André Negrão[43] All
21 Flag of France Norman Nato[44] All
Flag of Canada.svg Status Grand Prix[45]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
22 Flag of the Philippines Marlon Stöckinger[46] All
23 Flag of New Zealand Richie Stanaway[47] 1-9
Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland[48] 10-11
Flag of Germany Hilmer Motorsport[14]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
24 Flag of the United Kingdom Nick Yelloly[49] 2-7
Flag of Switzerland Simon Trummer[50] 8
25 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr.[51] 2-3
Flag of Switzerland Simon Trummer[52] 4
Flag of the United Kingdom Jon Lancaster[53] 5
Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas[54] 6
Flag of Italy Daiko Team Lazarus[55]
Dallara-Mecachrome GP2/11
26 Flag of France Nathanaël Berthon[56] 1-7, 9-11
Flag of Switzerland Patric Niederhauser[57] 8
27 Flag of Switzerland Zoël Amberg[58] 1-4, 6
Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas[59] 5, 7-11

Standings

2015 GP2 Series Championship for Drivers

The full Championship standings from the 2015 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers is outlined below:

2015 FIA GP2 Series Championship for Drivers
Pos. Name Flag of Bahrain Flag of Spain Flag of Monaco Flag of Austria Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Russia Flag of Bahrain 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 Vandoorne 1st 2nd 1st 2nd 1st 8th 1st 2nd 3rd 9th 5th 2nd 1st 4th 2nd 3rd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 1st CAN 341.5
2nd Rossi 3rd 4th 3rd 4th 2nd 7th 6th 8th 2nd 4th 12th 19th 6th 1st 1st Ret 1st 6th 18th 9th 4th CAN 181.5
3rd Sirotkin 12th 14th 16th 10th 5th 3rd 2nd 4th 1st 8th 3rd 3rd 9th 6th Ret 5th 4th 21st 5th 4th 13th CAN 139
4th Haryanto 2nd 1st 4th 6th 16th Ret 7th 1st 8th 1st 4th 5th 13th 10th 13th 11th 5th 2nd 7th 18th 7th CAN 138
5th Evans 6th 17th 2nd DNS Ret DNS 10th 5th Ret 20th 17th 22nd 5th 3rd 3rd 1st 11th 8th 3rd 1st 3rd CAN 135
6th Lynn 19th 15th 5th 1st 13th 11th 3rd 20th 5th 6th 1st 9th 11th 8th Ret 10th Ret 10th 8th 3rd 8th CAN 110
7th Marciello Ret 20th 6th 17th 8th 2nd 15th 10th 6th 2nd 7th 4th 14th 12th 15th 7th 6th 3rd 4th 5th 2nd CAN 110
8th Gasly Ret 22nd 7th 3rd 14th 10th 13th 6th 4th 3rd 2nd 8th 19th Ret Ret 12th 2nd 5th 6th 7th 5th CAN 110
9th Matsushita 10th 6th 11th 18th Ret 19th 4th 3rd Ret 19th 8th 1st Ret 15th Ret 15th 10th 7th 2nd Ret 11th CAN 68.5
10th Stanaway 15th 11th 10th 19th 7th 1st 23rd 15th Ret 13th 21st 13th 18th 13th 4th 4th 7th 1st CAN 60
11th Pic Ret 10th 9th 8th 4th 6th 9th 11th 14th 16th 13th 10th 2nd Ret 7th 2nd 8th 13th 10th 16th 17th CAN 60
12th King 4th 9th 14th 11th 9th Ret 12th 7th 22nd 10th 6th 12th 8th 2nd 8th Ret Ret 15th 9th 6th 6th CAN 60
13th Markelov 13th 12th 12th 5th Ret 14th 5th DSQ 21st 14th 22nd 18th 3rd 5th 5th 14th Ret 12th 15th 8th Ret CAN 48
14th Leal 8th 5th Ret 16th 6th 5th 14th 22nd 9th 12th 16th 15th 4th 11th 12th 9th CAN 38
15th Canamasas 14th Ret 13th 15th 3rd 4th 15th 24th Ret 16th 12th 9th 11th 6th Ret 17th 12th 17th 12th CAN 27
16th Berthon 7th 3rd 20th 12th 17th 15th Ret 17th Ret 21st 14th 11th 7th 7th 14th 19th 11th Ret 10th CAN 27
17th Vișoiu 5th 7th 18th 23rd 15th 13th 11th 9th 12th 11th 9th 7th 15th 16th 9th Ret 17th 18th CAN 20
18th Nato Ret 16th 8th 7th 18th 21st 20th 13th 18th 23rd 11th 6th Ret 20th 6th Ret 12th 9th 24th 10th Ret CAN 20
19th Yelloly Ret 14th 10th 9th 8th Ret 7th 5th Ret 17th Ret 17th CAN 19
20th Negrão 9th 8th 23rd 21st 21st 17th 16th 21st 20th 15th 20th 21st 20th 14th 14th 18th 15th 11th 17th 20th 9th CAN 5
21st Rowland 10th 7th NC Ret 22nd Ret 15th CAN 3
22nd Binder 17th Ret 22nd Ret 11th 16th 17th 14th 17th 18th 23rd 24th 10th 8th 16th Ret 20th Ret 14th CAN 2
23rd de Jong 18th 13th 15th 9th 12th 12th 21st 12th 11th 26th 10th Ret Ret DNS 19th 14th Ret CAN 1
24th Stoneman 19th 20th 23rd 15th Ret CAN 1
25th Malja 10th 18th 16th 13th 16th CAN 1
26th Stöckinger 11th 19th Ret 20th 19th 18th 19th 19th 19th 22nd 19th 23rd 17th 19th Ret 19th Ret Ret 13th 19th 18th CAN 0
27th Latifi 15th 14th 18th 14th 14th 11th Ret CAN 0
28th Cecotto Jr. 21st Ret 20th Ret 13th 25th 18th 13th 13th 22nd CAN 0
29th Amberg 16th 18th 17th 13th 22nd Ret DNS DNS DNS DNS CAN 0
30th Gelael 18th 20th 20th 21st 19th 20th 23rd 15th Ret CAN 0
31st Trummer 22nd 18th 16th 16th CAN 0
32nd Lancaster 16th 17th CAN 0
33rd Sørensen Ret 21st 19th 22nd Ret 20th 18th 16th CAN 0
34th Niederhauser 17th 17th CAN 0
35th Mardenborough 19th 20th CAN 0
NC van Buuren Ret DNS CAN 0

2015 GP2 Series Championship for Teams

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