Monaco preview #2

Little new information has come up regarding the identity of who will fill Trident and DPR seats that are currently being raced “for free” by Davide Rigon and Giacomo Ricci.   Rumours had surfaced on the arrival of Hamad Al Fardan and/or James Jakes, but we’ll have to wait until qualifying on Thursday to see who will be in those seats.

Apart from this, not much to comment regarding GP2 teams. The extreme silence on this front is very worrying, and only the drivers have been in the news these past days – some for their comments and others for their appearance at the Portimao F3000 race.

One comment in this sense is that Monaco will be a good test for drivers from the “bad” teams. Monaco is a driver’s circuit and the differences between the teams (if you believe they exist) are minimized at this type of track. Past winners and their teams:

  • 2005:  Adam Carroll – Super Nova
  • 2006:  Lewis Hamilton – ART
  • 2007:  Pastor Maldonado – Trident
  • 2008 feature:  Bruno Senna – iSport
  • 2008 sprint: Mike Conway – Trident

Statistics support this theory, with Trident surprisingly being the team with the most GP2 wins at Monaco – a “GP2 backmarker” according to our analysis.

2009 will also have 2 races, and my money is on Maldonado to win the Saturday feature race.  Sunday could prove a nice surprise for a strong top-10 driver, such as Dani Clos, Alvaro Parente, Luca Filippi or Diego Nunes.   Only a couple days to find out…

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