They are probably used to this already, even at Formula 3 level. The glaring lights, the cameras, questions that come from the series media representative — and then us, the rest of the media, keyboard tappers and scribblers alike.
For most drivers, the post-race press meetings start small and increase gradually, until one finally hits their peak point of exposure, whether that be F1, the World Endurance Championship, DTM or the WRC.
Then there are the likes of Daniil Kvyat (left). The presence of worldwide media upon the young Russian will be instantly apparent as he makes the jump from a joint GP3 and FIA European F3 campaign straight to the pinnacle of single-seaters, increasing even moreso when (if) Formula One debut debuts in Sochi next year for the first Grand Prix in the country since 1914.
Indeed getting used to his 2014 Toro Rosso machine could be the least of his worries when the lights begin to shine bright.
FIA European F3 championship runner-up Felix Rosenqvist (centre) may also need to start adapting soon, as the possibility of a Mercedes DTM seat for 2014 lingers closer — at the moment, Felix still needs to wait…
For Alex Lynn (right), he may still have some time to prepare himself and breathe. Under the tutelage of Toyota’s WEC star Alexander Wurz, the young Englishman has maintained a maturity about his person that will serve him well when the lights begin to shine brighter upon him.
Right now, the trio can only prepare for what lies ahead, but when it hits…
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In this week’s Motorsport Monday, I look to this year’s Macau F3 Grand Prix with Antonio Felix da Costa and have a glance over last week’s GP2 Series and GP3 Series tests at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.
There’s also news from the World Series by Renault and Auto GP camps, as well as a report from the final European F3 Open round of the season.
In the rest of the magazine, find pieces from this weekend’s Shanghai 6 Hours, a build-up to the US Grand Prix and all the latest WRC and ERC coverage.
News emerged from Italy today that Pirelli bosses had met with member of the FIA and FOM over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend to discuss the possibility of mandating two tyre changes in Formula One next season.
I will be quick about this, but will probably fail.
To me, the current sporting formula of endless tyre stops are just a dull reminder of the drab years of refuelling, where a mirage of pitstops disguised itself as great racing, while teams determinately ran almost identical strategies in each race in order to achieve the same result that they got the week before.
In a sense, it doesn’t help that we have been partially brainwashed into thinking the old days were always amazing. Those who rave about the 1979 French Grand Prix and the four-lap battle between Rene Arnoux and Gilles Villeneuve should try to sit through the opening 76 laps… Same for the dreary 1992 Monaco Grand Prix, until Nigel Mansell decided a tyre stop was necessary.
‘Back in the day’, the joy of highlights and magazine-style broadcasts was that the dross was often left on the cutting room floor.
In a sense, it is a shame that the occasional procession is deemed to be the end of the sport. Like football, rugby and all other sports, sometimes a game / race / contest is just not that enthralling.
That’s life, it happens sometimes – but engineering the sport to invent crude excitement at the expense of tension and suspense can be just a dull.
This entire story reminds me of an April’s Day joke played by the BBC and the English FA during one of the Grandstand broadcasts in 1994. In the practical joke, the show reported that from the 1994-95 season onward that the FA would make the goalposts larger in order to make scoring goals easier.
So, they set up a scene at Highbury with specially made goalposts that were about 20ft wide x 12ft high.
For sure, if the goalposts were increased in height and width, then there would naturally be more goals scored, because no goalkeeper could ever psychically reach that high or across. And that would be fantastic, because every match would probably end 7-6 and more goals equals more excitement, right?
They then showed mock interviews with some players, David Seaman and FA top brass during which they all said the idea was wonderful and that they couldn’t wait for the weekly goalfests.
Except it was nonsense. It was a joke and at the end of the sketch, the presenter Bob Wilson did an ol’ “Gotcha!” and the pundits and everyone else involved had a good laugh. No harm, no foul and all that stuff.
After every had a good chuckle, the panel had a brief discussion about what would happen if this came to pass and one of the general themes became “if the goals come too easily, then each play and score becomes less fun and less relevant” and they concluded that it was a good thing that goalposts had not grown as it might dilute such an important aspect of the sport.
It is doubtful that those running and supplying modern Formula One were paying attention that day.
The drive for mindless passing, whether it be through a DRS flyby or endless pitstops, when hands wash quickly as they change jelly tyres is to me, just mind-numbing. The overtakes that were special 25 years ago are still special today, but as with the Alonso / Webber battle from Spa-Francorchamps last year, the efforts can be annulled by an open flap on the rear wing.
But let’s be fair. Sport – all sport – is entertainment and finding the balance between sport and entertainment is incredibly difficult, especially in a sport that demands so much of technology.
Those who argue Formula One is more of a business than a sport are probably sprouting nonsense clouded by rose tinted glasses in need of a quick polish – Grand Prix racing has always been about selling something, whether it be under the name of Karl Benz or Dietrich Mateschitz. It is exists to sell time on television for sponsors, partners, governments who wish their cities to appear polished and other branded entities.
Alas, Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull may be utterly dominant at the moment but they aren’t killing Formula One as an entertainment spectacle. Formula One is killing Formula One.
For those in the mood for a read, check out this week’s Motorsport Monday, in which I describe the final round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and the World Series by Renault.
As well as that, I delve into the latest preparations for the upcoming Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix and also look towards this week’s Auto GP test, before finishing with some morsels from the final round of the French Formula 4 Championship.
In the rest of the magazine, you can find pieces from this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix by Luke Smith as well as Rally Spain coverage by Martin Holmes.
There’s also a preview to this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and some technical bits and bobs from Scarbs. All this and more in Motorsport Monday (Edition 35).
Raffaele Marciello won the final race of the FIA European Formula 3 championship in torrid conditions at Hockenheim.
The Italian led from start-to-finish in a race twice neutralised by the safety car, as puddles gathered at the famed German circuit.
Behind the victorious Marciello were series runner-up Felix Rosenqvist, while series rookie Lucas Auer completed the podium.
Such were conditions; the race was started behind the safety car with the field tiptoeing around the 2.84 mile track, although that did not stop backmarker Lucas Wolf from crashing out.
When the race did finally get going on lap four, the lead yo-yoed from 0.3-1.2s, as Rosenqvist closed up to the rear of Marciello, only to have to pull back as the spray from the Prema Powerteam’s tyres intensified.
It was only a brief period of green before the next safety car intrusion. Six laps in, Pipo Derani and Eddie Cheever collided in the hairpin, with the Brazilian Derani receiving front left damage.
Cheever, meanwhile, was spun around and appeared to stall for a moment, but kept the engine alive long enough to escape retirement. Elsewhere on track, Nicholas Latifi took rear end damage, dropping his rear wing on track and ending his race prematurely.
Things were slightly calmer upon the lap eight restart, although the leading battle continued with the gap growing and shrinking each time around, as noted by Rosenqvist: “The vision was difficult, especially when I got very close to him and then I lost a bit, because I couldn’t really see.”
Out front, Marciello was even having trouble on the straights, as water continued to gather within Hockenheim’s dips and creeks; however the 18-year-old took it in his stride, as he remembered the poor conditions that hampered the start of the season. “We adjusted. At the beginning of the year, it was wet, so I had some confidence, but today it was really, really wet and it was difficult to go flat in the straights.”
The Prema racer was also good enough to admit that being out front helped his cause considerably. “There was a lot of rain on the track through the race and it was difficult to control the car. I was lucky, because there was no traffic in front of me. It was nearly undrivable and it was easy to make a mistake,” said Marciello, before adding, “It is nice to have won the championship and take this victory.”
The Swedish Rosenqvist thought for a moment that race might be stopped early, but in the end, it mattered little. Despite the conditions, Marciello confident had more than enough in hand to stay out front and win, although Rosenqvist made his presence felt, as he closed to just 0.2s of the Italian at the finish line.
It marked a solid finish to a good year for Rosenqvist, who takes 2nd in the championship. “It was like that for the whole race and in the middle of the race when it started to rain more, it made me think that they would stop [the race], because even in the straights it was hard to go flat.”
Rosenqvist concluded, “I think it was a nice way to end the season. It was a shame that we had to start behind the safety car, because I wanted to take him at the start, but it was a good battle until the last lap and I am quite happy with my race.”
Auer took his ninth podium of the season and his second of the weekend, although the Austrian racer was certainly given a helping hand when Carlin’s Harry Tincknell ran wide and off track at the Stadium entry on lap 12.
The young Prema racer was pleased with his efforts today: “It was a really good race and a good battle with Tincknell. At the end, he made a little mistake and he went off – after that I could see something, which was quite good.”
Tincknell’s error also promoted EuroInternational’s Tom Blomqvist to 4th place – a tidy reward for the Red Bull junior driver, after he had also battled passed Antonio Giovinazzi (lap 4), before entering into a lengthy battle with Nick Cassidy.
Blomqvist took Cassidy for 6th just before the second safety car emerged and was helped further when Jordan King spun on lap nine. Tincknell’s minor off was the icing on the cake for Blomqvist who has endured a tough second half of the season.
Giovinazzi claimed 6th place – his best finish of the season – when Cassidy’s pace trailed off in the second half of the race. In what has been his best weekend of the season, the Italian has looked confident and somewhat more mature, especially alongside his Double R teammates Sean Gelael and Tatiana Calderon.
Sven Muller took more points for 7th ahead of Alex Lynn – the latter of whom fought bravely from 20th on the grid. King’s spin dropped him down to 13th place; however the British F3 champion made hay in the final laps, as he climbed his way back up to 9th place.
King’s last scalp was Michael Lewis, whom he passed on lap 14, dropping the American to 10th place.
A 4th place finish was all Raffaele Marciello needed to claim the 2013 FIA European Formula 3 championship this evening.
In the final tours, the Italian racer dropped some 15 seconds behind series runner-up and race winner Felix Rosenqvist, with Marciello taking the twelve points necessary to secure the title.
Meanwhile Marciello’s Prema Powerteam teammates Alex Lynn and Lucas Auer took 2nd and 3rd respectively.
During what can be best described as a processional race, Rosenqvist led from pole, while front row man Marciello dropped to 3rd behind the fast starting Lynn.
Through the 22-lap distance, Rosenqvist drew a slender lead over Lynn, with the Swede heading his Prema rival by 3.5s at the final flag, yet Rosenqvist was far from delighted with his performance. “It was a strange race, because I actually made a lot of mistakes, but I was still able to maintain the lead. Winning the race was all I could do. From that point of view, the weekend has been perfect so far, but still, I am not happy, because I wanted to keep the battle for the title open until tomorrow.”
Despite his very best efforts, there was little Rosenqvist could do to stop the title from going the Italian’s way, but while the Mucke man was disappointed to have lost the championship, he remained gracious in defeat. “Now, I congratulate Raffaele for winning the title, his season was better than mine. I will learn from it and come back stronger next year, wherever I will be racing then.”
Lynn, meanwhile, had something of a lonely race. A brief look at Rosenqvist in the early laps saw Lynn receive a warning for breaching track limits and from there, the Prema racer conceded the win to assume the runner-up spot. In scoring his 14th podium of the season, Lynn had secured 3rd in the championship, pushing out of reach of teammate Auer. “My start was good and I was able to overtake Raffaele without any problems. Then, I tried to put Felix under pressure, but when I got a warning for exceeding the track limits, I took it a little bit easier. I was consistent and quick, but Felix was a little quicker.”
Marciello stayed 3rd for much of the race, but with the Italian only needing a top four to confirm the title, Marciello allowed teammate Auer to take the last podium spot on lap 15. According to the European F3 rookie: “My start was relatively good and I had a good opening lap. Later on, I was able to overtake Raffaele without any problems, because 4th place was enough for him. Thus, he didn’t have to defend at all.”
There are those who may lament Marciello’s decision to safely bring the car home, rather go for the all out victory – that may have been a solution for the Marciello of old, but this matured driver made sure the title was the priority. Not only is the 18-year-old the European Champion, it is also the first title success of his young career.
If nothing else, it gave Marciello a good reason to smile. “It is unbelievable, I am the European champion. I really don’t know what to say. In the race, I was very cautious, because I didn’t want to risk a penalty. But I didn’t have to either, because 4th place was enough for me to seal the title. Admittedly, I didn’t win this race, but I still won the title, and that surely isn’t bad either.”
Behind the top four, Harry Tincknell took yet another top five for Carlin, although the Englishman could not relax thanks to continuous pressure from the feisty Sven Muller.
The Van Amersfoort driver made a majestic start, rising from 13th on the grid to 7th on the opening lap and eventually grabbed 6th from Antonio Giovinazzi on lap eleven, promoting Muller 9th in the points standings above the absent Alexander Sims.
To his credit, Giovinazzi stayed with the Tincknell / Muller battle to register his fifth points finish of the season, equaling his best result of 7th from last week’s round at Vallelunga.
Jordan King’s decent season continued with a fighting drive to 8th place. The Carlin racer spent the early running holding both Pipo Derani (Fortec) and Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam) at bay, before beginning a concerted attack on Dennis van de Laar. The position would eventually come for King, who passed the second Van Amersfoort driver with three laps remaining.
Cheever would eventually assume the final points position behind Van de Laar, but only after he too fought off the intentions of Derani.
The Brazilian Derani had initially passed Giovinazzi on the second lap, only for the Double R racer to retake Derani five tours later. In the latter stages, EuroInternational’s Tom Blomqvist also pressed Derani, but could not take 11th place from the Fortec man before the chequered flag.
The race was marred by a ridiculous incident on lap 15, when Kevin Korjus clumsily ran into the side of Felix Serralles on the approach to the hairpin. With both cars damaged and possibly heading for retirement, the limping Serralles swung into the side of Korjus in frustration, making retirement a certainty for the pair.
Both drivers had already received drive through penalties for exceeding tack limits and were battling over 25th and 26th places when the collisions happened. For his troubles, Serralles will start the final race from last position.
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship (Rd 10, Race 2; 22 laps) Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 34m51.886s 2. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc +03.570s 3. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc +07.372s 4. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc +15.361s 5. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +22.011s 6. Sven Muller Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +22.464s 7. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc +23.684s 8. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +24.244s 9. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +25.686s 10. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc +26.412s 11. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc +27.150s 12. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +27.609s 13. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +28.747s 14. John Bryant-Meisner Fortec Dallara-Merc +32.470s 15. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +38.089s 16. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc +38.719s 17. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc +41.407s 18. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW +42.118s 19. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc +43.515s 20. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +49.857s 21. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW +51.148s 22. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc +51.935s 23. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc +54.748s 24. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc +57.661s 25. Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW +1m18.909s Retirements: Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc +9 laps Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +9 laps Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW +11 laps
Felix Rosenqvist triumphed in the opening FIA European Formula 3 Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim to keep his title hunt alive.
The Swede made a masterful start to jump ahead of key rival Raffaele Marciello prior to the opening corner, going on to gently extend his gap to 5.9s at the chequered flag.
The Mücke race had no choice but to win to keep the championship alive and his good start and run to the flag has brought the gap to Marciello down to 38.5 points ahead of this afternoon’s race. “I tried to make as good a start as possible; [Marciello] made a good start as well, but I was able to beat him to turn one.”
For a few brief period, Rosenqvist had hoped Marciello’s start was much worse than it was; however the team extinguished such hopes. “At the start, it looked like he was battling with others – I thought it might have been Lynn [in 2nd], but heard on the radio that it was Marciello,” commented the 21-year-old, before adding, “Disappointed by that, but I’m happy about my performance.”
Rosenqvist held a narrow lead through the opening few tours – the somewhat cool morning weather ensured the Hankook tyres took a touch longer to pick up temperature around the seventeen-turn Hockenheim course.
There were threats too from the stewards, who were kept busy during the race by drivers taking advantage of the turn one kerbs, including the two title rivals; however beyond a single warning, neither driver faced serious sanction. “When on the limit, you have to push a bit, but in the beginning, I had a bit of understeer, because the tyres were cold and it’s quite hard to get around turn one without using too much,” said Rosenqvist.
Initially, Rosenqvist worried Marciello may grab an advantage in Hockenheim’s lengthy bends, but the Italian wasn’t convinced he could take the Mücke man on sheer pace alone. “[Rosenqvist] was fast in the first ten laps, but [after that] it was the same. We lost a lot of time in the first laps.”
With the first dozen laps in the books, Rosenqvist had built a gap of 3.8s, but from there, growth slowed as Rosenqvist drew out just 1.4s over Marciello come the end of the penultimate tour. The Italian driver explains further: “It was quite boring. Felix was really fast compared to me; he did a really good start. I just needed to finish 2nd and that’s good for the championship, so it’s important to make points and not make stupid moves.”
While it may not make for the most enticing of contest’s on screen, Marciello’s race to solid points puts on display some of the maturity gained by the 18-year-old.
While Rosenqvist and Marciello massaged their top two positions, Sven Muller secured his first podium finish of the season and Van Amersfoort’s first ever podium in European F3 competition.
Muller made a solid start – jumping from 6th to 5th – and spent the opening portion of the race lingering behind Harry Tincknell (Carlin) and Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), until an over eager move by Lynn into and out of the hairpin on lap seven took both briefly off track.
According to Muller: “They were really close and I thought it cannot be too long. I was patient and then I saw them touch and go off – I was sure that they would touch each other, so I stayed behind.”
For a moment, Muller jumped both, only for Tincknell to retaliate and attempt to re-pass in the Arena section, only to run wide, solidifying Muller’s 3rd place. “My pace was really good; the car was better than in qualifying. The team did a really good job,” said the Van Amersfoort man.
He added: “My start was really good – I was 6th and before the hairpin, I was P5. This is my first podium of the year and this was my goal – maybe this afternoon, I can go higher on the podium.”
In the melee, Antonio Giovinazzi and Dennis van de Laar also got involved in the battle for what was now 4th place, with Lynn emerging at the head of the group in front of Giovinazzi, Tincknell and Muller.
Within a lap, Giovinazzi had pitted, bringing Tincknell back up to 5th, while Jordan King and Pipo Derani emerged to steal 6th from Van de Laar. Muller would eventually finish down in 8th (only seven-tenths behind Derani, who had started 13th!) – a poor reward for what was looking like a positive result only a few laps earlier.
Eddie Cheever took 9th, despite a poor start. A move on Felix Serralles – aided by the pitting Kevin Korjus and Giovinazzi – brought Cheever back into the points, where he finished ahead of EuroInternational’s Tom Blomqvist.
GP2 Series racer Stefano Coletti endured a horror race. A collision with the lapped Lucas Auer on lap ten broke the Monegasque racer’s nosecone, before he received a drive through penalty for exceeding the track limits repeatedly.
2013 FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 10, Race 1; 22 laps) Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Mercedes 34m42.654s 2. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Mercedes +5.940s 3. Sven Muller Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +10.813s 4. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Mercedes +14.396s 5. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +17.373s 6. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +18.565s 7. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +22.014s 8. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoot Dallara-VW +22.728s 9. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Mercedes +25.311s 10. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-M/cedes +26.436s 11. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +28.602s 12. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +30.010s 13. John Bryant-Meisne Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +30.655s 14. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +33.941s 15. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +34.554s 16. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW +41.522s 17. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Mercedes +43.424s 18. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Mercedes +47.126s 19. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Mercedes +51.318s 20. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW +52.025s 21. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Mercedes +54.500s 22. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +59.995s 23. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Mercedes +1:02.335s 24. Nick Cassidy Carlin Dallara-VW +1m10.780s 25. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Mercedes +1m22.496s 26. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Mercedes +1 lap Retirements: Stefano Coletti Ma-con Dallara-VW +5 laps Kevin Korjus T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +20 laps
Mücke Motorsport’s Felix Rosenqvist and Carlin’s Harry Tincknell headed the practice sessions of the final FIA European Formula 3 round of the season today.
Title contender Rosenqvist set the quickest time of all – 1:33.692 – in the opening session, pipping Prema Powerteam’s Alex Lynn by less than a tenth of a second.
Behind Rosenqvist were Sven Muller (van Ammersfoort), Lucas Auer (Preman Powerteam) and Dennis van de Laar (van Amersfoort); all of whom set times in the 1:33.8s bracket.
Championship leader Raffaele Marciello ended the opening session 6th overall, some three-tenths off of Rosenqvist’s pace.
Nick Cassidy returns to the Formula 3 paddock this weekend, following the collapse of his deal with EuroInternational. The Kiwi replaces Daniil Kvyat at Carlin, while the Russian is on Red Bull duty in Russia.
Cassidy made his presence felt immediately. The substitute grabbed 7th in the times, heading relative new boy John Bryant-Meisner (Fortec). Eddie Cheever (Prema) and Pipo Derani (Fortec) rounded out the top ten.
Tincknell topped the slower second session in the afternoon with a best of 1:33.977 in his Volkswagen-powered Carlin. The Englishman headed Prema rival Lynn by two-tenths, with Cassidy making 3rd spot his own as the chequered flag flew.
Auer retained 4th place in session two; however Jordan King (Carlin), Tom Blomqvist (EuroInternational) and Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) jumped into the top ten, pipping Marciello (8th). Van de Laar and Cheever showed well again, with the duo capturing 9th and 10th respectively.
Rosenqvist fell back down the order in the latter session with the Swede managing a best of 1:34.587, giving him 13th place, some six-tenths down on Tincknell.
Guest drivers Kevin Korjus and Stefano Coletti endured tricky sessions as they bedded themselves into Formula 3 machinery, with the Formula Renault 3.5 and GP2 Series members ending the first session 17th and 20th respectively. Korjus improved to 14th in session two, while Coletti dropped to 23rd in the standings following an off thanks to a puncture.
Andre Rudersdorf enjoyed precious little running during practice. Only twenty minutes into the session, the German ran off wide at the entry to the Stadium, lightly tapping the barrier as he scrubbed off speed.
Campos Racing are to return to the GP2 Series in 2014, replacing Barwa Addax – the team who originally took over from Campos several years ago.
The Spanish squad dropped out of GP2 at the end of 2008, having won the Teams’ Championship with Lucas di Grassi, Vitaly Petrov and Ben Hanley.
Campos’s addition keeps the field count at 26 cars – a difficult prospect as noted by GP2 Series CEO Bruno Michel: “We received high quality requests from new teams who wished to join our Series. However, as we did in the past we decided to show loyalty to the existing teams who have done a very good job in a difficult economic environment.”
With Barwa Addax team boss Alejandro Agag committed to running the new-for-2014 FIA Formula E Championship, it is no surprise to see the Spaniard withdraw his squad, as he concentrates on upcoming ventures.
Confirmed GP2 Series entries for 2014-16 seasons:
Team Nationality Arden International GBR ART Grand Prix FRA Campos Racing ESP Carlin GBR DAMS FRA EQ8 Caterham Racing MAS Hilmer Motorsport GER MP Motorsport NED Racing Engineering ESP Rapax ITA RUSSIAN TIME RUS Trident ITA Venezuela GP Lazarus VEN