The GP2 series will head to Hockenheim this weekend where the series will celebrate its 200th race on Saturday.

The series’ first race took place on April 23rd 2005 at Imola where Heikki Kovalainen took victory driving for Arden International.

Fast forward nine more seasons and DAMS’ Jolyon Palmer leads the championship ahead of Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr, who trails the Briton by 38 points.

The incredible consistency shown by Palmer – scoring in every race and qualifying no lower than second – is making it difficult for any of his rivals to catch him.

Nasr may have won the sprint race last round at Silverstone, but it was Palmer who left Silverstone with more points as he finished second in the feature race and fourth in the sprint race.

Another threat to the championship and this weekend is Trident’s Johnny Cecotto Jr. Cecotto sits 11 points behind Nasr in the Evans, Nasr Germanystandings and is also a previous winner at Hockenheim, winning the feature race two years ago for Barwa Addax.

Other drivers finding their form and are a danger of taking points away from the top three are Mitch Evans, who seems to have acclimatised to his RT Russian Time machine by winning last rounds feature race.

ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne is another driver who looks ready to take another race win. He’s been on the podium three times this year and after a short slump he’s back to his winning best.

Include the two boys from Racing Engineering Raffaele Marciello and Stefano Coletti, and you’ve got a fantastic battle for podium positions.

The big news heading into the German Grand Prix was that Alexander Rossi had left the Caterham outfit, both the Formula 1 and GP2 team. He was replaced by former Russian Time driver Tom Dillmann.

Although Rossi isn’t done with GP2 just yet, he joins Arthur Pic at Campos Racing replacing Kimiya Sato.

Takuya Izawa will carry a penalty into the feature race this weekend where he was found guilty of causing a collision with Campos Racing’s Arthur Pic. He will drop five grid places.


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