The magnificent seventh The GP2 series is back in action this weekend for round seven of the 2005 championship at the Hockenheimring. This weekend's racing will be the second GP2 series event to be held in Germany and following the close racing...
The magnificent seventh
The GP2 series is back in action this weekend for round seven of the 2005 championship at the Hockenheimring. This weekend's racing will be the second GP2 series event to be held in Germany and following the close racing at the Nürburgring back in May, everyone is eagerly anticipating a return to the country.
What's new? This weekend the GP2 series teams have three new optional components to use with their cars. The first are "shark gill" exit covers for the left and right-hand sidepods. The grills have been used to great effect on the development car, and were tested successfully by Coloni Motorsport and Arden International at the last group test in June. Two additional optional components are new Brembo caliper piston radiators and new rear brake ducts with larger inlets. While these modifications are not compulsory, it is anticipated that the majority of teams will take up the option of fitting these upgrades.
> What about the championship? Following a win and a fourth place finish last time out at Silverstone, Nico Rosberg is the man of the moment. The ART Grand Prix driver has moved himself into second place in the drivers' championship on 44 points, 20 behind the championship leader, Arden International's Heikki Kovalainen. iSport International's Scott Speed is just three points behind Nico, but despite a brace of podiums has yet to win a race in 2005. Seven points behind Scott is Super Nova International's Adam Carroll on 34 points. Gimmi Bruni, the only man other than Heikki and Nico to have scored points at every round, is fifth for Coloni Motorsport, with DAMS' Jose Maria Lopez sixth, the consistent yet quiet Neel Jani seventh for Racing Engineering, and Alex Prémat eighth for ART Grand Prix.
In the battle for the teams' championship, Arden International maintain their grasp on the top of the table, but by an ever decreasing margin as ART Grand Prix move onto 68 points, just eight behind Arden's 76. Super Nova International find themselves in third place on 44, one point ahead of iSport International in fourth, with Coloni Motorsport fifth and DAMS sixth.