Just three rounds remain in the GP2 series, with Jolyon Palmer still leading the championship on 210 points, 32 clear of rival Felipe Nasr.
Monza marks the end of the European leg of the championship, as the series will head to a new venue in Sochi before jetting off a month later to the last round of the championship in Abu Dhabi.
Nasr’s strong performances last round in Belgium saw him reduce the gap to Palmer; however the Briton continued his impressive consistency by collecting points in both races, continuing his streak of scoring points in every round this year.
Stoffel Vandoorne has barely put a step wrong since Silverstone, making regular appearances on the podium, and just picked up his first pole position in GP2 at Spa. He currently sits in third position with a win in both feature and sprint races.
Just eight points adrift from the McLaren development driver is Johnny Cecotto Jr. who is starting to improve on his consistency, a feature he never really possessed until this season. He also has a win in both the feature race and sprint race, and could be a dark horse heading into this weekend.
Raffaele Marciello finally has a race win under his belt and is racing on home soil, expect to see another strong performance from him and the Racing Engineering outfit.
Two new faces will join the GP2 grid at Monza; Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly will debut for Caterham Racing, replacing Tom Dillmann. This is the first time Red Bull have fielded a development driver in GP2 since Sebastien Buemi, who last raced in the series in 2008 for Arden International.
The second driver change this weekend comes at the cost of Conor Daly, who lost his drive at Venezuela GP Lazarus due to a lack of budget. He will be replaced by Sergio Campana.
Campana has raced in GP2 once before, making his debut this time last year in Monza for Trident.
This year he competed in the FA1 series for ex-A1GP cars as well as starting two Auto GP races in Marrakech.
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