@fastiesty Yes, that prize fund had been suspended for 2013, but will be reinstated in 2014, according to series boss Enzo Coloni.
As for AQH, it will be tough for him to shine in a field containing Vandoorne, Marciello, Evans, Rossi, Palmer and possibly Nasr.
Well, it definitely feels like there are ‘number one drivers’ in each team.. but the fight at the top of the grid/reverse grid is where we will see the action in GP2. Nasr, Evans, Palmer, Rossi, Vandoorne, Marciello, and two more could make up that top 8. Maybe Pic or AQH? The other experienced guys should be there or thereabouts, as well.
I think the championship could be very exciting, the overall quality of the field seems better than in the last few years with the drivers mentioned by @fastiesty, and I would keep an eye on Sato as well, he’s been unexpectedly good in an obviously not as highly rated series last year, but as a rookie. I’m really looking forward to this season, more so than to FR3.5.
Go back a few pages in the thread and this was shaping up to be the worst grid in GP2 history. Now you have at least six genuinely good championship contenders and only two of them are past their second year in the series.