Round 8 Preview – Italy

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

Two weeks since Stoffel Vandoorne wrapped up a home victory in Belgium and Racing Engineering secured a 1-2, GP2 arrives at Monza for one of the most popular events of the season.

Changed from the original banked design, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in northern Italy still serves up unique challenges for the drivers of today. Parabolica, Ascari, the two Lesmos and Curva Grande – need we say more?

Sounding like a stuck record, Stoffel Vandoorne carries another healthy lead into this event with 105 points in his favour over Alexander Rossi. The American retook second in the standings after Rio Haryanto had a pointless weekend in Belgium.

Drivers have been playing musical chairs ahead of this weekend in Monza. Patric Niederhauser makes his debut in GP2 after Nat Berthon decided to compete in European Le Mans Series instead. He partners Sergio Canamasas at Lazarus.

Jann Mardenborough is also making his debut in the Series. The Briton replaces Sean Gelael who struggled at Carlin after two events.

Simon Trummer is back in GP2 to drive the sole Hilmer car and Johnny Cecotto is back in familiar territory with Trident taking the place of Gustav Malja who lasted just one weekend at the Italian team.

MP Motorsport was the final team to announce a lineup. Meindert van Buuren and Rene Binder will drive cars #16 and #17.

Tyre supplier Pirelli has brought the P Zero Orange Hard and P Zero White Medium compounds to Monza this weekend.

The onboard cameras will be run by: Stoffel Vandoorne, Alexander Rossi, Raffaele Marciello and Sergey Sirotkin.

Timetable

Practice: Friday 4 September, 12:00 (11:00 BST)

Qualifying: Friday 4 September, 15:55 (14:55 BST)

Feature Race: Saturday 5 September, 15:40 (14:40 BST)

Sprint Race: Sunday 6 September, 10:35 (09:35 BST)

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