Baku Brings Championship Chaos
Whatever your attitude to the racing shown during the race weekend for GP2 in Azerbaijan, it has shaken up the championship standings.
The first change occurred at the top of the standings. The top two in the championship, Norman Nato and Artem Markelov, both retired from the first race of the weekend. Nato then retired from the second race, with Markelov claiming six points with a fifth-place finish. This means that the Russian moves up to the top and has a five-point lead over the Frenchman after the first three rounds.
The big mover behind the top two in the standings is Antonio Giovinazzi. The Italian hadn’t scored a point in the series before this weekend after having some unfortunate moments in the first two races when he was in barriers in the sprint race in Spain or penalized, but he bounced back. He won both of the races which has propelled himself into third place in the championship, only eight points behind Markelov.
Giovinazzi is ahead of his teammate Pierre Gasly, Russian Time’s Raffaele Marciello and DAMS’ Alex Lynn. Oliver Rowland is in seventh place, ahead of the ART Grand Prix duo of Nobuharu Matsushita and Sergey Sirotkin, the latter having made a large deficit of points on some drivers by claiming two podiums throughout the weekend. Mitch Evans completes the top ten.
Due to the large amount of cars who retired from the races, no driver has scored points in every race, with the last drivers to have this statistic, Artem Markelov, Alex Lynn and Oliver Rowland retired and Raffaele Marciello finishing 11th in the second race of the weekend.
In the Teams’ Championship, Russian Time have seen their lead reduce as Prema Racing overtook Racing Engineering for second place. Their lead was eleven points after Monaco with Racing Engineering in second, but Prema Racing claimed the most points of any team in a weekend so far this year with 58, to move up into second and reduce the leader’s advantage to just six points.
ART are another team to make huge strides in the championship, moving up to fourth, ahead of DAMS’, MP Motorsport, Jagonya Ayam Campos Racing, Carlin and Rapax.
Arden International claimed their first points of the season to move up to tenth in the Teams’ Championship ahead of Trident, also on two points. This means that every team who have competed in a race so far in 2016 have scored points.
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