GP2 has only one practice session per race weekend. Friday morning plays host to one 45 minute session which allows drivers adapt to the track conditions, learn how the tyres work and set up their cars to benefit them for the rest of the weekend.
This session takes place on Friday afternoon and last for just 30 minutes. Drivers set individual fast laps and the order at the end of the session determines the grid lineup for the Feature Race the next day. The driver who sets the fastest lap time in the qualifying session takes pole position and four championship points.
On the Saturday of a race weekend, the GP2 cars take to the track for their first race of the weekend, the Feature Race. All drivers race against each other over an approximate race distance of 170km (except Monaco where the race distance is 140km and Hungary where the distance is 160km) or a maximum time of 60 minutes. A pit stop is a necessity for every driver in this race as both the Prime and Option tyre compounds must be used. Pit stops can only take place after lap 6. Wet races do not require drivers to stop for new tyres. Two extra points are awarded to the driver who finishes inside the top ten with the fastest race lap. The points system for the first race of the weekend is below:
The finishing positions in the Feature Race are very important as they determine where the drivers will start the Sprint Race. The top eight drivers have their finishing positions reversed ahead of the next race. The table below explains the system:
|Race One finishing position||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th||6th||7th||8th|
|Race Two starting position||8th||7th||6th||5th||4th||3rd||2nd||1st|
The Sprint Race occurs bright and early on Sunday morning and it is a lights to flag sprint over 120km (except Monaco where the race distance is 100km) for all drivers in which pit stops aren’t necessary. However, drivers can still stop to repair any damage. Two extra points are awarded to the driver who finishes inside the top ten with the fastest race lap. A driver must have started the race from his entered position and not stopped for a tyre change when the weather conditions were consistent to be eligible for the fastest lap points. The points system for the second race of the weekend is below:
The maximum number of points available to a driver over one weekend is 48.