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#701 billm99uk

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 20:16

Stoked too about that. Good move for the team, as well as RUSSIAN TIME with Dillmann. Two guys who are incredibly quick needing just a chance.


Done FR3.5 and GP3 testing so far I think. May as well try everything, I suppose. Suspect it depends how much money he comes up with. Wonder how the budgets for these three compare now?


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#702 charly0418

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 21:10

Done FR3.5 and GP3 testing so far I think. May as well try everything, I suppose. Suspect it depends how much money he comes up with. Wonder how the budgets for these three compare now?


If I remember correctly, Robin Frijns said he joined FR3.5 with the money he got from winning 2.0. Now Imagine, he won 3.5 and the money he got is not even close for what he needs in GP2.

As for 3.5 and GP3, who knows, but I bet GP3 costs more

Edited by charly0418, 04 March 2013 - 21:11.


#703 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 21:12

Will RUSSIAN TIME come with dash-cams?

#704 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 16:30

I notice on the garage wall the JD Motorsport logo, are they running Hilmer? http://gp2.latphoto..../photos/1739034

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 16:57

I notice on the garage wall the JD Motorsport logo, are they running Hilmer? http://gp2.latphoto..../photos/1739034


Hilmer use JD's base in Italy, and a number of their staff. So I think they sort of are, and Franz Hilmer's financing the whole operation.

Combined Times

01. Stefano Coletti (Rapax) - 1:29.868
02. Felipe Nasr (Carlin) - 1:29.926
03. Robin Frijns (Trident) - 1:29.951
04. James Calado (ART) - 1:30.239
05. Johnny Cecotto (Arden) - 1:30.323
06. Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) - 1:30.335
07. Stéphane Richelmi (DAMS) - 1:30.350
08. Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport) - 1:30.487
09. Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) - 1:30.505
10. Daniel Abt (ART) - 1:30.522
11. Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus) - 1:30.551
12. Mitch Evans (Arden) - 1:30.781
13. Simon Trummer (Rapax) - 1:30.831
14. Jake Rosenzweig (Addax) - 1:31.027
15. Sergio Canamasas (Caterham) - 1:31.032
16. Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:31.035
17. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (MP Motorsport) - 1:31.075
18. Marcus Ericsson (DAMS) - 1:31.433
19. Julian Leal (Racing Engineering) - 1:31.520
20. Rio Haryanto (Addax) - 1:31.626
21. Conor Daly (Hilmer) - 1:32.141
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez (Trident) - 1:32.178
23. Rene Binder (Lazarus) - 1:32.586
24. Luciano Bacheta (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:32.712
25. Ma Qing Hua (Caterham) - 1:33.360
26. Pal Varhaug (Hilmer) - 1:34.357

Edited by BackmarkerUK, 05 March 2013 - 17:10.


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 17:21

Hilmer use JD's base in Italy, and a number of their staff. So I think they sort of are, and Franz Hilmer's financing the whole operation.

Combined Times

01. Stefano Coletti (Rapax) - 1:29.868
02. Felipe Nasr (Carlin) - 1:29.926
03. Robin Frijns (Trident) - 1:29.951
04. James Calado (ART) - 1:30.239
05. Johnny Cecotto (Arden) - 1:30.323
06. Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) - 1:30.335
07. Stéphane Richelmi (DAMS) - 1:30.350
08. Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport) - 1:30.487
09. Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) - 1:30.505
10. Daniel Abt (ART) - 1:30.522
11. Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus) - 1:30.551
12. Mitch Evans (Arden) - 1:30.781
13. Simon Trummer (Rapax) - 1:30.831
14. Jake Rosenzweig (Addax) - 1:31.027
15. Sergio Canamasas (Caterham) - 1:31.032
16. Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:31.035
17. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (MP Motorsport) - 1:31.075
18. Marcus Ericsson (DAMS) - 1:31.433
19. Julian Leal (Racing Engineering) - 1:31.520
20. Rio Haryanto (Addax) - 1:31.626
21. Conor Daly (Hilmer) - 1:32.141
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez (Trident) - 1:32.178
23. Rene Binder (Lazarus) - 1:32.586
24. Luciano Bacheta (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:32.712
25. Ma Qing Hua (Caterham) - 1:33.360
26. Pal Varhaug (Hilmer) - 1:34.357


- More than a 2 second difference between Frijns and Gonzales, LOL
- Ma Quin still having fun at the bottom of the time sheets
- I think Evans and Abt haven't beaten their teammates once this preseason. Hopefully they don't get embarrassed by Calado and Cecotto


#707 billm99uk

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 17:21

Coletti's an odd one, isn't he? Wins the odd race, occasionally fast, but somehow never impresses :confused:

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 17:25

Coletti's an odd one, isn't he? Wins the odd race, occasionally fast, but somehow never impresses :confused:


Well last year his team was a mess with the whole Coloni issue, then he joined Rapax. I do think he's a great talent and will prove it this year, don't think he'll win it but he'll be up there with Calado, Ericcsson, Cecotto and Nasr

#709 BackmarkerUK

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 17:45

Coletti could be 2013's Razia, or just another van der Garde. Not too surprised that Abt hasn't beaten Calado yet, Calado's a class act with a full year's experience of GP2; Abt's good, but just a rookie. He's not disgraced himself at all in testing so far, and he looks good to score points right off the bat. I wouldn't be surprised if he takes his first win in a sprint race. Varhaug has surprised me a little; after a decent season in Auto GP last year, I thought he would show that his poor 2011 season was a one off, but it seems that he just is that crap.

I hope that Bacheta has the funding for a seat in GP2 this season, even if it is with RUSSIAN TIME.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 18:23

Impressed by Frijns so far, only testing i know but looks to be a very adaptable driver, based on FR3.5 & 2.0 as well, doesn't hang about getting to grips with a car it seems.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 19:39

Two changes for tomorrow

Christopher Zanella will replace Luciano Bacheta at Russian Time...sorry, RUSSIAN TIME
Riccardo Agostini will replace Pal Varhaug at Hilmer

#712 William Hunt

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:00

Riccardo Agostini will replace Pal Varhaug at Hilmer


Hopefully this will be a permanent replacement. Vargaug's pace is an embarrassment.

#713 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:07

Whenever anyone says RUSSIAN TIME I feel like we need to break out into a 5 second dance or something.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:09

They should get Chico to do their PR.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:40

Two changes for tomorrow

Christopher Zanella will replace Luciano Bacheta at Russian Time...sorry, RUSSIAN TIME
Riccardo Agostini will replace Pal Varhaug at Hilmer


Agostini has a contract with MP for Auto GP...


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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:40

Whenever anyone says RUSSIAN TIME I feel like we need to break out into a 5 second dance or something.

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#717 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 20:54

That's it exactly.

#718 billm99uk

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 21:31

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:rotfl:

Funky! I think...

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 21:44

Varhaug has surprised me a little; after a decent season in Auto GP last year, I thought he would show that his poor 2011 season was a one off, but it seems that he just is that crap.


Curiously Daniel DeJong, who was inferior to Quaife Hobbs and Varhaug in AutoGP lasy year, seems to be getting better lap times in these tests that both of them.

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Posted 05 March 2013 - 21:53

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That looks worryingly like Kimi....

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 00:43

Curiously Daniel DeJong, who was inferior to Quaife Hobbs and Varhaug in AutoGP lasy year, seems to be getting better lap times in these tests that both of them.


I heard that the GP2 car was a car that some people just figured out no matter there success in other cars. And vise-versa, some drivers just couldn't figure it out, but were successful in other cars.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:55

Sad to say this. But Varhaug is way too slow :(

Edited by Myrvold, 06 March 2013 - 03:55.


#723 William Hunt

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 13:16

Agostini has a contract with MP for Auto GP...


He's a good driver. De Jongh also has a contract with MP for Auto GP, there are two races colliding (including the first one), De Jongh will be replaced during those Auto GP races by his compatriot Meindert van Buuren. Maybe they could also replace Agostini, who I prefer to see in GP2.

Edited by William Hunt, 06 March 2013 - 13:18.


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 13:22

Curiously Daniel DeJong, who was inferior to Quaife Hobbs and Varhaug in AutoGP lasy year, seems to be getting better lap times in these tests that both of them.


We've seen that before in GP2 testing, drivers who set competitive testing times that weren't competitive during the season. A driver that comes to mind is Belgian-Romanian Michael Herck (who quit driving for his studies). He was often quick in winter testing but not competitive during the season, apart from that odd pole position he scored in Spa Francorschamps 2010.

De Jongh hasn't impressed me in any series so far. I doubt he will be competitive but I'll be gladd to admit I'm wrong if he proves otherwise, he still is young and could still grow.

Edited by William Hunt, 06 March 2013 - 13:22.


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Posted 06 March 2013 - 16:53

Combined Times

01. James Calado (ART) - 1:50.218
02. Felipe Nasr (Carlin) - 1:50.902
03. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (MP Motorsport) - 1:51.642
04. Rene Binder (Lazarus) - 1:51.689
05. Daniel Abt (ART) - 1:52.034
06. Mitch Evans (Arden) - 1:52.176
07. Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:52.233
08. Marcus Ericsson (DAMS) - 1:52.266
09. Johnny Cecotto (Arden) - 1:52.296
10. Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus) - 1:52.457
11. Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) - 1:52.594
12. Simon Trummer (Rapax) - 1:52.685
13. Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport) - 1:52.692
14. Julian Leal (Racing Engineering) - 1:52.946
15. Jake Rosenzweig (Addax) - 1:53.100
16. Sergio Canamasas (Caterham) - 1:53.160
17. Stéphane Richelmi (DAMS) - 1:53.216
18. Robin Frijns (Trident) - 1:53.649
19. Christopher Zanella (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:53.772
20. Stefano Coletti (Rapax) - 1:53.818
21. Conor Daly (Hilmer) - 1:53.912
22. Rodolfo Gonzalez (Trident) - 1:53.994
23. Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) - 1:54.075
24. Ma Qing Hua (Caterham) - 1:54.857
25. Riccardo Agostini (Hilmer) - 1:55.077
26. Rio Haryanto (Addax) - 1:55.366

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 17:25

Hard to tell too much with wet running but Evans and Abt appear to have made steady progress over the practice sessions so far. Should be in the running for points early but not race wins.

Edited by expert, 06 March 2013 - 17:25.


#727 BackmarkerUK

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 18:15

Hard to tell too much with wet running but Evans and Abt appear to have made steady progress over the practice sessions so far. Should be in the running for points early but not race wins.


Racing Engineering definitely opted to resort to running pitstops for much of the day because of the weather conditions, I wouldn't be too surprised if other teams did the same.

Surprisingly Rio Haryanto, who has a bit of a reputation as a rain master, has been struggling, despite being in a good team in wet conditions.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 18:18

Anyone else really surprised by the times Rene Binder has been setting? Nothing in his career ever suggested he'd do well in GP2, but who knows at this point...

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 19:58

Anyone else really surprised by the times Rene Binder has been setting? Nothing in his career ever suggested he'd do well in GP2, but who knows at this point...


I followed him quite closely last season and he seems fairly inconsistent. He can be great one day and not so good another.

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Posted 06 March 2013 - 22:13

I followed him quite closely last season and he seems fairly inconsistent. He can be great one day and not so good another.


His teammate Giovesi has been more impresive so far.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 16:39

And Frijns was testing today for RUSSIAN TIME instead of Zanella, Gonzalez nowhere to be seen (well, at the bottom of the time sheets)

Edited by Ragnar668, 07 March 2013 - 16:40.


#732 BackmarkerUK

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:34

And Frijns was testing today for RUSSIAN TIME instead of Zanella, Gonzalez nowhere to be seen (well, at the bottom of the time sheets)


He was suffering from illness today, and wasn't planned to drive at all.

Combined Times

01. Stefano Coletti (Rapax) - 1:29.055
02. Marcus Ericsson (DAMS) - 1:29.217
03. Felipe Nasr (Carlin) - 1:29.381
04. Stéphane Richelmi (DAMS) - 1:29.453
05. Jolyon Palmer (Carlin) - 1:29.467
06. Sergio Canamasas (Caterham) - 1:29.611
07. James Calado (ART) - 1:29.624
08. Kevin Giovesi (Lazarus) - 1:29.812
09. Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:29.843
10. Fabio Leimer (Racing Engineering) - 1:29.862
11. Mitch Evans (Arden) - 1:29.902
12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (MP Motorsport) - 1:29.914
13. Daniel Abt (ART) - 1:29.994
14. Daniel De Jong (MP Motorsport) - 1:30.037
15. Robin Frijns (RUSSIAN TIME) - 1:30.053
16. Pal Varhaug (Hilmer) - 1:30.300
17. Conor Daly (Hilmer) - 1:30.417
18. Rene Binder (Lazarus) - 1:30.454
19. Julian Leal (Racing Engineering) - 1:30.601
20. Jake Rosenzweig (Addax) - 1:30.620
21. Johnny Cecotto (Arden) - 1:30.635
22. Simon Trummer (Rapax) - 1:30.667
23. Riccardo Agostini (Hilmer) - 1:30.724
24. Rio Haryanto (Addax) - 1:30.813
25. Rodolfo Gonzalez (Trident) - 1:31.029
26. Ma Qing Hua (Caterham) - 1:31.035

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:36

Wonder how long it will take to get used to Russ...excuse me, RUSSIAN TIME. Will the commentators raise their voice everytime they have to say that name as well?

#734 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 17:45

I think the team should demand we always write it in the Cyrillic alphabet, and obviously in caps.

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 18:16

Wonder how long it will take to get used to Russ...excuse me, RUSSIAN TIME. Will the commentators raise their voice everytime they have to say that name as well?


Not sure about raised voice but they should use a corny bad-Russian-mob-villain-guy-out-of-a-Schwarzenegger-movie accent.

Rrrrrushian time, m*********er.

Edited by noikeee, 07 March 2013 - 18:16.


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 15:09

Combined times 3 days:

1. Stefano Coletti Rapax 1:29.055
2. Marcus Ericsson DAMS 1:29.217
3. Felipe Nasr Carlin 1:29.381
4. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 1:29.453
5. Jolyon Palmer Carlin 1:29.467
6. Sergio Canamasas Caterham Racing 1:29.611
7. James Calado ART Grand Prix 1:29.624
8. Kevin Giovesi Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:29.812
9. Tom Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 1:29.843
10. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 1:29.862
11. Mitch Evans Arden International 1:29.902
12. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs MP Motorsport 1:29.914
13. Robin Frijns RUSSIAN TIME 1:29.951
14. Daniel Abt ART Grand Prix 1:29.994
15. Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport 1:30.037
16. Pal Varhaug Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.300
17. Johnny Cecotto Arden International 1:30.323
18. Conor Daly Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.417
19. Rene Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 1:30.454
20. Julian Leal Racing Engineering 1:30.601
21. Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 1:30.620
22. Simon Trummer Rapax 1:30.667
23. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 1:30.724
24. Rio Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 1:30.813
25. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing 1:31.029
26. Ma Qing Hua Caterham Racing 1:31.035
27. Luciano Bacheta RUSSIAN TIME 1:32.712
28. Christopher Zanella RUSSIAN TIME 1:53.772

Total KM and laps: http://gp2es.wordpre...2013-barcelona/

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 15:10

Next week Venezuela GP Lazarus will confirm Giovesi as the second driver

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 15:42

It's pointless to combine all 3 days into one list: there were different conditions (and drivers) each time they went out, so the comparison is meaningless. Not to mention weighted entirely towards one dry session.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 20:35

Next week Venezuela GP Lazarus will confirm Giovesi as the second driver


Sounds legit. They're pretty much already talking to him on Twitter like he is one. Same goes for Kevin himself.

Good call, Lazarus, if so.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 20:51

Sounds legit. They're pretty much already talking to him on Twitter like he is one. Same goes for Kevin himself.

Good call, Lazarus, if so.

He says 2 weeks ago that he will make the season with Lazarus:
http://gp2es.wordpre...esta-temporada/


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Posted 08 March 2013 - 20:55

And now a little but EPIC job, I try to predict the resuts of the 2013 season with the tests results. If you want to see:
http://translate.goo...UFqWbbufqNbEY6Q

Im sorry about Dillmann because he is very fast and with Addax Team. And I'm very happy with the position in the prediction of Kevin Giovesi and James Calado.


#742 KingB

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 21:20

Sounds legit. They're pretty much already talking to him on Twitter like he is one. Same goes for Kevin himself.

Good call, Lazarus, if so.

I got quotes from team principal Pagiaro...he said that Giovesi will be the teammate of Binder

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 09:38

Dillmann saying he'll have some sort of announcement soon. Could be nothing important, but, eh, fingers crossed.

#744 JourneyTH

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 11:02

http://www.gp2series...lmann-for-2013/

Uhm... was pretty important, it turns out.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 12:01

Get in! Lets just hope he doesn't get brought out mid season again, always been a good talent but never had the money.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 14:11

Good news, I'm very curious to see how he will do this season.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 23:48

Dillmann and Giovesi are two guys to follow for sure.

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Posted 11 March 2013 - 20:50


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That looks worryingly like Kimi....


:lol:

Y'know, I'm starting to wonder

Kimi Raikkonen not worried test issues will carry into F1 season

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:22

Giovesi joins Lazarus officially

soooo...neither of their drivers is Venezuelan...but didn't they want one desperately?

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 08:51

Giovesi joins Lazarus officially

soooo...neither of their drivers is Venezuelan...but didn't they want one desperately?


Yes, but good on them for not choosing Venezuelan drivers even if they aren't good enough. Binder and Giovesi is a decent line-up that could see them regularly in the points. Maybe Venezuelan backing is in doubt following Chavez' death (we've seen Roberto la Rocca lose his seat in GP3 thanks to it), so they didn't want to hamper themselves by taking a Venezuelan driver who the government wasn't going to pay for down the line.

Bacheta's sponsor pulled out, preventing him from competing in GP2

Canamasas signs for Caterham


DAMS
Team Principal: Jean-Paul Driot
Marcus Ericsson (confirmed)
Stéphane Richelmi (confirmed)

Lotus GP
Team Principal: Frédéric Vasseur; Nicolas Todt ; Technical Director: Guillaume Capietto
James Calado (confirmed)
Daniel Abt (confirmed)

Arden International
Team Principal: Christian Horner; Garry Horner
Johnny Cecotto, Jr. (confirmed)
Mitch Evans (confirmed)

Carlin
Team Principal: Trevor Carlin ; Technical Director: Colin Hale
Felipe Nasr (confirmed)
Jolyon Palmer (confirmed)

Racing Engineering
Team Principal: Alfonso de Orléans-Borbón
Fabio Leimer (confirmed)
Julián Leal (confirmed)

RUSSIAN TIME
Team Principal: Igor Mazepa; Technical Director: Timo Rumpfkeil
Tom Dillmann (confirmed)
Robin Frijns (tested for RUSSIAN TIME at Barcelona; has an inaccessible page on the GP2 website)
Christopher Zanella (tested for RUSSIAN TIME at Barcelona - test was just a GP2 prize)

Caterham Racing
Team Principal: Riad Asmat ; Technical Director: Humphrey Corbett
Ma Qing Hua (confirmed)
Sergio Canamasas (confirmed)

Barwa Addax Team
Team Principal: Alejandro Agag; Iganacio Muñoz-Alonso ; Technical Director: Chris Murphy
Rio Haryanto (confirmed)
Jake Rosenzweig (confirmed)

Rapax
Team Principal: Gianfranco Sovernigo; Andrea Bergamini ; Technical Director: Marco Gadola
Stefano Coletti (confirmed)
Simon Trummer (confirmed)

Trident Racing
Team Principal: Maurizio Salvadori ; Technical Director: Luca Zerbini
Nathanaël Berthon (tested for Trident Racing at Jerez and Barcelona; has a page on GP2 website - had contract problems at Barcelona)
Robin Frijns (tested for Trident Racing at Jerez and Barcelona; has an inaccessible page on GP2 website)
Rodolfo Gonzalez (tested for Trident Racing at Barcelona - was only standing in for Nathanaël Berthon)

Hilmer Motorsport
Team Principal: Franz Hilmer, Gianni Bianchi, Mark Preston
Pål Varhaug (tested for Hilmer Motorsport at Jerez and Barcelona)
Riccardo Agostini (tested for Hilmer Motorsport at Barcelona - already signed to do Auto GP this season; only plans to do GP2 in 2014)
Conor Daly (tested for Hilmer Motorsport at Barcelona - probably will do GP3 this season)
Kevin Ceccon (rumoured in Motorsport Aktuell; tested for Ocean Racing Technology at Barcelona)
Kevin Mirocha (rumoured in Motorsport Aktuell)

Venezuela GP Lazarus (Venezuela money may be in doubt following Chavez' death)
Team Principal: Tancredi Pagiaro
René Binder (confirmed)
Kevin Giovesi (confirmed)

MP Motorsport
Team Principal: Sander Dorsman
Daniël de Jong (confirmed)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (confirmed)

Edited by BackmarkerUK, 15 March 2013 - 10:10.