|2011 GP3 Series season|
The 2011 GP3 Series season was the second season of the GP3 Series, a feeder series for the GP2 Series. The season began at Istanbul Park on 7 May and concluded at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on 11 September after eight rounds made up of two races each and all in support of European Formula 1 Grands Prix. The 2010 champion Esteban Gutierrez graduated to the GP2 Series so did not defend his title.
After the early rounds, the likes of Mitch Evans, Nigel Melker, Andrea Caldarelli and Alexander Sims were fighting for the championship lead. However, Caldarelli had to retire from the series due to failing to raise a sufficient budget for the whole season. Sims then held the lead after consistent podium finishes in both Valencia and Silverstone. This was not to last though, as the Finn Valtteri Bottas started to find his speed at Nürburgring, taking the top spot after winning the first race at Hungaroring while Sims was disqualified due rear floor height check. Bottas led the championship with 7 points from Sims. Total of 6 drivers were within 13 points from Bottas at that time.
Bottas was able to secure the title in the first race of Monza. In that race he took the chequered flag and his closest rival and team-mate James Calado was left to second place. As 7 points is the maximum from Sunday's race and Bottas had more victories than Calado, the 7 point gap between them was enough for Bottas to clinch the title with one race still to go.
Teams and driversEdit
|Lotus ART||1||Pedro Nunes||1–6|
|Status Grand Prix||4||Alexander Sims||All|
|5||António Félix da Costa||All|
|Jenzer Motorsport||7||Nico Müller||All|
|Marussia Manor Racing||10||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||All|
|Tech 1 Racing||17||Aaro Vainio||All|
|19||Tamás Pál Kiss||All|
|ATECH CRS GP||20||Marlon Stöckinger||All|
|Addax Team||23||Dominic Storey||1-2|
|MW Arden||26||Mitch Evans||All|
|RSC Mücke Motorsport||29||Luciano Bacheta||1-6|