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2016 GP2 Mid-Season Report Card

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With four race weekends to go, it is a good time to take stock of the current verdict on this year’s GP2 drivers.

It has been a truly insane season of racing so far. It is extremely difficult to classify drivers because of the massive list of drivers who could still be champion, although some still have to impress in the second half.

Hopefully, this same standard of excitement remains to set up a dramatic showdown in Abu Dhabi in November.

 

ART Grand Prix

1 – Nobuharu Matsushita (12th on 58 points) – B-

Despite winning the feature race in Monaco, the Japanese has not been up to the same standard as his teammate. Also received the one-race ban after his racing in Baku.

2 – Sergey Sirotkin (1st on 113 points) – A-

The Russian racer had a tough start to the season but has made a great comeback to top the standings during the summer break.

 

Racing Engineering

3 – Norman Nato (6th on 81 points) – B

Nato had a decent start to the season with a win in the first feature race but has been quite inconsistent with results. Still a championship contender, though.

4 – Jordan King (7th on 80 points) – B

King has picked up form during the middle of the first half of the season with a win each in the sprint races in Austria and Britain. Germany was his first race outside the podium since Baku.

 

DAMS

5 – Alex Lynn (9th on 72 points) – B

Lynn also started the season well with a win in the Spanish sprint race but only picked up one more podium in the following 11 races. Spent five out of six races outside the points during that time but due to the nature of the series is still a contender.

6 – Nicholas Latifi (15th on 21 points) – C-

Latifi has been outperformed by his teammate. A second and a seventh place finish in Spain looked promising but he has scored one point since.

 

Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing

7 – Mitch Evans (8th on 77 points) – B

Evans has continued to impress some in the series, winning the first-ever race at Baku.

8 – Sean Gelael (14th on 24 points) – C

His maiden podium in Baku in the sprint race was impressive, however, he has been extremely inconsistent in other points of the season with just one other points finish. A tough maiden season.

 

Russian Time

9 – Raffaele Marciello (3rd on 102 points) – A-

Marciello has been one of the standout performers this season. Although he has not won a race, he has been the master of consistency, with seven out of 14 finishes being in the top five.

10 – Artem Markelov (10th on 65 points) – B+

Markelov impressed at the start of the season with his phenomenal maiden win, and has found it tough since then with just one other finish in the top four. A decent season though.

 

Rapax

11 – Gustav Malja (18th on 12 points) – B-

Malja has had a decent season with the team, especially with scoring nine points in the German weekend, his best haul so far.

12 – Arthur Pic (13th on 58 points) – B-

Like Malja, Pic claimed some decent points before fifth, fourth and a third place finish in his last four races. Exceptional stuff.

 

Trident

14 – Philo Paz Armand (23rd on 0 points) – D

Compared to his teammate his results have been sub-par. Has the most retirements on the grid (6) and only a best result of 14th.

15 – Luca Ghiotto (11th on 64 points) – B+

Perhaps why Armand’s performances look understated compared to Ghiotto is because of a superb season from last season’s GP3 runner-up. He has taken the Trident car to two podium finishes and has scored points in four of the last five rounds. Surely will have a go at a championship challenge if he stays in the series for another season.

 

Carlin

18 – Sergio Canamasas (17th on 14 points) – C+

He started the season well with fifth in Spain but has only scored one points finish since. Replaced by Binder in Germany.

18 – Rene Binder (22nd on 0 points) – C

He has raced in ART in place of Matsushita and in Canamasas’ seat at Carlin. Has done an okay job given coming in like this, but hasn’t done anything amazing.

19 – Marvin Kirchhofer (16th on 20 points) – B-

Kirchhofer is another GP3 graduate to shine so far. He scored a superb podium in the Monaco sprint race and has scored points on three other occasions. Possible star of the future to look out for.

 

Prema Racing

20 – Antonio Giovinazzi (4th on 100 points) – A

Giovinazzi, however, is the most impressive of the rookies. Two wins and another two podiums have propelled him near the front, and some of his race craft has been great to watch.

21 – Pierre Gasly (2nd on 113 points) – A

Gasly has really come of age in 2016. His first two wins in Britain and Hungary have finally got that voodoo off his back and he could go onto win the championship. He has also heated up the debate of whether Daniil Kvyat will leave Toro Rosso in Formula One.

 

MP Motorsport

22 – Oliver Rowland (5th on 99 points) – A-

Rowland has shone and is one of the leading drivers in the Renault Sport Academy. He has stood on the podium four times.

23 – Daniel de Jong (20th on 6 points) – C

The Dutch driver is also part of a mismatched teammate battle. Scored two points finishes in the first five rounds but is yet to return there.

 

Arden International

24 – Nabil Jeffri (21st on 2 points) – C

25 – Jimmy Eriksson (19th on 10 points) – C

Both drivers in the Arden team have been fairly consistent with their finishing positions, with each driver having one points finish to their name.

 

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson is currently studying Media as well as writing for several websites. A watcher of motorsport since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into the sport.

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