Rook­ies run riot in thrilling GP2 sea­son

7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

As the GP2 teams ar­rive in Abu Dhabi for the fi­nal races of their 11-round sea­son, the most re­cent win­ner is a rookie and so is the man lead­ing the cham­pi­onship stand­ings. The man in the driver’s seat go­ing into the fi­nal round is PREMA Rac­ing’s Ital­ian GP2 new­comer An­to­nio Giov­inazzi. With no fewer than five race wins under his belt so far, the 22-year-old from Taranto – a mul­ti­ple race-win­ner in F3 in the last two sea­sons – ar­rives in the UAE with a seven-point lead over his team-mate Pierre Gasly, who has won three times in 2016. Red Bull pro­tégé Gasly, who is just 20, is in his sec­ond sea­son in GP2 after fin­ish­ing eighth over­all in 2015. With 10 rounds and 20 races gone, there have been no fewer than 10 win­ners in 2016. As well as the PREMA pair, there have been two wins apiece for Rac­ing En­gi­neer­ing duo Nor­man Nato and Jor­dan King, Alex Lynn of DAMS and ART Grand Prix’s Sergey Sirotkin. Luca Ghiotto also added his name to the list of new GP2 win­ners in the sprint race last time out in Malaysia. But in Abu Dhabi the fo­cus will be on Gasly and Giov­inazzi (right) as the team­mates bat­tle for the ti­tle. With points also awarded for se­cur­ing pole po­si­tion and for fastest laps, GP2 is set for a thrilling fi­nale with races on Satur­day and Sun­day.

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Dif­fer­ent win­ners in 20 races dur­ing the 2016 GP2 sea­son

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