|2010 GP3 Series season|
The 2010 GP3 Series season was the first season of the GP3 Series, a feeder series for the GP2 Series. The championship was contested over sixteen races held at eight rounds, beginning on May 8 at Circuit de Catalunya and ending on September 12 at Autodromo Nazionale Monza. Ten teams were announced, running three cars each.
The inaugural title was claimed by ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Gutiérrez, having taken the final pole position of the season at Monza to put him out of reach of title rival Robert Wickens. Gutiérrez took five race wins during the season, four of which coming in the higher points-rewarding races held on Saturdays. He also took four further podium finishes en route to a 17-point championship win over Wickens. Wickens eventually ended the season with three victories at Hockenheim, Spa-Francorchamps – despite spinning in wet conditions and damaging the nose of his Status Grand Prix car against the pit wall – and Monza, as well as four second place finishes, two of which being behind Gutiérrez.
Nico Müller finished in third position for Jenzer Motorsport, taking victories in Valencia and at the Hungaroring. He finished 15 points clear of Gutiérrez's team-mate Alexander Rossi, who took wins from pole position in the sprint races in Barcelona and at the Hungaroring. Rio Haryanto was fifth for Manor Racing, winning in Istanbul from a reverse-grid pole position. Other victories were taken by Status Grand Prix's Daniel Morad at Silverstone, Pål Varhaug won the season-opening race in Barcelona and Adrien Tambay won from 27th on the grid at Spa in a wet/dry race. ART Grand Prix also claimed the teams' championship, having done so at Spa-Francorchamps, finishing 44 points clear of nearest challengers Status Grand Prix, while Jenzer Motorsport finished in third position ahead of Manor Racing.
Teams and driversEdit
- For the first two tests of the season, teams were given numbers in relation to alphabetical order. Thus, Addax were given 1, 2 and 3, with ART receiving 4, 5 and 6, and so forth. However, a "qualifying" session was held at Circuit Paul Ricard on 1 April 2010, where Alexander Rossi ended quickest. With this, ART ran cars 1, 2 and 3 during the season.
|ART Grand Prix||1||Alexander Rossi||All|
|Status Grand Prix||4||Robert Wickens||All|
|Manor Racing||7||James Jakes||1-5, 8|
|RSC Mücke Motorsport||10||Nigel Melker||All|
|11||Renger van der Zande||All|
|16||Lucas Foresti||1, 3-5, 8|
|António Félix da Costa||6-7|
|Addax Team||17||Felipe Guimarães||All|
|18||Pablo Sánchez López||All|
|MW Arden||20||Michael Christensen||All|
|Jenzer Motorsport||23||Pål Varhaug||All|
|24||Simon Trummer||1-5, 7-8|
|Tech 1 Racing||26||Doru Sechelariu||All|
|28||Jean-Éric Vergne||1, 3|
|Daniel Juncadella||4-5, 7-8|
|ATECH CRS GP||29||Patrick Reiterer||1-2|