GP2 merges Main and Asia Series
12 July 2011 – Organisers of GP2 have announced that its Main and Asia Series are to be merged in order to both strengthen the grid and increase the length of what will now be a single championship. The change for the two series, which inaugurated in 2005 and 2008 respectively, will be from 2012 onwards.
It has also been confirmed that a special GP2 Final weekend will be staged alongside this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, allowing all 13 teams to fight for a prize fund as a selection of rookies drive the GP2 car for the first time.
“In 2011, almost 85 percent of the drivers who did the Asia Series this season are taking part of the European Series as we are using the GP2/11 car in both categories,” explains Bruno Michel, CEO of the GP2 Series.
“This year also marked the fact that for the first time the same 13 teams have entered both series. We talked to them and we decided that it was logical to have one single series from 2012.
“The merger will definitely help drivers gain even more experience on Formula 1 circuits throughout the world and will make the series even more attractive and competitive. We will announce the 2012 calendar and the number of rounds at a later date.”