GP2: ART follows McLaren’s lead with livery change, whilst Hilmer joins the grid


MONTMELO – Following an exciting first race weekend in Bahrain three weeks ago, the GP2 Series resumes on Saturday in support of this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix with a couple of changes to the grid.

Following the example set by McLaren earlier this week, ART Grand Prix – home to McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne and Honda-backed Nobuharu Matsushita – has also changed its livery to match.

The team has traditionally raced in white and red, but will revert to a black and red design for the rest of the season.

Vandoorne heads into the weekend following a near-perfect start to the 2015 season, claiming pole position, the feature race win and second place in the sprint race in Bahrain to storm into a 10-point lead at the top of the standings ahead of Rio Haryanto.

Matsushita’s debut weekend was less spectacular but still very impressive, finishing sixth in the sprint race and setting the fastest lap in the process.

In other GP2 news, Hilmer Motorsport returns to the grid for the Spanish round after missing Bahrain due to financial problems. Johnny Cecotto Jr. will become the first driver to race in seven different GP2 seasons when he lines up on the grid for the German team on Saturday, with Nick Yelloly racing in the sister car.