GP2 Asia’s final race

Good news! The GP2 Asia series has one more race to go. It will be taking place from March 18-20, at the San Marino racetrack. In Europe. It really wasn’t feasible to go back to Asia when all the teams are based in Europe.
The Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, more commonly called Imola after the Italian town it is located near to, is named after Enzo Ferrari and his son Dino, and hosted the San Marino Grand Prix (the name for the second Italian race, with the first being Monza). It is Ferrari’s home circuit, and runs anticlockwise, as do Istanbul, Singapore, Interlagos and Yas Marina.
However, the circuit isn’t certified for F1 racing anymore. In 1994, it hosted the Grand Prix where Ayrton Senna met his tragic end, and after that the circuit was modified to try and make it safer. But with the facilities desperately needing improvement, it was removed from the F1 calendar after the 2006 season.
The circuit has been improved since then, with revisions to the pitlane, garages and final corners, plus getting rid of a chicane. No surprise that Hermann Tilke was involved in the reconstruction project. The track currently is okay for use as an F1 testing venue, but not as a racing venue. I guess that’s good enough for GP2 Asia.
The qualifying session will be at 14:30 GMT on the Friday, with race one at 13:00 GMT on the Saturday and race two at the same time on the Sunday.


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