GP2 Series Round 2 Analysis

Best performance: Davide Valsecchi
There could only be one choice for the best performer from the round; Davide Valsecchi was simply stunning, dominating the entire weekend.  His impressive performance began by taking pole on Friday, and in the feature race on Saturday he was able to use the position to his advantage, fending off Esteban Gutiérrez at turn 1 and holding his lead for almost the entirety of the race.  Victory in the feature race put him 8th on the grid for the sprint race on Sunday, but by passing clinically and avoiding getting caught up battling for position he was able to move through the field while keeping the leaders in his sights.  On the final lap he was close enough to race leader Esteban Gutiérrez in order to pass him coming out of turn 1, taking the victory.  Only Giedo van der Garde setting the fastest lap in the sprint race prevented him from taking all the points available.

Worst performance: Johnny Cecotto, Jr.
I could maybe have gone for Marcus Ericsson again, who had another poor weekend and is watching his title chances slip away, but given that he was carrying a 5-place grid penalty into the weekend a poor performance was not unexpected.  Instead I went for Johnny Cecotto, Jr.  Given that he qualified 5th for the feature race, a point-scoring finish was will within his reach, but an accident with Felipe Nasr put paid to his race, as well as Nasr's.  While the stewards later penalised Nasr for the accident, in my opinion it was Cecotto who was at fault as he lunged up the inside of Nasr who was already turning in.  Any chances to make amends in the sprint race were almost over by the first corner, when Cecotto was involved in a small collision, damaging his front wing.  It seems unfair that team-mate Josef Král should lose his seat at Barwa Addax for underperforming when Johnny Cecotto, Jr. gets to keep his.

Race rating: 9/10
Great racing in both the feature race and the sprint race, with Valsecchi providing a master class.  The race was only let down by a couple of poor stewarding decisions, particularly that giving Fabio Leimer a drive-through penalty, costing him a chance of winning the sprint race.

Drivers' Championship

1. Davide Valsecchi 70
2. Luiz Razia 57
3. Esteban Gutiérrez 45
4. James Calado 39
5. Max Chilton 35
6. Felipe Nasr 22
7. Fabio Leimer 22
8. Giedo van der Garde 12
9. Stefano Coletti 10
10. Tom Dillmann 8
11. Fabio Onidi 4
12. Rio Haryanto 4
13. Jolyon Palmer 2
14. Nathanaël Berthon 1
15. Simon Trummer 1
16. Fabrizio Crestani 1
17. Brendon Hartley 1

Teams’ Championship

1. DAMS 92
2. Lotus GP 84
3. Arden International 58
4. Carlin 39
5. Racing Engineering 23
6. Scuderia Coloni 14
7. Caterham Racing 12
8. Rapax 8
9. iSport International 2
10. Ocean Racing Technology 1
11. Venezuela GP Lazarus 1

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