2015 GP2 Season Preview
As the eleventh season supporting F1 races around the world, 2015 season of GP2 will bring together thirteen teams and twenty six drivers competing for the title in this open-wheel series. This year also, the series is still going to use the Dallara GP2/11 chassis, but the biggest news for this season is the introduction of Drag Reduction System, or DRS, which will be used as it is in Formula 1.
As in GP3, not all drivers have been confirmed by their teams, but from what is known, 2014 GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer will not return to defend his title, because under the series regulaton a driver is not allowed to return to the series, and Felipe Nasr has left Carlin to join Sauber Formula One team. Pierre Gasly and GP3 2014 champion Alex Lynn will drive for DAMS, Julián Leal is to drive for Carlin, Stoffel Vandoorne will be at the weel of ART Grand Prix racecar, Racing Engineering has confirmed Raffaele Marciello as their driver, Arthur Pic will drive for Campos Racing and André Negrao will drive for Arden International.
Caterham Racing has left the GP2 series this year, enabling Teddy Yip’s Status Grand Prix to expand its operations to GP2 by purchasing the team. This year, the teams to compete are: Lazarus, Hilmer Motorsports, Status Grand Prix, Arden International, Rapax, MP Motorsport, Campos Racing, Trident, Russian Time, Racing Engineering, ART Grand Prix, Carlin and DAMS, the 2014 champions.
Eleven events will include Bahrain International Circuit, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Circuit de Monaco, Red Bull Ring, Silverstone Circuit, an undisclosed circuit in Germany, Hungaroring, Circuit de Spa-Francochamps, Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Sochi International Circuit and Yas Marina Circuit. The first event will be held on April the 18th and the last one is to be held on 29th November.
For his plans in 2015 season, the reigning team’s owner Jean-Paul Driot has commented: “After the brilliant season we had in 2014 it’ll be difficult to do better! Obviously our aim is to keep our titles and I’m delighted to welcome Pierre Gasly and Alex Lynn to the team. It’s the youngest driver line-up we’ve ever had in GP2, but we’ve got two exceptionally talented guys who have a great future ahead of them. Although the overall level in the championship will again be very high, I’m confident that with these drivers DAMS will prove worthy of its rank.”
And after a brilliant season in GP3, the 2014 GP3 champion and GP2 newcomer had to say the following: “I am delighted to be racing with DAMS in 2015. Their record in the last few years speaks for itself and there’s nowhere else I wanted to be in GP2 – it’s a fantastic opportunity for me and I’d like to thank them for giving me this break. My aim is to fight for the Championship. It’s a long time since anybody won GP2 in their first year, but if we can get off to a solid start there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to fight for wins and podiums straight away. I also know Pierre very well, we’re good friends and it’s not often that team-mates see eye to eye so I’m looking forward to having a good year with him – it will also make things a lot smoother and more productive for the team with us working together in a positive way. Bring on Bahrain!”
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