F1 Fanatic round-up: 5/2/2010

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Today round three of the GP2 Asia championship takes place at Abu Dhabi – three months after rounds one and two which took place at the same venue supporting the F1 Grand Prix.

British fans can watch live coverage on Eurosport at 2pm, and there will be a report up on F1 Fanatic afterwards. There’s a lot of promising future F1 talent in the field, especially because this year’s GP2 main series will have its season finale at the Yas Island circuit.

Charles Pic is on pole position but will likely come under serious pressure from the iSport duo Oliver Turvey and Davide Valsecchi, who start behind him. Jules Bianchi, who is backed by Ferrari, and American Alexander Rossi are also worth keeping an eye on.

In case you hadn’t guessed, yes, I am rather looking forward to watching my first race of 2010! Here’s the Friday round-up:

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Le Mans 24 Hours 2010 entry list (ACO)

Some interesting names on the entry list for this year’s 24 Hour classic including Nigel Mansell. The 1992 world champion first tried to enter the race in the early eighties but was advised not to by his Lotus boss Colin Chapman.

Who’s up for some Le Mans 24 Hour live blogging this year?

Comment of the day

Quite a few people are disappointed that Nick Heidfeld won’t be racing this year after signing for Mercedes as their third driver. Steph90 offers some thoughts on why it’s not such a bad deal for him:

I can’t really blame him for going for a third driver role with Merc. Schumi is a driving master but he’s 41, retired once and the FIA may have given him the all clear with his neck but doubts will still linger. A three year contract is quite a long one and it looks like the grid will be extremely competitive so Michael could get frustrated. It’s a long shot but it is a shot. Nick clearly wants a go at a big team after so long in F1 and settling for a smaller team would confirm his career is in decline, Renault are unsteady and have a bad few years so maybe this was worth the risk.
Steph90

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On this day in F1

Giorgio Pantano turns 31 today. The Italian looks likely to remain the only GP2 champion not to move up to F1, though of course he did previously start races for Jordan in 2004.

Pantano won the GP2 title in 2008 having spent many years competing at that level. None of the F1 teams were interested in signing him for 2009.

But all the top three drivers from last year’s GP2 season have F1 seats this year – Nico H???lkenberg, Vitaly Petrov and Lucas di Grassi – plus 16th-placed Kamui Kobayashi. Romain Grosjean placed fourth last year despite cutting his season short to race for Renault in F1.