The grid for the 2015 GP2 Series season is nearly half-full as Formula 1’s leading feeder series prepares for the new year of racing.
The championship supports F1 for all of its European rounds, as well as flyaways in Abu Dhabi and Bahrain, and has produced a number of the sport’s top names including Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Romain Grosjean.
Last year, Jolyon Palmer clinched the championship and has since moved into a reserve role at Lotus F1 Team for the 2015 season. The only graduate from GP2 to F1 for the new year is Felipe Nasr, who finished third with Carlin ahead of his move to Sauber.
The grid for 2015 is now almost half-full, with the title race poised to be between McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne and Red Bull youngster Pierre Gasly. GP3 champion Alex Lynn, Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello and France’s Arthur Pic could also be in the mix for the title though, setting the stage for one of the best seasons in years.
The past week has seen two more announcements ahead of the new season, with British driver Jordan King joining Racing Engineering and former Formula Renault 3.5 driver Norman Nato being confirmed at Arden.
King (pictured) won the prestigious British F3 title back in 2013 before finishing seventh in last year’s FIA F3 European Championship. His father, Justin, is a big played within UK business and is thought to be involved in the proposed rescue of Marussia F1 Team.
Nato spent two years in Formula Renault 3.5 with DAMS, and was the teammate of title winner Carlos Sainz Jr. in 2014. The Frenchman claimed two race wins that year, and is now looking to find success in GP2.
GP2 2015 – Confirmed Drivers
Pierre Gasly FRA
Alex Lynn GBR
Marco Sorensen DEN
Julian Leal COL
ART Grand Prix
Stoffel Vandoorne BEL
Jordan King GBR
Artem Markelov RUS
Raffaele Marciello ITA
Arthur Pic FRA
Andre Negrao BRA
Norman Nato FRA