Ellinas isn’t out of the title fight. Thus year’s final is taking place in Abu Dhabi. He has an uphill battle ahead of him and probably needs a few results to go his way, but he’s still a championship contender.
Looks like it’s Regalia vs. Kvyat for the title at Abu Dhabi – Ellinas would have to have a perfect weekend and those ahead to have bad ones. I think Kvyat shades it for me – but they have both improved hugely over the season.
It could be down to the tyre change – I feel Ellinas would have won on the degrading tyres used at Round 1. He’s definitely worthy of driving for Marussia in GP2 next year and at the Young Driver Test. Amazing to see how he has progressed from winning his chance at funding/a racing career on TV. He is definitely on his own on the telemetry, as his two team-mates are nowhere near as competitive.
I can see Kvyat being the next Kimi Raikkonen, he looks similar in appearance! Russia should bet on him driving for Toro Rosso in 2016. Zamparelli should have just rear-ended the people in front of him – take out the midfield rather than your own title contending team-mate! Maybe his car played up – he was struggling on the parade lap and Cullen was gracious to let him get away. But this hurt Marussia in the end.
I’m sure this is what organisers hoped for the season finale: top 6 with a shot at the championship, Regalia with a small lead can control from the front whilst Kvyat is coming up stronger and stronger and becoming a real threat. Daly looks set to repeat what he did last year, i.e. fade out slowly and then drop out of the title fight and even outside of the top 3 in the championship. Nice comeback from Harvey to be 5th in the standings.
Of course ART have 98 points over Arden but the maximum points available in two races is 103, a tough job awaits Arden in Abu Dhabi!