More changes for Silverstone Test

Apart from the move by Johnny Cecotto from Super Nova to Ocean, more changes on the horizon for the test, reported by Italiaracing today… but not necessarily for the season:

  • Super Nova will test Luca Filippi (in Cecotto’s old seat)
  • Ocean will test Cecotto and German F3 driver Kevin Mirocha
  • Carlin will test 2nd year driver Oliver Turvey, with Mikhail Aleshin sitting out the test, and surprisingly will not be racing this season with the Carlin team
  • Coloni will test Davide Rigon – filling in the vacant seat left by James Jakes – temporarily used by Filippi in the Imola GP2 Asia closing race

Stay tuned…

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Cecotto with Ocean at Silverstone

Well… the plot thickens!  Cecotto has just announced on his Twitter account that he will be testing with Ocean at Silverstone.  So, contractual problems may be the cause, but Cecotto is still an interesting target for fledgling teams like ORT.

Cecotto contract falls through

I had heard some rumors but was not quite sure it was fit to publish this information… but seeing that Super Nova will be at the Silverstone test with Fauzy and Luca Filippi is a good indicator that this is true.  Not sure what has happened, but what seemed like a solid linkup has failed as the teams prepare for a tough and competitive GP2 Main season.

Cecotto is mainly backed by Venezuelan lubricants company Venoco – once a private competitor to the almighty PDVSA, but now also infiltrated by the all-reaching tentacles of the Chavez administration.   Now, the team led by David Sears finds itself with few budget-worthy options for this year, especially after a lackluster 2010 with cast many gray clouds over this historic team.

Let’s follow closely who shows up at Silverstone, since a seemingly full GP2 Main grid may still have some surprises in store for all of us.

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…