The summer break is over and the GP2 teams and drivers are set to resume the championship at the temple of racing, Spa-Francorchamps.

Series leader Stoffel Vandoorne won the first four races of the season, but missed out on wins at Silverstone and Hungary where Sergey Sirotkin and Alex Lynn took top honours.

Vandoorne will have his home crowd to please as he aims to become the first Belgian driver to win a home GP2 race at Spa-Francorchamps. Despite claiming pole position last year, Vandoorne was unable to convert pole to a win.

Alexander Rossi’s title hopes took another hit in Hungary after he failed to score any points for the first time this Rossiyear. This saw the American drop to third in the overall standing, four points behind Rio Haryanto who’s recorded three Sprint Race victories this season.

Currently sitting in fourth position, Sirotkin is just two points behind Rossi and has well and truly hit his stride in the GP2 Series. With one Feature Race win and four podiums – two of which came from the last round in Hungary – the Russian’s momentum is building and he could be a threat to leapfrog Rossi into third position.

To cope with the demand of Spa’s high-speed corners and long fast straights, Pirelli will provide the orange-striped hard compound tyre along with the yellow-striped soft compound.

Heading into round seven there will be three driver changes. Oliver Rowland re-joins the series with MP Motorsport, a team at which he delivered a double-points finish at the British Grand Prix.

Gustav Malja will make his GP2 series debut with Trident replacing René Binder, who is suffering from a streptococcus infection. Malja currently competes in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for Strakka racing.

Zoël Amberg is still unfit to drive so his seat will be occupied by Sergio Canamasas. Finally, Hilmer Motorsport will only field the #24 car this weekend (Nick Yelloly).

Images via GP2 Series Media

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