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GP Week : Issue 7
GP2 insight >> With a new car, new drivers and some new circuits, a new-look GP2 is here … and with one of the most competitive fields to date. WILL BUXTON casts an eye over the class of 2008 R IP up the form book and throw it on the fire; GP2’s back with a brand new car and a brand new generation of drivers ready to shake up the existing order. Gone is the old and still unreliable car, shipped off to the Middle East for the GP2 Asia Series, and in its place comes the gorgeous GP2/08, a striking and aggressive car from the master craftsmen at Dallara. Of course, sitting in the back is that same old 4L V8 Renault-badged Mecachrome engine, and one hopes that the lessons of the first three years have been learned back in Aubigny. Now in its fourth season, GP2 cannot keep making excuses for Mecachrome, and with their beautiful new car, the teams, drivers, and series officials will all be hoping for an increased level of reliability from the powerplant. One thing the teams can always rely on is their tyre supplier. Bridgestone has set the benchmark high with its GP2 slick rubber and brilliantly clever wet weather tyre which grains to become an intermediate of sorts as the track starts to dry. And what of the drivers? At almost every team there is a potential champion. At many, there are two. Such is the level of experience in this season’s grid that expectations are high for one of the most exciting seasons yet. Who, then, will follow in the footsteps of Rosberg, Hamilton and Glock and take the 2008 GP2 title? That driver’s name lies on the following pages. But as has become de rigeur in GP2, we probably won’t know his identity until the very last race… Contributing Images: GP2 Series 29