2010 GP2 Series season
The GP2 Series 2010 season was the sixth season of the GP2 series. It started on May 8, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya and ended on 14 November 2010 at the Yas Island, United Arab Emirates at the Yas Marina Circuit. The champion of the driver Pastor Maldonado won prematurely. The Rapax team decided the team title.
- 2.1 Season Report
- 3.1 Points system
- 3.2 Drivers' Championship
- 3.3 Evaluation team
Changes in drivers
The following list contains all the drivers who participated in the 2009 GP2 Series season and did not start in the 2010 season for the same team as in 2009.
Drivers who had changed their team:
- Johnny Cecotto Jr.: David Price Racing → Trident Racing
- Giedo van der Garde: iSport International Barwa Addax Team →
- Romain Grosjean: Barwa Addax Team DAMS →
- Rodolfo González: Trident Racing → Arden International
- Pastor Maldonado: ART Grand Prix → Rapax Team
- Álvaro Parente: Ocean Racing Technology Scuderia Coloni →
- Sergio Pérez: Arden International Barwa Addax Team →
- Luiz Razia: Scuderia Coloni → Rapax Team
- Alberto Valerio: Piquet GP Scuderia Coloni →
- Davide Valsecchi: Barwa Addax Team → iSport International
Driver who went and returned to the GP2 series:
- Vladimir Arabadzhiev: International Formula Master (JD Motorsport) → Scuderia Coloni
- Jules Bianchi: Formula 3 Euro Series ( ART Grand Prix) → ART Grand Prix
- Sam Bird: Formula 3 Euro Series (ASL Mucke Motorsport ) → ART Grand Prix
- Max Chilton: British Formula 3 Championship (Carlin Motorsport) → Ocean Racing Technology
- Fabrizio Crestani: Euro Series 3000 ( TP Formula ) → David Price Racing
- Marcus Ericsson: Japanese Formula 3 Championship (TOM 'S) → Super Nova Racing
- Brendon Hartley: World Series by Renault (Tech 1 Racing ) → Scuderia Coloni
- James Jakes: Scuderia Coloni out →
- Josef Král: International Formula Master (JD Motorsport) → Super Nova Racing
- Fabio Leimer: International Formula Master ( Jenzer Motorsport) → Ocean Racing Technology
- Federico Leo: World Series by Renault ( Pons Racing) → Trident Racing
- Charles Pic: World Series by Renault (Tech 1 Racing ) → Arden International
- Edoardo Piscopo: FIA Formula 2 Championship → Trident Racing
- Ho -Pin Tung: Superleague Formula ( Reid Motorsport) → DAMS
- Oliver Turvey: World Series by Renault (Carlin Motorsport) → iSport International
- Christian Vietoris: Formula 3 Euro Series (ASL Mucke Motorsport ) → Racing Engineering
- Adrian Zaugg: World Series by Renault ( Interwetten.com Racing) → Trident Racing
Drivers who had left the GP2 series:
- Karun Chandhok: Ocean Racing Technology → F1 ( Hispania Racing F1 Team )
- Stefano Coletti: Durango → World Series by Renault ( Comtec Racing)
- Lucas di Grassi: Racing Engineering → Formula 1 (Virgin Racing)
- Nico Hulkenberg: ART Grand Prix → Formula 1 ( Williams F1)
- Kamui Kobayashi: DAMS → Formula 1 ( Sauber Motorsport )
- Edoardo Mortara: Arden International → Formula 3 Euro Series (Signature)
- Diego Nunes: iSport International → Stock Car Brasil ( RC3 Bassani Racing)
- Nelson Panciatici: Durango → World Series by Renault ( Lotus F1 Racing Junior Team )
- Franck Perera: David Price Racing → Superleague Formula ( Alpha Team )
- Vitaly Petrov: Barwa Addax Team → Formula 1 (Renault F1)
- Davide Rigon: Trident Racing → Superleague Formula ( Azerti Motorsport)
- Roldán Rodríguez: Piquet GP → out
- Ricardo Teixeira: Trident Racing → FIA Formula 2 Championship
- Javier Villa: Super Nova Racing → Australian Mini Challenge
- Andreas Zuber: Scuderia Coloni → FIA GT1 World Championship ( Phoenix Racing / Cars Port )
Changes the teams
- Piquet GP has been renamed ahead of the season in Rapax team.
- Durango did not go due to financial problems in 2010 at the start. As for the 2011 season a new competition for the teams took place, no team moved to Durango to.
Changes during the season
- After Josef Král has broken two vertebrae in an accident in Valencia, he was represented from Silverstone by Luca Filippi, who had already started in the preseason for Super Nova Racing at five race weekends. For the last race weekend of the 2010 season on the Yas Island, he returned to his cockpit.
- Racing Engineering had to do without the Yas Island on Christian Vietoris at the final race weekend. The German driver had to stop due to an appendicitis .. He was replaced by Ho -Pin Tung, who had contested the first seven race weekends for DAMS.
- For the race at Hockenheim Jérôme D' Ambrosio was at DAMS replaced by Romain Grosjean. From the race weekend at Spa- Francorchamps Grosjean went for the rest of the season for DAMS at the start. It replaces Ho -Pin Tung, who had begun a lumbar vertebra in an accident at the Hungaroring and consequently turned out to the last race weekend. For the last race weekend Tung moved to Racing Engineering, although he dissuaded the doctors from a start.
- The Scuderia Coloni exchanged both pilots from throughout the season. Alberto Valerio lost his cockpit after seven race weekends and was at Spa -Francorchamps and Monza replaced by Álvaro Parente. For the season finale on the Yas Island Parente fell out with inflammation in the ear and was represented by James Jakes. The second Coloni cockpit was piloted in the first eight race weekends of Vladimir Arabadzhiev. The Bulgarian was replaced for the last two stations of the GP2 season by Brendon Hartley.
- Johnny Cecotto Jr. left Trident Racing after the eighth race weekend. At Monza, he was replaced by Edoardo Piscopo and on Yas Island by Federico Leo.
- With David Price Racing came at Spa- Francorchamps on a change of driver. Fabrizio Crestani replaced Giacomo Ricci, who could no longer pay his race seat.
The race calendar of the GP2 Series 2010 season was released on 18 December 2009. A total of ten race weekends were held, which were held as support to the Formula 1. The race in Portimão, which was also planned, has been canceled.
In 2010 a total of 32 pilots were used. With Jules Bianchi ( Formula 3 Euro Series), Marcus Ericsson (Japanese Formula 3 Championship) and Fabio Leimer ( International Formula Master ) changed three reigning champion in the GP2 Series. The new pilots came predominantly from the World Series by Renault and the International Formula Master. A total of five pilots who had started the previous season, switched to Formula 1 with Romain Grosjean ( Auto GP ), Edoardo Mortara ( Formula 3 Euro Series) and Davide Rigon ( Superleague Formula ) won three pilots, the 2009 in the GP2 are down, the championship title in a different racing series. During the season, the experienced GP2 drivers Luca Filippi, Grosjean and Álvaro Parente returned to the series.
In the first four races, the winners celebrated their first victory each. At the season opener in Barcelona succeeded Charles Pic as third driver ever to win his debut race. During the sprint race, Leimer secured their first win in the second race. In Monaco it came to the first victory of two GP2 drivers. Sergio Pérez won in his second season in the feature race in his first race and Jérôme D' Ambrosio won the 44th race in his third season for the first time a GP2 race. During the following six race weekends Pastor Maldonado won each of the main race, setting a new record. In addition, he collected with these victories important points, which eventually helped him to the title. The later runner- Pérez won the sprint race three times in this period. The other three sprint races it came to the first victories of Dani Clos, Ericsson and Giacomo Ricci. Two other debut winners were Sam Bird and Christian Vietoris. Davide Valsecchi with, who also chose a race, there were in the 2010 season eleven different winners. Maldonado won the league title with two races in Monza. In the season finale, Pérez secured the runner-up title against Bianchi. While the distances were slightly larger at the top, the pilots were in positions three to six within four points.
This season, there were several serious accidents. Josef Král collided in Valencia with Rodolfo González, and then fell with two broken vertebrae for five race weekends from. In Mogyoród there was a collision between Bianchi and Ho -Pin Tung, in which both treat injuries sustained fractures of the lumbar vertebrae. Bianchi was able to return to his cockpit after surgery and without missing a race weekend. Although Tung did not have surgery, but fell for two race weekends from.
With an age of 27 years, Tung was the oldest pilot in this season. Youngest driver was Max Chilton, who made his debut in the series at the age of 19 years.
In the main race (HAU ) were the first eight of the race, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point (s). During the sprint race (SPR ), the first six of the race were 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point (s). In addition, the winner of qualifying, who started from pole position in the feature race, two points received. The driver, who scored the fastest lap of the first ten classified riders, also received a point.
- Fat - Pole Position
- Italics - Fastest lap
- Pérez was disqualified in the feature race in Turkey due to low weight.