We’re all F1 fanatics here but even with a biggest-ever calendar of 19 races this year that still leaves 33 F1-free weekends. So what’s the other must-see racing action in 2010 this year? Here’s my top ten picks – name yours below.
Michael Schumacher will get an early start on his preparations for the 2010 F1 season tomorrow when he gets behind the wheel of a GP2 car for a three-day test at Jerez in Spain. The test has been approved by the FIA, the F1 testing committee and GP2 – and series organiser Bruno Michel stressed … Continue reading Michael Schumacher’s three-day GP2 test ‘to develop new components’
Nico Hulkenberg has taken a step closer to becoming an F1 driver in 2010 by winning the GP2 championship at Monza.
The last rookie looking for his F1 break I wrote about found himself making his Grand Prix debut 17 days after I wrote about him. But on his form in GP2 Nico Hulkenberg doesn’t need my blessing to make the grade. He’s looking ever more likely to snap up a Williams drive for 2010.
British fans will be able to watch F1’s top feeder series once again following the collapse of previous broadcaster Setanta. Eurosport has confirmed a deal to show the series until the end of 2009 and the two following seasons: British Eurosport is proud to announce that the GP2 Series has arrived on the channel, where … Continue reading Eurosport to broadcast GP2 in the UK
BBC F1 are doing a marvellous job in their first year back as F1’s broadcasters in Britain. That much is clear on the live blogs whenever fans outside Britain get a glimpse of BBC’s work and comment on how good it is. But although it’s great to finally see some improvement in Formula 1 broadcasting, … Continue reading BBC F1 is great but motor sport coverage in Britain is getting worse
A frightening accident saw Renault F1 team test driver Romain Grosjean hurtling high into the barriers at Tabac during today’s GP2 race at Monaco.
The stewards at the Monaco Grand Prix have set an important precedent ahead of Sunday’s Grand Prix by giving eight GP2 drivers 25-second penalties for cutting the first corner on lap one. The tough penalty has played havoc with the finishing order of this morning’s feature race. Lucas di Grassi, Nico Hulkenberg, Javier Villa, Roldan … Continue reading Stewards take hard line on turn one
The GP2 championship kicks off at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend with 26 drivers hoping to follow the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg into Formula 1. But it’s not just the drivers who are looking for places in F1 – several of the teams are eyeing a step up under … Continue reading Which of this year’s GP2 drivers – and teams – could be in Formula 1 soon?
The GP2 series enters its fifth championship at the Circuit de Catalunya this weekend. All the teams have announced their drivers so far except Trident and DPR – the latter having confirmed Michael Herck but not his team mate. David Price has sold the team to Michael’s father Andre, so it remains to be seen … Continue reading GP2 2009 drivers and teams in pictures
The GP2 line-up for 2009 looks very promising with several top drivers retaining their seats and some intriguing new talent entering the championship. Lucas di Grassi is back for a fourth attempt at the series. Di Grassi, runner-up in 2007 and third last year despite only contesting part of the season, must be the title … Continue reading Promising GP2 line-up taking shape for 2009
The BBC’s comprehensive F1 coverage plan will sadly not extend to GP2 race coverage, or any of the other usual support races at F1 weekends. This was confirmed by interactive TV editor Matt Millington on the Sport Editors’ Blog, who offered no reason why the decision had been taken: Unfortunately, we are unable to offer … Continue reading No GP2 on BBC in 2009
The 2009-style F1 cars have got a lukewarm reaction from fans – less than half of F1 Fanatic readers thought they looked good when we did a poll on it last week. To get to the heart of what’s gone wrong with F1 car aesthetics I thought we should compare them to top single-seaters from … Continue reading How do the 2009 F1 cars compare to other single-seater racing cars?
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Plus, GP2 Asia returns this weekend
Here are four ideas, which have been tried in other championships to make racing more entertaining, that don’t belong in F1.
Davide Valsecchi won the sprint race at Monza – one week after being hospitalised in a huge crash at Spa-Francorchamps. The Italian passed early leader Roldan Rodriguez to claim the win on home ground. He gambled on a setup geared towards dry weather in a race which started on a damp circuit that dried out. … Continue reading Davide Valsecchi wins last race of season (GP2)
Giorgio Pantano won the GP2 championship in the feature race at Monza today despite losing his win due to a drive-through penalty. The Italian driver led most of the race on a wet but drying track. However after making his mandatory pit stop he crossed the white line at the pit lane exit and was … Continue reading Giorgio Pantano wins title despite penalty (GP2)
Pastor Maldonado won a thrilling GP2 sprint race with a stunning pass on leader Jerome d’Ambrosio on the final lap at Spa-Francorchamps. But Bruno Senna failed to capitalise on the absense of points leader Giorgio Pantano by crashing out of the race.
Romain Grosjean finished first in a GP2 race for the fourth time this year – although it was only his second win, as he’s had a few brushes with the stewards. Bruno Senna will be ruing his latest run-in with the stewards, and it was a controversial one. Senna was hit with a drive-through penalty … Continue reading Romain Grosjean wins at Spa; Bruno Senna gets penalty (GP2)