Evans looked decent but showed some first-year flaws, and was a bit held down by mediocre Arden equipment (their prime years of 10 years ago are history). He might very well step up and be a genuine title threat now that he’s with the reigning team champions – people are thinking it’ll be Palmer due to his tenure, or Vandoorne or Marciello due to their raw pace, but don’t overlook Evans especially now that he’s at RT.
Haven’t seen Felipe Nasr mentioned in a while, but it looks like despite his new role at Williams as 3rd driver and test driver he wants another season in GP2. I really do hope we see him this season driving for Carlin again and getting some wins.
As do the majority of drivers in European feeder series. The teams simply don’t have that much sponsorship and prize money is uncommon. The usual exception is the top F1 teams’ junior programs (notable proteges include Alex Lynn, Raffaele Marciello, Stoffel Vandoorne and Marco Sorensen).