Alex Lynn

ROUND 1 – CIRCUIT DE CATALUNYA, SPAIN, 13-15 MAY

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 2nd
Race 1: 5th
Race 2: 1st

2016 Results

Qualifying: 3rd
Race 1: 6th
Race 2: 1st

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

It’s a circuit that’s very technical – you need to have a good car to be fast there otherwise you’ve no chance. It’s often critical on aerodynamics and it’s hard on tyre wear. But it’s also a really fun track to drive on. Fingers crossed I can go well there.

FACTS

Circuit length: 2.892 miles (4.655km)
2015 GP2 winners: Stoffel Vandoorne and Alex Lynn

• Circuit de Catalunya was built in 1991 to coincide with the following year’s Olympic Games in nearby Barcelona. It was used as the start and finish for the road team time trial cycling event.
• The track is not to be confused with the Montjuïc circuit located in Barcelona, which hosted the Spanish Grand Prix between 1969 and 1975.
• The 107,000-capacity circuit also hosts the Catalan Motorcycle Grand Prix and Spanish GT Championship, as well as GP2 and F1.
• Michael Schumacher scored his first win as a Ferrari driver at the track in 1996, and 10 years later Fernando Alonso became the first Spanish F1 driver to win at home (for Renault).
• Barcelona is of course home to FC Barcelona – the world’s second richest football club (behind Real Madrid).

ROUND 2 – CIRCUIT DE MONACO, MONACO, 26-28 MAY

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 9th
Race 1: 13th
Race 2: 11th

2016 Results

Qualifying: 6th (third in group)
Race 1: 4th (started on soft tyres, finished on supersoft)
Race 2: 5th

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

I've only driven this circuit as part of the GP2 calendar last year and although things didn't go to plan it's a race I really enjoyed. Monaco is one of those events that you dream about winning, so racing here again will definitely be a dream realised for me.

FACTS

Circuit length: 2.074 miles (3.3337km)
2015 GP2 winners: Stoffel Vandoorne and Richie Stanaway

• This classic grand prix was the brainchild of Antony Noghes, president of the Monegasque car club and close friend of the ruling Grimaldi family. The inaugural race was held in 1929 and was won by William Grover-Williams in a Bugatti.
• The construction of this famously narrow street circuit, which includes many elevation shifts, takes six weeks and dismantling after the racing another three weeks. It contains the slowest corner in F1: the Fairmont hairpin, taken at just 30mph.
• Only three local drivers have ever won a race at the circuit: Louis Chiron in the non-championship 1931 Grand Prix, Stefano Coletti in the 2013 GP2 sprint race and Stéphane Richelmi in the same race a year later.
• Sir Jackie Stewart holds the lap record on the original 1.9-mile/3.1km circuit with a time of 1m22.2s set in his 1971 Tyrrell-Ford.
• The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city-state and microstate, which is the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world. It covers an area of just 0.78 square miles and has a population of 36,371 people.

ROUND 3 – BAKU CITY CIRCUIT, AZERBAJIAN, 17-19 JUNE

SCHEDULE

2016 Results
Qualifying:
Race 1:
Race 2:

2016 Results

Qualifying: 13th
Race 1: Did not finish
Race 2: 9th

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

I've never raced at Baku City Circuit before and it's a new addition for this year's GP2 calendar. Like Monaco Baku, is another street circuit and will no doubt involve a selection of tight winding corners but there are also some quite fast straights.

FACTS

Circuit length: 3.732 miles (6.006km)

• Baku City Circuit is currently under construction and is the newest street circuit to be added to the GP2 and Formula 1 calendars
• The circuit has been designed by famed circuit architect Hermann Tilke
• There are a total of 20 turns, many of which are tight
• McLaren Honda Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is the Official Ambassador for the 2016 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe

ROUND 4 – RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA, 01-03 JULY

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 10th
Race 1: 3rd
Race 2: 20th

2016 Results

Qualifying:
Race 1: 11th (started on soft tyres, switched onto wets, finished on super-soft)
Race 2: 3rd

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

It's very stop-start and tyre degradation is a lot lower than it is on most circuits. It's a bit of a strange one to be honest, but it's somewhere I like and a very different type of challenge.

FACTS

Circuit length: 2.688 miles (4.326km)
2015 GP2 winners: Stoffel Vandoorne and Rio Haryanto

• Built in 1969, this circuit has gone under two previous guises. As the Österreichring it hosted the Austrian Grand Prix from 1970-87, and as the shortened A1-Ring it hosted the grand prix from 1997-2003.
• The circuit fell into disuse in the 2000s before Red Bull magnate Dietrich Mateschitz bought and rebuilt it (at a cost of 70 million Euros), renaming the track as the Red Bull Ring. It reopened on May 15 2011.
• After reopening, the track hosted rounds of the DTM and F2 championships. Formula One returned to the circuit in 2014.
• Celebrated American film director and producer Steven Spielberg is a descendant of Hungarian Jews who lived in nearby Spielberg city during the 17th century.
• Dietrich Mateschitz was born in nearby Sankt Marein im Mürztal in 1944. He founded energy drinks giant Red Bull in 1984.

ROUND 5 – SILVERSTONE, GREAT BRITAIN, 08-10 JULY

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 12th
Race 1: 5th
Race 2: 6th

2016 Results

Qualifying:
Race 1: 16th (started on soft tyres, switched onto hard)
Race 2: 14th

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

It's amazing and I'd say it's my favourite circuit. It's obviously home and I just love the fast and flowing sequence of corners. It really suits my style and I love everything about it. The first sector is a bit better than it was before they changed it.

FACTS

Circuit length: 3.660 miles (5.891km)
2015 GP2 winners: Sergey Sirotkin and Rio Haryanto

• Silverstone, located close to the village of the same name, had the honour of hosting the first grand prix in the newly created Formula One World Championship in 1950. It was won by Giuseppe Farina in an Alfa Romeo.
• The track was originally built on the site of World War Two bomber station RAF Silverstone, which opened in 1943. The airfield's three runways, in classic WWII triangle format, lie within the outline of the present track.
• Fernando Alonso holds the race lap record for the track in its current configuration – a time of 1m30.874s set during the 2010 grand prix, for Ferrari.
• Silverstone hosts a whole range of club and international racing series as well as the world's largest historic race meeting, the Silverstone Classic.
• The first GP3 driver to win a race at Silverstone was current Haas F1 driver Esteban Gutierrez.

ROUND 6 – HUNGARORING, HUNGARY, 22-24 JULY

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 1st
Race 1: 1st
Race 2: 9th

2016 Results

Qualifying:
Race 1: 12th (started on hard tyres, switched onto soft)
Race 2: DNF

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

It's a bit of a go-kart track really and one of my winning races from last year. It's not my favourite circuit but I'm hoping to replicate my race win from last year in 2016. It's very difficult to overtake on so qualifying is key.

FACTS

Circuit length: 2.722 miles (4.381km)
2015 GP2 winners: Alex Lynn and Nobuharu Matsushita

• The Hungaroring is well known for being the first circuit from behind the old ‘Iron Curtain’ to host a grand prix in 1986, but it is also the quickest-built F1 track, taking just eight months to construct.
• The circuit is usually dusty due to underuse throughout the rest of the year and also because of the sandy soil it is built on. As it is in a valley, about 80 per cent of the Hungaroring can be viewed from any point.
• A number of F1 drivers have scored their maiden wins at the Hungaroring including Damon Hill (1993), Fernando Alonso (2003), Jenson Button (2006 – the track’s first wet GP) and Heikki Kovalainen (2008).
• Two F1 drivers have secured world titles at the Hungaroring – Nigel Mansell in 1992 and Michael Schumacher in 2001. Williams also became constructors’ champion at the circuit in 1996.

ROUND 7 – HOCKENHEIMRING, GERMANY, 29-31 JULY

SCHEDULE

2016 Results
Qualifying:
Race 1:
Race 2:

2016 Results

Qualifying: 5th
Race 1: 7th (started on medium tyres, switched onto soft)
Race 2: 1st

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

I've not had a chance to race here on the GP2 calendar as the series didn't travel to Germany last year. As a long-standing Formula One circuit I'm looking forward to seeing how I can perform there.

FACTS

Circuit length: 2.842 miles (4.574km)
2014 GP2 winners: Stefano Coletti and Mitch Evans

• Hockenheimring was opened in 1932 and hosted its first Formula One race in 1970
• The track was redesigned in 2002 and dramatically shortened with the long forested straight section removed in favour of more tight corners
• There is a seating capacity of 12,000
• The Formula One lap record of 1:13.780 was set by Kimi Raikkonen in 2004. For GP2 the benchmark of 1:23.110 set in 2010 by Sergio Perez still remains.

ROUND 8 – SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, BELGIUM, 26-28 AUGUST

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 9th
Race 1: 11th
Race 2: 8th

2016 Results

Qualifying: 8th
Race 1: 3rd (started on soft tyres, switched onto hard)
Race 2: 6th

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

Obviously Spa is well up there as one of the greatest tracks in the world. The corners are fantastic. Spa doesn't need much bigging up. It looks fantastic and it is fantastic. All the corners are amazing and most are flowing and high speed. The rain factor depends on what situation you're in. If you've been quick all weekend and you're on pole you probably don't want to have any change. But if you're struggling you don't mind a bit of weather to even things up. It's so difficult to call which way the weather will go. I would be excited if it's a bit of a mixed weekend, I usually like those conditions.

FACTS

Circuit length: 4.352 miles (7.004km)
2015 GP2 winners: Stoffel Vandoorne and Alexander Rossi

• Jules de Their and Henri Langlois Van Ophem are the men to thank for this revered circuit – they designed the original nine-mile track in 1920, which ran on public roads between Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot.
• The Spa 24 Hours was first run at the circuit in 1924, with the first grand prix taking place a year later.
• Hermann Lang held the lap record on the original circuit of 5m04.1s, which was set in a Daimler Benz in 1937. In its current configuration Sebastian Vettel holds the lap record of 1m47.263s, set in his 2009 Red Bull.
• Spa-Francorchamps is located in the Ardennes region, an area of extensive forest that stretches beyond Belgium into Luxembourg, Germany and France.
• During World War Two Allied generals felt that the region was impenetrable to armoured traffic. But the German Army twice used the area as an invasion route into northern France and southern Belgium.

ROUND 9 – AUTODROMO NAZIONALE MONZA, ITALY, 02-04 SEPTEMBER

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 3rd
Race 1: DNF
Race 2: 10th

2016 Results

Qualifying: 6th
Race 1: 12th (started on soft tyres, switched onto medium)
Race 2: 5th

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

Monza is really cool. It's all about the slipstreams, the long straights and being really good on the brakes as well. The races are usually pretty outstanding in terms of overtaking, so I'm hoping for a better result this year. Getting through that first chicane at the start is really hard – you have to make sure you don't mess it up or get boxed in.

FACTS

Circuit length: 3.600 miles (5.793km)
2015 GP2 winners: Alexander Rossi and Mitch Evans

• The Parco di Monza is home to three circuits: the Grand Prix track, a 1.49-mile Junior track and a 2.64-mile high-speed oval that has been unused for many decades and is now decaying – but remains an iconic location.
• Due to its long straights and fast corners, Monza is renowned for its high speeds. In the mid-2000s, V10-engined F1 cars could reach top speeds of 231mph there. Rubens Barrichello holds the lap record on the current circuit at 1m20.089s, set in his 2004 Ferrari.
• As well as single-seaters, Monza also hosts Superbike racing, the Monza 1000Kms for sportscars and also touring cars.
• The Parco di Monza is double the size of New York’s Central Park, while Monza itself is located just nine miles from Milan.
• Monza is the birthplace of two former F1 drivers – Vittorio Brambilla (1937-2001) and Fabrizio Barbazza (born 1963).

ROUND 10 – SEPANG INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, MALAYSIA, 30 SEPEMBER- 02 OCTOBER

SCHEDULE

2016 Results
Qualifying:
Race 1:
Race 2:

2016 Results

Qualifying: 6th
Race 1: 4th (started on medium tyres, switched onto hard)
Race 2: 12th

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

This event hasn't been on the GP2 calendar since 2013 so it will be good to race on a different circuit. It is known for its sweeping corners and wide straights, which I'm hoping will provide some good overtaking opportunities.

FACTS

Circuit length: 3.445 miles (5.543km)
2013 GP2 winners: Stefano Coletti and Fabio Leimer

• The circuit was designed by Hermann Tilke, who has emerged as the world’s most prominent circuit architect in recent years.
• It is located approximately 30 miles south of the capital city Kuala Lumpur
• Sepang was opened in March 1999 and can house 80,000 spectators
• The lap record was set in 2004 by Juan Pablo Montoya and is currently 1m34.223s.

ROUND 11 – YAS MARINA CIRCUIT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 25-27 NOVEMBER

SCHEDULE

2015 Results
Qualifying: 4th
Race 1: 8th

2016 Results

Qualifying: 9th
Race 1: 4th (started on medium tyres, switched onto super-soft)
Race 2: 1st

ALEX'S TRACK VIEW

Yas Marina is a really nice circuit although it can be extremely challenging. Like Bahrain I think these new circuits get a bit of a bad reputation for looking like they are quite easy to drive, but Abu Dhabi is genuinely one of the hardest circuits I've ever driven. It's so easy to make a mistake here so you need a lot of concentration, especially in the tight low-speed final sector, but it's extremely satisfying when you get it right. The backdrop is also pretty impressive and the facilities are the most amazing I've ever seen.

FACTS

Circuit length: 3.451 miles (5.554km)
2015 GP2 winners: Stoffel Vandoorne

• The Hermann Tilke-designed Yas Marina circuit is located on Yas Island, about 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi. It opened in October 2009 and is the second F1 track in the Middle East after Bahrain.
• A two-day GP2 Asia Series test marked the official opening of the circuit, a week before it hosted the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It also hosted the opening round of the 2010 Australian V8 Supercar series, the Yas V8 400.
• Charles Pic holds the lap record (1m37.656s) on the 2.920-mile short circuit, set in the 2011 GP2 Asia race. On the GP circuit, Sebastian Vettel holds the current lap record at 1m40.279s, set in his 2009 Red Bull.
• The track surface is made of Graywacke aggregate, shipped to Abu Dhabi from a Bayston Hill quarry in Shropshire, England. This surface material is highly acclaimed by circuit bosses and F1 drivers for its high levels of grip.
• Prosperous Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf and is twinned with a number of other towns and cities including Bethlehem, Madrid and Houston.

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