Best wishes to all for 2010

I will be away for another week or so, and I wanted to wish you all the best for 2010.  Thank you all for following the blog and for your comments, making this an interesting place for all of us to spend some minutes at each day.

For our loved GP2 Series, may the 2010 season be safe (above all), prosperous and may next year pave the wave for a stronger and better series in the near future.

More GP2ers in F1… updated

With today’s confirmation of Kam Kobayashi by Sauber-Ferrari, we’re up to 54% of the grid coming from GP2/F3000:

(a) Confirmed (14/26 seats are GP2/F3000 = 54%) … with 7 seats still pending confirmation

  1. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
  2. Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
  3. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
  4. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes GP)
  5. Mark Webber (Red Bull)
  6. Rubens Barrichello (Williams)
  7. Nico Hulkenberg (Williams)
  8. Vitatonio Liuzzi (Force India)
  9. Sebastien Buemi (STR)
  10. Bruno Senna (Campos)
  11. Timo Glock (Manor GP)
  12. Lucas Di Grassi (Manor GP)
  13. Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus)
  14. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)

(b) Rumored – 5 more GP2/F3000 drivers

  1. Nick Heidfeld (Sauber – Mercedes GP)
  2. Vitaly Petrov (Campos – Sauber)
  3. Pastor Maldonado (Campos)
  4. Roldan Rodriguez (USF1)
  5. José María Lopez (USF1)

The success of the category and concept is incontestable.    Here, I take my hat off to the GP2 organization…. even Mr. Michel himself.

Ocean confirms Chilton and Leimer

The GP2 Series has confirmed via twitter that Tiago Monteiro’s Ocean team has signed IFM champ Fabio Leimer and Briton Max Chilton for the 2010 season. Read more of this post

Parente-Razia: Manor GP2 junior team in the works?

With this mornings announcement of both Alvaro Parente and Luiz Razia as Manor GP’s test drivers for 2010 season, it seems certain that both of them will be contesting the GP2 series next season.  Long gone are the days that an F1 tester had a full-time job, even less in a team with a declared budget of €45 million for next year. Read more of this post

Bruno’s comments

Bruno Michel’s comments to Autosport this past weekend have struck me as very negative for the category.

First, he unilaterally declares that Durango will not be in GP2 for 2010.  We all know Pinton’s team has serious problems, but I would assume an official communication from him or GP2 should be the one to inform us of their absence next season. Read more of this post

GP2 drivers’ market

Last season, the GP2 drivers’ market was held up until February mainly in expectation of Bruno Senna’s decision to return or not to the Series.  Once he declared his intention to stay out, announcements arrived one after the other:  Nunes, van der Garde, Perez, Di Grassi, Grosjean, Razia…. Read more of this post

Agag completes his lineup

The Barwa Addax team has closed its very strong 2010 lineup with the confirmation of Sergio Perez, who with Giedo van der Garde will form a formidable duo for next year’s GP2 season.

With Giedo and Sergio, Team Principal Alejandro Agag will have 2 of the top rookies of the 2009 season, who will no doubt be accompanied with some decent cash to back their efforts.  Sergio will continue with his Telmex cash up front, while I assume Giedo will still have some McGregor fashion money behind him (some of you may have better info than me… Haho?).

Though the Bianchi-Bird is a good rookie combo, the Perez-van der Garde team definitely puts on track a stronger team effort.  We await confirmations from the other top teams.  Who will partner Turvey at iSport (Valsecchi or Ericsson) and who will drive the Racing Engineering cars (Rodríguez, d’Ambrosio)?