Scuderia Coloni

Coloni Motorsport, also known as Scuderia Coloni, is an auto racing team from Italy. Formed by Enzo Coloni in 1982, the team participated in Formula Three between 1983 and 1986, before racing in Formula One as Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems between 1987 and 1991. They made 82 attempts to take part in a Formula One race but only qualified 14 times. Since then, under the management of Enzo Coloni's son Paolo, the team has been successful in Formula Three, Formula 3000 and GP2 Series. Between 2006 and 2009 the team ran under the name of Fisichella Motor Sport, with support from Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella and his manager Enrico Zanarini.

Italy Scuderia Coloni
Logo scuderia coloni
Founded1983
Folded2015
Team principal(s)Paolo Coloni
Former seriesFormula 3000
Italian F3
Superleague Formula
Formula One
Euroseries 3000
Formula BMW Europe
GP2 Asia Series
GP2 Series
Auto GP
Noted driversBrazil Pedro Bianchini
Italy Marco Bonanomi
Italy Gianmaria Bruni
United Kingdom Adam Carroll
Turkey Jason Tahincioğlu
Italy Alex Ciompi
Italy Luca Filippi
Venezuela Rodolfo González
Romania Michael Herck
Italy Fabio Onidi
Italy Giorgio Pantano
Brazil Luiz Razia
Italy Giacomo Ricci
Spain Adrián Vallés

Origins of the team

Coloni-Headquarter
Headquarters of Coloni Motorsport in Passignano sul Trasimeno (2016)

The team was founded in 1983 by Enzo Coloni, a racing driver from Perugia, Italy. It is located in Passignano sul Trasimeno. Coloni competed during the 1970s and after participating in the Italian Formula 3 series for several years, he won the drivers' title in 1982 when he was 36 years old. Before that, Coloni, who was also called "the wolf" (a nickname that would later be reflected in his company's logo), had also taken part in two Formula Two races, one in 1980 with the San Remo team and another one in 1982 with the Minardi team. At the end of 1982, he gave up active racing and started managing his own team, initially in Italian Formula Three.

Formula Three and Formula 3000 (1983–1986)

Success came almost immediately: the team won the 1984 Italian Formula 3 championship with Ivan Capelli. In 1986, Coloni Motorsport appeared in Formula 3000, entering an out-dated March 85B with drivers like Nicola Larini and Gabriele Tarquini. The Formula 3000 attempt was unsuccessful. Nonetheless the team progressed to Formula One the next year.

Formula One (1987–1991)

Coloni-Ford (1987–1989)

The FIA's announcement that turbos would be banned from Formula One from 1989 - making the sport more affordable — was the trigger for Enzo Coloni to enter the category. Enzo Coloni Racing Car Systems made its first appearance in Formula One at the 1987 Italian Grand Prix in September 1987. The yellow painted FC187, powered by a Novamotor-prepared Cosworth DFZ, was a simple machine designed by former Dallara apprentice Roberto Ori. Coloni himself had carried out the shake-down drive but Nicola Larini was the race driver. The car was obviously not ready and Larini did not qualify. The Italian recorded Coloni’s first Formula One race start at the 1987 Spanish Grand Prix, although mechanical problems meant that he did not finish. The team did not fly to the end of year overseas races that year, so Larini’s retirement from the Spanish Grand Prix that year ended their first season. They were, of course, 16th and last in the Constructors Championship, because they were the only team without a finish.

The 1988 season was the team's first full season and started well. Although the "new" FC188 was almost identical to its predecessor, Coloni's new driver Gabriele Tarquini qualified regularly and finished 8th at the Canadian Grand Prix. This turned out to be Coloni's best result in Formula One. Due to a shortage of funds very little development work was carried out during the year. The team’s performance suffered as a result and qualification or even prequalification were no longer certain. The team scored no points this year, finishing again 15th, ahead of Osella, the new EuroBrun and the suffering Zakspeed Team.

Coloni 1989
The 1989 Monaco Grand Prix was the only race in which two Colonis qualified. Raphanel leads Piquet through the tunnel.
Coloni FC188B 2008 Donington Park
The 1989 Coloni FC188B being demonstrated in 2008.

Although money was tight for 1989, Coloni entered two cars for Roberto Moreno and French newcomer Pierre-Henri Raphanel. The FC188Bs were another update of the 1987 car, but were hard to handle and about 20 km/h slower than the rest of the grid. Nevertheless, both drivers were able to qualify for the Monaco Grand Prix. This was the only race participation of a Coloni in the first part of the season. In Canada, Coloni presented a new car (the Coloni C3) which was penned by former AGS engineer Christian Vanderpleyn. The C3 was a basically good design but the team suffered again from a complete lack of testing. This meant that the team often failed to find the right setup for the races. The team failed to qualify for most of the rest of the season — only in three cases, the debut of the Coloni C3, the 1989 Canadian Grand Prix, the 1989 British Grand Prix and at the Portuguese Grand Prix did Moreno qualify, in 26th, 23rd and 15th place respectively, after a developmental front wing was fitted for Estoril. Unfortunately for the team, he then collided with Eddie Cheever in the warm-up [1] and had to use the spare car. He did not finish the race as the engine blew up after a handful of laps. As results failed to arrive, the team was cut back throughout the year. After Vanderpleyn had left the team in September, Enzo Coloni took over the engineer's job himself but unsurprisingly this brought no improvement; neither did the new driver Enrico Bertaggia who replaced Raphanel for the last races. The team finished equal 18th and last with Zakspeed, because the EuroBrun team never qualified that year. The Portuguese Grand Prix proved to be the last qualification for a Coloni car.

Coloni-Subaru (1990)

An unexpected contract with Subaru, the automobile branch of Fuji Heavy Industries, brought substantial financial backing and additionally an exclusive "works" engine for free. The Japanese took over 51% of the Coloni team, paid the team's debts and supported the new alliance with a brand new, unique engine. It was a flat-12 engine which in fact was penned by Carlo Chiti. Chiti's Motori Moderni company at Novara had supplied V6 turbo engines for the Minardi team from 1985 to 1987, and in 1988 Chiti had penned a normally aspirated V12 engine that attracted Subaru. In late 1988, the Japanese commissioned Chiti to design a new Formula One engine with a "flat" layout — as used in their road cars — that was ready in the summer of 1989. The engine, now with a Subaru badge, was tested in a Minardi M188 chassis but due to a severe lack of power Minardi very soon lost interest. After a few months of searching, Subaru found the Coloni team. Eventually, the "Subaru Coloni" Team was founded with Enzo Coloni staying on board as the man responsible for operations.

By the beginning of 1990, the "Subaru" flat engine was not producing more than 500 bhp, so the Coloni Subaru was one of the least competitive machines regularly competing in Formula One in 1990 (eclipsed only by the even slower Life car). Subaru and Chiti agreed to build a new V12 engine for the summer of 1990 together with a completely new chassis, but in the meantime the flat engine was to be used by the "Coloni Subaru" Team in a carry-over chassis. Early in 1990, a handful of Enzo Coloni's mechanics worked on a single C3 and tried to put the Subaru engine in it. The work was not done until the day the FIA started shipping the Formula One material to Phoenix. In the pits at Phoenix, the car was assembled for the very first time and a short shakedown took place in the parking area of an American supermarket. On the prequalification day at Phoenix the Formula One world saw Coloni's "new" model C3B which wore a white, red and green livery, but without an airbox and with wide, long sidepods. It did not follow common design practices for the time, was overweight by 300 pounds and ill-handling. Neither at Phoenix nor at any other race did Bertrand Gachot, Coloni's new driver, manage to prequalify the car. As the season went on, improvements were few and results stayed nowhere. Meanwhile, no success could be seen at Coloni's plant in Perugia where obviously nobody worked seriously on a new car. In May, Enzo Coloni was sacked by Subaru, but no improvement came. In June, the Japanese company withdrew completely and sold the team back to Enzo Coloni, debt free, but with no sponsors and no engines. By the German Grand Prix Coloni had arranged a supply of Ford-Cosworth engines, prepared by Langford & Peck. An improved car also appeared in Germany. The "new" Coloni C3C was little more than a 1989 C3 with minor aerodynamic changes. The car was quicker but not enough to achieve any serious results. Gachot was usually able to prequalify his car but the qualification for the race was still out of reach. At the end of the season, Coloni had not qualified for a single Grand Prix.

Coloni-Ford (1991)

For the 1991 season the team consisted of only six people. The car was another version of the C3 from 1989 which had seen some detail work from students of the University of Perugia and which was now called a C4. Enzo Coloni had hoped for Andrea de Cesaris as his first driver, with his sponsorship from Marlboro. The Roman eventually took his experience and his money to Jordan Grand Prix. Coloni handed his single car to newcomer Pedro Chaves from Portugal who had just won the British Formula 3000 series in 1990. The car was out of date, fragile and hard to handle and Chaves was not familiar with most of the tracks. As a result, Chaves never escaped prequalification. Finally he quit the team after the Portuguese Grand Prix. For the following race, Coloni was unable to find a new driver, but for the last two races of the season, he employed Naoki Hattori, a Japanese driver with a very decent record in other formulae but with no experience in Formula One. The results did not improve.

By that time, Coloni had sold his team to Andrea Sassetti, who renamed it Andrea Moda Formula for 1992; the team would not be around at the end of the season after it was banned from Formula One.

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Chassis Engines Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1987 FC187 Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN AUS 0 NC
Italy Nicola Larini DNQ Ret
1988 FC188
FC188B
Ford Cosworth DFZ 3.5 V8 G BRA SMR MON MEX CAN DET FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Italy Gabriele Tarquini Ret Ret Ret 14 8 DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ 13 Ret DNQ 11 DNPQ DNPQ DNQ
1989 FC188B
C3
Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 P BRA SMR MON MEX USA CAN FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Brazil Roberto Moreno DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ DNQ Ret DNQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
France Pierre-Henri Raphanel DNPQ DNPQ Ret DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Italy Enrico Bertaggia DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
1990 C3B Subaru 1235 3.5 F12 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Belgium Bertrand Gachot DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
C3C Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 DNPQ DNPQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ DNQ 0 NC
1991 C4 Ford Cosworth DFR 3.5 V8 G USA BRA SMR MON CAN MEX FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA POR ESP JPN AUS 0 NC
Portugal Pedro Chaves DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ DNPQ
Japan Naoki Hattori DNPQ DNPQ

Formula Three (1991–1996)

The team had another stint in Formula 3 before eventually stepping up to Formula 3000. Paolo Colini drove for the team in the Italian Championship between 1991 and 1993, as well as finishing second in the 1993 Masters of Formula 3. Although Paolo left the Italian series to drive elsewhere, the team continued in Italian F3 until the end of 1996, when Esteban Tuero and Dino Morelli drove for them.

Formula 3000

Coloni Motorsport made the switch to International Formula 3000 in 1997. They made a breakthrough year in 2002, when Giorgio Pantano and Enrico Toccacelo drove for the team. Pantano finished the year as runner-up, with Toccacelo in ninth, taking three wins between them. Ricardo Sperafico and Zsolt Baumgartner drove for Coloni in 2003, with Sperafico finishing as series runner-up, while Baumgartner made his Formula One debut for Jordan Grand Prix at his home race — the 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix.

GP2 Series

The team continued to race in the Formula One feeder series — which was rebranded as the GP2 Series in 2005. Mathias Lauda and Gianmaria Bruni, who had raced in F1 for Minardi in 2004, started the season, although Toni Vilander and Ferdinando Monfardini raced Bruni's car following his departure from the team with three rounds left.

Fisichella Motor Sport International

At the end of 2005, Formula One driver Giancarlo Fisichella joined forces with Coloni.[1] Fisichella Motor Sport had a team, run by Coloni, racing in the 2005 Italian Formula 3000 season. They won that title with Luca Filippi, who moved across to GP2 with FMSI in 2006. He was joined by Turkey's Jason Tahincioglu, who brought sponsorship from Petrol Ofisi. Filippi left the team after three rounds and was replaced by former Coloni driver Giorgio Pantano, who won three races later that season.

Adam Carroll 2008 GP2 Monaco
Adam Carroll driving for FMSI in Monaco in 2008.

Former F1 driver Antônio Pizzonia joined Tahincioglu at the team for 2007, although he was dropped in favour of Adam Carroll after three rounds. Carroll went on to win two races during 2007, while Tahincioglu again struggled to score.

In 2008 the team ran in the colours of Fisichella's F1 team Force India. Roldán Rodríguez drove one car for the whole season, while driving duties in the second car were shared between Adrián Vallés, Carroll and Marko Asmer. Andy Soucek was initially signed to drive for the team, but was replaced by Rodríguez shortly before the start of the season. Soucek has since launched a legal case against FMSI, which is ongoing.

Fisichella Motor Sport surprisingly returned to racing via the 2014 Auto GP season, having replaced the short-lived Eurotech Engineering entry midway through the season at Round 5 in Imola.[2] Fielding an all Italian line-up of Kevin Giovesi and Salvatore de Plano for 2014, the team managed three 2nd place finishes, all achieved by Giovesi, with de Plano's best result being 6th at the Red Bull Ring sprint race. For the 2015 season, neither Giovesi or de Plano were retained, instead, FMS brought in Italian Euroformula Open Championship driver Leonardo Pulcini for Hungary, along with Argentinian GP2 refugee Facu Regalia, who won the opening feature race, with Pulcini taking second in the sprint race, ahead of Regalia, who finished in 6th place. Only one car was run for Regalia in round 2 in Silverstone, before the 2015 season was folded due to low entry numbers, marking the end of the FMS name.

Along with the FMS entry in Auto GP, Scuderia Coloni itself also entered the series in 2015, under the Paolo Coloni Racing name[3]. Swiss Ex-Zele Racing driver Christof von Grünigen was signed to the team, and later joined by Italian Loris Spinelli.

Coloni buyout

Andreas Zuber and Luiz Razia joined the team for 2009. After the sixth round of the season, the Coloni team took back full control of the team after buying out Fisichella. It also had a new sponsorship deal with PartyPokerRacing.com. The deal also applies to their Formula BMW Europe team.[4]

At the following round of the championship, Coloni's cars were impounded as a result of an injunction obtained by Soucek as part of his dispute with the team in its FMSI guise. The team missed the qualifying session and were thus ruled out of competing in either of the weekend's races.[5]

Departure from GP2

At the Silverstone round of the 2012 GP2 championship, series organisers and Scuderia Coloni announced that the team would leave the series at the end of the 2012 season, and that the team would forfeit all of their points they had received to date and would receive for the remainder of the season. No further explanation was given for their abrupt departure.[6]

Results

GP2 Series

Year Team name Car Drivers Races Wins Poles F.L. Points D.C. T.C.
2005 Italy Coloni Motorsport Dallara-Mecachrome Austria Mathias Lauda 23 0 0 0 3 21st 9th
Italy Gianmaria Bruni 17 1 0 0 35† 10th
Finland Toni Vilander 4 0 0 0 0 25th
Italy Ferdinando Monfardini 2 0 0 0 5† 17th
2006 Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International Dallara-Mecachrome Italy Luca Filippi 6 0 0 0 7 19th 5th
Italy Giorgio Pantano 15 3 0 0 44 5th
Turkey Jason Tahincioglu 21 0 0 0 0 30th
2007 Italy Petrol Ofisi FMS International Dallara-Mecachrome Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 5 0 0 0 1 27th 9th
United Kingdom Adam Carroll 16 2 0 1 36 7th
Turkey Jason Tahincioglu 20 0 0 0 0 33rd
2008 Italy FMS International Dallara-Mecachrome Spain Roldán Rodríguez 20 0 0 0 14 13th 10th
Spain Adrián Vallés 2 0 0 0 0 21st
United Kingdom Adam Carroll 4 0 0 0 1 25th
Estonia Marko Asmer 13 0 0 0 0 29th
2009 Italy PPR.com Scuderia Coloni‡ Dallara-Mecachrome United Arab Emirates Andreas Zuber 18 0 0 0 21 13th 10th
Brazil Luiz Razia 18 1 0 1 8 19th
2010 Italy Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome Brazil Alberto Valerio 14 0 0 0 4 22nd 10th
Portugal Álvaro Parente 4 0 0 1 13 15th
United Kingdom James Jakes 2 0 0 0 0 31st
Bulgaria Vladimir Arabadzhiev 16 0 0 0 0 29th
New Zealand Brendon Hartley 4 0 0 0 1 27th
2011 Italy Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome Romania Michael Herck 18 0 0 0 1 21st 7th
Italy Davide Rigon 2 0 0 0 0 29th
Italy Kevin Ceccon 8 0 0 0 0 30th
Italy Luca Filippi 8 3 0 5 54† 2nd
2012 Italy Scuderia Coloni Dallara-Mecachrome Monaco Stefano Coletti 20 0 0 1 28 13th† EX
Italy Luca Filippi 4 1 1 0 29 15th
Italy Fabio Onidi 24 0 0 0 13 20th

† Includes points scored for other teams.
‡ Started the season as Fisichella Motor SPort

Superleague Formula

Year Car Teams Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points T.C.
2008 Panoz-Menard Italy A.S. Roma 12 0 1 0 307 5th

References

  1. ^ "Confirmed: Fisichella to partner Coloni in GP2". crash.net. 2005-12-12. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  2. ^ http://www.autogp.net/newssingola2_en.asp?c=175
  3. ^ http://www.autogp.net/newssingola2_en.asp?c=227
  4. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2009-08-21). "Coloni takes full control of FMS team". autosport.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  5. ^ Glendenning, Mark (2009-08-28). "Legal row forces Coloni to miss Spa". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 2009-08-29.
  6. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (6 July 2012). "Coloni to leave GP2 at end of 2012". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 6 July 2012.

External links

2009 Monza GP2 Series round

The 2009 Italian GP2 Round was the ninth race of the 2009 GP2 Series season. It was held on September 12 and 13, 2009 at Circuit Monza at Monza, Italy. The race was used as a support race to the 2009 Italian Grand Prix. Both Racing Engineering drivers were given 10 place grid penalties after causing avoidable accidents in Spa. The race also saw the return of PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni after their court order was dropped. Johnny Cecotto Jr. made his debut for DPR.

The Feature Race was action packed, with a very wet track and terrible conditions, the race started behind the safety car. Giedo van der Garde got his and iSport International their first feature win of the season. He passed long time leader Vitaly Petrov for the lead two laps from the end. The Sprint Race was less thrilling, but crashes were still common, as on the first lap Dani Clos flipped his car after being hit side on. Luiz Razia won his first ever GP2 Race and PartyPokerRacing.com Scuderia Coloni's first win in only their second round. The Round was lucky for Razia as Álvaro Parente was penalised after the race, putting him down to eleventh and moving Razia up to 8th, to claim his first GP2 points finish and first pole. After starting from a lucky pole, Razia never looked challenged and finished ahead of the good starting Lucas di Grassi and new champion Nico Hülkenberg. Hülkenberg became 2009 GP2 Series season champion after Vitaly Petrov did not score enough points to keep his championship challenge alive.

2009 Valencia Street GP2 Series round

The 2009 Valencian GP2 round was the seventh round of the 2009 GP2 Series season. It was held on August 22 and 23, 2009 at Valencia Street Circuit at Valencia, Spain. The race was used as a support race to the 2009 European Grand Prix. Last year's race was quite eventful, with championship frontrunners Giorgio Pantano and Bruno Senna retiring on the last lap, with Senna retiring just before the finish line. Past Winners include last year's Campos duo Vitaly Petrov and Lucas di Grassi, who both competed this year. This race saw a driver reshuffle with Davide Valsecchi moving to Barwa Addax Team in place of Romain Grosjean who now races in F1. Formula Three Euroseries Race Winner Stefano Coletti replaces Valsecchi at Durango. The round also saw the departure of FMS, who sold their stake back to Scuderia Coloni.

2010 Bahrain International Circuit GP2 Asia Series round (March)

The 2009-10 Bahrain 2nd GP2 Asia round was the fourth round of the 2009-10 GP2 Asia Series season. It was held on March 13 and 14, 2010 at Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir, Bahrain. It was the second of two rounds to be held at the circuit, the other being the 2009-10 Bahrain 1st GP2 Asia round. This event will support the 2010 Bahrain Grand Prix, and therefore use a different layout to an earlier race in the series, The Endurance Circuit. Luca Filippi started from pole position, won the race (first win for MalaysiaQi-Meritus.com and set fastest lap, forming a perfect weekend. Sprint race was won by Filippi's countryman Giacomo Ricci, which also brought the first victory for his team DPR.This was the last ever race for the original GP2 car, the Dallara GP2/05, as it was replaced by the Dallara GP2/11 for 2011.

2010 Istanbul Park GP2 Series round

The 2010 Turkish GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on May 29 and May 30, 2010 at the Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. It was the third race of the 2010 GP2 Season and the second race of the 2010 GP3 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 Turkish Grand Prix.

2010 Yas Marina GP2 Series round

The 2010 Abu Dhabi GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on November 12–14, 2010 at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. It was the tenth and final round of the 2010 GP2 Season. The race was used to support the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

This race was the last for the Dallara GP2/08 chassis that was introduced in 2008 and also for Bridgestone as the sole tyre supplier for the GP2 Series and Formula One. The Dallara GP2/11 chassis was introduced for 2011, and would be used until the end of 2017. Pirelli was also chosen as the sole tyre supplier for GP2 and Formula One from 2011.

2011 GP2 Final

The 2011 GP2 Final was a special round of the 2011 GP2 Series, supporting the 2011 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on 12 and 13 November 2011. The race was originally scheduled to be the first round of the 2012 GP2 Asia championship, but with the GP2 Asia series being discontinued and absorbed into its parent series, the race was added to the GP2 Series calendar as a non-championship round.

2011 GP2 Series

For the Asian-based series, see 2011 GP2 Asia Series.The 2011 GP2 Series season was the seventh season of the pan-European motor racing series for single specification open wheel GP2 cars. Thirteen teams competed over a nine event series that run from May 7 at Istanbul Park in Turkey to September 11 at Monza in Italy. The series again performed the role of a series for developing emerging young drivers, acting as the principal supporting motor racing series that fills in time between sessions of the nine World Championship Formula One Grands Prix that are held in Europe. The championship was won by reigning GP2 Asia champion Romain Grosjean at the penultimate round of the series.

Following a three-year cycle, the previous GP2 chassis was replaced by a brand new car, the GP2/11, built by Italian racing car manufacturer Dallara but the engine configuration remain the same until the end of 2017 season with modifications only for the exhaust systems. The series will change tyre supplier from Bridgestone to Pirelli for 2011–13. The 2011 season saw the addition of two new teams to the grid, Carlin and Team AirAsia. Meanwhile, DPR was not selected to continue in the series.

2011 Monaco GP2 Series round

The 2011 Monaco GP2 Round was the third round of the 2011 GP2 Series season. It was held on May 26–28, 2011 at Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco, supporting the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix. GP2's feeder formula GP3 did not appear at this event.

2011 Monza GP2 Series round

The 2011 Italian GP2 Series round was a GP2 Series motor race held on September 10 and 11, 2011 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy. It was the ninth round of the 2011 GP2 season and the eighth round of the 2011 GP3 season. The race supported the 2011 Italian Grand Prix. This was the last championship round of the season for both series, but GP2 will race a non-championship round in Abu Dhabi.

In GP2 Series, after Romain Grosjean clinched Drivers' Championship in the previous round, the contest for the Teams' title continued as Barwa Addax was only 8 points ahead DAMS in the standings, but the Spanish team won the title after the last race.

In GP3 Series, Lotus ART was crowned Teams' Champion in Belgium, while in the Drivers' standings Valtteri Bottas, who held a five-point lead over his teammate James Calado before the round, with Nigel Melker, Alexander Sims and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs all having mathematically a chance, sealed the title with his victory in Race 1.

2011 Nürburgring GP2 Series round

The 2011 German GP2 round was a GP2 Series motor race held on July 23 and 24, 2011 at Nürburgring, Germany. It is the sixth round of the 2011 GP2 season and the fifth round of the 2011 GP3 season. The race supported the 2011 German Grand Prix.

2012 Bahrain GP2 Series round

The 2012 Bahrain GP2 Series rounds were a series of GP2 Series motor races held at the Bahrain International Circuit as part of the 2012 GP2 Series season. The first round was held on 21 and 22 April, in support of the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix. The second round was held one week later as an independent round of the championship, the only one of its kind on the 2012 calendar.

The rounds were the first time the GP2 Series has visited the Bahrain International Circuit since 2007. The circuit was a regular fixture on the calendar of the now-defunct GP2 Asia Series from its inception in 2008 until 2011, when the race was cancelled due to anti-government protests. With the GP2 Asia series being discontinued at the end of the 2011 season and merged into its parent series, the Bahrain International Circuit returned to the larger GP2 Series as part of the series' expansion to include fly-away rounds.

In the week before the first race, Barwa Addax driver Josef Král was replaced by Dani Clos. Brendon Hartley also replaced Ocean Racing Technology's Jon Lancaster.DAMS driver Davide Valsecchi qualified on pole for the first feature race, and won both the feature and sprint races. Valsecchi also won the second feature race, with Rapax driver Tom Dillmann taking his first GP2 Series win in the second sprint.

The first race was also the first time that the series introduced the points system used by Formula One since 2010 for the feature race, with points awarded to the top ten drivers and twenty-five points awarded to the race winner. The points for the sprint race were changed too, with the winner receiving fifteen points and the top eight drivers scoring points. The points for pole and fastest lap were doubled as well.

2012 GP2 Series

The 2012 GP2 Series season was the eighth GP2 Series season and the first season after merging with the GP2 Asia Series. The championship was expanded to include rounds in Malaysia, Bahrain and Singapore, in support of the 2012 Formula One season.

The series adopted the points system used by Formula One for the feature race, with points awarded to the top ten drivers and twenty-five points on offer for victory. The points awarded in the sprint race were also changed, with the winner receiving fifteen points and top eight drivers receiving points. Further changes mean that drivers must use two compounds of tyres over a race weekend, as is the case in Formula One. The points awarded for pole position and the fastest lap of the race were doubled as well.

The title was won by Italian Davide Valsecchi, driving for DAMS. After leading in the championship after winning sprint race in Silverstone, Luiz Razia ultimately get to second in the championship after score four victories. Esteban Gutierrez also was in top three with 3 victories and finished just ahead of Max Chilton, who gets 2 wins.

2012 Marina Bay GP2 Series round

The 2012 Marina Bay GP2 Series round was a pair of motor races held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Marina Bay, Singapore as part the GP2 Series, with the 2012 GP3 Series season having concluded at the previous round at Monza. The races were held on 22 and 23 July and was run in support of the Singapore Grand Prix, and represented the final round of the 2012 GP2 Series season. The event marked the first time the GP2 Series had travelled to Singapore.

Davide Valsecchi was declared the 2012 series champion after he out-scored title rival Luiz Razia in the feature race. Giedo van der Garde won the sprint race.

2012 Monaco GP2 and GP3 Series rounds

The 2012 Monaco GP2 Series round and the 2012 Monaco GP3 Series round were a pair of motor races held at the Circuit de Monaco in the Principality of Monaco as part of both the GP2 and GP3 Series. The races, held on 25 and 26 May, were in support of the Monaco Grand Prix. The GP2 races was the fifth round of the 2012 GP2 championship, while the GP3 races formed the second round of the 2012 GP3 season. 2012 marked the first time that the GP3 Series held at the Circuit de Monaco.

2012 Sepang GP2 Series round

The 2012 Sepang GP2 Series round was a GP2 Series motor race held on March 24 and 25, 2012 at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. It was the first round of the 2012 GP2 Series season. The race weekend supported the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.

Davide Valsecchi was on pole for the feature race, which was won by Luiz Razia. James Calado won the sprint race.

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Luca Filippi

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Passignano sul Trasimeno

Passignano sul Trasimeno is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Perugia in the Italian region of Umbria, located about 20 km northwest of Perugia.

Passignano was home to a historic Italian airplane factory, the SAI Ambrosini, now abandoned as an industrial center but still used as an association center. Its buildings still exist near the Passignano sul Trasimeno railway station.

Aircraft were tested at Eleuteri airport, only a few kilometers away from the factory. SAI was involved mainly with Macchi during World War II, although Eleuteri was also used as a test center for the Ambrosini SS.4.

Scuderia Coloni, a former Formula 1 and GP2 Series racing team which currently organizes the Auto GP Series, is located in Passignano sul Trasimeno.

Vladimir Arabadzhiev

Vladimir "Vlado" Arabadzhiev (Bulgarian: Владимир (Владо) Арабаджиев, born 16 March 1984 in Plovdiv) is a Bulgarian racing driver.

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