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.
|4.||Giedo van der Garde||60|
|16.||Johnny Cecotto, Jr.||2|
|11.||Ocean Racing Technology||1|
|12.||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1|