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2015 GP2 drivers and teams

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    @rjoconnell Rossi must be in Haas’ seat now. But Sergey is the real underdog, given the Russian GP at Sochi, he should be picked next year; Sauber or Manor maybe? Evans may give up the F1 chance and move to WEC LMP2.
    At DAMS, Lynn has proves that he will take Massa’s seat in the future, but Gasly is the shadow of himself last year. For Lello, he may lose Ferrari seat to Hulk potentially (also good news for Hulk, Fuoco is still a middle of great (2nd in Austria feature) and idiot (hit Mardenborough and Sandy in sprint race))

    I don’t think that McLaren will release him for them, loaned at Manor better. Also, now Force India can loan Ocon from Mercedes next year too, if Hulk goes to Ferrari.


    @thersquared Rossi has only 3 (from 2013) bcoz last year he didn’t complete the c’ship more than 80% (right?)


    Ferrari would be fools not to try and lure Vandoorne in to replace Kimi…


    @xtwl given the current shape of McLaren, I’m sure Stoffel are looking other options as well. Ferrari? I’d not rather rule it out, but it’s unlikely. Bianchi is missed out unfortunately, Hulk is getting close and linked every year with them, but never close enough. Bottas is very eager to step up the ladder. given the dynamics of current grid, I think Stoffel would end up in teams like Force India or Sauber in his rookie year.


    Jann Mardenborough will step up from GP3 to GP2 this weekend, taking the seat at Carlin alongside Julian Leal which has previously been occupied by Marco Sorensen, Johnny Cecotto Jnr and, most recently, Sean Gelael. The latter will return to his regular Formula Renault 3.5 seat for the team at Silverstone this weekend.

    Here’s the press release:

    Carlin’s GP3 racer Jann Mardenborough will make the step up to the GP2 Series this weekend, as he joins Julian Leal in the team’s GP2 squad around the Monza circuit in Italy. Mardenborough, who is already a race winner in GP3, will stand in for Sean Gelael who has clashing commitments this weekend in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at Silverstone.

    Mardenborough’s season has so far been one of opposite fortunes; the British racer has shown himself a master of tyre management and claimed a podium finish in Barcelona, but has also been the victim of various contact on circuit which has put him out of contention in the title fight.

    The Nissan driver, having only started his single seater career in 2013 as a winner of the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy will get his first taste of GP2 machinery this weekend in Monza. The 23 year-old’s GP3 seat will be left vacant, before Mardenborough re-joins the GP3 team for the next round in Sochi, Russia next month.

    Speaking about his GP2 call up, Mardenborough said, “Firstly I’m extremely excited to drive a GP2 car for the first time, it’s an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down. I want to move up to GP2 in the future so to have this experience now is very valuable. I want to be competitive but the challenges in GP2 are very different to GP3; with DRS and two tyres compounds, as well as longer races and pit stops, although I’m used to those from sports car racing. It’s going to be a big step up but I’m going to give it everything. Thanks to Carlin and Nissan for this opportunity.”

    Trevor Carlin added, “With Sean busy completing his full season in Formula Renault 3.5, we had the ideal opportunity to give a driver a taste of GP2 at one of the greatest circuits in Europe. Jann is a very talented and fast driver and has suffered some bad luck this season which means he hasn’t claimed the results he’s capable of. Although this will be a big learning curve for him, we’re pleased to give one of our GP3 drivers the opportunity to step up to the next level and will be focused on helping Jann get the most from the experience.”


    Watch out then; Isn’t he the one that said a certain corner on the ring was flat-out because it was so on his PlayStation?

    R.J. O’Connell

    I’m really, really excited to see Jann in a GP2 car. Seems like the faster the cars, the better he does – he was near the top of the Super Formula testing times last winter. And they’re faster than GP2!

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