GP2 and GP3 look forward to inaugural event next year in Russia

GP Limited signed a contract with the Russian Grand Prix organizers to be the support series’ for the Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula Sochi circuit.

The GP2 and GP3 series signed a contract today in Abu Dhabi, UAE between the promoters of the first Formula One Russian Grand Prix and the organizers of GP Limited. The event will be held on the weekend of October 5th, 2014 at the newly built Formula Sochi circuit in the Olympic Park center.

Present for the signing were Bernie Ecclestone who is the President of the Formula One Management group, Vice-Governor of the Krasnodar region Nikolay Buturlakin, GP Limited Director Bruno Michel, and Oleg Zabara, the Deputy General Director of OJSC - the organizers of the Russian Grand Prix also known as “Omega”.

Race winner and 2013 champion Daniil Kvyat
Race winner and 2013 champion Daniil Kvyat

Photo by: GP3 Media Service

Zabara said, “GP2 and GP3 are close to the F1, that’s why we are glad, that they are the support series of our Grand Prix. GP2 and GP3 are a good school, after which the drivers have the opportunity to get to Formula One.”

The timing for the announcement was perfect as both the GP2 and GP3 series ended their final races of the season this weekend on the Yas Marina Circuit. It was a great weekend for both series starting with Alexander Rossi becoming the first American to win a GP2 race.

The two series crowned their 2013 champions on Saturday before the season finale race today. Fabio Leimer won the GP2 drivers’ title.

Today, the GP2 Team title went to Russian Time.

Adding to the celebration yesterday was the GP3 victory of Daniil Kvyat which gave him the 2013 Drivers’ Championship. Next year the young Russian will race in Formula One for the Toro Rosso team.

“We are especially glad to sign this contract after the victory of the Russian driver Daniil Kvyat in the first GP3 race in Abu-Dhabi that gave him the Champions’ title in this series. This victory demonstrates, that he is ready to uphold the honor of our country in Formula One,” said Zabara.

He added, “We are also proud of the Russian team, Russian Time whom became a champion team during the second race of GP2 in Abu-Dhabi.”

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Series GP2 , GP3
Drivers Bruno Michel , Fabio Leimer , Bernie Ecclestone , Alexander Rossi , Daniil Kvyat
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news
Tags abu dhabi, bruno michel, buturlakin, ecclestone, formula sochi, gp2, gp3, russia, signed contract, zabara