DAMS duo Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn headed days one and two of the first GP2 Series pre-season test in Abu Dhabi, with Status GP’s Richie Stanaway quickest on day three.
That’s 200! A large number of races indeed. An anniversary suitably celebrated by the GP2 Series on the Saturday at Hockenheim.
If Carlin Motorsport’s Felipe Nasr is to really push for this year’s GP2 Series title, then consistency needs to run parallel to his more obvious speed. Admittedly on this occasion, there was precious little the Brazilian could do about the lost points on Saturday; however one cannot escape the fact that since series leader Jolyon Palmer’s last victory in Monaco in May, Nasr has only outscored the Briton by six points.
GP2 Series veteran Stefano Coletti has moved to Racing Engineering for what will be his fourth full season of competition.
Reigning FIA European Formula 3 champion Raffaele Marciello has finally been confirmed with leading GP2 squad Racing Engineering.
Carlin Motorsport have signed GP2 Series veteran Julián Leal for the coming season.
“Meanwhile, at the Weekend: Vettel cruises to Belgian success; Bird and Calado take GP2 spoils in Spa; Kvyat and Sims take first GP3 victories”
Marcus Ericsson emphatically grabbed his first GP2 pole and points of the season thanks to a storming effort in the closing minutes of the sole qualifying session.
“Meanwhile, at the weekend; Vettel takes controversial GP in Malaysia”
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has joined Dutch squad MP Motorsport for their first GP2 Series campaign.
With the opening test of the season fast approaching, the GP3 Series added several more names to its 2013 field in recent days. Facu Regalia returns to the category – this time as a full-time competitor – while both Luis Sá Silva and Samin Gómez Briceno are set to make their category débuts.
Esteban Gutierrez and Luiz Razia proved that is just as important as guile during the sixth round of the GP2 Series at Valencia last weekend. Both bolstered their championships with decisive late wins when fortune fell away from Calado – a victim of ill-timed safety cars and disintegrating tyres.
Johnny Cecotto Jr and Jolyon Palmer continued Monaco's occasional form for surprise winners, with the pairing taking victories in the principality last weekend.
Giedo van der Garde and Luiz Razia made the most of GP2's first European adventure of 2012, with each taking a win respectively, yet it was still DAMS racer Davide Valsecchi who came out smiling thanks to some hard fought points.
Reigning British Formula 3 champion Felipe Nasr has joined DAMS in pursuit of the GP2 Series title. Josef Kral and Fabio Leimer return to the series for renewed title attempts.
In GP2's first non-championship event, Fabio Leimer and James Calado took the spoils in Abu Dhabi.
A stunning victory for Luca Filippi in his 100th GP2 event may have grabbed the headlines, but it was Romain Grosjean's Sprint Race with that proved the more decisive.
In one corner Jules Bianchi secured a stunning victory at a wet Silverstone, while a dry Sprint Race helped Romain Grosjean to success, but as the title battle hots up, who has the long term advantage.
As the GP2 Series returned from a month long break, feeder series veteran Romain Grosjean got his title charge back on track, while GP2 rookie Esteban Gutierrez claimed his first honours.
MGP2 at Monaco in 2011 will be remembered for Davide Valsecchi and Charles Pic taking the honour, but others will remember it as the weekend Romain Grosjean's championship push really came together.