Where are they now #1 – Nicolas Lapierre

The first in many short posts to see where past GP2 drivers are today – at least the ones who have passed with at least a minimum amount of glory.

The first in the series is dedicated to the first GP2 polesitter ever:  Nicolas Lapierre… where is he now?GP2 Series

Joining the GP2 series in its debut year (2005) with Arden, and after a solid F3 Euroseries season where he finished 3rd in the standings, Lapierre surprisingly took the first GP2 pole ever at Imola.    His happiness was short-lived as his Dallara was a victim, like many others, of the teething pains of the cars during the inaugural GP2 season and he was unable to start the race.  2005 was a lackluster year and Lapierre finished the season in 11th place, with his best result a 3rd place and podium at his home GP at Magny Cours.    The end of the year kept his spirits high as he shared the French A1GP ride with Alexandre Premat and won the 2005-2006 title.

For 2006 Lapierre stayed on with Arden in GP2, finishing in 9th place in the championship.  Again his best result was a 3rd place – at the sprint race in Valencia and the feature race at Imola.   At the end of the season, Lapierre drove again with the French A1GP team, with little to show for.

2007 proved to be Lapierre’s best year in single-seaters, as he won 2 races in GP2 at the feature race in Bahrain and the feature race at Spa- though this time with the DAMS team.   Winning feature races says a lot about GP2 drivers, but Lapierre was unable to put together a positive season, ending up in a dismal 12th place after an erratic year.   At the end of the season he was once again recruited by the French A1GP team, basically marking the end of his open-wheel racing career.

In 2008 began racing in the LMP1 category with renowned Team Oreca, and still races with them today.   A solid driver who was not able to string together enough consistency to be remembered as a truly top GP2 driver.   Also, Lapierre is one of few winning GP2 drivers that has not put together an F1 drive – even if just a test session.

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