Will 2011 be a competitive season?

Though recently other commitments have kept me away from writing in the blog, I have been pondering this question as the season was getting closer to D-day.  Tomorrow, we will see the Main Series back on track, with some teams in better shape than others, but with all sharing a strong will to get ahead in this new GP2 Series “cycle”.

This season may have a familiar 2010-ish ring to it, as one of the strongest drivers in the series, Romain Grosjean, is not in what I would consider a top team.   Last season, we saw Pastor Maldonado pull off a championship season with Rapax, a strong but solidly mid-field team in its previous GP2 history.  Now DAMS, a team that has seen many strong drivers cycle through it, most notably Kamui Kobayashi, is in a position to regularly challenge for wins and podiums. Read more of this post

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…