I don’t know about you, but I have never really taken Auto GP seriously as one of the Formula 1 ‘feeder’ series. But today they have announced that the ancient Lola B05/52 chassis has been upgraded for the upcoming season. Enzo Coloni and Enrique Scalabroni have improved the car so that it is 2 seconds a lap faster than the old spec, which they claim makes the car just as fast as the GP2 and WSR 3.5 cars.
It’s not just about the speed, but it’s more about the talent of the drivers that makes a series a decent feeder series. For instance, the winner of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup has more chance of becoming F1-driver than the Formula 2 champion.
@matthijs Yup, couldn’t agree with that more. The disadvantage that Auto GP has is that there is no connection to Formula 1. GP2 and GP3 are of course in the same weekend as F1, and WSR 3.5 is connected via Renault. Auto GP still has a Lola chassis with a Zytek engine, so as long as they keep that chassis, I really can’t see the series becoming a success any time soon.
Finally some news
21-23 cars expected for this season’s Auto GP World Series. Reigning Italian F3 champ Riccardo Agostini, GP2 driver Daniel de Jong and former GP2 race winner Giacomo Ricci among others have been confirmed.
Sergio Campana wins Race 1 at Monza ahead of Kimiya Sato and Vittorio Ghirelli. Narain Karthikeyan finished fifth. Polesitter(and last year’s champion of the now-defunct Italian F3) could only manage 7th. Last year’s F2 champ Luciano Bacheta finished eighth and will start tomorrow’s Race 2 on pole(reverse-grid)…
ROUND 3 AT HUNGARORING: Kimiya Sato continues his 100 percent podium record with another win, beating polesitter Vittorio Ghirelli, with Sergio Campana 3rd. Narain Karthikeyan finished 8th, and will start Race 2 on pole