There are a lot of reasons why GP2 cars should never be eligible to start a Formula One Grand Prix. Aside from all the technical and sporting issues, it would significantly reduce the value of the sport and the teams taking part. It could also start a downward spiral into spec-series oblivion.
However, for the sake of playing devil’s advocate, here are six reasons why boosting the F1 grid with the ten fastest GP2 runners could work:
- It has been done before so isn’t a radical new idea. Formula 2 cars used to run during Grands Prix regularly up until the 1970s.
- The sport needs backmarkers – but often they’re only featured on TV during the first few corners. GP2 cars would fill that gap.
- MotoGP does it at the moment. The open class bikes at the back of the grid make the first lap look exciting on TV, which is one of the reasons why they exist.
- Last year the GP2 cars were about the same speed as the Caterham and Marussia drivers, so they aren’t miles off the pace.
- GP2 cars would provide more action near the tail end of a Grand Prix.
- It would make the GP2 feature race on a Saturday an absolute must-watch event. The top ten finishes get to start the Formula One Grand Prix!