It had been something of a slow start to the 2013 GP2 Series season for both Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
Indeed Ericsson had not even scored a point by the time he secured pole in Barcelona, although he would have to wait a further two months before he would score in an actual race.
His season would eventually recover to a degree with one win and four podiums coming from Germany onward, but it is unlikely that one of the pre-season favourites will delight in 6th place overall come year end.
Nasr, meanwhile, had spent the opening few rounds playing the role of GP2 nearly man; a position emphasised when he missed out on a Sprint Race win in Bahrain to Sam Bird by 0.08s. While Nasr’s consistent nature kept him in the title battle for a time, a drop off in results following the summer break rendered his challenge mute.
Still no wins were forthcoming and after Abu Dhabi, Nasr lost 3rd spot in the standings to the charging James Calado.
There is no doubt that both are talented, but with the shining lights of Formula One dimming as they focus upon the likes of Daniil Kvyat and Kevin Magnussen, both Ericsson and Nasr need something special to reinvigorate their respective causes. But it needs to happen soon.