Pic takes chaotic Bahrain sprint; Ricci shines in P2

Charles Pic has brought Arden back to the winner’s circle, with a win in today’s Bahrain sprint race.  Giacomo Ricci took a strong second position for DPR, continuing his strong run in GP2 Asia.  Arden completed a 1-3 podium with Javi Villa, repeating yesterday’s result and positioning himself for a possible GP2 Main drive this season.  Bird (finally scoring), Piscopo in a great weekend and Turvey completed the 6 points-paying positions.

Other leading drivers were out or out of contention early, including Parente, Valsecchi and Filippi. Contact between Parente and an erratic Sergio Perez took out the Portuguese, while Bianchi and Zaugg pretty much canceled each other out while dicing for top positions. The top Italian drivers also had various problems, and were out of any relevant positions early in this race. Read more of this post

Valsecchi takes Asia title; great show from the GP2 veterans

Close racing between Davide Valsecchi,  Luca Filippi and Javi Villa  at today’s GP2 Asia feature race in Bahrain – finishing in that order – and  sealing the title for the Italian iSport driver as Oliver Turvey failed to score any points.

Great race from Ricci, once again competitive in his DPR, as well as Pic and Alvaro Parente in his GP2 comeback with the Coloni. Read more of this post

Bianchi stakes his claim & takes Bahrain pole

Jules Bianchi is starting to get the hang of GP2, barely out-qualifying Davide Valsecchi.

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Valsecchi keeps the status quo in Bahrain practice

Davide Valsecchi continues his clear domination of the GP2 Asia Series.  Though his times were very close with ART’s Bianchi and teammante Oliver Turve, he came out on top and makes a statement that he’s here to win, not just play championship points games.

Filippi and Sam Bird round out the top 5, while DPR’s Giacomo Ricci continues to show good form after scoring a podium finish in Abu Dhabi.  Following the GP2 veterans returning, Parente just made it into the top 10 and Zaugg was a second off the pace in 18th place.    As a note of interest, Kralev – who only completed 3 laps –  was 11 seconds off, and will surely need to get this Bahrain circuit within his grasp if the is to race tomorrow.  Qualifying later today… Read more of this post

Confirmed GP2 Asia Bahrain grid

The GP2 Series website has pubished the full entry list for this weekend’s GP2 Asia Bahrain race:

I have to say, a nice lineup of competitive drivers, starting with the outstanding iSport Asia duo, Jules Bianchi getting more comfortable with GP2 and with the return of Parente and Zaugg.

Key things to watch for at this race are:

1- Will DPR be able to repeat their stellar performance at Yas Marina?

2- Can Luca Filippi rebound and put some life back into the championship title race?

3- Will Sam Bird finally be able to rack up some more mileage, and some points, in GP2?

4- Will Parente have a competitive car, in which to highlight his known talent?

5- What Zaugg will we see in his GP2 return?

6- And finally…. will iSport (especially Valsecchi) leave Bahrain with the championship firmly in his grasp?

Looking forward to tomorrow afternoon’s qualifying…

Smart move from Coloni

It is clear that Coloni family are a smart group of people.  They have  seen it all in their years in motorsports, survived many difficult situations and has always found a way to keep things moving.

The team’s move to invite Alvaro Parente to drive alongside Will Bratt at this weekend’s GP2 Asia race in Bahrain is one of those smart moves, result of shrewdness and experience.  Alvaro is one of those great GP2 drivers, who was coming into 2010 as one of the top 3 favorites for the title.  After Alvaro’s sponsorship woes, preventing him from being Virgin’s test driver, he has been left at the mercy of significant support to keep racing this year.  Though a drop in the bucket, Coloni takes an unsold seat, puts Alvaro in it and kills 2 birds with one stone.

First, Paolo Coloni raises the profile for his team, hoping to see his Dallara at the top of the standings after the weekend is over.  Second, he has Alvaro in his pit box, and is in a good position to get him to race in Europe – should the most remote of possibilities exist for him to do so.

Let’s hope that everyone gets whats they want out of this: Coloni a good showing and Alvaro another chance to showcase his talent.

Thanks to André Santos for the tip…

Countdown to Bahrain

With our attention once again drawn to the GP2 Asia Series, the most interesting thing to talk about will be the now too common driver changes.

So far, the only clear confirmation, apart from the drivers set to drive all season (all 4 races of it), is the return of former Red Bull protege Adrian Zaugg – who will be driving for Trident this weekend.   Zaugg is an exciting driver, who put in some nice races during his GP2 career, and it’s definitely good to see him back in the series.   Hopefully, he will be able to scrape together enough budget for a GP2 Main challenge in 2010.