As the GP2 Series enters its thirteenth season of competition we look forward to providing even more excitement for our fans, as the best young drivers in the world fight for their place with the cream of racing talent in Formula 1 in 2016.
Twelve years ago the GP2 SeriesTM was born, and since 2005 it has firmly established itself on the world stage as one of the premier one-make racing championships in the world. The combination of a fast, safe, high tech car with a talent pool of the best up-and-coming drivers in single-seater motorsport has made the series a must-see for fans of real racing.
In 2016, seven out of twenty-two drivers of the current Formula One grid got their chance to race at the pinnacle of motorsport after proving their worth in the GP2 Series. In fact, over 60 drivers so far have received the opportunity to drive an F1 car as a result of their time in GP2 since we began.
Since the inaugural season, drivers have graduated from GP2 to F1 every year, from our first ever champion (and reigning World Champion) Nico Rosberg to Stoffel Vandoorne this year. Following Nico's retirement, four of our champions remain racing in F1 again this season, reaffirming if need be that GP2 is the natural path to the pinnacle of motorsport.
The thirteenth season of our Series promises incredible battles throughout the field as our young drivers fight to follow in the footsteps of their now famous forebears all the way to the top.
The series provides an opportunity for our talents to show their ability in front of the F1 teams as they compete on world-renowned circuits throughout Europe, on a car created to ensure that the challenge for the teams is also maintained.
Our partner Pirelli, one of the most respected names in top level automotive expertise, allows the GP2 Series to constantly evolve and, along with further relationships with a host of committed suppliers, to create a category which is both affordable, and technologically advanced.
The series benefits from a professional and experienced organization to scrutineer the cars and oversee the running of all GP2 events, while FOM's unparalleled expertise in the broadcasting and marketing of the GP2 Series ensures that it has truly global reach and appeal.
This year again we look forward to providing ever more excitement for our fans, as the best young drivers in the world fight for their place with the cream of racing talent in Formula 1.