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GP2 - graveyar of F1 wannabes

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the GP2 series is fast turning into a graveyard of F1 wannabes. Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna, Giorgio Pantano are all twiddling their thumbs or driving elsewhere. and the GP2 asia series has turned into a lame excuse of a championship. with F2 resurrected, there's every chance it could soon spell the death knell for GP2

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i think there should be a sizeable jump up from any junior racing series to formula 1. in the past it was always like that. GP2 is an idea whose time has come and passed. the performance of a GP2 car is close to that of an F1 car, which isn't the best thing really. to separate the men from the boys, F1 cars should be a big challenge to drive fast, like it used to be with F3. there's been world series, F3000 and what not earlier. i think the FIA would do well to have a limited numb er of single-seater series. 

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It's got a lot to do with image and the drivers that enter the series. The GP2 champions of the first three years of the series (2005, '06 and '07) have all made good impressions in F1 and had built a good rep in junior series and championships too (Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Timo Glock).

The fact that the series didn't feature a star driver from junior racing series hurt its credibility big time. No wonder Pantano ended up winning the title in 2008. He had been in that series for six seasons. Three years when it was GP2, three when it was F3000.

Lucas DiGrassi was walloped by Hamitlon and Sutil in F3 Euroseries, Bruno Senna skipped F3 Euroseries and went from British F3 to GP2.

Grosjean was the standout of the season as it was his first in GP2 and he finished fourth just 14 points behind Pantano but made a lot of mistakes. Di Grassi and Senna had had cracks at it before. Chandhok of course had a not so stellar record in British F3 and finished too far down in 2007 and 2008 to be seriously considered for an F1 drive.

I guess that was the whole idea of the GP2 series. To be an effective screening process/finishing school so that drivers would not make ***** of themselves in F1.

In that sense the biggest argument against GP2 is Nelson Piquet Jr.!

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