GP2 Istanbul Preview

Istanbul Park

GP2 Series seventh season starts this weekend

The GP2 Series enters in its seventh season after six thriving years that established the category as a must-see for those wanting to know who the next big thing in Formula One will be . The new GP2/11 car debuted last January in Abu Dhabi in the GP2 Asia Series and on Pirelli tyres - the Italian manufacturer becoming the sole supplier to the category. The 2011 season is set to deliver action-packed and exciting races that fans and motorsport professionals alike have come to expect from the most successful Formula One feeder series.

Two new teams join the field: Carlin and Team AirAsia, expanding the grid to twenty six cars. The latter chose to benefit from two experienced and race winner drivers in the shape of Luiz Razia and Davide Valsecchi, while the British squad bet on their strong and successful relationship with Mikhail Aleshin and sophomore Max Chilton. Over eighteen races this season, twenty-six drivers will fight for glory and if GP2 Asia Series Champion Romain Grosjean at Dams' looks like a serious title contender, many other talented racers will also run for the same status.

GP2 cars in the pit lane before the start of qualifying
GP2 cars in the pit lane before the start of qualifying

From Istanbul to Monza, and alongside Formula One, the 2011 GP2 Series season promises one extremely competitive battle!

A word from Mario Isola from Pirelli

"At Istanbul, Pirelli will equip both GP2 and GP3 with its medium compound rubber because of the extremely versatile features of this tyre, as Pirelli's Racing Manager Mario Isola explained: "The Istanbul Park circuit is quite a complicated track because of its medium abrasive surface and several challenging turns that put a lot of pressure on the tyres. Specifically, the front right tyre absorbs most of the stress that the track provides: especially in the well-known Turn Eight, which is a fast and sweeping corner with four apexes. We decided to equip both GP3 and GP2 drivers with our medium slicks because Istanbul is a very demanding circuit that has a stronger impact on the tyre structure than on the compound."

-source: gp2

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Mikhail Aleshin , Davide Valsecchi , Romain Grosjean , Luiz Razia , Max Chilton , Mario Isola
Teams Carlin
Tags gp2, istanbul