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GP2 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit preview

GP2 Abu Dhabi Yas Marina Circuit preview

24.11.2016: YAS MARINA ABU DHABI UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Yas Marina Circuit 5.554 km start/finish offset

YAS MARINA
ABU DHABI  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Yas Marina Circuit 5.554 km start/finish offset





The final round of the 2016 GP2 season takes place this week at the Yas Marina Circuit. Last month, at the tenth and penultimate round in Sepang, rookie Antonio Giovinazzi proved his worth again after he dominated the Feature Race from start to finish.



With this eighth win, he took the lead in the drivers’ standings ahead of his teammate and closest rival Pierre Gasly. Newcomers PREMA Racing were also delighted to grab the GP2 Team crown on their first try.




The following day, it was another rookie’s time to shine: Luca Ghiotto who had finished seventh on Saturday started the Sprint Race in P2 and managed to take the lead after Turn 1.



He then controlled the rest of the pack until the chequered flag claiming a maiden win. As a consequence, the Trident driver moved up to seventh in the drivers’ standings edging out both Oliver Rowland and Alex Lynn.


This season will conclude this week, and all eyes will be focused on Giovinazzi, Gasly and Raffaele Marciello with the three title contenders fighting for the supreme GP2 crown.



It will surely be an intense finale season with Pirelli having selected Medium and Supersoft tyres.



Whilst the Free Practice session and the Sprint Race will take place at daytime, both the Qualifying session and the Feature Race will happen at night-time calling for the drivers and the teams to adapt to the smooth surface in different temperatures. The scene is set. Let the action begin!





> 2016 wins: Antonio Giovinazzi (5), Pierre Gasly (3), Jordan King (2), Sergey Sirotkin (2), Alex Lynn (2), Norman Nato (2), Artem Markelov (1), Nobuharu Matsushita (1), Mitch Evans (1), Luca Ghiotto (1).



> 2016 pole positions: Gasly (4), Sirotkin (3), Giovinazzi (2), Nato (1).



> 2016 podium places: Giovinazzi (8), Gasly (8), Sirotkin (7), Marciello (6), King (5), Nato (5), Rowland (4), Lynn (4), Ghiotto (4), Malja (2), Latifi (1), Markelov (1), Matsushita (1), Kirchhöfer (1), Evans (1), Gelael (1), Arthur Pic (1).



> Giovinazzi and Marciello could become the third Italian driver to win the GP2 Series following in the footsteps of Giorgio Pantano (2008) and Davide Valsecchi (2012).



> Pierre Gasly could become the second Frenchman to win the GP2 Series following into the footsteps of Romain Grosjean (2011).



> There will be two driver changes this week-end: GP3 multiple race winner Emile Bernstorff joins Arden International in car #25 to run alongside Nabil Jeffri. Also, Swiss Louis Delétraz will make his debut with Carlin to replace Marvin Kirchhöfer in car #19.



> Emil Bernstorff is 23 years old and he finished 4th in t he 2015 GP3 Series season. His GP3 tally includes 3 wins, 12 podium places, 3 front row starts, and 2 fastest laps. He has tested with GP2 teams in 2014 and 2015 and covered 1,328kms in four days of testing.



> Louis Delétraz is 19 years old. He finished 2nd and best rookie in this season’s Formula V8 3.5 with 2 wins, 9 podiums, 3 pole positions and 5 fastest laps.



> Both the Qualifying session and the Feature Race will take place at nighttime.



> There have been 7 different Series leaders in the season (Pierre Gasly, Norman Nato, Artem Markelov, Raffaele Marciello, Oliver Rowland, Sergey Sirotkin and Antonio Giovinazzi).



> Post season testing will take place next week from November 30th to December 2nd at the Yas Marina Circuit.




Oliver ROWLAND:


“Yas Marina Circuit is a layout that every driver knows pretty well. It’s also a long track. The first sector is quite fast; the second sector is all about big brakes, and the third sector is slow and twisty.



Usually, it’s quite easy on the tyres. “You have some opportunities to overtake: there are two DRS zones with the two long straights so you have to be clever.




Apart from these two main possibilities, there are not many other places where you can overtake so we will see what happens during the race. The strategy will definitely play a key role.



“The tyre degradation changes over the course of the weekend as the Feature Race takes place at night and the Sprint Race during the day. The tyre degradation will be manageable during the night because the temperatures are not so hot. But I think we will see a lot of Medium tyres during the weekend…


“We need to improve again for this final round, but we are still in the Top 10 so I look forward to racing there. Obviously, my main target is to score as much points as possible.”



Pirelli’s Racing Manager Mario Isola says:




“In GP2 Series, three drivers can become champion in Abu Dhabi. They will hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s champion Stoffel Vandoorne, who have already raced in Formula 1 and made great impressions, earning himself full season in 2017.



Nominating the medium and supersoft for GP2 deliberately produces a large performance gap between the two compounds and it will be interesting to see how the drivers manage that strategically.”




2016 CLASSIFICATIONS AFTER 10 ROUNDS // 20 RACES


drivers’ standings teams’ standings



Antonio Giovinazzi Rookie.... 3M......2M.....197 +1
Pierre Gasly.................... 3M...............190 -1
Raffaele Marciello..............................158 =
Sergey Sirotkin............... 1M......1M.....135 =
Jordan King...............................2M.....122 =
Norman Nato................. 1M......1M.....122 =
Luca Ghiotto Rookie........................1M.....111 +2
Oliver Rowland...................................107 -1
Alex Lynn...................................2M.....105 -1
Mitch Evans.................... 1M................ 89 =
Artem Markelov............. 1M................ 80 =
Nobuharu Matsushita...............1M...... 64 =
Gustav Malja........................................ 53 =
Arthur Pic............................................ 36 =
Sean Gelael......................................... 24 =
Marvin Kirchhöfer Rookie......................... 21 =
Nicholas Latifi..................................... 21 =
Sergio Canamasas.............................. 17 =
Jimmy Eriksson Rookie............................. 10 =
Daniël de Jong...................................... 6 =
Nabil Jeffri Rookie....................................... 2 =
Johnny Cecotto Jr................................. 0 <
Rene Binder.......................................... 0 -1
Philo Paz Armand Rookie............................ 0 -1



TEAM STANDINGS


PREMA Racing...................6M...... 2M... 387 =
Racing Engineering............1M...... 3M... 244 =
RUSSIAN TIME...................1M.............. 238 =
ART Grand Prix..................1M...... 2M... 199 =
DAMS............................................ 2M... 126 =
Pertamina Campos Racing....1M.............. 113 +1
MP Motorsport..................................... 113 -1
Trident.......................................... 1M... 111 =
Rapax.....................................................89 =
Carlin......................................................38 =
Arden International................................12 =




- Alexa Quintin, photo GP2

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