GP2 Series Round 4 Analysis

Best performance: Giedo van der Garde
Giedo van der Garde has been somewhat inconsistent so far this season, but at Catalunya he produced a great performance in the feature race, which he followed up with more points in the sprint race.  Qualifying 5th itself represented a decent result, but in the feature race he got a good start, moving up to 3rd. Timing his pitstop right managed to give him the lead, and he then drove very maturely to manage his tyres in order to finish 1st.  In the sprint race he managed to move from 8th to 6th to take another 4 points.

Worst performance: Marcus Ericsson
At the start of the season it was thought that Marcus Ericsson would be challenging for the title.  While he had struggled in the first 3 rounds this could, in part, have been put down to him not having experience at the tracks.  At Catalunya, however, this cannot be used as an excuse, as he has driven there before, and finished on the podium in the same race last year.  His qualifying performance left him 14th, with a lot of work to do. He only managed to move forward one place, finishing in 13th. In the sprint race a points finish was looking a possibility, before he picked up a drive-through penalty for ignoring waved yellows, seeing him finish the race in 22nd. Any chance of a title challenge is disappearing fast.

Race rating: 7/10
Not the greatest round, but some good action throughout the field and watching van der Garde's strategy unfold stopped the GP2 race from being as dull as the GP3 race was.

Drivers' Championship

1. Davide Valsecchi 129
2. Luiz Razia 104
3. James Calado 69
4. Giedo van der Garde 60
5. Esteban GutiƩrrez 59
6. Max Chilton 57
7. Fabio Leimer 41
8. Felipe Nasr 28
9. Tom Dillmann 27
10. Stefano Coletti 26
11. Nathanaƫl Berthon 23
12. Rio Haryanto 16
13. Fabio Onidi 12
14. Marcus Ericsson 8
15. Jolyon Palmer 4
16. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. 2
17. Simon Trummer 1
18. Brendon Hartley 1
19. Fabrizio Crestani 1

Teams' Championship

1. DAMS 157
2. Lotus GP 128
3. Arden International 105
4. Carlin 73
5. Racing Engineering 64
6. Caterham Racing 60
7. Scuderia Coloni 38
8. Rapax 27
9. iSport International 12
10. Barwa Addax 2
11. Ocean Racing Technology 1
12. Venezuela GP Lazarus 1

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