GP2 guys at Portimao
May 16, 2009 4 Comments
This afternoon’s F3000 race at Portimao had 4 current GP2 drivers on the grid. That would make for some rather bland news, except for the fact that the total grid was made up of 11 drivers!
I will not go ahead and criticize the sad state of F3000 (this is a GP2 blog), but just comment that even with the arrival of Party Poker as a series sponsor and a 2010 GP2 drive as an incentive, this category is failing to find its place in the current motorsports sector.
What I will comment on is the presence of these 4 drivers: Maldonado, Herck, Rodriguez and Nunes. A simple question… what the heck are you doing there? If you want to learn the Portimao track there are better ways to do it. If you were there to fill in at Coloni’s sad show, then at least I hope you got paid for it. I’m glad at least Maldonado won the race.
But the bottom line is a message (though a weak one for now), that GP2 drivers are looking for track time. With in-season tests banned for 2009, drivers with the budget or the connections to get 500+ BHP single-seaters are doing so, regardless of how crappy the category or the show. Should GP2 allow for open testing, and not restricted like it is today?