Five Gp2 Drivers who should have made it to Formula 1

 

1. Sam Bird

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Bird during his year away from Gp2 in 2012.

This talented Englishman raced in the series for 3 years, winning 6 races. In 2013, he finished as series runner up whilst also helping his team ‘Russian Time’ to the Constructors Championship in their rookie season. Sam now races successfully in both the Formula E championship and the World Endurance Championship for Ferrari.

 

2. Luca Fillipi

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Luca made the move to IndyCar in 2013, ending his Formula 1 hopes.

The Italian was one of the most exciting drivers to brace the series in its’ history. His aggressive style made his a fan favourite but a lack of consistency hampered his chances of grabbing an F1 drive. He did however test for ‘Honda’ and ‘Super Aguri’, regularly setting faster times than main driver Takuma Sato.

3. Fabio Leimer

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Leimer (in the red car) making a move on current F1 star Jolyon Palmer on his way to the 2013 Gp2 title.

Fabio, unlike Luca, was known for his consistency. He won the Gp2 title in 2013 beating current F1 drivers such as Jolyon Palmer, Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. Unfortunetly, the Swiss driver lacked the budget and arguably, the outright speed to guarantee his place in F1.

4. Luiz Razia

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Razia signed for the Virgin F1 Team as a test driver in 2010.

The immensely talented Razia won 6 races in Gp2. Having spent years as the ‘Virgin/Marussia’ test driver, Luiz was all set to make his F1 debut at the 2013 Australian Grand Prix. However, an issue with funding prevented the rapid Brazilian from ever making his F1 debut. He was replaced by Jules Bianchi and the rest was history…..

 

 

 5. Davide Valsecchi

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Valsecchi scoring his first ever Gp2 point at Silverstone in 2008.

Davide beat eight drivers that would go on to race in F1 during his championship winning campaign in 2012. A hugely talented driver, Valsecchi’s career took a massive dive after his Gp2 success. He failed to secure a seat in F1 and now presents Top Gear Italia, whilst also providing excellent commentary for Sky Sports on the current Gp2 coverage.

 

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