Yesterday we had a long conversation with Mark Gallagher on the wider business of F1, upon the release of his book The Business of Winning.
Where Gallagher could be winning himself, as a team principal, is with his Status Grand Prix team in GP2 next year.
Status has achieved a good amount of success in GP3, A1GP and in sports cars over the years and with Caterham’s GP2 operation (seen in Caterham colors, right) as in flux as its F1 team was given the management changes earlier this year, we thought it appropriate to inquire more about the team’s entry into GP2.
“We have been considering GP2 since the A1GP series stopped in mid-2009,” Gallagher told MotorSportsTalk. “The difficulty we faced was that A1GP ran to a ‘winter’ schedule, so it finishing summertime of 2009 and there was no GP2 franchise available for us to pick up. Instead GP3 was being launched so we tendered for a franchise, and were successful in securing that.
“We have now been in GP3 for 5 seasons and the Caterham GP2 deal was the first one that made sense from the point of view of the business, equipment, people and cost,” he added. “We had a lot of support from GP2 itself, and ultimately the deal happened very quickly.
“What excites us about GP2, as it did about A1GP, is that we like competing in international championships for big single seater cars; in the absence of doing F1, GP2 is very definitely the next best thing for a European-based team, and to be competitive in the categories leading to F1 is an exciting opportunity.”