Several changes for Spa
August 25, 2010 5 Comments
This weekend’s Spa race brings changes to the GP2 lineup.
First, DAMS has brought in Romain Grosjean once again, but this time to sub in for Ho Pin Tung. I have no information to question Tung’s injury, but the timing is curious nonetheless.
Second, Alberto Valerio very surprisingly notified the Coloni team that he would not be taking part in the Spa race, and as Italiaracing reports, probably the Monza and Abu Dhabi races as well. The same source says Portuguese star Alvaro Parente will be racing for the Italian team, bringing back to the series one of the best drivers out there without a drive this season. No doubt, Paolo Coloni is trying to window dress the team for the 2011 season, making his seats more appetizing to potential customers next year.
Finally, in a very Herck-like move, Budapest race winner Giacomo Ricci has been sidelined in favor of compatriot Fabrizio Crestani. Taking out a fast driver to bring in the irregular, category-jumping Crestani is a terrible move for the team, which many thought was changing for the better. Though Ricci’s ride has been paid for by the Hercks, my opinion is that the team is not thinking of global results any more. They must already know that for 2011, DPR’s grid slot is in serious jeopardy.
We still await news on Jules Bianchi, who’s Formula Abarth test at Fiorano apparently went quite well..