GP2 will make its debut on the Singapore street circuit as part of its expanded 2012 calendar.
With the championship dropping its winter Asia series in favor of adding more non-European rounds to the main schedule, the 2012 GP2 calendar will feature a record 24 races across 12 events.
The season kicks off as part of the Malaysian Grand Prix bill – the first time that the main GP2 series has raced at former GP2 Asia venue Sepang – before back to back events at Sakhir, the first supporting the Bahrain GP, the second a standalone meeting one week later. GP2 then appears at all the European Formula 1 GPs before concluding in Singapore.
Series chief Bruno Michel felt the schedule achieved a good balance of international racing and affordability.
"GP2 being the natural and logical path to Formula 1, it is imperative that our calendar carries as many F1 tracks as possible, including tracks outside Europe, which is why we added Bahrain, Sepang and Singapore this season," he said. "However, the series has also to remain affordable, therefore we did not want to add more overseas circuits.
"Racing on 11 F1 tracks in 2012 with a car close to F1 in performance and using the same tires, GP2 drivers will gain as much experience as possible which will enable them to be immediately competitive in the next category as previously demonstrated by all our graduates. We have also made sure that we remain affordable by working together with our partners in order to keep down freight and spare parts costs."
The season will begin with tests at Jerez from Feb. 28-March 1 and Barcelona from March 6-8.
2012 GP2 calendar
March 23-25 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 20-22 Sakhir, Bahrain
April 26-28 Sakhir, Bahrain
May 11-13 Barcelona, Spain
May 24-26 Monte Carlo, Monaco
June 22-24 Valencia, Spain
July 6-8 Silverstone, UK
July 20-22 Hockenheim, Germany
July 27-29 Budapest, Hungary
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Sept. 7-9 Monza, Italy
Sept. 21-23 Singapore, Singapore