The GP2 series arrives at the Nurburgring this weekend for Round Four (races six and seven) of the 2005 season. With a month off between this weekend and our next Round, in France at the start of July, everyone will be hoping to make an impression...
The GP2 series arrives at the Nurburgring this weekend for Round Four (races six and seven) of the 2005 season. With a month off between this weekend and our next Round, in France at the start of July, everyone will be hoping to make an impression before the mid-season break.
The championship situation
Heikki Kovalainen leads the Drivers' standings on 28 points, but is followed closely by Gimmi Bruni on 26 and Scott Speed on 25. Following his win in Monaco, Adam Carroll lies fourth in the standings on 23, with Jose Maria Lopez and Nico Rosberg rounding out the top six on 17 and 12 points respectively. Arden International leads the Teams' battle on 32, with Coloni Motorsport second on 29 points. iSport International lie in third spot with 27 points, four ahead of Super Nova International, with ART Grand Prix in fifth and DAMS in sixth.
A new week-end format
From this week-end, the length of the second race will be extended to 120km, or 45 minutes. This change comes in the wake of the alterations to Formula One qualifying regulations and means that fans will now be treated to an increased spectacle in the shorter of the two GP2 series races. Sunday's GP2 series race will begin at 10:00 am at each event. It will remain a lights-to-flag sprint, with no pitstops. The grid will still be formed by taking the finishing positions of the first race of the weekend, with the top eight positions reversed. Similarly, the points system will remain unaltered with the top six receiving reward for their races. The classified driver with the fastest lap will still get two points.
Bruno Michel GP2 series organiser
"The increased length of our second race is good news for the GP2 series. It is a welcome bonus, as it will allow more scope for the entertaining battles we have been treated to thus far in 2005. I'm happy that the GP2 series will be able to provide the fans with an extra dose of excitement."
Bernard Dudot GP2 series Head of Engineering
"There's not much time between Monaco and Nurburgring so it's almost impossible to make any major changes. One big change we have managed to make, however, is a brand new clutch input shaft which will be fitted to all cars, and of course we will have the normal gear ratios back. We have also made a lot of small upgrades, especially with regard to the electrics and the quality of the fuel filter, which we hope will rectify any chance of misfires. We're not far away from sorting everything and getting to our definitive level. The test at the start of June will see us testing a completely new radiator and heat exchangers, plus a new, smaller and tidier electrics box. The development car has been testing in Paul Ricard this week, and will make a further test at the circuit on June 1 and 2."