10 – Marcus Ericsson – Sweden – DAMS
Was amongst the championship favourites pre-season, but endured a dreadful opening few rounds where anything that could go wrong, did. Took a couple of pole positions before he finally won for the first time in the Nurburgring Feature race. Another podium finish in Hungary saw him jump into the top 10 in points.
9 – Jolyon Palmer – Great Britain – Carlin
Fantastic win in Hungary highlighted the speed the Brit has, and is regarded as one of the top overtakers in the game. A regular points scorer this year, but is usually seen fighting back from poor qualifying efforts that keeps him down at the number 9 spot.
8 – Robin Frijns – Netherlands – Hilmer Motorsport
The reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion joined Hilmer Motorsport in Bahrain, and won the feature race of the Spanish round after getting to grips with the tyres very quickly. Another podium in the sprint race in Barcelona followed, but only one points finish after that before his money ran out pre-Hungary. Is certainly one of the most highly-rated drivers in the field, and deserves another shot at the title in 2014, unless he makes it to F1 of course.
7 – Fabio Leimer – Switzerland – Racing Engineering
The GP2 veteran (though still only 24!) started the season with consecutive feature race wins in Malaysia and Bahrain, but disappointed after that until returning to the podium in the Nurburgring & Hungaroring sprint races. Still a championship contender in P3, but needs to be a regular points & podium finisher to maintain his challenge.
6 – Jon Lancaster – Great Britain – Hilmer Motorsport
Came in at Hilmer Motorsport and finished on the podium in Barcelona. Finally proving to the GP2 & motorsport world at last just how talented he is with two sprint race wins at Silverstone and the Nurburgring. Hopefully will be able to maintain his top 10 position in the championship table over the remaining rounds of the championship, providing his funds remain in place. Unfortunately if they go, so will his drive, as it did with Frijns.
5 – James Calado – Great Britain – ART Grand Prix
Another pre-season championship favourite, he finished on the podium in the Malaysia feature race before his season went off the rails in the sprint race the following day. Struggled to make the points in the next few races before a previous unnoticed car issue was discovered, and Calado found his form. Double P2 in Germany showed his true form, and a win or two should follow in the second half of the season as he continues to push for the championship, where he sits P5.
4 – Mitch Evans – New Zealand – Arden International
The reigning GP3 champion has made an impressive start to his GP2 career, with four podium finishes, including a fighting second place in the recent Hungarian sprint race on very used tyres. Double podium on the streets of Monaco were just stunning. Certainly heading in the right direction, and a win cannot be far away for the Mark Webber protégé.
3 – Sam Bird – Great Britain – Russian Time
The series returnee has enjoyed his return, and is the only driver to have won both a feature race (Monaco & Silverstone) and a sprint race (Bahrain) this season, made even more special with it happening with a team in its debut season in GP2. Completely dominated the Monaco feature, almost Senna-esque. Mercedes still have him on their books, but can he win the championship from his current P4 in the standings? More wins and he might be in with a chance.
2 – Stefano Coletti – Monaco – Rapax
Completely surprised the paddock with his win and podium in the season opener, but followed it up with wins in Spain and his home race in Monaco. Leads the championship in his Rapax car, but a disappointing weekends at Silverstone, the Nurburgring, and the Hungaroring relegates him to #2 in my list. Needs to get his season back on track to keep himself P1 in the championship, otherwise will end up disappointed.
1 – Felipe Nasr – Brazil – Carlin
How can I put a drive that has yet to win a GP2 race in a year & a half of racing at #1? He is getting closer and closer for that maiden triumph, but is the most reliable driver in the series, only once outside the points, and most definitely a championship contender. Very good with tyre conservation too, and comes fighting back towards the end of the races.