It has been a long five weeks since the GP2 Series field last hit the track in Bahrain, which gave the teams and drivers plenty of time to reflect on the last race and make adjustments to be fully prepared for the European calendar.

Palmer and Vandoorne will renew their championship battle

Palmer and Vandoorne will renew their championship battle

Jolyon Palmer heads into the weekend with 38 points, 10 clear of closest rival Julián Leal and 13 points clear from the threat of McLaren’s development driver Stoffel Vandoorne.

Palmer’s weekend in Bahrain was mostly successful, with a pole position and two visits to the podium – once with a race win.

Looking towards this weekend at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, drivers will have to deal with its demanding ask of the tyres with long high speed corners. Turn three puts most load on the tyres and therefore is a crucial corner for the drivers to get right, especially with the circuits rippled asphalt and changing wind direction.

This weekend will see a change in three of the team’s line-ups. Tio Ellinas will replace Jon Lancaster at MP Motorsport, becoming the first Cypriot driver to race in GP2.

Sergio Canamasas returns to the series replacing a sponsorship-affected Axcil Jefferies at Trident, pairing Johnny Cecotto Jr. – make sure to keep an eye out for those two during the field given their past reputation for accidents and incidents.

Due to a back injury, Arden’s André Negrão will hand his seat over to former GP2 driver Tom Dillmann who raced for constructors champions RT Russian Time in 2013.

The feature race will consist of 37 laps while the sprint race will run 26.

Robin Frijns won the feature race last year with Felipe Nasr coming in second place. Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti won the sprint driving for Rapax.

Images via GP2 Series Media

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