A race weekend explained
Each event weekend features one forty-five minute practice session and one thirty minute qualifying session, followed by two races.
The GP3 Series is a one-make championship consisting of 27 identical cars. The Chassis is designed and built by Dallara Automobili with a AER V6 3.4 litres naturally aspirated engine, 400HP @8000 rpm.
The GP3 Series uses Pirelli PZero tyres in three specifications (hard, medium and soft). Each driver has four sets of dry-weather tyres and two sets of wet-weather tyres available at each event.
No individual developments or upgrades are permitted in the series, and all spare parts must be purchased directly from the GP3 Series. Repairs of structural components must be carried out by Dallara in order to ensure integrity.
A race weekend features one forty-five minute practice session and one thirty minute qualifying session, followed by two races, with race one to be no longer than 40 minutes in total, and race two not to exceed 30 minutes.
The qualifying session is a straight fight for fastest laptime, and determines the order of the grid for Race 1. Four points are awarded for pole position.
The distance of both races is established prior to each event. However, should 40 minutes elapse in race one before the designated number of laps the lead driver will be shown the chequered flag. Race two features a reverse grid (30 minutes in total).
There are no mandatory pitstops and refuelling is not permitted at any time in the pit lane or on the grid.
Four points are awarded for pole position.
The top ten drivers score points in Race 1 (25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) with two points being awarded to the driver who set the fastest lap of the race.
In Race 2 the top eight finishers score points (15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1) and the driver who sets the fastest lap scores two points.
The point for fastest lap in both Race 1 and Race 2 will only be awarded to a driver who finishes in the top 10, and who has started the race from the grid.
Race two grid explained
The first eight finishers in race one will start race two in reverse order, cars finishing in 9th position and downwards will start in their finishing position.
By way of illustration:
Race one / Race two
Driver's Finishing Position / Driver's Starting Position
1st / 8th
2nd / 7th
3rd / 6th
4th / 5th
5th / 4th
6th / 3rd
7th / 2nd
8th / 1st
9th / 9th and so on
If there is a dead heat in race one, priority will be given to the driver with the most points in the drivers' championship.
All drivers participating in the Series must hold a Grade A or B International FIA Licence.