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2011 GP3 Series season
Champion Finland Valtteri Bottas
Runner-up United Kingdom James Calado
Third Netherlands Nigel Melker
Previous 2010
Next 2012


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Valtteri Bottas won the 2011 championship

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

Team No. Driver Rounds
France Lotus ART 1 Brazil Pedro Nunes 1–6
New Zealand Richie Stanaway 7–8
2 Finland Valtteri Bottas All
3 United Kingdom James Calado All
Ireland Status Grand Prix 4 United Kingdom Alexander Sims All
5 Portugal António Félix da Costa All
6 Russia Ivan Lukashevich All
Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 7 Switzerland Nico Müller All
8 Russia Maxim Zimin All
9 Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 1-6
Switzerland Alex Fontana 7
Switzerland Christophe Hurni 8
United Kingdom Marussia Manor Racing 10 United Kingdom Adrian Quaife-Hobbs All
11 Indonesia Rio Haryanto All
12 Finland Matias Laine All
United Kingdom Carlin 14 United States Conor Daly All
15 France Tom Dillmann 1
Canada Daniel Morad 2-4
United Kingdom Callum MacLeod 5-8
16 Brazil Leonardo Cordeiro All
France Tech 1 Racing 17 Finland Aaro Vainio All
18 Italy Andrea Caldarelli 1-2
Netherlands Thomas Hylkema 3-8
19 Hungary Tamás Pál Kiss All
United Kingdom ATECH CRS GP 20 Philippines Marlon Stöckinger All
21 United Kingdom Nick Yelloly All
22 Switzerland Zöel Amberg All
Spain Addax Team 23 New Zealand Dominic Storey 1-2
France Tom Dillmann 3-8
24 Colombia Gabriel Chaves All
25 United Kingdom Dean Smith 1-7
Italy Vittorio Ghirelli 8
Australia MW Arden 26 New Zealand Mitch Evans All
27 Switzerland Simon Trummer All
28 United Kingdom Lewis Williamson All
Germany RSC Mücke Motorsport 29 United Kingdom Luciano Bacheta 1-6
Italy Daniel Mancinelli 7-8
30 Denmark Michael Christensen All
31 Netherlands Nigel Melker All

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