GP2 Main grid complete… for now

With 3 days to the season opener at Montmelo, we now know who will fill the 3 empty seats in GP2.   According to Italiaracing, enternal fill-in Giacomo Ricci will be at DPR and Trident will field Davide Rigon and Ricardo Teixeira.

Clearly, at least one seat in each of these 2 teams is a non-paying drive.  Both Ricci and Rigon have been filling in for these teams for the past several months, and both Herck (DPR) and Salvadori (Trident) prefer to field a money-losing car than risk the economic fine and the likely wrath of Bruno Michel. Read more of this post

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GP2 insider prediction: When & which GP2 teams will run out of money in ’09

Based on the earlier calculations of team incomes according to the drivers they had been able to sign, I have made a chart to illustrate at what point of the 2009 season will GP2 teams run out of cash.  To better explain I have made a couple of assumptions:

1- that the necessary budget for break-even is €1.8 million – spent linearly at €180k per race by every team

2- the 3 empty seats (as of April 24 – 2 at Trident and 1 at DPR) are filled by paid drivers with budgets of €500k

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