Round five of the GP2 season sees the series head to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, bringing with it an exciting championship battle.
Championship leader Jolyon Palmer had an ordinary weekend in Austria as it was the first weekend this season he has not finished on the podium. This left the door open to his rivals to catch up.
Felipe Nasr still sits in second position 33 points behind Palmer while Johnny Cecotto is a further eight points behind.
This weekend at Silverstone could see ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne return to the top step of the podium. He’s capable of winning races and coming into some much needed form last round in Austria.
There will be two driver changes this round; one being Facu Regalia as he announced his departure from Hilmer Motorsport. He will be replaced by former MP Motorsport driver Jon Lancaster.
Lancaster won the sprint race at Silverstone last year driving for Hilmer, so this weekend could work out well for his return and the team’s hopes to get some points on the board.
Racing Engineering seems to be another contender for the top step of the podium, as both Stefano Coletti and Raffaele Marciello have shown some serious speed.
Marciello drove brilliantly in Austria and scored not only his first points in GP2, but his first two podiums, seeing him jump 12 places in the championship to arrive at 11th place.
The other driver change will be at MP Motorsport. Lotus reserve driver Marco Sorensen will leave Formula Renault 3.5 to replace Tio Ellinas.
Silverstone is known for its high downforce track with long fast corners, which makes passing a little difficult. This puts a high importance on qualifying and a good race strategy.
As Palmer’s lowest qualifying position this year has been 2nd, he looks a solid candidate to line up on the front row. Nasr on the other hand has yet to get a pole position, so he’ll need to improve his flying lap pace if he wants to be a chance to win the feature race tomorrow.
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