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The FIA Formula 2 Championship (formerly called the GP2 Series) is a single-seater racing series introduced in 2005, which supports the Formula One World Championship during the Bahrain Grand Prix, the European leg and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2017.[1] Formula 2, which is sanctioned by the FIA like F1, is a spec-limited series with all entrants using the Dallara GP2/11. As such, the series has become a test of both driver ability and car preparation, rather than car development.

The GP2 series is typically fed from the GP3 Series, Formula Renault 3.5 Series and various similar junior formulae, and has commonly been a feeder series to Formula One. As of 2014, 25 GP2 drivers (including six of the 10 champions) have moved on to Formula One. Two of these, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, have gone on to win the F1 World Championship.

Under FIA rules, the reigning Formula Two champion is not permitted to remain in the series for the following season. The 2017 Champion is Ferrari junior driver Charles Leclerc, who won the series at his first attempt.

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The GP2/Formula 2 series has intentionally been allowed to influence Formula One since its creation, with the majority of F1 drivers competing in the upcoming 2018 season having spent time in the junior category. However, there have been links beyond that of future drivers, with sponsors, teams and suppliers shared between the two series in both past and present.


Note: Only drivers who have completed in a round of the Formula One World Championship are listed here.

Driver GP2 years F1 years Races
France Jules Bianchi 2010–2011 2013–2014 40
Italy Gianmaria Bruni 2005 2004 42
Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 2007–2008 2009–2011 31
India Karun Chandhok 2007–2009 2010 61
United Kingdom Max Chilton 2010–2012 2013-2014 64
Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio 2008–2010 2011–2012 58
Brazil Lucas di Grassi 2006–2009 2010 76
Sweden Marcus Ericsson 2010–2013 2014–2017 86
France Pierre Gasly 2014–2016 2017–present 50
Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 2016 2017 22
Germany Timo Glock 2006–2007 2008–2012 42
France Romain Grosjean 2008–2011 2009, 2012–present 60
Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez 2011–2012 2013–2014, 2016 44
United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 2006 2007–present 21
New Zealand Brendon Hartley 2010–2012 2017–present 12
Indonesia Rio Haryanto 2012–2015 2016 90
Germany Nico Hülkenberg 2009 2010, 2012–present 20
Japan Kamui Kobayashi 2008–2009 2009–2012, 2014 40
Finland Heikki Kovalainen 2005 2007–2013 23
Monaco Charles Leclerc 2017 2018–present 22
Venezuela Pastor Maldonado 2007–2010 2011–2015 73
Spain Roberto Merhi 2017 2015 8
Japan Kazuki Nakajima 2007 2007–2009 21
Brazil Felipe Nasr 2012–2014 2015–2016 68
United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 2011–2014 2016–2017 88
Italy Giorgio Pantano 2005–2008 2004 79
Mexico Sergio Pérez 2009–2010 2011–present 40
Russia Vitaly Petrov 2006–2009 2010–2012 69
France Charles Pic 2010–2011 2012–2013 40
Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2005–2006 2008–2009 44
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 2007 2003–2005 5
Germany Nico Rosberg 2005 2006–2016 23
United States Alexander Rossi 2013–2015 2015 54
Brazil Bruno Senna 2007–2008 2010–2012 41
Russia Sergey Sirotkin 2015–2017 2018–present 46
United States Scott Speed 2005 2006–2007 23
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde 2009–2012 2013 84
Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 2014–2015 2016–present 44
Japan Sakon Yamamoto 2007–2008 2006–2007, 2010 21
  • Bold indicates a GP2/Formula 2 Champion.



Although manufacturer involvement in terms of construction is forbidden, there is a significant amount of cross-over between GP2/F2 and Formula One in terms of suppliers. The two prime examples of this are the two Italian firms Dallara and Pirelli, the former a chassis designer and constructor, and the latter a tyre supplier.


GP2/Formula Two serves as one of the main support series for Formula One throughout the latter's European tour, as well as choice rounds around the world. As such the entire GP2/F2 calendar is dictated by the F1 calendar, although the series frequently holds a single race away from F1 each season.


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  1. "Newly renamed F2 series to feature at 10 Grands Prix". Formula 1® - The Official F1® Website. 9 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017.