New season made of eleven events again
The GP2 SeriesTM organisers have confirmed the 2017 season calendar. Once again, it will consist of eleven rounds in total, including ten support events of the Formula OneTM World Championship. Seven rounds will be held in Europe with three flyaway rounds: the return of Sakhir in Bahrain, Baku in Azerbaijan, and Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. There will be one standalone event in October at Circuito de Jerez, Spain.
The thirteenth season of the GP2 SeriesTM will open at Bahrain International Circuit on April 14-16. The last time the GP2 field raced in Bahrain was in 2015. The action will return to Europe with the second round of the year, taking place at Barcelona on May 12-14, before moving to Monte Carlo on May 25-27 and going to Baku in Azerbaijan four weeks later. The month of July will see three events, starting with Spielberg back-to-back with Silverstone on July 07-09 and 14-16 respectively. Budapest will host the seventh round of the season on July 28-30 before a welcome summer break.
The action will restart at Spa-Francorchamps on August 25-27 back-to-back with Monza on September 01-03. The tenth round of the season will take place at Jerez de la Frontera on October 06-08, while the final event will be held at Yas Marina on November 24-26 alongside Formula OneTM.
GP2 SeriesTM CEO Bruno Michel said: “I am pleased to reveal this season’s calendar which is made of eleven race weekends again, including ten events alongside Formula OneTM and the return of Sakhir.
“We’re delighted to race in Jerez between Monza and Abu Dhabi. We wanted to have the same number of events (11) including three flyaway rounds in 2017 as in the previous year, but we were mindful of freight costs. This meant not adding a fourth flyaway round and staying in Europe for a standalone event. This is also why we decided to hold our final pre-season test session in Bahrain, ahead of the season opener.”
2017 GP2 Series Calendar
Date
Venue
 
13-14-15 March
Barcelona, Spain
Test
29-30-31 March
Sakhir, Bahrain
Test
 
 
 
14-16 April
Sakhir, Bahrain
Race
12-14 May
Barcelona, Spain
Race
25-27 May
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Race
23-25 June
Baku, Azerbaijan
Race
07-09 July
Spielberg, Austria
Race
14-16 July
Silverstone, Great-Britain
Race
28-30 July
Budapest, Hungary
Race
25-27 August
Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Race
01-03 September
Monza, Italy
Race
06-08 October
Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Race
24-26 November
Yas Marina, UAE
Race