@jholland – the idea behind having flyaway races in GP2 is to position the category halfway between Formula 1 and GP3 by giving drivers a wider range of circuits, including those that they have never driven before. It’s a nice idea, and it’s cheaper than GP2 Asia. I think the real cost-related problem in the series is the way teams are flooded with under-achieving racers who have bought their seats, driving the price up.
Like I said, if we could take the FR3.5 and GP2 grids and merge them together so that only the best drivers would be racing, this is what I think we’d wind up with:
From FR3.5 – Rossi, Magnussen, Frijns, Huertas, Bird, Bianchi and Korjus
From GP2 – Kral, Nasr, Calado, Gutierrez, Melker, Haryanto and Ericsson
And maybe pick up some of the promising drivers from GP3 as well – Visiou, Ellinas, and Evans, with Robert Wickens and Robert Merhi thrown in for good measure.
That would be a feeder series worth watching.