it’s never a good sign, sure, but Malders also won it only in his 4th year of GP2. He didn’t really come good in any of his first 3 seasons either
The difference here is that there are other, more exicting and younger drivers in the ranks. When Maldonado won his title, there was a power vaccuum in GP2 – six drivers had been promoted to Formula 1 for the 2010 season, so there was always going to be a rush to grab the championship.
On the other hand, this year’s GP2 season has Nasr, Gutierrez and Calado, who are all much more promising talents than Razia and Valsecchi.