Round 11 Preview – Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

It all comes down to the final weekend… That’s how I, and I’m sure all of you, would love this preview to start but because Jolyon Palmer took the title glory last time out in Sochi, I can’t. I’m not complaining after the fantastic showdown we had last year between Fabio Leimer and Sam Bird.

Yes, the Drivers’ Championship has been wrapped up already by Jolyon Palmer who cruised to the Feature Race victory in Sochi without even breaking a sweat. Felipe Nasr’s title attack was worthy of a champion in waiting but when I spoke to him during the six week break to Abu Dhabi he wasn’t too unhappy to lose out to his former team mate.

Now, the fight for the title itself may be over but the name tag of 2014 Vice-Champion is still up for grabs. The aforementioned Nasr and current third placed Stoffel Vandoorne will go head-to-head in Abu Dhabi to claim second place which has been taken in the past by Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna and Luca Filippi.

Saying, like I did, that the fight for the title is over isn’t strictly true given that DAMS and Carlin will be fighting until the checkered flag on Sunday morning for the Teams’ Championship. 51 points separate the two teams; it really could go either way.

The circuit which plays host to the GP2 finale this weekend is the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. Characterised by three distinct sectors, many drivers love it while a good few hate it. Overtaking is difficult in the fast, flowing first sector and slow, twisting final sector but the middle sector with two long straights allows for plentiful moves.

A few bits of news to bring you up-to-date with: Conor Daly is back in at Venezuela GP Lazarus after two race weekends on the sidelines. Daniel Abt is not racing this weekend having elected to race in the FIA Formula E series instead; he is replaced by Nicholas Latifi. Kevin Giovesi is racing for Rapax as Adrian Quaife-Hobbs is still unfit to race. This is the final weekend we will see Caterham in the Series after a successful takeover by GP3 outfit Status Grand Prix. Finally, GP2 World Feed commentator Will Buxton will be hanging up his microphone after six years of calling the races.

Onboard cameras

– Mitch Evans
– Felipe Nasr
– Jolyon Palmer
– Stoffel Vandoorne

Timetable

Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi: November 21-23

Practice: Friday 21 November, 11:15 (07:15 GMT)

Qualifying: Friday 21 November, 19:10 (15:10 GMT)

Feature Race: Saturday 22 November, 18:40 (14:40 GMT)

Sprint Race: Sunday 23 November, 14:20 (10:20 GMT)

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