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GP2 retains F1 association as 2015 calendar unveiled

The GP2 Series is to retain its association with sister motor racing championship Formula One after confirming its calendar for the 2015 season will feature the same 11 rounds as featured this year.

The races, which serve as support events for F1 rounds throughout the 2015 season, will again take place in various countries across the world.

As was the case in 2014, next year’s GP2 Series will comprise eight events in Europe and three races in other countries outside the continent. An additional two test events will precede the season, with these scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain during March and April respectively.

Next year’s GP2 Series will again begin with an event in Bahrain. The first event of the 2015 campaign will take place at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir from April 17-19, coinciding with the venue’s F1 race.

The GP2 Series will then move on to Europe in May with a stop in the Spanish city of Barcelona before heading to Monte Carlo in Monaco later that month.

Spielberg in Austria will host the series’ solitary June event, while races have also been scheduled to take place in July at the Silverstone circuit in the UK, the venue that is yet to be confirmed for F1’s German GP and Budapest in Hungary.

August will see the series move on to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, while Italy’s famous Monza circuit will stage the only GP2 event in September ahead of the series’ penultimate event of the season in the Russian city of Sochi in October.

As it did this year, the 2015 GP2 Series will conclude with an event at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The final round of the season is due to take place from November 27-29.

Bruno Michel, chief executive of the GP2 Series, said: “I am glad that once again all of our events will take place alongside Formula One. It’s the best way for young drivers to not only learn as many F1 tracks as possible, but also to showcase their skills directly in front of the F1 paddock.

“With the introduction of DRS (drag reduction system) in 2015 – which will be the only important technical modification on our cars – GP2 is the perfect category to prepare the drivers for the next step. Just like in 2014, next season’s calendar is a balance between racing on F1 circuits, in Europe and overseas, and costs control with the race events limited to 11 in order to enable our 13 teams to maintain a sustainable economic model.”