Giblet wrote:Right from Wiki: I don't think it has changed much since the 2006 cars.
The 2006 specification GP2 Car has been designed by Dallara Automobili. The 2006 GP2 car features a biplane rear wing, with the triplane rear wing used in 2005 only to be used at the Monaco race. The front upper and lower wishbones have been reinforced, as have the front and rear suspension uprights.
They changed to another chassis in 2007.
This is Hamilton in 2006:
And this is Gosjean last year:
The new chassis was more F1-like, with some aero tweaks on the bodywork plus a raised front wing. I don't understand why they raised the front wing, though, as it was clear it was one of the reasons why F1 cars were having issues following each other.
Please note that there is also a GP2 Asia series, run in, doh, asian circuits, such as Sepang, Sakhir and Shanghai. It takes place during the F1 off season and 2007-2008 (the first season) featured the old GP2 cars, in order to give them some more running.
Back to Grosjean, he looks pretty promising. He had however a nasty accident in the second race at Monaco (I personally blame Zuber) and then his weekend at Turkey hasn't been preciselly stellar. So much so that Vitaly Petrov has taken the lead. In my opinion, he and Hulkenberg are probably the most promising drivers there, but if none of them display some magic performances, their path to F1 will get tougher.
Competitively speaking, however, GP2 is top notch. You only have to see that Kobayashi, winner of the "winter series" is currently struggling. Something similar could be said of Lucas di Grassi, who had an excellent second half season last year and could have won the season had Renault released him earlier from his test driver duties. di Grassi has always looked more promising than Buemi, who seems to have taken the measure of Bourdais (a 4 time CART champion!) these first six races.
EDIT: Grosjean seems a bit too eager to prove his worth. That was seen in Barcelona last year and is probably seen in his overtaking attemts.
Alonso said he spent the full Saturday Practice running with ~50 kilos of fuel. By the way, Alonso did a third run on Q3 to compensate for his mistake, and that has probably cost him two laps of fuel (6 kg) today.
I am not amazed by F1 cars in Monaco. I want to see them driving in the A8 highway: Variable radius corners, negative banking, and extreme narrowings that Tilke has never dreamed off. Oh, yes, and "beautiful" weather tops it all.
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