Bahrain, Sakhir International Circuit - Round 2 preview

Bahrain, Sakhir International Circuit - Round 2 preview

17.02.2011: GP2 SERIES ASIA 2011 Thursday 17th February 2011 11:00 // 11:30 Free Practice Session 15:30 // 16:00 Qualifying Session 16:10 Press conference - Media Centre


Thursday 17th February 2011

11:00 // 11:30 Free Practice Session
15:30 // 16:00 Qualifying Session
16:10 Press conference - Media Centre

 Friday 18th February 2011

13:45 Pit lanes opens
13:50 Pit lanes closes - Grid
14:00 Race 1  Feature race (32 laps / 60 mins.)
15:15 Press conference - Media Centre

 Saturday 19th February 2011

13:45 Pit lanes opens
13:50 Pit lanes closes - Grid
14:00 Race 2  Sprint race (23 laps / 45 mins.)
15:00 Press conference - Media Centre

Sakhir International Circuit // Length 5.412 km
Race 1 32 laps - 173.184 km
Race 2 23 laps - 124.476 km

Previous winners

2010 BRN1 D. Valsecchi (iSport Intl.)  C. Pic (Arden Intl.)
2010 BRN2 L. Filippi (Meritus) G. Ricci (DPR)

Best lap  1:43.474 J. Bianchi (ART Grand Prix) in 2010

No rest for the wicked: action is already back to the track this week.

Following an eventful opener in Abu Dhabi last weekend, the 2011 GP2 Asia Series resumes this week for Round 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on the 5.412 km layout. The teams packed up quickly after the second race at Yas Marina Circuit to be ready for more action in Sakhir, with the practice session starting this Thursday at 11am.

Lotus ART’s Jules Bianchi arrives as the Series’ leader two points ahead of fellow countryman Dams’ Romain Grosjean. The two French drivers provided a good show at Yas Marina Circuit, Grosjean snatching pole position and Bianchi beating him at the lights in Race 1. Reigning GP2 Asia Series Champion Davide Valsecchi remains a strong contender to this season’s crown: scoring a podium finish for his new team Team AirAsia, the Italian showed good pace and consistency from the word go. The Sprint race saw GP3 Series graduate Stefano Coletti taking a superb lights to flag first GP2 win ahead of Josef Kral and Marcus Ericsson.

In the teams’ standings, Lotus ART leads iSport International and Dams. The British squad and reigning Champions iSport could have been leading the Series after Abu Dhabi Sprint Race had Sam Bird kept his podium finish, but in the final laps, he unfortunately lost control of his car and had to retire before the chequered flag. However, his pace and experience puts him on the men-to-beat list this week in Bahrain, along with teammate Marcus Ericsson, Coletti and Kral at Arden.


Following the results of the 2009-10 GP2 Asia Series Teams Championship classification, the 2011 GP2 Asia Series grid will carry the following numbers:

2011 Entry list

Marcus Ericsson 01
Sam Bird 02
Josef Kral 03
Jolyon Palmer 04
Jules Bianchi 05
Esteban Gutierrez 06
Fairuz Fauzy 07
Johnny Cecotto 08
Romain Grosjean 09
Pål Varhaug 10
Michael Herck 11
James Jakes 12
Oliver Turvey 14
Andrea Caldarelli 15
Charles Pic 16
Giedo Van der Garde 17
Stefano Coletti 18
Rodolfo Gonzalez 19
Fabio Leimer 20
Julián Leal 21
Nathanael Berthon 22
Dani Clos 23
Mikhail Aleshin 24
Max Chilton 25
On-board cameras
Team AirAsia Luiz Razia 26
Davide Valsecchi 27

 Our weekend format

30 minute Free Practice session

30 minute Qualifying session

Race 1: 180km 1 compulsory pit stop minimum of 2 tyres changed

Race 2: 120km no compulsory pit stops

Race 1 grid will be decided by qualifying.

Race 2 grid will be the finishing order of Race 1, but with the top eight positions reversed.

Each driver will be limited to 4 sets of new dry tyres per race weekend.

 Points allocation

Race 1
Pole Position 2 points
Chequered flag Top eight finishers score points
10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Fastest Lap 1 point

Race 2
Chequered flag Top six finishers score points
6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Fastest Lap 1 point

Safety Car

The pitlane remains open throughout safety car periods. When deployed, the SC will pick up the leader or the first car approaching even if it is not the leader. In that case, all the cars will overtake the SC when it will be considered safe to do sountil the leader is behind the SC. Lapped cars will not be able to unlap themselves.

Pit window

Race 1 mandatory pit stop may not be carried out until the driver has completed 6 laps. No pitstops are permitted in race 2 except in the event of a driver suffering from damage to either car or tyres.


Drivers are limited to four new sets of slick tyres at each event. Pirelli determines the compound in advance. Each driver must keep one new set of tyres on which he must start race 2. These tyres may not be changed in the second race, except for an occasion when a tyre is damaged significantly to merit being changed in the name of safety.

 Fastest Lap

The point for fastest lap in both Race 1 and Race 2 will only be rewarded to a driver who classifies in the top 10 and who has started the race from the grid position.


Drivers’ championship

Jules Bianchi 1M 12
Romain Grosjean 10
Marcus Ericsson 9
Davide Valsecchi 9
Josef Kral 8
Stefano Coletti 1M 7
Giedo Van der Garde 4
Michael Herck 2
Sam Bird 2
Fabio Leimer 1
Johnny Cecotto 0
Rodolfo Gonzalez 0
Charles Pic 0
Jolyon Palmer 0
Andrea Caldarelli 0
Max Chilton 0
Esteban Gutierrez 0
James Jakes 0
Nathanael Berthon 0
Fairuz Fauzy 0
Luiz Razia 0
Julian Leal 0
Oliver Turvey 0
Pal Varhaug 0
Dani Clos 0
Mikhail Aleshin 0

Teams’ championship

Lotus ART 1M 12
iSport International 11
Dams 10
Team AirAsia 9
Arden International 8
Trident Racing 1M 7
Barwa Addax Team 4
Scuderia Coloni 2
Rapax 1
Super Nova Racing 0
Ocean Racing Technology 0
Carlin 0
Racing Engineering 0



ROUND 1 Yas Marina Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit 10-11-12 February

M Race 1 Jules Bianchi (Lotus ART) // Race 2 Stefano Coletti (Trident Racing)

ROUND 2 Bahrain Bahrain Sakhir Intl. Circuit 17-18-19 February

ROUND 3 Bahrain Bahrain Sakhir Intl. Circuit 11-12-13 March

Previous Champions

2009/10 Davide Valsecchi // iSport Intl.
2008/09 Kamui Kobayashi // Dams
2008 Romain Grosjean // ART Grand Prix

- Alexa Quintin - photo GP2


17.02.2011 / MaP

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