The GP2 series has confirmed that it will run a 'normal' race weekend format next season, after teams agreed to basing grids for each meeting's feature race on a qualifying session, and not the basis of results from previous rounds.

The twelve accepted teams had been given the option of doing away with the timed session and using the result of the preceding race to sort the starting order for each round of the proposed double-header weekends, but voted instead to keep with tradition. As a result, the weekend will begin with 30 minutes of free practice and a qualifying session of similar length on Friday, with the fastest driver claiming pole for the 180km 'feature' on Saturday afternoon. The result of that race will go some way to determining the line-up for the new Sunday morning 'sprint' event - over 80km - although the top eight finishers will be reversed on the grid.

Points will be awarded in both races, with Saturday following the established F1 system but Sunday rewarding the top six finishers with scores of 6-5-4-3-2-1. Both races will carry a fastest lap bonus of two points.

The season consists of twelve double-header rounds, with the first eleven following the F1 circus ahead of a stand-alone finale in Bahrain.


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