GP3’s Championship Contenders

The GP3 series rolls into Abu Dhabi this weekend for the season finale, with the championship far from decided.  ART Grand Prix driver Facu Regalia currently heads the field, with 2014 Toro Rosso F1 driver Daniil Kvyat of the MW Arden team breathing down his neck, a mere seven points behind.

Four other drivers are still in with a mathematical chance of the championship, though they will need Regalia and Kvyat to struggle this weekend.  Koiranen GP driver Kevin Korjus, Marussia Manor Racing driver Tio Ellinas, and the other two ART Grand Prix drivers Conor Daly and Jack Harvey all hope that this is indeed the case.

Starts

Wins

Feature Poles

Fastest Laps

Points

Facu Regalia

14

1

1

2

138

Daniil Kvyat

14

2

1

3

131

Kevin Korjus

14

0

1

1

107

Conor
Daly

14

1

1

1

104

Jack Harvey

14

2

0

1

96

Tio
Ellinas

14

1

1

1

95

The Six Championship Contenders

Facu Regalia was not even thought of as a contender pre-season, but he has shown he can be quick and consistent in 2013.  The Argentine driver won race one in Germany, and has finished on the podium a further five times to warrant sitting at the head of the standings.

Regalia

Russian driver Daniil Kvyat already has a 2014 F1 seat in his pocket, but will want to go out as the GP3 Champion.  Two wins, in Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, has seen him catapult up the order and go into Abu Dhabi with some momentum and confidence.  He sits seven points behind Regalia going into the finale.

Kvyat 55

Kevin Korjus has had a very consistent year, but has not won a race.  The Estonian driver has finished second twice, and third twice more, and sits 31 points behind Regalia with 48 points remaining to be won.

Korjus

American Conor Daly is the second ART Grand Prix driver in contention for the championship.  He won the opening race in Valencia, and grabbed podium finishes on four other occasions, including a double second place in Spa-Francorchamps.  He sits 34 points behind his team-mate.

Conor

Jack Harvey is the third ART Grand Prix championship contender for the 2013 GP3 series.  He won twice, once at his home race at Silverstone, the other last time out in Monza.  One additional podium in Germany sees him sit 42 points behind in the championship.

Harvey

The final contender for the title is Cypriot Tio Ellinas.  He started the season superbly, but much like Stefano Coletti in the GP2 series, ended the season very poorly.  He has only scored four points since the halfway point of the season, and sits 43 points behind in the standings, but with only 48 points available, he will need a miracle to win.

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So Who Will Win?

The advantage in the championship lies with Facu Regalia and Daniil Kvyat.  Regalia’s ART Grand Prix have obviously shown they can set up their cars superbly all season with all three drivers still in contention, while Kvyat’s MW Arden have likewise, with the Russian’s team-mate Robert Visoiu winning twice, and Carlos Sainz Jr finishing on the podium twice.

For Kevin Korjus, Conor Daly, Jack Harvey and Tio Ellinas, all they and their teams can do is have a perfect weekend and hope Regalia and Kvyat fail to score.

With 25 points available for a win in the first race of the weekend (plus four points for pole position and two points for fastest lap), plus 15 points for a win in the second race (plus two more points for fastest lap), that leaves 48 points available.  No driver has won both races in a weekend this year; in fact it is very rare to see a driver score a double podium.  That does not bode well for the four outsiders for the championship.

So will it be Regalia, or will it be Kvyat, or can one of the outsiders defy the odds?  Let the GP3 battle of Abu Dhabi commence!

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