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Edoardo Mortara Returns to Formula 3

Posted February 12, 2010 at 12:15 pm F3 Euro Series, GP2, Signing Comments

Edoardo Mortara has decided to take a slight step backwards in 2010 by returning to F3 competition after spending last year in the GP2-Asia and GP2-Main Series.  After a somewhat disappointing season in GP2, Mortara returned to F3 last fall for the Macau Grand Prix.  He drove a virtually flawless race and won the most prestigious Formula 3 event in the world… while driving for Signature.  He finished runner-up at Macau in 2008.

He has since decided to return to the F3 Euro Series for a full season (again with Signature).  It’s unfortunate that he wasn’t able to spend another season in GP2.  The 23-year-old Italian is brimming with natural talent and deserved another campaign in GP2.  Unfortunately, the funding never fell into place and he will return to the F3 Euro Series where he finished 2nd in 2008 (1 win, 6 podiums and 13 top-ten finishes).

With his proven track record in Formula 3 this might not be a bad move.  If he can win the championship in 2010, one would assume that he will see some more doors at the GP2-level open up.

Last season, while racing in GP2, he won Race-2 during the opening weekend at Cataluyna.  Perhaps his most impressive drive in GP2 came last September at Monza where he set the fastest lap of the race and improved 17 positions (22nd to 5th).

He also made a few starts in the World Series by Renault and earned a hard charger award in Round-11 at Le Mans for improving 15 positions in 31 laps.  Watch for Mortara to do very well this season.

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This was originally reported by Tomaso over at NoFenders.net

John Michael Edwards was interviewed last night on SpeedFreaks.tv and basically alluded to the fact that he will most likely not be competing in the IndyCar series in 2010:

That whole deal looks like it may have fallen apart.

We’re looking at alternatives.  Looking pretty heavily at Indy Lights because the sponsors we do have are American and aside from IndyCar, the next logical place to go is Lights.  That’s looking more and more like where I’ll end up.

To be honest, I’m not sure why this wasn’t an option to begin with.  I’m confident in John’s ability to jump into an IndyCar, but why rush things?  He is only 18 years old and clearly has a bright future ahead of him. A year of development in the Indy Lights series couldn’t hurt.

To me, the next logical step was always Indy Lights.

Later in the interview, John makes it pretty clear that his ultimate dream is Formula One.  There is no mention of GP2 for 2010, nor has their been since the initial annoucement from NWR.  The path from Indy Lights-to-IndyCar-to-F1 isn’t highly traveled—- but, that doesn’t mean it’s not a feasible route.

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Jules Bianchi Graduates to GP2

Posted October 12, 2009 at 12:52 pm F3 Euro Series, GP2, Signing Comments

No real surprises here, Jules Bianchi will graduate to GP2 with ART Grand Prix, the team he won the F3 Euro Series title with.  This announcement fits in nicely with this morning’s edition of ‘Monday Morning Reading’.

The 20-year-old will “warm-up” in the GP2 Asia series by competing at both Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.

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Coletti In, Valsecchi Out At Durango

Posted August 20, 2009 at 9:45 am GP2 Comments

This is a bit dated now, but still worthy of mention…. Formula 3 Euro Series driver Stefano Coletti will replace Davide Valsecchi at Durango for the GP2 Round at Valencia.

Coletti, who is a former Red Bull Junior, has been running in the F3 Euro Series for the last two seasons. He made one start in the World Series by Renault earlier this year (at Monte Carlo–where he finished 10th). In the F3 Euro Series, he has had a decent year. He is currently ninth in the championship with 6 top-tens, 1 win, and 2 podiums. Obviously, GP2 will be a huge jump for him, but not an impossible transition.

Davide Valsecchi will be moving into the GP2 seat at Barwa Addax vacated by Romain Grosjean. Grosjean will be moving to Formula 1 as a replacement for Nelson Piquet at Renault.

Valsecchi was really strong in GP2 Asia while driving for Durango but failed to really carry that success over (on a consistent basis) to the GP2 Championship this spring. His best finish is 3rd, which came at Istanbul in early June. He started 10th in that race. His average finish in GP2 this season has been 13.5 (which includes 2-DNF’s). It will be interesting to see how he performs at Barwa Addax. Obviously, it should prove to be a beneficial move as he will now be part of the Renault Driver Development program.

(photo: www.stefanocoletti.com)

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Franck Perera to DPR for Nurburgring

Posted July 8, 2009 at 4:19 am GP2 Comments

Former Indy Car/ Indy Lights competitor Franck Perera will be back in a race car this weekend for the GP2 event at the Nurburgring. He will be replacing Italian Giacomo Ricci in the DPR seat. As of right now, this is a one-off opportunity.

It will be interesting to see what kind of results Perera is able to post after being out of the car for so long.

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Edoardo Mortara Testing a GP2 Car

Posted October 28, 2008 at 8:36 pm F3 Euro Series, GP2, Test Comments

French-Italian driver Edoardo Mortara will be testing a GP2 car this week for both Team Arden and Trident Racing. Mortara finished second in the overall F3 Euro Series Championship in 2008 driving for Signature-Plus. He only claimed one victory (Pau) this season, but could have been named “Mr. Consistency” as he finished on the podium six times. After spending the last two years in the F3 Euro Series, 21 year old Mortara will look to take the next step in 2009.

Mortara will follow up his GP2 test at Jerez with the prestigious Macau F3 Grand Prix on November 15-16.

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Giedo van der Garde Signs with iSport International

Posted October 3, 2008 at 9:39 pm GP2 Comments

World Series by Renault champion Giedo van der Garde signed with iSport International earlier this week to drive for the team in the upcoming GP2 Asia Series. Having already claimed the WSR Championship with 5 wins, 2 poles, and 8 podiums driving for P1 Motorsport, the Dutchman will skip the series finale in Barcelona in order to make his GP2 Asia debut in Shanghai October 17th.

At only 23 years of age, Giedo has a ton of car experience; which should aide him in his transition to GP2. His success this season with iSport International in the GP2 Asia series with likely determine whether or not he has a seat in the GP2 main series for 2009. This will be a tell-tale year for the aspiring F1 driver. He had a lot of success this season, so it will be interesting to see if he can carry the momentum over to the next step.

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GP2 Dreams…

Posted September 25, 2008 at 12:56 pm GP2, Test Comments

Drivers from different junior formula series across the globe have gathered in Le Castellet for a two day GP2 test at Paul Ricard. All drivers in attendance are focused on one thing, a future Formula One ride. In order to have a legitimate shot at that dream, they must make the right impression with the GP2 teams they are testing for. Several drivers have elected to test for more than one team, due to a lack of funded drivers in attendance. Teams were slow to announce their drivers as many of the deals were arranged last minute, in fact, a few teams are yet to announce their drivers for Day #2. The teams are focused on signing their drivers for the GP2 Asia Series (Shanghai is less than three weeks away) and finalize their 2009 contracts.

Here is a list I was able to put together of drivers trying out for GP2/GP2 Asia. The list contains current GP2 pilots hoping to remain on the circuit as well as several rookie drivers trying to attain a spot at the final stop on the motorsports ladder to F1.

Arden: Renger Van der Zande (Day 1), Kodai Tsukakoshi (Both Days), Mika Maki (Day 2)

ART: Oliver Turvey (Day 1), Paul Di Resta (Day 1), Nelson Phillippe (Day 2), Diego Nunes (Day 2)

BCN: Fabio Onidi (Day 1), Bertrand Baguette (Day 1), Dani Clos (Both Days)

Campos: Vitaly Petrov (Day 1), Sergio Perez (Day 1), Ho Pin Tung (Day 2), Jerome D’ Ambrosio (Day 2)

Dams: Sam Bird (Day 1), Kamui Kobayashi (Both Days), James Jakes (Day 2)

DPR: Michael Herck (Both Days), Will Bratt (Day 1), Luca Filippi (Day 2)

Durango: Davide Valsecchi (Both Days), Carlos Iaconelli (Both Days)

FMSI: Andreas Zuber (Both Days), Fabrizio Crestani (Both Days)

iSport: Nelson Phillippe (Day 1), Diego Nunes (Day 1), Marcus Ericsson (Day 2), Oliver Turvey (Day 2)

Piquet: Alberto Valerio (Day 1), Roldan Rodriguez (Day 1), Milos Pavlovic (Day 2), Fabio Onidi (Day 2)

Racing Engineering: Luiz Razia (Both Days), Christian Ebbesvik (Day 1), Markus Niemela (Day 2)

Super Nova: Vladimir Arabadzhiev (Both Days), James Jakes (Day 1), Alberto Valerio (Day 2)

Trident: Chris Van der Drift (Both Days), Narain Karthikeyan (Both Days)

Day 1: Morning Test Results
Day 1: Afternoon Test Results

Day 2: Morning Test Results

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GP2 Drivers Learn Valencia Street Circuit

Posted July 30, 2008 at 8:11 pm GP2 Comments

Several GP2 drivers took to the streets of Valencia in various race cars to learn the circuit prior to next month’s Grand Prix. The event marked the first time a race vehicle traveled the circuit. Giorgio Pantano, Mike Conway, Luca Filippi, Vitaly Petrov, Ho-Pin Tung, Jerome d’Ambrosio, Javier Villa and Pastor Maldonado all took part in the GT class. Roldan Rodriguez took part in the GTA class. Bruno Senna, Andi Zuber, Davide Valsecchi and Vitaly Petrov (doubling his track time) used the Spanish F3 cars to learn the circuit, despite not being allowed to enter the SF3 race.

Mike Conway and Ho-Pin Tung didn’t have any trouble learning the circuit as they teamed up for the GT Open class and took the win in Race #1.

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Valerio Out, Hanley In?

Posted July 30, 2008 at 7:16 pm GP2 Comments

In GP2 news, there is a rumor that Brazilian driver Alberto Valerio will be replaced by Ben Hanley at Durango. I will say the substitution wouldn’t be a huge surprise as Valerio hasn’t had the season he expected and really hasn’t turned too many heads since his days in the Formula 3 Sudamericana Championship. Hanley on the other hand has a pretty decent resume under his belt, with recent wins in the World Series by Renault and the Formula Renault 2.0 (Italy) series.

Giving the rumor even more strength… Hanley drove for Durango earlier this year in the GP2 series replacing the injured Davide Valsecchi.

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