Where have future F1 drivers raced?
October 5, 2010 Leave a comment
As I read the great news yesterday regarding Sauber’s signing of Sergio Pérez, I wondered which GP2 teams have had the most F1 drivers racing with them.
Several years ago, I quickly compiled a statistic regarding F1 drivers who had passed through F1, either as testers or drivers, but in this case I thought what really counted is which F1 “drivers” had passed through GP2 and with whom.
The list and chart:
Not suprising to find ART on top, the only team to have had at least 1 F1-bound driver in every season of F1 so far. Curiously, 2010 may be the only season where ART does not promote one of its 2 drivers to F1 – at least not yet – as Bianchi and Bird are largely expected to stay on for another year of GP2, though not necessarily with ART.
Up there in the list we find iSport, led by the keen eye of Paul Jackson, who started off strong with the Red Bull-backed Scott Speed, won the championship in 2007 with Timo Glock, and has also seen current HRT teammates Senna and Chandhok drive its cars. Equally strong are both Addax and Arden, the latter counting 50% of its F1 success from its F1 days with Kovalainen and Buemi, while the first picked up steam as a winning team as Alejandro Agag gradually took over the team from Adrián Campos.
Very surprising as well to see Super Nova at the bottom of the list, with none of its GP2 drivers ending up with F1 rides since the category started in 2005. Super Nova was a highly successful team in F3000, winning 4 drivers championships and lining up future F1 drivers such as Juan Pablo Montoya, Mark Webber, Tiago Monteiro and Sebastien Bourdais. It is hard to understand clearly why this success has not been carried over to GP2, with the team’s best driver showing a 4th place in the 2007 season standings with Luca Filippi.
We are yet to see if more 2010 GP2 drivers make the step up to F1, with Pastor Maldonado and Giedo van der Garde as possible candidates.