2009-2010 GP2 Asia Series The third season of the GP2 Asia Series opens this week at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi as part of the country's first ever Formula One Grand Prix. The GP2 Asia Series had the honour of being the first...
2009-2010 GP2 Asia Series
The third season of the GP2 Asia Series opens this week at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi as part of the country's first ever Formula One Grand Prix. The GP2 Asia Series had the honour of being the first racing cars to run at the new circuit for a pre-season test on October 23 and 24, and it was a chance for everyone to learn the long layout, test the lighting system and begin to put a little pressure on their rivals.
Luca Filippi and MalaysiaQI-Meritus. com set the pace on both days, but with the top ten drivers setting times within a second of the Italian's best lap the stage is set for yet another epic battle for the title, the continuation of what is now a firmly established GP2 tradition.
The 2009-2010 season will consist of four rounds (eight races in total): two in Abu Dhabi and two in Bahrain, with the final event taking place on March 13-14 in support of the Formula One Grand Prix. In line with the financial strategy implemented this year in GP2, the organisers put together a programme solely in the Middle East to keep costs in check and reduce budgets for the competitors.
The GP2 Asia Series has established itself as a strong championship and a natural path to both the European GP2 Series and Formula One. So far both of its champions have landed an F1 drive, with Romain Grosjean lined up at the Renault F1 Team and Kamui Kobayashi racing with Toyota F1, while 2008 runner-up Sebastien Buemi is Toro Rosso's official driver this season.
For the first round this week fourteen rookies will display their driving skills in the Asian Series, all of them looking to compete against a strong driver line up as they hope to follow in this the footsteps of these strong competitors on their own paths to the ultimate goal of a seat in Formula One.