Once the second and third rounds of the 2011 GP2 Asia season were cancelled, the series was in a lurch.
With only one round completed, the credibility of this year’s GP2 Asia Series would have been shot, especially when it is not nearly considered a necessity when running its full distance.
Initially this year’s brief championship would have only seen one visit to Abu Dhabi, followed by two race weekends in Bahrain.
Had it not been for the début of the GP2/11 chassis, it is questionable as to whether the field would have been quite so enthralling, raising further questions as to the usefulness of the series.
Times are difficult and economies are still strained, making budgets for the three-round calendar tough to string together and even tougher to sell.
An international motor racing series that only comprises of two or three rounds simply doesn’t cut it in theses recessional times. Considering Bernie Ecclestone’s comments last month that “it’s the Asian series, so it’s not terribly important“, one wonders how many think of GP2 Asia in the same way.
The second and final round of the GP2 Asia Series will take place in the Italian circuit of Imola from March 18th – 20th. Ferrari junior driver, Jules Bianchi currently leads Romain Grosjean in the standings, with Davide Valsecchi, Marcus Ericsson and Josef Kral trailing not far behind.