Round 5 Preview – Great Britain

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GP2 rolls into Silverstone this weekend for the fifth event of the season.

Something we’re all going to have to get to used to saying is this: Stoffel Vandoorne is the points leader in the Drivers’ Standings and his advantage over his nearest rival is quite staggering. The Belgian leads Alexander Rossi by 76 points which means he could stay at home this weekend, come back in Hungary and still lead the Championship. Should we hand him the title now?

The track Vandoorne is to defend his monstrous points lead at is Silverstone. Affectionately regarded as The Home of British Motorsport, the track is a fan and driver favourite as it combines all the different ingredients that make a fantastic circuit.

Mitch Evans won the Feature Race at Silverstone last year and – having turned 21 since the last event – will be looking to start seriously challenging for the title with another impressive run to the checquered flag.

There are driver changes aplenty this weekend as drivers come, drivers go and driver swap around.

Marco Sørensen has come to the decision to end his GP2 career and focus on GT racing instead. His Carlin seat has been taken by experienced head in the Series, Johnny Cecotto.

Oliver Rowland is a new face to the GP2 paddock as the Formula Renault 3.5 points leader has been scooped up by MP Motorsport for this weekend.

The man Rowland replaces as MP is Sergio Canamasas who split with the Dutch team just before the Austrian event two weeks ago. Fortunately for the Spaniard, he has found a seat at Lazarus as Zoel Amberg makes way.

The final driver change to note is Jon Lancaster stepping in at Hilmer Motorsport for Simon Trummer.

Pirelli has selected the orange marked Hard and white marked Medium compound tyres this weekend after evaluating the GP2 races at Silverstone last year as well as the surface of the circuit.

The onboard cameras will be run by: Alex Lynn, Stoffel Vandoorne, Jordan King and Nick Yelloly.

Timetable

Practice: Friday 3 July, 12:00

Qualifying: Friday 3 July 15:55

Feature Race: Saturday 4 July 14:40

Sprint Race: Sunday 5 July 09:35

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