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GP2 2011 calendar unveiled

The nine-event GP2 season for 2011 drops Abu Dhabi from the calendar and opts to stay in Europe
The GP2 series has published its calendar for the next season, consisting of nine weekends of races supporting the Formula 1 Grand Prix events.

After the damp squib finish to the 2010 season - which saw the series take a nine-week hiatus before being recalled to action at Abu Dhabi despite the key titles having been decided previously - the series has decided to move the final event at Yas Marina to the GP2 Asia series, and instead make the GP2 season climax coincide with the visit to Monaz in September.

The series will start in Istanbul on the weekend of 7/8 May, and all the year's events will take place in Europe. There will be two pre-season tests held in April, the first at Silverstone and the second in Barcelona.

Thirteen teams will be competing, with Carlin and Team Air Asia taking part for the first time. ART Grand Prix has also been renamed Lotus ART following its partnership with Lotus Group, in line with the marque's growing involvement in motorsport around the world.

Tests

5/6 April Silverstone, Great Britain
19/20 April Barcelona, Spain

Race weekends

7/8 May Istanbul Turkey
21/22 May Barcelona, Spain
27/28 May Monte Carlo, Monaco
25/26 June Valencia, Spain
9/10 July Silverstone, Great Britain
23/24 July Nurburgring, Germany
30/31 July Budapest, Hungary
27/28 August Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
10/11 September Monza, Italy

Participating teams and car numbers

Cars 1 and 2 Rapax (Italy)
Cars 3 and 4 Barwa Addax Team (Spain)
Cars 5 and 6 Lotus ART (France)
Cars 7 and 8 Racing Engineering (Spain)
Cars 9 and 10 iSport International (Great Britain)
Cars 11 and 12 DAMS (France)
Cars 14 and 15 Arden International (Great Britain)
Cars 16 and 17 Super Nova Racing (Great Britain)
Cars 18 and 19 Scuderia Coloni (Italy)
Cars 20 and 21 Trident Racing (Italy)
Cars 22 and 23 Ocean Racing Technology (Portugal)
Cars 24 and 25 Carlin (Great Britain)
Cars 26 and 27 Team Air Asia (Malaysia)



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Oliver Turvey (GBR), iSport International
Nelson Mason (CAN, Hilmer Motorsport) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jann Mardenborough (GBR, Arden International) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Wednesday, April 16 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Carlin) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Wednesday, April 16 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Ivan Taranov (RUS, Hilmer Motorsport) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
The Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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