Formula 1 bosses say GP2 Series not producing quality driving talent of late

2013 GP2 Series drivers

2013 GP2 Series drivers

Red Bull‘s Helmut Marko has joined his McLaren counterpart Martin Whitmarsh in criticising the official Formula 1 feeder series, GP2.

The 2012 GP2 champion, Davide Valsecchi, has sat out the entire 2013 season so far as Lotus’ reserve driver.

Auto Motor und Sport reports that first and second in this year’s series, champion Fabio Leimer and runner-up Sam Bird, have “no chance” of moving into Formula 1 for 2014.

At the very same time, the completely separate Formula Renault 3.5 series has seen the McLaren-backed juniors Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne dominate in 2013.

Also behind the McLaren pair this year was Red Bull’s Antonio Felix da Costa, even though the energy drink company plucked Russian Daniil Kvyat straight out of GP3 to move into Formula 1 with Toro Rosso for next season.

GP2 races are typically incident packed

GP2 races are typically incident packed

McLaren’s Whitmarsh recently said that the Renault ‘world series’ is a “much higher quality championship than GP2″.

Red Bull’s Marko agrees: “[GP2] is far too expensive. It costs €5 million per driver, while in GP3 [the cost] is €600,000.”

Marko also criticised the quality of the latest GP2 drivers, explaining that no Lewis Hamilton (2006) or Romain Grosjean (2011)-like standout has emerged recently.

The latest reports, meanwhile, suggest new Formula Renault 3.5 champion Magnussen is now on the verge of being confirmed as Sergio Perez’s race replacement at McLaren for 2014.

Runner-up Vandoorne, meanwhile, is in McLaren driver Jenson Button’s management stable. But 2009 World Champion Button said: “Formula 1 [in 2014] would be a year too early for Stoffel.” (GMM)

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  • K-15-

    American Indy Car drivers should be the feeder series for F1. Most of them are better than pretenders like Alonso or Vettel.

  • Jack

    @ K-15-
    Sebastien Bordais ring a bell? He destroyed the IndyCar scene. How well did he do in F1?

  • hillside

    whoa! a driver that provides financial backing that brings millions of Euros to the team, now they need quality driving plus talent is way too much to ask for a driver.

  • K-15-


    He was wasting Vettel in 2008 until Monza.

  • Psych4191


    He destroyed cart years before he went to F1.

    He did well coming back to Indy, but he has only podiumed once or twice. Indy has some amazing talent. You’re just too biased to see it.

  • farizY


    And how long has vettel been in f1at the time? Lol. Beaten by a kid at extremely wet monza.

  • Boycotthehaters

    “He was wasting Vettel in 2008 until Monza”

    No. He was ahead of Vettel on points, until Monaco – the sixth race of the season.

  • K-15-

    You guys suck. You can’t accept that America priduces the best drivers.

    Home of the brave fags.

  • Peter

    THE F1 circus has no place for New talent. The facilities are not there to exploit new talent because the system is not working and just to limited to real racing. Why not more teams? Why not more single cars teams again? It will spice up the show again.

  • 1Jez


    America produces the best drivers? Yeah, South America.

    But I know you’re talking about the US specifically. I guess your claim is backed up by all the highly successful current F1 drivers from USA, the USF1 team and all the past World Drivers Champions from the USA. Hang on – none of those things exist!