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#1 Peat

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:16

So, GP2 kicks off this weekend in Malaysia.

Runners and Riders: http://www.gp2series...ms-and-Drivers/

I can't really see past a Calado vs Nasr title fight. They are the only 2 i really rate.

Notable noobs:
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (Talented young brit)
Ma Qing Hua (That bloke who Friday'ed for HRT. Not raced many single seaters, hope he's not a disgrace)
Mitch Evans (That Aussie douche who won the GP3 title despite atrocious driving at Monza)

Throw in a bit of Malaysian weather and we should have fireworks!

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#2 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:22

Evans is from New Zealand.

#3 Seanspeed

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:27

Thats right!

I keep forgetting GP2 starts much earlier now. Nice.

#4 Peat

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:30

Evans is from New Zealand.


Bah. Australia/New Zealand - Same thing

*runs for cover

#5 Deluxx

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:40

Who's broadcasting this season this year? I know it most likely wont be on in America but... we have our ways of getting the race.

#6 Peat

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:53

Sky Sports F1 here in the UK.

#7 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:56

Sky Sports F1 here in the UK.


With Will Buxton back doing the world feed commentary for both that and GP3 (which is also being shown on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, though I appreciate this is the GP2 thread).

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:57

Sky Sports F1 here in the UK.


Doesn't look like the feature race is live on my schedule? :cry:

#9 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 14:59

Doesn't look like the feature race is live on my schedule? :cry:


Both races are live. Race 1 is 3.10-4.35am on Saturday morning, race 2 is 4.10-5.10 on Sunday morning.

#10 Peat

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:07

@HuddersfieldTerrier - Yeah, i know, it's a shame.

@bilm99uk - Both races are before the F1 sessions this weekend due to F1 being on so late in the day for 'us westies'. Because that's what we want.....apparently.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:08

Both races are live. Race 1 is 3.10-4.35am on Saturday morning, race 2 is 4.10-5.10 on Sunday morning.


Ah, I see now. Thanks! Was expecting it be after qualifying :blush:

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:10

Any word if Frijns will have a seat?

#13 HuddersfieldTerrier1986

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:13

Ah, I see now. Thanks! Was expecting it be after qualifying :blush:


No worries. that's generally the case for the European based races (although race 2 is always on a Sunday morning local time), but with it being a late start in Malaysia, once you take into account the potential for the race to be stopped due to rain or fading light after the F1, having them before the F1 on both days is the sensible choice.

#14 Deluxx

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:15

With Will Buxton back doing the world feed commentary for both that and GP3 (which is also being shown on Sky Sports F1 in the UK, though I appreciate this is the GP2 thread).


hmm, I wonder how he got that gig with his Nbc contract! They're normally anal about that

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:15

It's going to be Calado vs. Nasr alright, although Dillmann, going by his immense testing pace, could also be a factor. And, ofc, some of the seasoned veterans like Leimer, Ericsson etc etc could always pull a Valsecchi.

#16 billm99uk

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:16

Mitch Evans (That Aussie douche who won the GP3 title despite atrocious driving at Monza)


He just got a bit desperate because the title was slipping away. It's was hardly his usual style of driving, which tended to be a bit bland, if anything.

#17 HaydenFan

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:20

I think if RUSSIAN TIME can provide a good backing for Dillman will be a title contender as well. Seeing 2 whole teams without drivers being confirmed is a worrying sign though. While I bet those seats are filled, that uncertainty isn't good for the series.

#18 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 15:25

hmm, I wonder how he got that gig with his Nbc contract! They're normally anal about that


Probably because it's an FOM job, which he already had, rather than directly for a competing network. And pit reporters are often off doing other roles, they aren't the 'main talent'.

#19 HistoryFan

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 19:24

I think if RUSSIAN TIME can provide a good backing for Dillman will be a title contender as well. Seeing 2 whole teams without drivers being confirmed is a worrying sign though. While I bet those seats are filled, that uncertainty isn't good for the series.


I thought we hear something today, but nothing happens...


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#20 Tufty

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 19:52

Both races are live. Race 1 is 3.10-4.35am on Saturday morning, race 2 is 4.10-5.10 on Sunday morning.

Thanks. What time is the qualifying on? Can't get SkyGo running so can't check the schedule.

#21 Gyan

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:17

Calado vs Nasr, but I wouldn't rule out Mitch Evans either.

#22 Peat

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:36

GP2 Qualy = 7:50am, Friday

#23 expert

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:36

Mitch Evans conceded in the NZ press this week that he doesn't have funding for the full season, so will be hoping good results will attract more sponsorship.

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 20:44

Mitch Evans (That Aussie douche who won the GP3 title despite atrocious driving at Monza)


Yes, because what you do at the last race is what really matters, not that you built up a good lead over the course of the other, apparently less important, 14 races.

Oh, and he's not an Aussie, that was a noob mistake on your part...

#25 charly0418

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 21:34

My projected standings at the end of the season:


1- James Calado
2- Felipe Nasr
3- Stefano Coletti
4- Marcus Ericsson
5- Fabio Leimer
6- Johnny Cecotto
7- Tom Dillman
8- Jolyon Palmer
9- Daniel Abt
10- Robin Frijns



Don't think Mitch Evans will do good
Ma Qing Hua will be terrible
Addax will keep sinking

I think this years grid has more talent than last years, problem is, it has less money

#26 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 21:38

I think Frijns would be higher than that.

#27 KingB

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 21:41

I think as well that Calado will do the job at the front...
but it's a close call who will follow him...wouldn't bet my money on anybody

#28 Peat

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 22:49

blah


All of which has since been established in this thread. Thanks for reading.

#29 PorcupineTroy

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 22:51

Personally, I'm expecting Ericsson to win the championship this year. If it were between Calado and Nasr, I would go with the former.

Or maybe Frijns could do something great?

#30 CrossF1

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 22:52

Conor Daly with Hilmer?
https://twitter.com/...782267245903873

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 23:32

Conor Daly with Hilmer?
https://twitter.com/...782267245903873


Just this race or season though?

Seems to have tested every four-wheeled series in Europe this winter ;)

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Posted 18 March 2013 - 23:37

Hoping Calado wipes the floor, be nice to see a Brit do well and hopefully get an F1 drive on merit in 2014.
Thought Daniel Abt would give him a hard time but he's been off Calado's pace in testing but I suppose he is a rookie, but he may start running Calado close later on in the year.


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:07

People who have so far been confirmed to be in Malaysia yet without an official GP2 seat are Daly, Pal Varhaug, Nat Berthon and Kevin Ceccon. Ceccon must've landed a GP2 seat according to a very very cheeky tweet by Will Buxton. Good news.



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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:24

Bird returns to GP2 with RUSSIAN TIME:
http://www.gp2series...t-RUSSIAN-TIME/

#35 Peat

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:31

Seriously, that guy must have money to burn.

Presumably he is therefore not the reserve for MercGP anymore?

#36 Jackmancer

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:35

I think Frijns would be higher than that.


Frijns doesn't even have a seat atm :( :(

#37 Lotusseven

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 08:40

Seriously, that guy must have money to burn.

Presumably he is therefore not the reserve for MercGP anymore?


Bird was in the Mercedes garage in AUS so I think he is the reserve.
I was hoping for Frijns in RT. :(

Edited by Lotusseven, 19 March 2013 - 09:42.


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:07

Seriously, that guy must have money to burn.

Presumably he is therefore not the reserve for MercGP anymore?


If Mercedes had actually needed to substitute someone for one of their regular drivers I think they would have chosen someone with recent F1 race experience, e.g. Heikki Kovalainen or Vitaly Petrov. Sam Bird will, with all probability, still drive for Merc at the 'young' driver tests.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:13

Dillman famously has little to no budget, but is a reasonable talent: it's not hard to figure that RT have brought in Bird for very little money but with the ambition of having two strong drivers and showing what the team can do, so as to attract moneyed drivers in the future.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:44

Dillman famously has little to no budget, but is a reasonable talent: it's not hard to figure that RT have brought in Bird for very little money but with the ambition of having two strong drivers and showing what the team can do, so as to attract moneyed drivers in the future.


It´s DillmanN ;)


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:48

Just this race or season though?

Seems to have tested every four-wheeled series in Europe this winter ;)


I think it's only for this race. He should do GP3 with ART. But I could be wrong.

And looks like Frijns won't drive for Trident. It will be Ceccon and Berthon instead.

Edited by CrossF1, 19 March 2013 - 09:49.


#42 Jackman

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 09:51

Just because he's driving for RUSSIAN TIME doesn't give him the right to randomly capitalise letters in his name.

#43 KingB

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 10:03

Well, I didn't see that move coming...so I wouldn't bet on the other two missing driver pairings

#44 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:03

Dillman famously has little to no budget, but is a reasonable talent: it's not hard to figure that RT have brought in Bird for very little money but with the ambition of having two strong drivers and showing what the team can do, so as to attract moneyed drivers in the future.


In F3000 they were called Brand Motorsport.

#45 Jackmancer

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:39

FFS NO Frijns =/
what a joke

#46 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:46

If he doesn't have enough money he's not going to race *shrug*

#47 Jackmancer

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:50

If he doesn't have enough money he's not going to race *shrug*


Sauber can't afford to invest a bit? -.-

#48 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:00

I think they invested by hiring Nico Hulkenberg.

#49 billm99uk

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:02

Well, I didn't see that move coming...so I wouldn't bet on the other two missing driver pairings


Which seats are left then? :confused:

And who are the contenders...

#50 KingB

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 12:24

Which seats are left then? :confused:

And who are the contenders...

Trident and Hilmer still have to announce their drivers.
Trident tested Frijns, Berthon and Gonzalez
Hilmer tested Varhaug, Daly and Agostini
but names like Ceccon are thrown in too