Quick recap of a quick season

No, I’,m not going to ramble on about the futility of GP2 Asia… you can read earlier posts about this.

So the GP2 Asia “season” came and went with the blink of an eye.  Drivers lined up for this year’s championship, lining up the necessary sponsorship to get their hands on the all new GP2/11 car.   Top teams commanded €2 million-plus budgets, taking full advantage of drivers eager to secure a ride for the Main Series this year.   Yet, as it all drew to a close, we have been left with a decaffeinated racing season.

We saw no surprises, no incredible drives, no exciting battles and all in all no racing at the level of what is expected for GP2 at this stage.

Yes, the Bahrain cancellations took a bit away from the season but, at the end once again I ask:  what’s the point??


Rookie of the “year”… goes to?

As we await the decaffeinated showdown of the 2-race GP2 Asia “series”, it struck me that no rookies have scored any points in these 3 races so far.

With Coletti a partial rookie, having raced in GP2 previously with Durango in 2009, the highest ranked one so far is Palmer, ahead of the highly-touted Gutierrez and ex-Toyota man Andrea Caldarelli.   Yes, the 3 weekend series has been shortened by the events in Bahrain, but I would have expected at least the ART driver to rack up a couple of points so far in these races.

The increased competitiveness this year, as drivers are keen to learn the ropes of the new GP2/11 chassis is no doubt a major factor, but I cannot help to wonder how that figures in when considering the whole point of GP2 Asia…

Grosjean makes it a French dash to the “title”

Grosjean’s solid race today in Imola, following his last-gasp pole yesterday has made the “title” race in GP2 Asia a French affair with an anti-climactic showdown tomorrow.  Very fitting for such a useless race series, even more in a troubled and unfortunate year where teams and drivers have had to settle for a race most would have preferred to avoid at all costs.

Tomorrow’s race will probably see a win from the guys starting out front… Clos would be my bet, but all eyes will be on the two French drivers, separated by only one row in the starting grid.  Exciting?  Well, since we’re all so starved for racing, I guess it will add a bit of tension in an otherwise highly forgettable year once again for the Asian series.

More to come on my clear thoughts about this GP2 Asia season…

We’re back

After a break from the blog with only intermittent posts due to personal reasons, GP2insider is back… and just in time for the Imola GP2 Asia finale.  Post on GP2 Asia coming up this morning…

Rapax confirms Leal… did the team expect more?

Surprised a bit to see Julián Leal close out the Rapax team lineup for the 2011 Main Series season.  Why?

Well, though Leal may very well prove to be a competitive driver after he gets some races under his belt, I am sure it is not what the Rapax team had in mind after pulling off a championship 2010 season with Maldonado and Razia.

The investment, be it what it was, made by the Rapax team was to significantly raise the awareness and level of the team, pulling it up from the mid-field standing that the team had enjoyed as Piquet GP in its previous seasons.   The rebranded team managed to pull it off, convincing Maldonado to sign with them and getting a consistent Razia to contribute significantly to a team championship effort.

For 2011, Rapax was one of the first to sign a driver, getting Fabio Leimer to commit to the team.  Leimer, who started off strong last season but quickly faded, is a fast driver who should find his way this season.  Either troubled by the arrival into such a competitive series or hindered by a sub-performing Ocean team in 2010, Leimer should find the right tools to pull off a significantly better 2011 season.