GP2 Series Round 3 Analysis

Best performance: Davide Valsecchi
While he wasn't as dominant as he had been at the previous round in Bahrain, Davide Valsecchi managed to have a good weekend yet again, winning the feature race from 2nd on the grid before going from 8th to 3rd in the sprint race to take another podium. Honourable mentions to Tom Dillmann, winner in the sprint race, largely let down by unspectacular performances in qualifying and the feature race, and to Luiz Razia, who had a strong weekend, but should have got past Dillmann in the sprint race.

Worst performance: Rodolfo González
James Calado should have performed better, but he apparently was suffering mechanical problems all round, compromising his performance.  Instead, then, I have selected Rodolfo González.  The Venezuelan driver spent the weekend going backwards.  Having qualified 7th for the feature race, a points finish looked on the cards, but he dropped down to 18th, and was not able to improve much in the sprint race. His team-mate, Giedo van der Garde managed pole in qualifying, 3rd in the feature race, and probably would have finished higher had he avoided Esteban Gutiérrez at the start of the sprint race. González's reward for his poor performance in Bahrain was to test for Caterham F1 Team at Mugello. Money might not buy happiness, but it will buy a test in a Formula One team.

Race rating: 6/10
In the feature race the battle for the lead was all over by lap 8.  The sprint race was more interesting, with a good battle over 3rd position and a close finish, with Dillmann having to hold off Luiz Razia.

Drivers' Championship

1. Davide Valsecchi 107
2. Luiz Razia 83
3. Esteban Gutiérrez 54
4. Max Chilton 45
5. Fabio Leimer 41
6. James Calado 39
7. Giedo van der Garde 31
8. Felipe Nasr 28
9. Tom Dillmann 27
10. Rio Haryanto 16
11. Stefano Coletti 10
12. Marcus Ericsson 8
13. Fabio Onidi 4
14. Jolyon Palmer 2
15. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 2
16. Nathanaël Berthon 1
17. Simon Trummer 1
18. Brendon Hartley 1
19. Fabrizio Crestani 1

Teams' Championship

1. DAMS 135
2. Lotus GP 93
3. Arden International 84
4. Carlin 61
5. Racing Engineering 42
6. Caterham Racing 31
7. Rapax 27
8. Scuderia Coloni 14
9. iSport International 10
10. Barwa Addax 2
11. Ocean Racing Technology 1
12. Venezuela GP Lazarus 1

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