GP2 announces expanded 2012 calendar including debut at Singapore Grand Prix

GP2 will make its debut on the Singapore street circuit as part of its expanded 2012 calendar

GP2 announces expanded 2012 calendar including debut at Singapore Grand Prix

With the championship dropping its winter Asia series in favour of adding more non-European rounds to the main schedule, the 2012 GP2 calendar will feature a record 24 races across 12 events.

The season kicks off as part of the Malaysian Grand Prix bill - the first time that the main GP2 series has raced at former GP2 Asia venue Sepang - before back to back events at Sakhir, the first supporting the Bahrain GP, the second a standalone meeting one week later.

GP2 then appears at all the European Formula 1 GPs before concluding in Singapore.

Series chief Bruno Michel felt the schedule achieved a good balance of international racing and affordability.

"GP2 being the natural and logical path to Formula 1, it is imperative that our calendar carries as many F1 tracks as possible, including tracks outside Europe, which is why we added Bahrain, Sepang and Singapore this season," he said.

"However, the Series has also to remain affordable, therefore we did not want to add more overseas circuits.

"Racing on 11 F1 tracks in 2012 with a car close to F1 in performance and using the same tyres, GP2 drivers will gain as much experience as possible which will enable them to be immediately competitive in the next category as previously demonstrated by all our graduates.

"We have also made sure that we remain affordable by working together with our partners in order to keep down freight and spare parts costs."

The season will begin with tests at Jerez from 28 February to 1 March and Barcelona from 6-8 March.

2012 GP2 calendar: Date Venue 23-25 March Sepang, Malaysia 20-22 April Sakhir, Bahrain 26-28 April Sakhir, Bahrain 11-13 May Barcelona, Spain 24-26 May Monte Carlo, Monaco 22-24 June Valencia, Spain 6-8 July Silverstone, Great Britain 20-22 July Hockenheim, Germany 27-29 July Budapest, Hungary 31 Aug-2 September Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium 7-9 September Monza, Italy 21-23 September Marina Bay, Singapore 
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