October 21, 2009 43 Comments
Current working grid…send me confirmations when you have them so we can build up the list together.
April 27, 2009 2 Comments
Well, Bruno Michel must be happy with himself this week. He has reached the target of having an Asian driver win the GP2 Asia Series, as Kamui Kobayashi took the title this weekend in Bahrain. Just as a note, the next Asian driver was Sakon Yamamoto in 9th, and then Hamad Al Fardan in 20th. Not much of a talent pool, especially when considering Kobayashi is the Toyota test driver and Yamamoto is an F1-refugee driving for ART.
More than happy, though, Bruno Michel should actually be relieved and it should make for the perfect excuse to end this ill-fated invention on a “high note” (I’m being generous, of course, but any reason isgood to kill GP2 Asia).
April 23, 2009 2 Comments
So we have reviewed the 2 wonderful GP2 Asia seasons, both for their irrelevance in the motor racing world in generating new talent or serious competition and for their destructive impact on team finances – for almost every team on the grid.
Some questions for the GP2 management (or GP2 Gods if you prefer):
April 21, 2009 Leave a comment
Though many questioned GP2 Asia for 2008-09 (current series), GP2 boss Bruno Michel and his team pushed on with what in hindsight reflects very little regard for the teams and their survival. Some (or maybe many) would venture to say that he wanted to see some teams go into financial difficulties, which they are suffering just as we get ready to start the 2009 GP2 Main season.
The economic turmoil was already upon us, and cancelling the season would have been a timely decision applauded by most and criticized by the ignorant few. But…. the season started at the October Shanghai F1 GP with a ragtag lineup of new and old drivers – most of them paying little or no money to the bleeding GP2 teams that were contractually obligated to field 2 cars without exception or mercy. Rumours had surfaced that Michel would allow teams to show up with 1 car at this exceptional time, but as many had suspected the short-term once again primed over the long-term.
The numbers and facts speak for themselves:
April 17, 2009 Leave a comment
GP2 Asia is probably one of the worst inventions in modern motorsport… well, maybe a distant second to Superleague.
Created in 2008 to reutilize the original GP2 cars and at the same time broaden the scope of the series, GP2 Asia was conceptually targeted at bringing out emerging talent from the “other side of the world”. If you recall, originally all teams had to have at least 1 Asian driver. This requirement was only met by 7 of the 13 teams, a generous statistic since Adam Khan lasted only 1 race with Arden and Chandhok (iSport), Kobayashi (DAMS) and Tung (Trident) were merely extensions of their GP2 Main Series relationships. Also, Fauzy (Super Nova) and Yoshimoto (Meritus) were GP2 “veterans” brought in for a decent showing by these teams.
So basically, only DPR with Armaan Ebrahim of India followed through in the true spirit of GP2 Asia.