The penultimate round of the GP2 series sees the Championship head to the Sochi Autodrom in Russia for the first time. 

DAMS driver Jolyon Palmer still holds the lead of the championship, a comfortable 41 points over his Brazilian rival Felipe Nasr.

Last round at Monza, Palmer gave his best performance of the season and possibly of his career, after he was disqualified from qualifying and sent to the back of the grid for a technical fuel violation.

The Briton carved his way through the field demonstrating his overtaking skills and finished a mighty impressive eighth, earning himself reverse grid pole position. The sprint race saw him lead from start to finish and extend his championship lead over Nasr, who failed to capitalise on Palmers misfortune the previous day.


Monza winners Stoffel Vandoorne and Jolyon Palmer


Nasr will have to have a perfect weekend and finish ahead of Palmer in Sochi if he hopes to take the title fight to the final race in Abu Dhabi next month.

McLaren development driver Stoffel Vandoorne is the only other driver in the field with a mathematical chance to win the championship. Currently sitting third, Vandoorne is 67 points adrift leader Palmer and 26 points of second place Nasr.

The new track will test every driver and their ability to adapt themselves to unknown territory. The circuit has yet to be used so grip levels will be low. Pirelli have brought the Medium and Soft tyres for this track, a track which holds similar characteristics to Spain’s Valencia street circuit.

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly is the only driver to have a grid penalty going into this weekend, for causing a collision during the Monza sprint race. The incident was triggered when Sergio Canamasas re-joined the track in a dangerous manor, bunching the field up and causing Gasly to run into Artem Markelov.

There will be one driver change this weekend as Tio Ellinas returns to the grid in place of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs for the Rapax team.

Images via GP2 Media

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