Poll results: Best GP2 driver “of all time”

The results are in from this week’s poll.  GP2 Insider readers have overwhelmingly voted Lewis Hamilton as the best driver to race in GP2 since its launch in 2005.  Following Hamilton, will less than half the votes is 2009 champ Nico Hulkenberg.

The only one breaking an all-champion top 5 is Adam Carroll, whose stellar performances in GP2 pushed him slightly ahead of 2007 champion Timo Glock.  Of the top 7 drivers, only Carroll and Grosjean are not currently racing in GP2.

I agree completely with the poll results and Hamilton was head and shoulders above the rest in 2006, regardless of any rumors of irregularities in his ART Dallara, though my vote went to Alex Premat.

Poll results: No consensus on GP2 Asia future

After closing the poll that was up on the blog for just over 10 days, only a slight majority feel that we just witnessed the final season of GP2 Asia.   One thing is for sure, if there is another season it will not be with the 2005 chassis, with the new 2011-spec cars to be up for sale as soon as the new contracts for the following 6-year period is introduced by the organization.

Poll results:

Driver “points table” from Paul Ricard

Since comparing times in a test at Paul Ricard is not possible due to the different track configurations run each day, I have assigned points (from 24 to 1) for the standings on each session that was run.

As could be expected, Pastor Maldonado was the top driver at Paul Ricard, though followed very closely by rookie Jules Bianchi and sophomore Dani Clos.  Maldonado was especially penalized due to the limited running the Rapax team decided to carry out during the initial morning session.

Other notable rookies include Sam Bird (4th), Christian Vietoris (5th) and Josef Kral (6th).  In total, 6 rookies (counting Cecotto as one too, even if he contested some races in 2009) in the top-10 point to a very strong crop of new drivers in GP2 this season… a welcome breath of fresh air no doubt.  A total of 11 rookies are confirmed so far for the season – pending the final signing of the second seat at Arden and Trident.

Apart from Maldonado, the “veterans” did not fare so well, with D’Ambrosio 9th, Valerio 13th, Valsecchi 15th and Herck 17th.

Day 3 afternoon: Maldonado repeats for the 3rd time

Pastor Maldonado has made it 3 of 3 at Paul Ricard this pre-season.

Times (from Italiaracing):

1 – Pastor Maldonado – Rapax – 1’09”784 – 36 laps
2 – Jules Bianchi – ART – 1’09”899 – 33
3 – Fabio Leimer – Ocean – 1’10”022 – 42
4 – Christian Vietoris – Racing Engineering – 1’10”033 – 45
5 – Sam Bird – ART – 1’10”117 – 47
6 – Josef Kral – Super Nova – 1’10”143 – 45
7 – Marcus Ericsson – Super Nova – 1’10”205 – 42.
8 – Johnny Cecotto – Trident – 1’10”256 – 45
9 – Dani Clos – Racing Engineering – 1’10”281 – 45
10 – Giedo Van der Garde – Barwa Addax – 1’10”320 – 45
11 – Charles Pic – Arden – 1’10″330 – 44
12 – Luiz Razia – Rapax – 1’10″331 – 41
13 – Jerome D’Ambrosio – Dams – 1’10″347 – 43
14 – Oliver Turvey – iSport – 1’10″375 – 42.
15 – Adrian Zaugg – Trident – 1’10″402 – 18
16 – Davide Valsecchi – iSport – 1’10″452 – 31
17 – Max Chilton – Ocean – 1’10″459 – 47
18 – Michael Herck – DPR – 1’10″464 – 36
19 – Alberto Valerio – Coloni – 1’10″672 – 36
20 – Rodolfo Gonzalez – Arden – 1’10″710 – 48
21 – Giacomo Ricci – DPR – 1’10″746 – 28.
22 – Sergio Perez – Barwa Addax – 1’10″775 – 39
23 – Vladimir Arabadzhiev – Coloni – 1’11″062 – 50
24 – Ho Pin Tung – Dams – 1’11″106 – 37

Day 3 morning session: ART duo on top

In a drying morning session at Paul Ricard, Jules Bianchi and Sam Bird put their ART Dallaras at the top of the timesheets.

Turvey had come in 3rd in the session, but the GP2 Series that his time, as well as Ho-Pin Tung’s have been discarded because their Dallaras were underweight.

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Day 2: Maldonado P1 in afternoon session again

Pastor Maldonado has once again led the timesheets at Paul Ricard, just beating out Dani Clos who led most of the day with very quick laps in short stints.  Super Nova’s rookie led the new GP2 guys in a solid 3rd place, while Oliver Turvey was able to put his iSport solidly in 4th ahead of Ho-Pin Tung who surprised with his speed at the end of the session. Read more of this post

Dani Clos leads Day 2 morning session

Racing Engineering’s Dani Clos has set the fastest time this morning in the second day of testing at Paul Ricard.  Dani is followed by yesterday’s quickest, Maldonado, the ART duo of Bianchi and Bird, teammate Christian Vietoris and Arden’s Charles Pic.

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