Silverstone: Round six preview

GP2 series gears up for British weekend The GP2 series got back underway last weekend at Magny Cours with a new pole-sitter, new race winner and two new drivers on the weekend's podiums. But despite the variety, Heikki Kovalainen remained the ...

GP2 series gears up for British weekend

The GP2 series got back underway last weekend at Magny Cours with a new pole-sitter, new race winner and two new drivers on the weekend's podiums. But despite the variety, Heikki Kovalainen remained the constant and added 14 points to his championship total with a win in Race 1 and a third place in Race 2.

Home advantage? Five of our twelve teams are based in Great Britain. For Arden International, DPR, Hitech Piquet Sports, iSport International and Super Nova International, this weekend will be one of the most important of the season. Arden and Hitech both have bases close to the circuit, and in Nelson Piquet Jr, Hitech have the reigning British F3 champion. DPR and Super Nova both have British drivers desperate for home glory, and iSport will be hoping to add a win to their early-season run of podiums.

What about the championship? With five of 12 rounds behind us, Heikki Kovalainen (Arden International) leads the championship standings on 52 points. Adam Carroll (Super Nova International) is second on 34 points, three ahead of Gimmi Bruni (Coloni Motorsport). Nico Rosberg (ART Grand Prix) is just two points behind Gimmi on 29, tied for position with Scott Speed (iSport International). In the battle for the teams' championship Arden International maintain first place with 64 points, ahead of Super Nova International (44 points), ART Grand Prix (43 points), Coloni Motorsport (34 points) and iSport International (31 points).

Race 1 Saturday 9 July, 14:45.36 laps
Race 2 Sunday 10 July, 09:00.24 laps

Areas of Interest
* Paddock open to public on Friday and Saturday 17:30 - 19:00.
* Drivers' autograph session. Saturday 12:00, Bridgestone fans' arena.
* Drivers' appearances at Grand Prix Party on Sunday afternoon.

Didier Perrin, Technical Director : "Silverstone marks the half-way point of our championship, and so far we have been delighted with the racing we have seen. It was fantastic to see two new race winners at Nurburgring and Magny Cours. "One of the main reasons that the racing is so close is because the 12 GP2 series teams have got to grips with the car so quickly. They have adapted to change and have learned their craft with dedication and efficiency. It will now become more and more difficult for them to make a difference however. For sure the teams will play a part, but I believe that they have all now reached such a level of understanding with the car that it is now up to the drivers to make a difference. With half of the season left after this weekend, such a situation could not have arrived at a better time."

-www.gp2series.com

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Series FIA F2
Drivers Nelson Piquet , Nico Rosberg , Heikki Kovalainen , Adam Carroll
Teams ART Grand Prix , Arden International