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Silverstone: Series preview

The 2009 GP2 Series Championship action continues this weekend in Silverstone. Silverstone is the location of the fourth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship this weekend. Two weeks ago, in Turkey, Vitaly Petrov scored not only his first...

The 2009 GP2 Series Championship action continues this weekend in Silverstone.

Silverstone is the location of the fourth round of the 2009 GP2 Series Championship this weekend. Two weeks ago, in Turkey, Vitaly Petrov scored not only his first win of the season but also took the lead of the championship, leaving his teammate two points behind. After starting his season with a bang, Romain Grosjean failed to score points in Istanbul, while his Russian teammate's consistency paid off and gave him the advantage in the Championship title race.

Strong performances by both drivers over the season have allowed Barwa Addax to dominate the Teams' standings so far, while their rivals (now led by ART Grand Prix) have been forced to play catch up behind the Spaniard squad. This weekend's racing at the home of British motorsport will see the rest of the grid redouble their efforts to slow the progress of the reigning champions.

Ocean Racing Technology's Karun Chandhok lives locally, and is no stranger to the British track: "I love Silverstone. It's my home circuit: apart from when I race in India, of course! Any driver in the world who doesn't enjoy the first half of the lap in Silverstone just doesn't love their job! It's a fantastic track: the first corner, Copse, is blind, you cannot see the inside because of the barrier on the inside and normally you have a cross-wind there, so you have to be prepared for it when it comes across as you get on the barrier. And then, in Becketts, it's just an incredible sensation of G force and speed.

"It's where you really appreciate how good a GP2 car is with the downforce, compared to other cars with no downforce. The first half of the lap is very high speed, you hardly hit the brakes and then you come down to Club after Stowe, a left handed corner: you go for the brakes, but they are very cold because you haven't used them for the whole lap. And the rest of the lap is medium speed, so you have to compromise the car set up a little bit and find the best compromise. In Sector 3, you have to be quite patient with the car: the last corner is very irritating as it goes on and on, and the level of grip is fantastic. The surface is quite grippy except for when the English weather decides to throw a lot of water from the sky: then it gets a bit tricky!

"The atmosphere in Silverstone is incredible: it's a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd, and it's always a full house. You can feel Silverstone's soul-- I'm really looking forward to this weekend, because generally anybody who has a car which works well in Istanbul will work well in Silverstone."

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Series GP2
Drivers Karun Chandhok , Vitaly Petrov
Teams ART Grand Prix