This weekend will see the GP2 series follow Formula 1 to the Hungaroring in Hungary, Budapest, where championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne goes into the weekend with a 65 point lead over closest rival Alexander Rossi.
Last round at Silverstone, Vandoorne failed to continue his streak of four Feature Race wins in succession, with Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin taking the honours for his first win in the series. Despite finishing on the podium in the Feature Race, Silverstone was Vandoorne’s worst round of the year as he failed to finish in the points on Sunday’s Sprint Race for the first time this season. That leaves Rossi as the only driver to have scored points in every race so far this season.
The Hungaroring isn’t the fastest track on the calendar, but does hold a mix of high speed corners interspersed with chicanes and slow corners which will challenge the drivers’ both physically and mentally, as they will also be faced with hot temperatures throughout the weekend. Last year Jolyon Palmer and Felipe Nasr had a brilliant scrap for second position in the Sprint Race, proving that passing at unconventional corners can be accomplished if you are confident enough with your machinery.
Pirelli has selected the Medium and Soft compound tyres for this event, the same tyre allocation as the Formula 1. With high air temperatures comes a hot track, so drivers will be tasked with managing their tyres during both of their stints on the Medium and Soft compound tyre.
The grid has had another shuffle ahead of this weekend with four driver changes. Sean Gelael will join Julian Leal at Carlin for four of the five remaining races this season. Gelael will miss the Russian round due to commitments in Formula Renault 3.5.
Nicolas Latifi rejoins the series with MP Motorsport to line up alongside Daniel De Jong. Latifi will join the field again at selected rounds of the 2015 season which will be announced at a later date.
Zoel Amberg returns to Daiko Team Lazarus while Sergio Canamasas makes another move within the series to join Nick Yelloly at Hilmer Motorsport.
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