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Series unveils 2013 race schedule

GP2 will have 11 race weekends in 2013, and will also return to Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi for the first time since the post-season GP2 Final exhibition event at the end of 2011.
The 2013 GP2 season will consist of 22 races over 11 race weekends, with the season finale consisting of a return to Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi for the first time in two years.

“2013 will be another strong season for GP2," said series CEO Bruno Michel. "I am very pleased to be closing the season in Abu Dhabi: we have been to that track several times with GP2 Asia and raced there last time in November 2011 with our latest generation car."

Despite the reintroduction of Abu Dhabi, the season is down one race weekend compared with 2012 after the dropping of one round in Bahrain and the loss of the Valencia weekend previously shared with the F1 calendar.

The season will get underway at the Sepang International Circuit as a support event to the F1 Malaysian Grand Prix from March 22-24, after two pre-season testing sessions for the teams at Jerez de la Frontera (February 26-28) and Barcelona (March 5-7.)

The second round at Sakhir in Bahrain will follow a month later, but with the region still suffering from political and social unrest there will be no repeat to restage the 'back-to-back' consecutive race weekends seen in 2012.

Also missing from the calendar is a June outing on the streets of Valencia, after the street circuit was dropped from the F1 itinerary in 2013.

"We have decided to keep the prestigious tracks outside of Europe, starting with Sepang and Sakhir, two venues which provided some heart-stopping action last season," explained Michel. "We are also returning to Singapore in September for the second time of the Series' history."

The Singapore street race loses its spot as the season finale to Abu Dhabi, which means that there will be more than a month-long wait between the final two rounds of the year. The season will now not finish until the start of November in 2013.

As well as the Arabian and Asian events, Michel was also careful to point out how important the middle section of the season in the traditional European circuits remains to GP2.




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Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) during Round 1. Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.]
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Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Barwa Addax Team) in Bahrain. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Simon Trummer (SUI, Arden International) on track during Friday practice at the GP2 Final held at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates in November 2011. [Photo credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Bruno Michel, GP2 CEO. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
GP2 series logo on the GP2/11 Car. [World Copyright: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. ( Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) after race 2 at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) leads Stefano Coletti (MON, Racing Engineering) and Stephane Richelmi (MON, DAMS) at the start of the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Colleti (MON, Racing Engineering), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Arthur Pic (FRE, Campos Racing) celebrate on the podium after the sprint race at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Sunday 23 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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Nanbawan - Unregistered

December 19, 2012 9:15 PM

Well, it's not because the GP2 runs during F1 events that they can't have a couple of races outside. They could add some races in Europe partnering with other series, it's not as if F1 principals must watch 100% of the GP2 races during F1 week ends. Apart from that, looking forward to watch those crazy dogs race again, always good for entertainment !



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