The GP2 series has announced two regulation changes ahead of the start of the 2014 season.
With only one free practice session available at each race weekend, the series has decided to extend the session from 30 to 45 minutes to allow drivers more set-up time. As well as the extended practice, the tyre regulations have been brought closer to F1's approach, with both the prime and option compound tyres having to be used at some point in the feature race.
GP2 Series CEO Bruno Michel said the changes were made to both help the drivers and ensure more interesting strategies throughout both races over a weekend.
“I am very satisfied that we could extend free practice sessions to forty-five minutes during race weekends,” Michel said. “The additional track time will most definitely help our young drivers learn the circuit, giving them even better preparation for the qualifying session with no additional cost for the teams.
“Regarding the new tyre rule for the Feature Race, looking at how last season unfolded, we felt it was important that teams and drivers display their strategy over the course of both races. Just like in Formula One, during our Saturday Race, each driver will have to use both tyre compounds. I am sure we will see some great racing and interesting strategies again this season with even more enthralling Sunday races.”