GP2 series announces 2007 grid and calendar

Following the deadline for entries and last week's meeting of the FIA World Council, the GP2 series is proud to unveil our 2007 calendar and is happy to report that the 13 teams who formed our grid in 2006 have been confirmed for the 2007 season. Race numbering is allocated by championship position from the official final standings of 2006, as per the GP2 series sporting regulations.

There will be few major changes to the 2007 line-up. As previously announced, our vice-champions Piquet Sports have formed an alliance with F1 legends Minardi to become "Minardi Piquet Sports", and we welcome British F3 greats Carlin Motorsport to the series as they form an alliance with DPR to become "Carlin DPR." Finally, Campos Racing will become known as "Campos Grand Prix" next year.

Our 13 teams will embark on a global challenge in 2007 as the GP2 series starts its season in Bahrain, scene of our thrilling title showdown in 2005. This event will be our first of ten weekends as the official Formula One support series. From there we return to Europe and follow the F1 circus until it departs across the Atlantic in June, at which point we will have our traditional and all- important mid-season test. The racing picks up again in France and we will stay with Formula One until our penultimate race in Belgium as Spa-Francorchamps makes a welcome return to the calendar. The 2007 championship will be concluded with our one stand-alone event of the season in Valencia at the end of September, the scene of our highly successful opening round in 2006.

<pre> Car# Team Name and License 1, 2 ART Grand Prix FRA 3, 4 Minardi Piquet Sports BRA 5, 6 iSport International GBR 7, 8 Arden International NED 9, 10 Petrol Ofisi FMS International ITA 11, 12 Trident Racing ITA 14, 15 Racing Engineering ESP 16, 17 Super Nova International GBR 18, 19 BCN Competicion ESP 20, 21 Carlin DPR GBR 22, 23 Dams FRA 24, 25 Campos Grand Prix ESP 26, 27 Durango ITA

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