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Thursday, 08 September 2011 20:20
The latest round of the GP2 Series driver entry list and fact sheet - The GP2 Series season concludes this weekend at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza after a season long battle for the title in which Romain Grosjean has been crowned as the seventh champion in series history, but the fight continues for the podium places as well as the teams' title.

While the Frenchman claimed the title after another strong performance at Spa, five drivers remain in the fight for the remaining spots on the title podium, Giedo van der Garde, Jules Bianchi, Charles Pic, Luca Filippi and Sam Bird will resume their fight tomorrow, while Grosjean will be hoping to add to his win total of five for the year.

Bianchi and Bird can be expected to pick up where they left off last year, the Frenchman took pole at the fabled Italian circuit but the Englishman pipped his then team-mate for the win in the feature race, while Filippi will be hoping to add to his late season surge at his home circuit. Van der Garde and Bird will also be hoping to claim their first victories of the season.

Their teams will be doing everything they can to help the young pilots add to their points tally, Team Addax leads the teams' championship but another strong weekend for Grosjean could tip the balance towards DAMS, while Racing Engineering, Lotus ART and iSport International will battle for third place.

Pirelli’s P Zero GP2 hard compound tyres have been chosen for the Italian track because of its high speeds and hard braking areas, which put severe demands on the rubber.

Mario Isola - Pirelli Racing Manager
“To Monza we will bring our P Zero GP2 hard slicks which are designed to provide the maximum endurance in the toughest conditions. Because of the need for low aerodynamic profile, grip is quite low at Monza. Hard compound tyres are less grippy compared to softer options, but they are best suited to high speed tracks characterised by high speed straights and dramatic corners such as Monza. This is because they take longer to get up to ideal operating temperature, resulting in higher levels of performance and durability.

“We also opted for our harder compound as we need to equip GP2 drivers with a resistant tyre specifically designed to cope with the high temperature levels which are reached at this circuit, avoiding the effects of blistering. In fact, because of the presence of high longitudinal forces tyre blistering may occur. This phenomenon is due to a combination of hard braking followed by high acceleration and severe cornering forces, which are specific to Monza. Adding to the challenge are some notoriously high kerbs, which also put heavy demands on the tyres.”

Drivers swap:
Driver Car Team Replaced by
Mikhail Aleshin #25 Carlin Alvaro Parente
Stefano Coletti #21 Trident Stéphane Richelmi

Interesting facts:
  • 2010 results: Pole Position: Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix) // Feature Race: Sam Bird (ART Grand Prix), Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix), Oliver Turvey (iSport International) // Sprint Race: Christian Vietoris (Racing Engineering), Jerome d’Ambrosio (Dams), Sam Bird (ART Grand Prix)
  • 2010 pole position: 1'30.269
  • Race 1: 30 laps (excluding formation lap)
  • Lap Length: 5.793 km
  • Race Distance: 173.481km
  • Race 2: 21 laps (excluding Formulation lap)
  • Race Distance: 121.344km
  • Pirelli tyres: Hard compounds
Onboard cameras:
Driver Team Car
Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team #03
Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team #04
Jules Bianchi Lotus ART #05
Romain Grosjean Dams #11

Driver entry list:
Driver Nat. Team
1 Fabio Leimer SUI Rapax
2 Julian Leal COL Rapax
3 Charles Pic FRA Barwa Addax Team
4 Giedo Van der Garde NED Barwa Addax Team
5 Jules Bianchi FRA Lotus ART
6 Esteban Gutierrez MEX Lotus ART
7 Dani Clos ESP Racing Engineering
8 Christian Vietoris GER Racing Engineering
9 Sam Bird GBR iSport International
10 Marcus Ericsson SWE iSport International
11 Romain Grosjean FRA Dams
12 Pal Varhaug NOR Dams
14 Josef Kral CZE Arden International
15 Jolyon Palmer GBR Arden International
16 Fairuz Fauzy MAS Super Nova Racing
17 Adam Carroll GBR Super Nova Racing
18 Michael Herck ROU Scuderia Coloni
19 Luca Filippi ITA Scuderia Coloni
20 Rodolfo Gonzalez VEN Trident Racing
21 Stephane Richelmi MON Trident Racing
22 Brendon Hartley NZL Ocean Racing Technology
23 Johnny Cecotto VEN Ocean Racing Technology
24 Max Chilton GBR Carlin
25 Alvaro Parente POR Carlin
26 Luiz Razia BRA Caterham Team AirAsia
27 Davide Valsecchi ITA Caterham Team AirAsia

Johnny Cecotto Jr.
"I really think that we will be able to climb the podium in this extremely competitive championship. It would only be fair for the team, which unfortunately has had some bad luck on several occasions. But we have all the qualities we need to make it happen. Having two good races and adding points to our total will be my main objective at Monza."

Brendon Hartley
"I am grateful to Ocean Racing Technology for giving me the chance to take part in these two race meetings. What a great payback it would be to be on the podium at such a prestigious circuit. I finished in 5th place at Spa, and it was just my first race, so our ambition is therefore completely realistic."

Davide Valsecchi
“It’s an incredibly good feeling being here this week. Monza is close to home so I have friends and supporters with me which is really nice. It is a lot of fun racing here, there are long straights, strong brake points and lots of chances to overtake, so I hope the team and I can qualify well and have a good weekend from the front. I hope the hard tyres will not be a problem. We had a good, competitive result when we used them in Barcelona, so considering this and the good weather forecast I am feeling positive. The team always do a good job I want to make a faultless race so we can finish the season well.”

Luiz Razia
“It is a pleasure to be here in Monza! I won the sprint race here in 2009 with Di Grassi and Hulkenburg behind me which was a great feeling. It is good fun to be on the track where the hard tyres, low downforce and high speeds mean you are on the edge all the time. The atmosphere is always great here too. Since Silverstone we’ve had very wet, difficult conditions but hopefully here will be dry so we can work through the weekend and have a good consistent weekend. If the weather is stable of course everyone else is in the same situation, so competition will as always be tough but that’s good. I really like the Ascari chicane and Parabolica, the change of direction through these are very quick. We used the hard compound tyres in Barcelona and we had a good race, our aim here is to work on the qualifying so we can start the weekend in a strong position.”

 
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