Issue 22 - GP2 takes to the desert in Abu Dhabi by nyut545e2


									26 NOVEMBER 2009
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                                                                                                                                                                                            iSport’s Davide
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DAVIDE VALSECCHI
                                                                                                                                                                                            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.
    Despite having
                                         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
made an
                                                      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.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DAVIDE VAlSECCHI

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                      next year?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DAVIDE VALSECChI’S
                                      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
                                      with them, but at the moment, we
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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.

                                                                                                        STEERING WHEEL

                                                                                                        “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.”

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