GP2 Series Round 1 Analysis

Best performance: Luiz Razia
I will admit that I do not rate Luiz Razia that highly compared to the other drivers in GP2 this season, as demonstrated by my pre-season prediction that he would finish 13th this season.  At Sepang, however, Razia was my driver of the round.  In qualifying he performed well to take 2nd on the grid, and only six-hundredths of a second behind pole-sitter Davide Valsecchi.  In the race he started superbly to take the lead, and held on all race, taking the win.  Winning the feature race put him 8th on the grid, and despite being involved in a tight battle managed to work his way up to 5th.  With Razia holding the lead in the drivers’ championship the hard work starts now, and it will be interesting to see how he performs in Bahrain in April.

Worst performance: Marcus Ericsson
It was tempting to put Giancarlo Serenelli as the worst performer at Sepang, given that he was so slow all weekend, but I wasn’t expecting so much of him.  Instead I went for Marcus Ericsson, who is considered one of the best drivers in GP2 and has to be disappointed with his performance this weekend.  Only qualifying 20th for the feature race, he did manage to gain some places, but not enough to make it into the points which would have been his hope.  In the sprint race he was making progress through the field before causing an avoidable collision, hitting Davide Valsecchi, causing Valsecchi’s car to flip through the air, and ending both drivers’ races.  With Ericsson receiving a 10 place grid penalty as a result, it looks like he will also have a tough race in Bahrain.

Race rating: 8/10
Some good racing for point-scoring positions, but in both the feature race and the sprint race it was disappointing not to see more of a battle for the lead.  A good opener for the expanded GP2 Series, but not a classic.

Drivers’ Championship

1. Luiz Razia 31
2. Davide Valsecchi 24
3. James Calado 19
4. Esteban GutiƩrrez 18
5. Felipe Nasr 18
6. Max Chilton 17
7. Fabio Leimer 16
8. Giedo van der Garde 10
9. Stefano Coletti 10
10. Rio Haryanto 2
11. Nathanaƫl Berthon 1
= Fabio Crestani 1

Teams’ Championship

1. DAMS 42
2. Lotus GP 37
3. Arden International 31
4. Carlin 19
5. Racing Engineering 17
6. Caterham Racing 10
7. Scuderia Coloni 10
8. Venezuela GP Lazarus 1

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