December 1, 2010 6 Comments
Though in general terms the end of season Abu Dhabi tests were not very relevant for many drivers (old car, old tires), it is nonetheless a chance to sit behind the wheel of a 600hp GP2 racecar. That said, and given the number of seats and days available (96 seats over 4 test days), there were many “current” GP2 drivers missing from this post-season test.
For the fun of it, let’s run down the list of drivers who didn’t make it to the Yas Marina tests:
- Jules Bianchi – really didn’t need to be there, especially if there was still any doubt about his physical condition. With one seat taken by Gutierrez, ART probably asked Jules to sit this one out while they sold the second seat to interested drivers.
- Davide Valsecchi – his remaining budget was spent on his half-day HRT test. He will be back in 2011, though I doubt it will be with iSport
- Giedo van der Garde – focused on his F1 bid, Giedo probably didn’t want to be seen in a GP2 car anymore. With Maldonado’s confirmation at Williams, his chances are dwindling and we may still see him on the GP2 grid next season.
- Christian Vietoris – I thought he’d be around for sure. Fully recovered from his untimely appendicitis, I would have thought Vietoris was anxious for some seat time. But probably Gravity decided to spend its budget on putting Sims in a GP2.
- Max Chilton – Though I expected him in Abu Dhabi, his shakedown run with Carlin is indicative of where he’ll be next season. No reason spending money with other teams.
- Vladimir Arabadzhiev – After his Lotus F1 run, I thought Vlado would stick around for GP2. I would be surprised, though, if he’s not in this year’s GP2 Asia grid.
- Johnny Cecotto – Pretty much the same story as Chilton. Rumors have been linking him to Air Asia and Lotus for several months now.
All in all, a good number of the 2010 GP2 grid thought it a good idea to stick around for this 4-day test. Let’s see who ultimately makes it back into the series for next year.