Rookies run riot in thrilling GP2 season
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.
Different winners in 20 races during the 2016 GP2 season