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CK VALSECCHI v BEyONCÉ
Valsecchi met his Confidence low after a tough
KOBAyASHI STEPS UP hero Beyoncé in Abu
Dhabi, talking his way
into the backstage
season with Durango and
Barwa Addax, his switch to
iSport for the Asia Series saw
area at her gig. The instant results – a win and
Kamui Kobayashi became the impact. He qualified and raced Italian admitted that second place in Abu Dhabi.
latest GP2 driver to graduate into strongly in Brazil, and backed it up his excitement was
Formula 1 when he was called up with an even better performance quickly overcome by
by the Toyota team for the final in Abu Dhabi, where he overtook more pressing concerns.
two grands prix of the season in world champions Kimi Raikkonen “It gave me goosebumps,” he LUCA FILIPPI
Brazil and Abu Dhabi. and Jenson Button on his way to said. “And then I felt really bad. I had qualifying the Won the final race of the
Ironically, the former DAMS a points-scoring sixth place. next day, what was I doing at a concert?” 2009 main series season in
driver’s opportunity Toyota’s withdrawal from F1 Portugal, switched to Asia
came at the expense means that the Japanese driver
of 2007 GP2 Series has to find a new home for 2010,
PIqUET GP CHANGES NAME Series specialists Meritus for
the winter and nearly won the
champion Timo Glock, but his efforts have not gone Piquet GP has been named Rapax ahead of the opening round in Abu Dhabi.
who was sidelined by
an injury sustained in
a crash in Japan.
unnoticed and there are rumours
linking him with other teams.
If he succeeds, he will join
many other ex-GP2
ASIA SERIES KICKS OFF new GP2 season. The new moniker was borrowed
from a Roman legion that was formed in 31BC and
fought under the motto ‘I came to win’. A team
spokesman said: “We all trust the motto will bring
The Italian is on a roll.
little time for drivers in F1, which The GP2 paddock barely had a chance the place back he was then passed by good luck and that we can honour it.” SUPER NOVA RACING
preparation, just shows that you to catch its breath from the 2009 season Meritus’ Luca Filippi during the pitstops. Team boss David Sears felt
never know when
GP2 will uncover
before the 2009/10 Asia Series got
underway against the spectacular backdrop
The pair fought side-by-side through
the closing stages before Valsecchi took
GP2 2010 TESTING his team underperformed
in the 2009 main series, but
immediate its next star… of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit. back the lead with a spectacular passing The first hints of what could be in store for the a good result in Abu Dhabi
And the drama of the setting was closely move on his compatriot, and held on for 2010 GP2 Series were on display at Paul Ricard hinted at a return to form.
matched by the drama on the track. As his first ever GP2 win. Filippi was second, earlier this month when the paddock assembled
always, the Asia Series field pitched some with Super Nova rookie James Jakes for its final test before the holidays.
hUlK reaPs rewarD new faces against old ones racing in new
colours, and at the end of the weekend the
spoils were shared by the two camps.
completing the podium.
Valsecchi was again the star on Sunday,
charging from eighth to second, but the
With teams and drivers aiming to finalise deals
for the new season, it was Romanian Michael
Herck who came out on top with DPR. Britain’s
ART GRAND PRIX
Encouraging pace from
Nico Hülkenberg did not have Despite taking on a highly Main series veteran Davide Valsecchi glory went to DAMS debutant Christian James Jakes was second fastest overall with rookies Sam Bird and Marcus
to wait long to reap the rewards experienced field as a rookie, couldn’t have picked a better way to Vietoris, who led from start to finish. Josef Super Nova. Ericsson in Abu Dhabi, but
of winning the 2009 GP2 Series Hülkenberg was in a class of start his relationship with iSport than by Kral gave Super Nova its second podium GP2 race winner various misfortunes meant
title – just weeks after the his own during the second winning the feature race, and he had to of the weekend after finishing third. Luiz Razia was third that the team left Yas Marina
GP2 season ended, he was half of the year. His five work hard for it too. Despite starting from The GP2 Asia Series action will resume with Barwa Addax, without any points. Expect
confirmed as a Williams F1 wins, including a memorable pole, Valsecchi was passed by ART rookie at Abu Dhabi on 5/6 February before ahead of Jules that to be quickly rectified.
driver for 2010. clean sweep of pole and two Sam Bird off the line, and while he took moving on to the next stop in Bahrain. Bianchi (ART) and
victories on home ground at Will Brat (Coloni).
the Nürburgring, helped him to
secure the title by an eventual
LINE-UP TAKES SHAPE PLAMEN KRALEV
margin of 25 points over his
closest challenger Vitaly Petrov.
Hülkenberg’s life as an F1
AFRICA UPDATE Seats are already filling up fast for next year’s GP2
Series. After scoring three wins with iSport this
Blazing a trail as GP2’s first
Bulgarian driver, but struggled
to match the pace of his rivals
driver starts when he joins The €19,000 raised by the GP2 fraternity at its annual year, Giedo van der Garde will join Addax and has in the desert. But Trident has
the rookie tests at Jerez next charity auction in September is already making a huge high expectations for 2010. patience, and will offer the
month. And with three new difference. The Series has thrown its support behind efforts Meanwhile, title-winning squad ART Grand Prix perfect environment to learn.
teams set to join the F1 grid to build and develop St Mary’s Primary School in the will welcome Frenchman Jules Bianchi, the reigning
next year, several of his former Ugandan village of Seeta Nazigo and the project has F3 Euro Series champion, for 2010.
GP2 rivals are also rumoured to taken great strides in the past couple of months, including
be in line for a promotion… the construction of a new roof on the schoolhouse.
Follow the school’s progress at www.seeta-nazigo.com
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On tHE UP:
Q: Abu Dhabi was a great
weekend for you…
A: Abu Dhabi was incredible. The
There was no looking back
for Diego Nunes at the start best thing for me was that iSport
of a new season of GP2 Asia Alvaro Parente (PoR, ocean Racing
Sergio Technology) celebrates his victory. gave me such a great car, which
Roldán Rodríguez made it so much easier. I had my
has probably had
better days than this...
first pole position, so I was really
Petrov Marcus Ericsson happy because it is a good step
gets a few pointers
from his engineer for me – I’m normally not that
good over one lap.
In race one, Luca Filippi got
ahead of me in the pitstop, but in
results weren’t there last year, and the second part of the race my car a bad season for me – I had a
I thought we performed better than was a bit faster, I overtook him, good car with Barwa, so that was
where we ended up. But taking a and then I set the fastest lap at disappointing. But then iSport
year out let me just reflect on how the end. It was my first victory, so called, we tested and we did a
HE’S BACk: things work and life in general, and xxxx
it felt really good. Then race two deal for the Asia Series. It was
JAMES JAkES I’ve really learnt a lot. was great – I started from eighth, like everything was different from
overtook two cars at the start, just one month earlier. So I got 19
Q: You joined Super Nova for Q: Were you surprised how xxx and in the second part of the race points from one weekend, and am
the main series tests and also quickly you were on the pace? Three amigos: iSport’s Davide I worked my way up to second. It really happy.
Valsecchi celebrates pole
for the Asia Series, and so far A: Yes and no. The first time I position with Fabio Leimer was really fun. That was my best
(right) and Sam Bird (left)
things seem to be going well? drove again was in Jerez, and we race weekend ever. Q: Can you win the title?
A: Yes, things have gone very well. were quick but I struggled with the A: I don’t know. A lot can happen
We didn’t have the budget to race new tyres – which had been the Q: What made the difference? in a race weekend! But I feel
this year, so we decided to do problem throughout my career. A: I was really confident with the really comfortable and I’m very
Asia because I thought we could But the three days there were car and iSport. That just made confident that we should still be
do a good job. With hindsight the just about driving again. I knew it easier to be faster. This was competitive at the next race.
True glove: DAMS driver
that I’d be in good physical shape Christian Vietoris celebrates
because that was something I his win in Abu Dhabi
could work on all year. ABU DHABI 2009
our race pace in Abu Dhabi
was good but I got shoved wide
in the second race, which was
“I’m A VEry LuCky
boy to bE hErE”
unfortunate. Then we went to Paul All the big guns were
out for the start of the
Ricard for the final main series test new GP2 Asia Series
and the three days of testing were
good – we were very quick.
Art grAND prIx’S SAm bIrD IS Not tAkINg
Q: Will you do the main series gp2 ASIA At Abu DhAbI for grANtED
A: I am going to do the main
poLE tImE ChrIStIAN VIEtorIS’
series, but with whom we don’t
know yet. obviously Super Nova is
For a really hair-raising
one of the teams we’re considering experience, Giacomo
and I’d be very happy to do it Ricci plugs the other for thE fEAturE rACE AVErAgE SpEED IN thE SprINt rACE
end into the mains
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Thumbs up F1 star
for gp3 car
Packed with state-of-the-art features, the new
Mark Webber is backing the GP3
GP3 car has received rave reviews from drivers, Series to provide talented young
according to GP2 technical director Didier Perrin drivers with a clear route into F1
“We are very happy with very important. In many The potential of the GP3 Series to provide
the performance and other series, the power a vital step for young drivers on their way
behaviour of the car. is insufficient compared to F1 was confirmed at Paul Ricard earlier
The feedback from the to the downforce, so the this month – by F1 star Mark Webber.
drivers is that the GP3 driving style is different The Red Bull Racing ace put the GP3 car
is very agile. It is quick, to F1 or GP2. We wanted through its paces around the circuit’s 3A
and you have a wide a car that required an F1 configuration and he liked what he saw.
range in which you can and GP2 sort of driving “I can honestly say that it is like driving
use the engine. That is style – and we’ve got it.” a small F1 car,” the Australian said. “The
“I can honestly
say that it is like
“We wanted something that is going in the
direction of the new Formula 1 rules but not driving a small
that extreme, because if we had made the front
wing as wide as the F1 version it would have
Formula 1 car”
been too exposed to accidents.” biggest advantage for this championship
has to be racing at F1 race weekends.
This will give drivers great exposure.”
Webber has backed up his words with
actions, having signed up as team principal
of the MW Team Arden squad.
“The steering wheel
features all the things you
COOLING SYSTEM see on a modern racecar
FUEL CELL “We have taken extra – upshift, downshift,
precautions here, so that clutch, and a screen
“The fuel cell is a lot this car could race in a with many pages of
bigger than we strictly very hot environment information. It is a state-
needed, because we like the Middle East. We of-the-art steering wheel.”
wanted to leave the wanted some margin.”
possibility of longer races
or bigger engines open
for the future.”