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Series unveils 2013 race schedule

"We will be racing alongside F1 in all seven European rounds, which brings a total of eleven F1 tracks on our calendar again next season," he said. "Since the Series started in 2005, we have always provided the drivers with a car close to F1 in performance and used the same tyres.

"This package guarantees the GP2 drivers to gain the ultimate and most-needed experience to graduate to the next category," he continued. "Our sole goal has always been and will continue to remain to prepare the next generation of F1 drivers. I believe that's exactly what we will see again in 2013 and I am really looking forward to next season."

The GP3 Series calendar for 2013 was also unveiled, with eight race weekends expected to form next year's championship. While mostly echoing the European leg of the F1/GP2 season, the series is also hoping to run a stand-alone event from June 14-16 at a still-to-be-announced venue.

Significantly, the GP3 Series teams will also head out of Europe for the very first time to join F1 and GP2 at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi at the start of November.

"The fact that the season will end in Abu Dhabi marks GP3 history with the first race weekend that will take place outside of Europe," said Michel. "It will be a thrilling challenge to the drivers as well as providing a spectacular conclusion for the fans at the Yas Marina Circuit. With the introduction of the new GP3/13 car: together with a brand new venue, this moves the Series in yet another positive direction."

GP2 Series - 2013 Calendar
Pre-season tests
February 26-28, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
March 5-7, Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain

Races
March 22-24 Sepang, Malaysia
April 19-21 Sakhir, Bahrain
May 10-12 Barcelona, Spain
May 24-26 Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 28-30 Silverstone, Great Britain
July 5-7 Nurburg, Germany
July 26-28 Budapest, Hungary
August 23-25 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 6-8 Monza, Italy
September 20-22 Singapore, Singapore
November 1-3 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

GP3 Series - 2013 Calendar
Pre/mid-season tests
February 20-22 Estoril, Portugal
March 12-13 Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
April 3-4 Silverstone, Great Britain
June 14-16 Budapest, Hungary

Races
May 10-12 Barcelona, Spain
June 14-16 TBA
June 28-30 Silverstone, Great Britain
July 5-7 Nurburg, Germany
July 26-28 Budapest, Hungary
August 23-25 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
September 6-8 Monza, Italy
November 1-3 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates




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Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing) leads the field into turn one on the opening lap of the Singapore sprint race. Action. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley)
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) celebrates his victory on the podium after the Valencia sprint race. Spain, June 24 2012. (Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.)
Luiz Razia (BRA, Arden International) during Round 1. Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2 Series Media Service.]
The GP2 Series class of 2012 before the first race of the season at Sepang, Malaysia. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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.]
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.)

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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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