GP2 Series Round 6 Previe, Hockenheim

The action picks up in Germany this weekend with the GP2 paddock setting up camp at Hockenheim for the sixth round of the year. We’re already midway through the season and Jolyon Palmer still leads the rest of the pack in the drivers’ standings having scored in every single race in 2014 and qualifying no lower than second all year. His impressive streak has kept even his closest rivals at bay, starting with Williams F1 test driver Felipe Nasr. The Brazilian ace has recorded the most wins this season, but still remains 38 points behind the Briton. Nasr cannot afford any mistake at Hockenheimring and he will also have to keep an eye on Johnny Cecotto. The Venezuelan driver has had one of his most consistent and strongest GP2 seasons so far only failing to score points at Sakhir. Since then, Cecotto has not finished lower than sixth in a race, even pocketing two wins.

But behind the top three, a lot of actors are also eager to spoil their fun and steal their thunder, starting with Silverstone Feature Race winner Mitch Evans who seems to be more and more attuned to his RT RUSSIAN TIME machine. Add to the list Racing Engineering’s duo whose display of pace and strength has not failed to impress, and rookie Stoffel Vandoorne who has already recorded three podium finishes in 2014 - to name a few… All in all, everything is set to draw up an exciting race weekend with the GP2 Series celebrating its 200th race on Saturday.Pirelli will bring the P Zero White medium and P Zero Yellow soft tyres. Hockenheim isn’t one of the most demanding circuits of the year in terms of tyre energy as there are no really fast corners, but traction and braking is critical. This makes looking after the rear tyres in particular an important factor.

There will be two drivers changes this week as Tom Dillmann replaces Alexander Rossi at EQ8 Caterham Racing whilst the American racer moves to Campos Racing in replacement of Kimiya Sato.

THE TIMETABLE

Friday 18th JulyFree Practice 12.00 - 12.45Qualifying 15.55 – 16.25

Saturday 19th JulyPitlane opened 15.25Pitlane closed 15.30Feature Race start 15.40

Sunday 20th JulyPitlane opened 10.20Pitlane closed 10.25