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#101 rmac923

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:36

Apparently there will be a couple of drivers' announcements this week according to the series' official FB page.

Once Caterham announce their F1 Lineup, they'll probably confirm Rossi for GP2. What are the chances Frijns gets the other seat? (He's rumoured to be Caterham's 3rd driver next year.)



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#102 charly0418

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:13

If Frijns is indeed Caterhamns 3rd driver as its being heavily rumored right now, then no doubt he goes to the GP2 team


Edited by charly0418, 21 January 2014 - 02:13.


#103 Anja

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:49

Rossi and Haryanto at Caterham. No Frijns...



#104 charly0418

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 10:51

ugh! How can they prefer Haryanto? I guess they also need $ for GP2


Edited by charly0418, 21 January 2014 - 10:51.


#105 billm99uk

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 13:39

ugh! How can they prefer Haryanto? I guess they also need $ for GP2

 

Maybe they felt GP2 would be a backward step for Frijns?



#106 HaydenFan

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:10

Maybe Rossi is bringing some funds? And we all know the financial situation with Frijns.



#107 Prost1997T

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:17

Rossi is part of a General Electric deal, and Haryanto has Indonesian oil company sponsorship among others.



#108 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:20

Is he though? I thought that was a b2b thing between AirAsia and GE engines. Which predates Rossi I think. Though they use him because GE is an American company and it's better to have Rossi do events and such for them than a Dutchman.



#109 SenorSjon

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:34

According to F1Today Frijns doesn't want to do GP2 again due to the weird rules and reverse grids. It made drivers more agressive than they should.



#110 dau

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 14:51

According to F1Today Frijns doesn't want to do GP2 again due to the weird rules and reverse grids. It made drivers more agressive than they should.

Wait, what? Frijns complaining about drivers being too aggressive?



#111 billm99uk

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 16:15

Wait, what? Frijns complaining about drivers being too aggressive?

 

Yeah, that's a bit rich from Mr "Try to pass me on the outside and I'll push you off!"



#112 Risil

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 21:03

Yeah, that's a bit rich from Mr "Try to pass me on the outside and I'll push you off!"

 

Well that's just common sense.



#113 Jackmancer

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 21:27

Wait, what? Frijns complaining about drivers being too aggressive?

 

It's just saying whatever suits him. If he had a GP2 seat, GP2 would have been the best league in the world.

 

I do wonder what Frijns is going to do. Two years of little-to-no racing might kill his career.



#114 charly0418

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 21:49

http://gp2es.com/201..._medium=twitter

 

Regalia close to joining Hilmer, looks like he's starting to get the money he needs



#115 charly0418

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:16

So Stoffel is finally confirmed at ART... that makes me happy

 

Izawa also joining ART... that makes me wanna puke

 

 

 

Honestly of the 12 drivers announced so far only Stoffel is the promising one, Marciello and Evans would help but the grid is so poor


Edited by charly0418, 23 January 2014 - 08:39.


#116 Nustang70

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 08:55

GP2 isn't shaping up too poorly: Vandoorne at ART, Palmer & Richelmi at DAMS, Rossi at Caterham, and Arthur Pic at Campos.  



#117 KingB

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 09:51

well I'm glad that Vandoorne joins ART as McLaren-Honda wants to make a junior team out of it. Izawa was a bit of a shocker, but I let me surprise what he is capable of. If he's not worthy...we'll maybe at least we have a good bit of laugh like Teixeira or Serenelli :p



#118 noikeee

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 11:32

Well I certainly didn't expect to see a 29 year old seasoned FNippon driver in here. Quickly skimming over his stats I don't expect great things but it's still very interesting, rare chance of measuring how good the standards are over there. Izawa appears to have won the odd race here and there for the past couple years and finished 3rd in 2012 so whilst not "promising" he is not useless neither. Remember people make whole careers out of Formula Nippon, so you'd expect the standards there not to be far of GP2 level as they get to gain experience year after year, unlike the feeder series where drivers rarely stay around for more than 2 or 3 years and do not have stability.



#119 muramasa

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:02

Izawa's appointment is a bit puzzling to me. No, not because he's crap nor makes one puke, but because he's one of older drivers among SuperForumla, and because there are other Japanese, Honda drivers who are seemingly better than him. Like Yamamoto who's 2013 champion, and Tsukakoshi who beat Izawa while teammate of Izawa 11-12.

 

I'd think that he's expected to be a kind of yardstick and bridge, yardstick to measure the level of current Japanese drivers in Japanese series on international scale, and a bridge between european series and japanese series that has very few interaction with outside esp for Japanese drivers, as well as bridge until truly promising Japanese drivers of new generation come out.

 

I understand the point itself of sending one of Japanese drivers of top japanese series like him into GP2. Even if he fail badly there, it doesnt make much damage to his career coz he's reaching 30 and will still have fine job in Japan. If he do well there, that might possibly open up new possibility for him like chances in WEC, so there's motivation for him.

 

But even then, it looks to me that drivers like Yamamoto fit better for that role.

 

Or it could be due to English language ability.

 

Anyway they should know more than me.



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#120 BRG

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:20

Is Izawa coming with backing from Docomo for whose team he has been driving in FN?  Maybe it is something to do with their international business plans?



#121 billm99uk

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:41

Izawa's appointment is a bit puzzling to me. No, not because he's crap nor makes one puke, but because he's one of older drivers among SuperForumla, and because there are other Japanese, Honda drivers who are seemingly better than him. Like Yamamoto who's 2013 champion, and Tsukakoshi who beat Izawa while teammate of Izawa 11-12.

 

 

I can understand Honda wanting a young Japanese driver or two to be in a position for an F1 seat, but you think they'd pick someone a bit younger. I mean Izawa is three years older than Kobayashi.



#122 muramasa

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 12:45

Is Izawa coming with backing from Docomo for whose team he has been driving in FN?  Maybe it is something to do with their international business plans?

no it's Honda's drivers program to raise Japanese driver.

 

Also announced is that association/cooperation b/w Honda's driver program and Mclaren's young driver development program. As for exactly what kind of tie-up it will be in detail, I'm not sure, but the joint b/w Honda's and McLaren's driver programs is what's announced, and Izawa to GP2 is part of that. Vandoorne who's on Maclarens program joins ART as well, so practically it's more like owning or putting ART under Mclaren/Honda.

 

No one sees Izawa eventually to F1, so it should be part of comprehensive program I guess. As i said, Izawa as yardstick and bridge. whether or not other young guns in various junior series (like Formula Renault, GP3, etc) will be gradually added to the portfolio, we'll see.



#123 dau

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 13:41

I have no idea what Honda are thinking there. Even though there doesn't seem to be a Japanese driver standing out at the moment, there must be a better choice than him. 



#124 noikeee

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 14:02

Maybe he's gonna be some sort of mentor to Vandoorne. Who knows, it's a little off the norm and there's no obvious reasoning behind it other than "we had to get a Japanese guy in there" but then there's other Japanese guys.

 

Still interesting.



#125 muramasa

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 14:36

i can understand the logic itself. Nowadays those who are born in 80s are too old for fresh challenge of GP2, so in that sense both Yamamoto(born in '88) and Tsukakoshi (born '86) has already missed the chance. Also they've got only few drivers in F3 Japan as Honda dont participate in there for long time (almost all cars are on Toyota badge, with only 2 Mugen-Honda cars).

 

But still I think Honda is being bit too conservative. Maybe the choice was made taking into factors comprehensively such as language and mentality, but they could take chance.

Tsukakoshi i think was on Honda's intl program until 08 and was competing in Euro F3 for 08 season, and finished #6. Not bad at all. But Honda withdrew and discontinued everything together with F1 in 08, so he couldnt continue racing in Europe and step up into GP2, so had to come back to Japan to compete in F-Nippon. So he has oversea experience, beat Izawa and younger.

Yamamoto has overall better record as well.

Or appoint someone young from their pool, or "borrow" one of those F3 champs from Toyota.

 

Yet it's interesting and hopefully he do well.



#126 Option1

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 14:38

Izawa as a yardstick theory is the one that makes the most sense to me.*

 

Neil

 

So that's probably not the reasoning.



#127 sopa

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 15:20

Maybe Honda wants to thank/honour Izawa for his long-term services by giving him a GP2 ride. Like Ferrari thanked Badoer by giving him Ferrari race seat after Massa's injury in 2009. Or Honda themselves have given wild-card Moto GP rides to the likes of Nakasuga for being a long-time test rider.



#128 ezequiel

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 15:36

http://gp2es.com/201..._medium=twitter

 

Regalia close to joining Hilmer, looks like he's starting to get the money he needs

 

 If this is true his confirmation at Hilmer should come with a confirmation of him as a Force India test driver (and he would be contracted directly to Force India not Hilmer)



#129 Prost1997T

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 12:41

Daniel de Jong at MP: http://www.gp2series...-MP-Motorsport/



#130 ezequiel

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 21:24

http://granpremioweb...ba-en-un-f1.php

 

Apparently, despite his confirmation at Hilmer, Regalia still needs to find 60% of the necessary budget.



#131 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 21:58

If I read that right, Hilmer needs a budget of 2million(US dollars?) but the owners cover 40% and Facu has to find the rest? And he's got half a million of his own money(Pirelli, other sponsors) and his family is putting up 500k?



#132 charly0418

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 23:17

If I read that right, Hilmer needs a budget of 2million(US dollars?) but the owners cover 40% and Facu has to find the rest? And he's got half a million of his own money(Pirelli, other sponsors) and his family is putting up 500k?

 

According to the article, with the sponsors and family $ he's at around 1 million.

 

I'm guessing he doesnt need it all to start the season, but at some point, maybe the 4th race, if he doesnt complete the budget they'll drop him



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Posted 11 February 2014 - 19:48

Nasr has offers from Racing E, Russian Time and Carlin..

 

probably will see him at Russian Time next year.. 



#134 HistoryFan

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 10:37

can't see this happen, if he will do Friday practises for Williams. What are your sources?


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#135 luispaulob

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 11:41

can't see this happen, if he will do Friday practises for Williams. What are your sources?

Brazillian ones.. Very reliable. 

 

He is doing both. GP2 and Williams.. (Calado did it last year with Force India)

 

I can even say that he WILL be testing in BAHRAIN in two weeks time.



#136 HistoryFan

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:20

Would be nice to see him back in GP2!



#137 Pilla

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 20:52

Any news on where Evans will end up? A month or so ago he was saying there were three opportunities: Russia Time, Racing Engineering, and one other.

 

It will be hard for him to get the money together, New Zealanders aren't known for splashing money around and I remember reading that even with the GP3 Prize money he didn't quite have the budget to compete last year.



#138 billm99uk

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 21:34

I guess this is the FIA's cunning plan to avoid Palmer winning the title by using all his tyres in the feature races  ;)

 

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/112509



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Posted 13 February 2014 - 21:52

Good move but had to be done. Too many results were distorted last year with drivers going all or nothing in the feature race using the prime-prime strategy. As you say, Palmer being the most prolific of them. GP2 is looking in much better health this year, could be its best year for quite a while. 



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#140 charly0418

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 21:53

I guess this is the FIA's cunning plan to avoid Palmer winning the title by using all his tyres in the feature races  ;)

 

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/112509

 

about time they did this change. That double hards strategy that some used was super annoying. And then when they started on the top 3 lanes on Sunday you knew they were only there because they had to and dropped like 10 places on the first 2 laps



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:12

Any news on where Evans will end up? A month or so ago he was saying there were three opportunities: Russia Time, Racing Engineering, and one other.

 

It will be hard for him to get the money together, New Zealanders aren't known for splashing money around and I remember reading that even with the GP3 Prize money he didn't quite have the budget to compete last year.

I guess if money's an issue then Russian Time may be his best option, if they still give drives away cheaply or for next to nothing at all. He tested with them in Abu Dhabi already, I think.

 

 

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@billm99uk GP2 isn't run by the FIA. :)


Edited by Brandz07, 14 February 2014 - 09:12.


#142 billm99uk

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 14:19

@billm99uk GP2 isn't run by the FIA. :)

 

Yeah, I know. But I had forgotten who does and was too lazy to look it up



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 22:46

I guess this is the FIA's cunning plan to avoid Palmer winning the title by using all his tyres in the feature races  ;)

 

http://www.autosport...t.php/id/112509

 

"Series boss Bruno Michel feels the change was necessary in order to prepare drivers better for the jump to Formula 1, where the use of the two compounds is also mandatory."

 

Cut out and keep, that's a hell of a sentence.


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#144 HistoryFan

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 19:31

There are rumours for Kimiya Sato going to Campos



#145 billm99uk

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Posted 16 February 2014 - 21:55

There are rumours for Kimiya Sato going to Campos

 

Now confirmed http://www.autosport...t.php/id/112536

 

Not a bad move, considering a pretty game showing in AutoGP last year.



#146 HistoryFan

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 13:52

Rumpfkeil is out at Russian Time, Dillmann lost cockpit.

In GP3 Eriksson, Pommer and Kirchhöfer are also out...



#147 Ross Stonefeld

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 13:55

I guess that means the team is out...



#148 HistoryFan

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 14:35

I think there will be 26 cars on the grid, let's look how it goes on



#149 KingB

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 14:52

wow that's a pretty uninspiring move from those guys from Russian Time. Rumpfkeil told me a few days ago that everything is on it's way and that the season is safe.

 

Too bad for all those who are losing their cockpit. Let's see what happens to the team. It has done nearly everything right up to now...



#150 HistoryFan

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Posted 17 February 2014 - 15:44

who ownes Russian Time now?