There are a number of support races at any Formula One event, and in recent years, there has been some standardisation of the events on Grand Prix weekends, meaning that most European races will see GP2, GP3 and the Porsche Supercup alongside the F1 racing. GP2 is seen as a feeder for F1, with the GP2 champions generally moving into Formula One. The GP champions – 2012 Davide Valsecchi, 2011 Romain Grosjean, 2010 Pastor Maldonado, 20009 Nico Hulkenburg, 2008 Giorgio Pantano, 2007 Timo Glock, 2006 Lewis Hamilton, 2005 Nico Rosberg – have moved on to other things, and some of those who have come 2nd or 3rd in the championship, like Heikki Kovalainen, Bruno Senna, Vitaly Petov, Nelson Piquet Jr, Sergio Perez, Jules Bianchi or Esteban Gutierrez have also progressed to Formula One.
The drivers had a practice session on Friday as normal.
The next session was qualifying.
There were, as normal, two races, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. The Saturday race saw some fantastic action, with cars fighting their way through the field, with particular mentions for the eventual winner, Robin Frijns, and Tom Dillmann, currently in his second season in GP2, who moved his way through the field several times whilst recovering from various incidents.
Sunday saw the second GP2 race of the weekend, and Robin Frijns managed an impressive second place after his win on Saturday. I do hope that he manages to secure a drive through the remainder of the season.
Overall, the GP2 racing was among the most exciting that we saw at the Circuit de Catalunya over the weekend. GP2 always seems to deliver races that are both great to watch and show that talent is making its way through the motor racing ranks towards Formula One.
There is an index of my 2013 Spanish Grand Prix pictures here.