Round four of the GP2 season sees the championship resume in Austria for the second time. ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne holds a healthy lead over Racing Engineering’s Alexander Rossi, with 44 points separating the two.

Vandoorne has so far dominated the field with his consistency and outright pace. In 2015, he has secured two pole positions out of three, won all three Feature Races, stood on the podium twice in the Sprint Races, posted two fastest laps and has led 59 laps.

Rossi, his closest rival, hasn’t been far off Vandoorne and is still a contender for the championship, already appearing on the podium three times as well as putting in a scorching lap to claim pole position in Monaco last round. Both Rossi and Vandoorne are the only two drivers who have scored points in every single race this season.

There will be one change on the grid, as former GP2 driver Simon Trummer (who drove for Rapax last season) will replace last year’s Sprint Race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr. He will team up with Nick Yelloly in the other Hilmer.

Jordan King will drop three places from where he qualifies, after he picked up a three-place grid penalty last round in Monaco where he ran into the back of Pierre Gasly heading into the Turn 11 chicane.

Pirelli has assigned the Medium and Supersoft compound tyres for this weekend, revising their selection from last year where they felt using the Soft tyre was too conservative. Pirelli expect to see strategy playing an important part in the Feature Race as drivers have a number of possibilities available to them due to the compound of tyre at their disposal.

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