GP2 Asia, Abu Dhabi, 2010

GP2 to drop Asia Series in 2012

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GP2 Asia, Abu Dhabi, 2010
GP2 Asia, Abu Dhabi, 2010

The GP2 Asia Series will cease to exist next year as the main series expands to include more ‘flyaway’ races.

GP2 CEO Bruno Michel said: “In 2011, almost 85% 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.

“This year also marked the fact that for the first time the same thirteen teams 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.”

The last GP2 Asia series featured just four races following the cancellation of two double-header rounds in Bahrain. This was replaced by an event at Imola, in addition to the previous two races at Abu Dhabi.

In its first season during the winter of 2008/09, GP2 Asia featured ten races in four countries, including Dubai, Indonesia and Malaysia. The following year the championship also visited Qatar.

But since 2009 only Bahrain and Abu Dhabi have featured on the calendar.

The series organisers also announced a one-off event to support the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Michel said: “We had planned to go back to Abu Dhabi in November since the beginning of this year.

“Yas Marina is a great track. So we decided that we would have one single race event called The 2011 GP2 Final there.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for drivers who wish to do GP2 Series next year to try and have their first taste of the category in race conditions.

“It will also be a fantastic occasion for our teams to try new drivers and start working with them.”

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